Music Scene and Nightlife in Tyler, TX
PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Conti
Community leaders in Tyler, Texas, are dedicated to putting the city on the map as a destination renowned for entertainment, culture and good eats. The recently renovated town square containing performance venues, restaurants and bars has helped that effort. Lago del Pino, a family-owned restaurant and entertainment venue, gets Tyler even closer.
Lago del Pino
When Randal and Donna Brooks, along with their three sons, purchased 240 acres, complete with a private 40-acre lake, on the west side of Tyler, they knew it was the perfect place for their dream: a destination restaurant, alongside live music in the beautiful countryside.
“The Brooks’ always had aspirations of owning a restaurant, and they wanted to share a piece of their oasis with the rest of Tyler, to show people that there is a place like this in Tyler,” says Melvin Gregory, general manager.
They opened Lago del Pino (Spanish for "lake of the pine") in March 2012, modeling it after The Oasis in Austin. Not only does LDP have a 350-plus-seat restaurant with a world-class chef, but the three-story establishment also houses a lakeside music venue, wedding gazebo and private reception and meeting areas, not to mention large decks overlooking the water on the top two floors.
The menu, a modern twist on classic American dishes such as smoked jalapeno meatloaf and shrimp & grits, is as varied as the entertainment: There’s a jazz brunch on Sundays, open-mike nights on Wednesdays, fountain shows on the lake and fireworks, stand-up comedy every month, and an eclectic mix of bands from Texas country to '80s rock and blues.
The drinks are nothing to scoff at, either. House favorites include bacon-infused vodka Bloody Mary’s and The Lago, a margarita muddled with jalapenos.
“The building and the view is unmatched in the whole state of Texas with the pine trees reflecting off the lake, and there’s no noise around,” Gregory says. “You don’t really feel like you’re in Tyler, or even in Texas, you’re just surrounded by nature … it’s surreal.”
Lago del Pino isn’t the only happening venue in Tyler. In downtown, Liberty Hall, formerly a first-run movie theater dating back to the 1930s, provides a variety of entertainment, from comedy and magicians to live music and old movies.
Liberty Hall’s neighbor in downtown’s square, Rick’s on the Square, provides the best of both worlds: an American steakhouse with an impressive wine list and exotic meats and seafood and a live outdoor music venue on the patio, which also has three 46-inch flat-screen TVs.
And Studio 333, in nearby Bullard, Texas, is a state-of-the-art digital recording studio housed in KE Bushman's Winery & Celebration Center. They also do live shows, especially to support the military, such as the Wounded Warriors program.
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