The Recession Affects Free Booze In Houston, Unfortunately
Yesterday we were informed that it's official - the country is in a recession. And the lean times got us thinking -- can you still score a free drink in this town?
Keith Plocek got drunk for free for ten days straight back in December 2005 for the story "Free Booze," guzzling all the alcohol he could without opening his wallet. To gauge things today, we thought we'd see if the deals Plocek got three years ago are still on offer. We discovered:
-- Some venues he visited have since closed. The Rhythm Room is gone, as is Joia (it's now Touch). Eastman Gallery seems to have moved, then become something called Eastman Group. Given that Plocek enjoyed two hefty whiskeys when he visited the gallery three years ago, we wonder if it had to shut down due to an inefficient business model.
-- Plocek drank for free at St. Arnold's, but the brewery has since started charging $5 a head for its Saturday tours with beer samples. It's still a steal, though.
Rice Owls Men's Baseball vs. Southeastern Louisiana Lions Baseball
TicketsFri., Feb. 24, 6:30pm
TicketsFri., Feb. 24, 8:00pm
Gridiron Glory: The Best of Pro Football HOF -- 10A-3PM
TicketsSat., Feb. 25, 10:00am
Rice Owls Mens Basketball vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Mens Basketball
TicketsSat., Feb. 25, 7:00pm
-- Luckily, there's still some free drinks to be had in this town - Spec's still offers samples, Haak Vineyards in Santa Fe still does daily tastings, the relocated Cactus still has beer on tap at in-store performances, Texans tailgating is still a treasure trove for the cheap and thirsty, galleries like Barbara Davis still offer wine at least, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science still has drinks (not to mention awesome food) at its openings (you need to RSVP, though).
Conclusion: We can still get loaded without (further) breaking that bank we keep hearing so much about. And there's more free booze out there, so we'll be letting you know of any deals we hear about in a new weekly feature over at the Houston Press Eating...Our Words blog. Tips appreciated.
- Cathy Matusow
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Houston, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.