Shamrock Hotel

  • Culture

    June 12, 2014
  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Awful Springsteen Knockoff Not Helping Save the Dome Much at All

    In the campaign to save the Astrodome with the upcoming Proposition 2 referendum, someone has decided that just the thing to put it over the top is a bad Bruce Springsteen parody. Like, really bad. Monday, an outfit called "Jalapeno Pixels" posted a YouTube video called "My Dome Town," a four-and-a ... More >>

  • News

    June 6, 2013


    Plans to turn the Astrodome into a parking lot are just wrong.

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Tear the Dome Down If You Must, But Not for a Freaking Parking Garage

    I have spent most of my 44 years on this earth in the city of Houston. I started visiting the Astrodome when I was just a kid for Astros and Oilers games as well as the occasional high school football game. I even walked on the floor for one of them. After all the memories and all the discussions, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    For St. Patrick's Day: 10 Notable Irish Texans

    This weekend brings St. Patrick's Day, the annual celebration of all things Irish. Even in Texas there are parades. As well there should be, because Irish Texans have definitely made their mark on the world. Like these ten: 10. Matthew McConaughey His Mom was a McCabe. "McConaughey" is Gaelic for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    For Friday the 13th: Five of the Unluckiest Texans Ever

    Investors held on too long.​Beginning with LaSalle, the French explorer who survived shipwrecks and cannibal Karankawa Indian attacks only to perish at the hands of his own men near Navasota, some people in Texas have had some pretty damned hard luck. You might lay some or all of the blame at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    The Storied Shamrock Hotel: UH Opens Its Digital Vaults

    ​The University of Houston's Digital Library has put together a collection of menus, programs and other material from the legendary Shamrock Hotel, which stood near where the Medical Center is today and was a little bit of Vegas in Space City. The library worked with the school's Hospitality ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Ed Emmett: Keep the Dome, But Make a Decision

    More study and discussion, but no dynamite​Harris County Judge Ed Emmett became the latest in a series of local elected officials delivering dire economic news, in his State of the County speech today. Cuts are coming, and the county will be searching for ways to get by with less, he said. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Vintage Houston Restaurant Postcards: The Days of Wine and Roses

    Brennan's has long been the cock of the walk in Houston.​Although a good handful of Houston restaurants have been around at least as long as my grandparents, the general rule of thumb in this city is that restaurants live fast and die young. And although you rarely find postcards of current r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    When Frank Sinatra Played Juarez... And Galveston

    ​Already a poet laureate of Americana before he moved to El Paso about ten years ago, Tom Russell's border tenure has seen him produce some great hardscrabble portraits of sketchy characters and haunting, even deadly landscapes. One of Russell's truly great pieces is the border memoir "When S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    Molto Italiano at Sabetta Cafe & Wine Bar

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​A new restaurant has stepped up to the plate at 2411 S. Shepherd, the former location of Crostini and -- more recently -- the ill-fated Cafe Zol. Sabetta Cafe & Wine Bar, the creation of Chef Riccardo Palazzo-Giorgio and wife Donna, opened this week. Sabetta was th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Must-Do Dallas

    ​So maybe, like Texas Traveler, you're exiled to Dallas for a business conference, or an extra-long layover at DFW airport, or relocated for work and have no idea how to pass the time. Well, Texas Traveler has a few ideas, some off the beaten path, and some right smack square in the middle of it.6 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Houston 101: Hi, Bob!

    ​When it comes to stand-up, Houston isn't famous merely for launching the careers of some of the edgiest comedians of the `70s and `80s. It also gave the world Bob Newhart.Newhart grew up in Chicago and became an accountant, but always had a comedy jones. He wrote gags and did some radio work in M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    Shamrock Hotel, We Hardly Knew Ye

    Today at 9 am, near the corner of Main & Holcombe, a small group of dedicated fans will once again pour out some Irish whiskey and toast the demise of the Shamrock Hotel.Today marks the 60th anniversary of the legendary hotel's opening. The dream of Texas oilman Glenn McCarthy, the place epitomi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Sole Of Houston: Airline Drive, Complete

    The longest walk in the history of the Sole of Houston requires the longest piece. This being a blog and all, we have decided to break it up into three installments. Coming today, tomorrow and Thursday in this tale of 22-plus miles of concrete, mud, and fairly cold weather: The fending off a potent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2007
  • Blogs

    March 9, 2007

    No Fun

    Let's just say this was the least interesting image we found when Googling "Jameson." Tom Horan is one of the last of the old-time PR guys in Houston — he made his bones hyping the faux-Vegas glitz of the old Shamrock Hotel. For the past 15 years or so, he's had a tradition tied to St. Pat ... More >>

  • Music

    October 5, 2006

    Rants About Stuff

    A Bevy of Bad News

  • Calendar

    April 13, 2006
  • News

    June 3, 2004

    He Won't Back Down

    The mayor was threatened -- or maybe he wasn't

  • Dining

    May 20, 2004
  • News

    May 23, 2002

    Scene's From A City's Soul

    Houston failed to preserve much of its heritage. Now the fight is on to protect the priceless photographic images of that vanishing past from the same fate.

  • News

    February 22, 2001

    Hands On

    When the sickest of Harris County's mentally ill break down, an ACT team is there to pick up the pieces and put them back together again

  • Calendar

    March 11, 1999
  • News

    June 5, 1997

    Never Too Old to Rock and Roll

    From the Malibus to the Natives to on his own, Herschel Berry has haunted -- and been haunted by -- Houston music for three decades. So is he ready to give it up? You've gotta be kidding

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    March 13, 1997
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    March 6, 1997
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    April 20, 1995
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    March 17, 1994