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  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    Houston's 10 Best Bars For People-Watching

    Note: List is in alphabetical order. AVANTGARDEN A converted turn-of-the-20th-century house, AvantGarden is a bar, community venue and gathering point where creative and artistic people throughout the city come for poetry readings, live music, theatrical productions, independent-film premieres, ar ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 5, 2014

    The Five Best New Food Trucks in Houston 2014

    Armed with only a truck and a dream (well, and a batch of recipes), these food entrepreneurs continue to fan out across Houston.

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Food Fundraisers, Wine Tastings & a Pop-Up

    FM 903 Pop Up Bakery @ Triniti Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 2815 S Shepherd Yes, this pop-up bakery has occurred every Saturday since November 2, but that doesn't mean it's not one of the best things to do this weekend. Spend the morning or afternoon in the lounge at the restaurant munching on fresh ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Flora & Muse Goes Out With A Bang, and Tiger Den Delays Its Opening

    In one of the most surprising, yet epic, ways for a restaurant to close, Flora & Muse informed its customers it would no longer be open for business ... and did so during a Greek Wine Dinner. On Monday, October 28, general manager Evan Turner told guests at the dinner that the restaurant would be s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    Flat Screens, Game Day Specials, TD Shots More: Where To Watch The Texans Season Opener This Monday Night

    The Texan's quest for the championship starts on the road this Monday, as they face off against the Chargers at 9:20 p.m. CT. This is all the more reason to get out and watch the game at one of Houston's awesome sports bars. Because we love nothing more than wings, JJ Watt's ass football, and our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Hipster Garbage: The Indie Band Drinking Challenge, Round 2

    It's no longer a secret that I hold a deep disdain for most of the hipster music that runs across my desk. I try to give it a fair shot, but I just can't get into it. And a ton of it has come across my desk as of late, further igniting that fire of dislike while leaving me to wonder just what my pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    8 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Another HPMA Deal, We Were Wolves, Ceremony, Etc.

    For the next few days, general-admission tickets for the Houston Press Music Awards showcase -- perhaps you may have heard us mention it recently -- are available at the two-for-one price of $10 through the Living Social network. Just thought we'd mention that. DJs Ceeplus Bad Knives and Mr. Casti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Saturday Night: Dr. Dog At Fitzgerald's

    Dr. Dog Fitzgerald's March 10, 2012 Houston weather was balmy and wet Saturday night, but that didn't stop Philadelphia harmonic rockers Dr. Dog from sporting their trademark wintry wool beanies and shades. Kicking off their set with the "That Old Black Hole" from this year's Be the Void, the ban ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Sports Bars

    If food and a clear line of sight to a fancy television were all it takes to make a good sports bar, you might as well build up those plaque reserves at home. Judging sports bars involves more utilitarian considerations than usual - some of us have even ended up at Buffalo Wild Wings at some point b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Upcoming Events: A Week Full of Beer

    Read on for our picks of the best beer dinners next week.​In case you hadn't heard, it's Houston Beer Week, y'all. The week-long celebration of craft beer and local breweries kicks off tonight with a kick-off happy hour at Ziggy's Downtown, from 5 to 7 p.m. The restaurant will be offering $2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Houston Beer Week 2011: Bigger, Better, Beer-ier

    Read on for a full -- and we do mean FULL -- schedule of HBW events.​The second annual Houston Beer Week kicks off this year on an auspicious date: 11/11/11. That's when the big craft beer festival will celebrate its sophomore year with a kick-off happy hour at Ziggy's Downtown, from 5 to 7 p. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Mike Marquez of Big Star Bar

    ​If you haven't been to Big Star Bar but think that Mike Marquez looks familiar, it may be from one of his previous gigs in Houston. A California native, Mike has been in Houston off and on for about 20 years, working in establishments such as Emo's, the Vatican, and Griff's. In fact, he's b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Touch of Grey News: Greatfull Taco Loses Its Chef

    Photos by Troy FieldsThe "mystery meat" taco is actually ground bison, and it's damn good.​The Grateful Dead once said that "the first days are the hardest days," and owner Paul West is finding that out firsthand at his new restaurant, Greatfull Taco (named for, yes, the Dead). Chef Riccardo ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 16, 2011

    Counter Culture

    Belly up to the bar for a build-your-own-burger and a milkshake at this California import.

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Happy Hour Scene: The Usual

    The younger Livet: Future lawyer, current "casual" dresser​The Place: The Usual 5519 Allen @ T.C. Jester 281-501-1478 The Deals: Discounted wells and domestics from at least 4 to 10 p.m. during the week - check website for details. The Scene: The last time I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Rodeo Houston a Bit Too Highfalutin for the Wall Street Journal

    Cowboys don't drink wine? Thems fightin' words.​The Wall Street Journal on Friday ran a story about the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo containing two things we thought we would never see. First, we never thought anyone would accuse the rodeo of being erudite. Second, we never imagined it w ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 10, 2011

    In a Pinch?

    We've got you covered this St. Paddy's Day.

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Happy Hour Scene: Khon's

    Photo by Paul Knight​The Place: Khon's2808 Milam St. 713-523-7775www.khonsbar.comThe Hours: Seven days a week, 4-7 p.m.The Deals: All drinks are $1 cheaper than normal. Except Lone Stars, which are always $2. The Scene: Our trip to Khon's actually started about a week earlier, when someone at Spec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Saturday Night: Roky Moon & BOLT At The Mink

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Roky Moon & BOLT The Backroom at the Mink November 27, 2010 When we were all little, we had a piles of shoes and clothes that we outgrew, or those little tics on the kitchen wall where mom or dad would mark off how big we were getting. The same thing happens to bands ... More >>

  • News

    November 4, 2010

    Loko Oh No

    Testing the new fad drink

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    A Fire, Karaoke Or Ex-Brothel: Where Were We In Drag?

