The City of Tyler, Texas, is so focused on enhancing its reputation as an entertaining and cultured place to live and work, it bought and restored an old theater and turned it into the town’s hottest live music venue. Part of the Tyler 21 Master Plan, which calls for downtown Tyler to become an arts and culture district directed at bolstering private investment and revitalization, the city partnered with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and major donor The Genecov Group to raise more than $1 million to fund the purchase and renovation of the old Liberty Theater.
Movies and Theater and Comedy – Oh My!
Liberty Theater, a first-run movie theater dating back to the 1930s that had been shuttered for years, was purchased in 2008 and reopened in 2011. The space is booked with everything from comedy, to live music, movies and theater.
Reopened as Liberty Hall, the venue is joined in Tyler’s downtown square by numerous restaurants that offer a complementary variety of food, drink and entertainment.
Jake's Tyler, another renovated building, boasts exposed brick, a curved bar and rooftop patio. Jake's menu, which includes lobster tails, Angus beef and fresh oysters, is topped off with an impressive wine list and an array of decadent desserts. The 125-year-old building that now houses Jake’s has been a gentlemen’s clothing store, a barbershop, a hotel, a mission, a theater and a jewelry store.
Rick’s on the Square is yet another option for an upscale dinner that won’t break the bank. Fresh seafood tops the menu at Rick’s but the options don’t stop there. The venue offers live music on the weekends and 20,000 square feet of rentable space for private parties.
Options Off the Square
Tyler's nightlife options extend beyond the borders of the downtown square. Half Moon Grill and Saloon is an intimate, friendly bar with live music, a covered patio, above-average bar menu and a packed parking lot.
If you are looking outside the confines of a bar for live music, how about a grocery store? Fresh by Brookshire’s massive patio stays booked on weekends with a wide variety of live music.
“We wanted Fresh to be a hub for the community, and having live music was a natural extension of that,” says selling marketing manager Myste Snow. “We offer great food and offer great entertainment that is family-focused, casual and high quality.”
Another alternative to the bar scene is KE Cellars, the upscale wine store in Tyler’s French Quarter. The boutique winery has a tasting room, nightly music showcase and gift shop which sells wines from dozens of Texas wineries.
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