night every first Tuesday of the month. The game, a favorite in the Latino community, resembles a bingo card, but instead of numbers and letters, the card has iconic pictures from Hispanic culture and folklore accompanied by their Spanish words. The caller pulls from a deck of cards, yelling La Calavera, El Cotorro and La Chalupa
(and no, it’s not the drive-through snack). Restaurant owner Steve Sharma says Loteria
night brings people together. “It’s a good way to meet people, and it’s a fun way to learn a little bit of Spanish. It’s like a bingo hall, so if you don’t have a group of friends, you get to sit with other people.” The joint caps off at 56 players, so if you’re concerned about getting a spot, you can make a reservation for $25 (which comes with a Margarita and access to a build-your-own taco bar). Above all else, Sharma encourages people to have fun. “Groups come dressed up as luchadores
or wearing sombreros.” It’s free to play, but don’t skimp on those fresh-squeezed house Margaritas. 7 to 9 p.m. September 6, October 4 and November 8. 419 Travis. For information, call 713-229-8181 or visit elbigbad.com
. Free to participate, $25 to reserve a spot.
El Big Bad, the downtown gastro-cantina, is sticking to its Mexican-themed vow with a