About a year ago I was in McAllen for TM to write about some fine places to shop and dine while visiting the border town. Expectations were pretty low, so I was pleasantly surprised to find such a serious art scene and buzzy nightlife in and around the arts district. That's when I stumbled upon Roosevelt's at 7, an incredibly cool restaurant and alehouse on Main Street.They have about 45 imports and microbrews to chose from and for someone like me who doesn't like much aside from vodka and champagne I was even able to find something redeemable (I'll admit I may have had a peach lambic, which is about two steps away from a boozy fruit juice).
The crowd is fun, loud, and ready to fight you for booth seating (all the booths have Jenga) anytime after 5 pm. If the booths are taken, take it to the outdoor patio where communal seating rules and enough beer will make you forget how hot it gets down south.