    Pull up a chair, start a tab and order a round of shots, because this is Rocks Off's weekly roundup of the goings-on in the Houston bar scene. Ups and downs, openings and closings, we will cover it all. Hit us up with any hot tips at Photos by Craig Hlavaty​Op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Four Loko: We Investigate Just How Bad It Is (UPDATED With Morning-After Reflections)

    Science!!!!​The latest bit of juvenile delinquency that has the authorities up in arms is Four Loko, a powerful caffeinated beer that's sending kids to hospitals.The "powerful" part -- 12 percent alcohol in a 24-ounce can -- gets you wasted, and the "caffeinated" part keeps you up instead of passi ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 7, 2010
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    October 6, 2010

    Stirred & Shaken: Grand Prize's Vieux Carre

    Troy Fields​Compared to other big cities, Houston does not have a hipster problem - if you feel otherwise, either your definition is too broad or you just got off a Greyhound from somewhere like Odessa. Still, when neighborhood sports bar Ernie's closed and news broke that slightly more polish ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 23, 2010
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    September 22, 2010

    Stirred & Shaken: The Hideaway's Boilermaker

    Troy Fields​I drove out to the Hideaway on Dunvale (3122 Dunvale, 713-977-3515) with a couple friends for Tuesday steak night and to see a blues guitarist named Rick Lee. When we opened the side door of the barn-style building, he and his band, the Night Owls, were getting started on the Meter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Never Let Goat: "Manimals" Git Down in New Hell City Kings Video

    ​Today, Houston's Hell City Kings officially premiere their new clip for "Never Let Go". The music video was directed by director Bryan Forrester, who previously helmed the listenlisten clip for "On The Water" from last year's Hymns From Rhodesia. Rocks Off was an extra on the set for the fil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Happy Hour Scene: Darkhorse Tavern

    ​ It was sometime during our field sobriety test that we remembered how much we absolutely love Washington Avenue. We were thinking a lot of things when the officer asked us to step out of our vehicle, but chief among them was all the fun that we'd have at jail and who would be calling Tyler F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    A Few Possible Cures For Rocks Off's Acute "Can't Stay Home" Syndrome

    Lev Kuperman/​ Monday night, an obviously delirious Rocks Off found ourselves upstairs at the Mink's Backroom instead of where we should have been, home in bed asleep. We enjoyed high-energy/lo-fi trio Vivian Girls, but at this point we are starting to realize we may have a pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    The Saddle Dog at Blanco's

    ​When we were at Blanco's Bar & Grill last weekend, listening to some honky-tonk and watching friends get glared off the dance floor by superior two-steppers in Stetsons, we noticed a peculiar item on the menu. The Saddle Dog is a hot dog wrapped in cheese and a flour tortilla, then deep-frie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    The 10 Best Places to Eat in Memorial

    Although it's undergoing some massive growth in the form of redevelopment and expansion at Memorial City Mall and the construction of the nearly finished CityCentre "town square" off Beltway 8, Memorial is still in many ways a sweetly sleepy suburb. But sleepy doesn't necessarily mean boring. And su ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 10, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Stirred and Shaken: Lola's Georgia Peach

    ​Houston isn't my hometown, but I've lived here for 10 years now. And yet, horror of horrors, until recently I'd never been to Lola's Depot (2327 Grant St., 713-528-8342). Hey, jerks! I can see you all shaking your heads. Gimme a break. It's not like the place is real easy to find or anything. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Monday MP3s: Two from LL Cooper's Tucson

    When it comes to salt-of-the-earth working-class roots-rock, groups (especially around Houston) don't come much more solid than LL Cooper, the semi-eponymous band led by Houston/Austin roots vet Larry Cooper. "For my money, very few acts sound better accompanying a round of Lone Stars in a smoky bar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    A Long Way to Mango

    In the mood for something light, I made a trip over to the newly-reopened Mango's at lunch to try their new all-vegetarian menu firsthand.The freshly-painted exterior with its charming patio and the sunny interior seemed like they'd be the perfect day-brightener.  Sadly, the food at Mango's has ... More >>

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    September 3, 2008
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    October 9, 2007

    Three Nights Ago: Meat Puppets in My Living Room

    Meat Puppets, Meat Puppets II Hall Residence October 6, 2007 Better Than: Don’t tease me. Download: Rare Meat, a fan assembled compilation of rarities, b-sides, and promotional recordings. Or, like me, you could just listen to Meat Puppets II until the acid-washed southwestern cowpunk soundscape ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 23, 2007

    Rudyard’s 29th Anniversary

    The Sword pumps things up for Montrose’s favorite neighborhood bar

  • Music

    July 19, 2007

    L.L. Cooper

    L.L. Cooper performs Thursday, July 19, at Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh, 713-521-0521. Big Swifty also performs.

  • Music

    June 7, 2007

    Medicine Show No Mo

    Breaking the seventh seal at the Sideshow Tramps' CD release party

  • Music

    August 31, 2006

    Unholy Getdown

    Stevie Wonder, Prince and Martin Sexton combine in the Mighty Orq's tasty blues-rock stew

  • Music

    March 24, 2005

    Los Super 7

    Heard It on the X

  • Music

    March 27, 2003
  • Dining

    September 5, 2002

    Just a Little Nip and Tuck

    The Tavern's Red Headed Slut

  • Film

    July 13, 2000

    Blueprint in Blood

    Restored and recut, the Coen brothers' debut film provides clues on the gruesomeness to come

  • Music

    May 11, 2000
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    May 13, 1999
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    April 29, 1999
  • Calendar

    July 30, 1998

    Night & Day

    July 30 - August 5, 1998

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