This week's entry brought to you by: VTM readers. Thank you for all of the suggestions. I know there are some that I left out and others that weren't mentioned, so shoot us a comment. I also want this to be a place for everyone to discuss where to go and what to do. This post is really just here to get the ball rolling.
For those of you who use Google Earth, I have created a .kmz file with all of these locations: TTU at SMU - Google Earth.
Also, I am listing the distance from the stadium to each of these locations as a reference.
There were several suggestions for Adair's, and it looks like a great place to catch some live music. And, for a taste of Raiderland, The Hogg Maulies will be playing there Friday night after the game.
"It has beer, TV's, and it's definitely a college bar." - cctalbott
"Burger Company" is in the title, guys. I would probably go to both locations purely for research.
"I recommend the buffison (buffalo & venison) burger, the western (BBQ sauce, fried onions, bacon, etc.) or the buffalo & bleu cheese. If you have a group (or wish to die an early death of heart disease), get the fried ride – fried pickles, fried green beans, fries, & fried onions." - OutlawRaider
Want to try a maple wood infused spirit? I do! From their drink menu: maple wood infused George Dickel whiskey, brown sugar, and orange.
"Kung Fu Saloon is a nifty 'barcade' in Uptown that has an awesome beer selection and free classic arcade games everywhere as tables." - RdrPwr
"Get the Trailer Park – Trashy. You can thank me later." - ttutyler
My curiosity got the best of me, so I had to find the menu description: "Fried chicken, green chiles, lettuce, pico de gallo, and cheese on a flour tortilla with poblano sauce - 'Get it Trashy' (take off the lettuce and add queso)". That sounds glorious.
Beer, a driving range, 54-hole mini golf, a batting cage, food, and live music... SPREAD IT ON!
Owned by TTU Alum, this seems like a great place to watch the game if you are unable to attend... but don't take my word for it! (Sorry, Reading Rainbow flashback)
"The food is great and game day atmosphere is spectacular. I watched the Tech vs Minnesota bowl game at the Frisco location last year and had a blast. The place was packed with the Scarlet and Black and strangers were hugging and high fiving and felt like old friends by the end of that emotional game." - RPoehler
The Tobacco Gallery is owned by a Red Raider husband and wife. It really seems like a laid-back atmosphere with a lot to offer cigar aficionados.
"Nothing like a good cigar at 8:00am with a spicy Bloody Mary or an ice cold Michelada to kick off a tailgate!" - Dunka
It became painfully clear recently that Lubbock doesn't offer enough high-quality steak restaurants. Dallas does not seem to have that problem.
"Bone-in Ribeye Perfection" - jschneider928
What say you, VTMers?
UPDATE: I've listed a few things going on in Lubbock for everyone who will be sticking around this weekend.
They run a concert series throughout the summers at the Buddy Holly Center, and it's a lot of fun. It's outdoors, it's free, and they have cash bars selling beer and wine. This is the last concert of the season, and it's this evening (8/29) from 5:30-7:30. Mike Pritchard and Hat Trick will be playing!
Unfortunately, I'll be out of town for Labor Day weekend, but this would be right up my alley. Williams is from Floydada. He's written several great songs and has a hell of a voice. The concert is Sunday, September 1st at 7:30pm. Tickets run from $51.25 to $73.
Carnage will be playing Friday night (8/30) and Roger Creager, one of my favorites, will be playing Saturday night (8/31). If you haven't been to Wild West before on a concert night, get ready: it gets pretty crowded. At least it did back in MY day...
The Office has completely remodeled within the past 2 years. Check it out if you haven't been there in a while. They have expanded to next door, added a big stage, and a LOT more room. Playing this weekend: Friday (8/30) - Jake Kellen and Saturday (8/31) - Kinky Wizards (a popular local cover band).