Erin and Tim McNamara, enjoy the music at The Backyard during a visit to Waco. The Columbus, Ohio, couple was visiting friends in Dallas, but came down to Waco to check out Magnolia Market at the Silos the next day because Erin is a fan of the "Fixer Upper" HGTV show.

The downtown Waco scene is becoming revitalized, as more than just the college crowd are exploring what downtown has to offer.

The options are growing, whether it’s a quieter setting such as Klassy Glass, Dichotomy or Barnett’s Pub, to more boisterous locales with live performers at places such as Truelove Bar, Muddle and Halftime.

Most of these night spots are on Austin Avenue or Franklin Avenue, but Backyard Grill and Bar opened last year on Eighth Street next to The Findery and boasts a vibrant outdoor scene, complete with sports broadcasts usually thrown on a large wall for viewing and live performances on stage (see photo). The Backyard does have a bar and tables indoors for those wanting to escape a sweltering summer night.

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