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A Big Kid’s Guide to Lubbock, Texas

Like many of you out there, there are many times when I feel like I’m a kid again.  I’m the guy who hops on the back of the shopping cart on the way back to my car at the supermarket. I’ve been known to ask perfect strangers for quarters in order to play a pinball game. Regardless of the constant urge to feed my inner child, there are a number of places in Lubbock that remind me why adulthood rocks!

The Range

Sometimes you just want to grip it and rip it! The Range is more than just a driving range where you can try to drive your golf ball towards Oklahoma. This unique venue is a great spot where you can hang out with your friends, enjoy good food, a bucket of cold beer if you choose, and maybe a friendly yet competitive game of washers.

Although the long summer nights will continue to push the sunset back further and further, being able to continue the driving contests well into the night makes for an even better evening with your buds.

Lubbock’s Five Award-Winning Wineries

The secret has been out for years! Up until I went on a wine tasting tour as an undergrad during the Mike Leach era, I never knew that Lubbock was such a major player in the wine industry. While I tend to choose a smooth craft beer over wine, Lubbock’s five award-winning wineries are a must-see when you come to Lubbock.

Llano wine.

Indulge in one of Lubbock’s five award-winning wineries.

Each winery offers unique flavors and special events that keep you coming back throughout the year. Think outside of a Capri Sun and discover your next favorite wine as you sample the taste of Lubbock’s growing wine industry.

A Night at the Movies

Curling up on the couch with Redbox or a weekend binge of Netflix only goes so far. When you’re ready to get off your comfy chair, there are a variety of go-to places that I like to go for my movie adventures.

The Alamo Drafthouse is new to Lubbock and has quickly become one of my favorite spots. Unlike traditional movie theaters, you can order restaurant quality food and have it brought to your seat by one of their stealthy staff members. While I enjoy sipping on a Dr. Pepper with my bottomless bowl of popcorn, moviegoers can also order up a variety of beers and other fun cocktails that will certainly add an extra pop of flavor to your movie experience.

Alamo Drafthouse.  Photo by: Lubbock Online

Alamo Drafthouse.
Photo by: Lubbock Online

If you’re looking for a blockbuster of a deal, it’s hard to beat the Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre. For $7 you can see back-to-back hits in the comfort of your own car. It’s the perfect combination of nostalgia, fun and Oscar-worthy savings.

drive-in-1All I ask is that you try their famous “Chihuahua” sandwich. This unique sandwich was perfected over 40 years ago and is still one of the best selling items on the menu. With the money you save on your movie, it would be a sin not to try this amazingly cheesy concoction.

Coffee it Up

Who needs a Keurig when you have some of the best coffee shops in Texas right here in Lubbock. Regardless of which coffee shop you choose, (I made a list of them for you right here), they all serve up a great cup of coffee and a relaxing atmosphere that’s perfect for a cozy night out. Many of these coffee shops offer a variety of food options, live music and other special events such as live comedy or poetry readings.

Coffee  (2 of 25)Cheers to LIVE Music & Boot Scootin’ Fun

You are practically guaranteed a good time when you go to the Blue Light Live. When I’m in the mood for a few good drinks and great live music, my go-to destination has always been the Blue Light Live. I always start off next door at Tom’s Daiquiri where I partake in one of their dangerously delicious daiquiris. The Call-A-Cab and the Amaretto are my favorites. It’s the perfect bar to kick back and hang with your friends before you dive into the music and dance the night away next door.

blue lightThe Blue Light Live usually has a cover charge that’s worth every dime, so don’t forget to bring some cash. Once you’re inside, there are three things you must do:

  1. Find a spot to sit. If you find one, make sure one person always stays with the table unless you want to stand the rest of the night.
  2. Grab a cold beer if you’re not the DD that night. I always get at least one Lone Star because of the fun puzzles underneath the bottle cap. It’s always fun to try and guess them with your friends.
  3. Find a dance partner. If you have two left feet, channel your best negotiation skills and find your way onto the dance floor. This isn’t Dancing With the Stars, so don’t be afraid to sacrifice a good time by worrying about bumping into someone. Nobody really cares after midnight, anyway.

This is just a small snapshot of some of my favorite places to relax, let loose and have a great time here in Lubbock. Where are some of your favorite places to go? Leave a comment on our blog or connect with me on Twitter. I’d love to hear from you!

Have fun, be safe and don’t forget to visit us online at www.visitlubbock.org for more        “Hub City” adventures.