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RODEOHOUSTON: Where to go before/after the Rodeo

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It’s the most magical time of the year! You thought it was Christmas. You were wrong. If we learned anything about the Super Bowl it’s that Houston as a city can rally around something big and important. Riding off SB51’s success, this year’s rodeo is going to be bigger and better than ever.

Whether you’re planning to camp out at NRG Park this month or just make one big day of it, we’ve got 10 places to pregame (or post game!) the rodeo this year. And most are off the super convenient METRORail line. Click here for more info on the rail!

Note: The rodeo starts at 6:45 p.m. during the week, which is perf! BUT on the weekends it starts at 3:45 p.m. Don’t miss out on the fun by being late!

Here’s a map of all the places listed below:

 

Downtown/Midtown

Boots ‘n Shoots

Right on the downtown MetroRail line, Boots ‘n Shoots is probably best for a post-game visit. It sounds a LOT more country than it is, however, boots are welcomed if they are ready to shoot some whiskey! Downstairs feels like a small bar on Sixth Street in Austin, but upstairs feels like a club. I’ve been twice and loved upstairs for the music and atmosphere (gotta be in the mood for loud and dancing!). Music was SOLID both times too. Order drinks downstairs because the upstairs bar tends to be awful.

Hours: Thurs-Sat, 4 pm to 2 am
MetroRail Directions: Hop on the Red Line and take it south to NRG Park
Website

The Moonshiners Southern Table + Bar

A neighbor to Boots n’ Shoots, Moonshiners is again good for a post game visit, but it’s even better for a pregame because… there’s food! The southern cooking is totally on theme with your western wear you’ll be all dolled up in for the rodeo. There’s brisket grilled cheese, tacos galore, and plenty of things including bacon. The cocktail list also screams southern hospitality, y’all.

Hours: Sun-Thurs, 11 am pm to midnight; Fri/Sat, 11 am to 2 am
MetroRail Directions: Hop on the Red Line and take it south to NRG Park
Website

Mongoose Versus Cobra

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This is one of my favorite midtown spots because it’s just SO different from all the other Midtown bars. It’s perfect for a fancy cocktail pregame or a great place to start a Midtown pub crawl post game. Also, they have an amazing craft beer selection. PERF for recovering/preparing for the Miller/Bud swill you get at the rodeo. Sorry… but it’s true!

Hours: Mon-Fri, 4 pm pm to 2am; Sat/Sun, 2 pm to 2 am
MetroRail Directions: Hop on the Red Line and take it south to NRG Park
Website

Weights + Measures

This is your spot for good eats. If you’re planning a Sunday rodeo day, maybe start with brunch at this super cute spot (boom, been there done that!), but they have breakfast, lunch and dinner + drinks too. it’s basically all you need ever in life, tbh. Pizza is amazing, but you really can’t go wrong.

Hours: Mon-Sat, 7 am to 10 pm; Sun, 7 am to 3 pm
MetroRail Directions: Walk a few blocks and hop on the Red Line and take it south to NRG Park
Website

West University/Kirby

Goode Company’s Armadillo Palace

Of course Coode Co. is well represented at the rodeo, but you’re missing out if you’re not at Armadillo Palace! The newly renovated spot has good food, huge bar and a lovely outdoor space for live music or just having a margarita on the patio.

Hours: Tues, 11 am to 11 pm; Wed 11 am to midnight; Thurs/Fri, 11 am to 2 am; Sat 4 pm to 2 am
Directions: You could Uber to Hermann Park to hop on the Red Line for the MetroRail, or just take Kirby all the way down to NRG.
Website

Lucille’s

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Another amazing spot to do a brunch rodeo pregame! And another spot where we already did it. This is also another southern comfort food heaven! Get the fried green tomatoes whatever you do, or the bacon biscuits. Or both.

Hours: Tues-Sat, 11 am to 10 pm; Sun, 10 am to 3 pm
Directions: You could Uber to Hermann Park to hop on the Red Line for the MetroRail, or just take Kirby all the way down to NRG.
Website

Under the Volcano

Ahh, yes. This is my favorite Rice U area bar. And where I TRIED to spend my 21st birthday (I know, so young, with such great taste). But they had better taste and didn’t let me in bc I was a hair shy of 21 by 2 hours. This is a v chill place that would be excellent for a chill pregame or postgame. I don’t care when you go, just as long as you get a strawberry basil margarita. ❤

Hours: Mon-Thurs, 2 pm to 2 am; Fri-Sun, 1 pm to 2 am
Directions: You could Uber to Hermann Park to hop on the Red Line for the MetroRail, or just take Kirby all the way down to NRG.
Website

EaDo

Around the Corner

Around the Corner Coffee Houston

Sister to Down the Street, Around the Corner is perfect for a chill, non-alcoholic coffee pregame that still has a friendly bar feel — and a friendly bar! There’s plenty of seating and it’s just the cutest place. If you’d like more obsessing over the cuteness, here you are. Another coffee alternative might be Ahh, Coffee!

Hours: Mon-Wed, 6:30 am to midnight; Thurs/Fri, 6:30 am to 2 a.m.; Sat/Sun, 8 am to 2 am
Directions: Head to the EaDo stadium stop and hop on either the Green or Purple MetroRail line west. Transfer to the Red Line and take it south to the Stadium.
Website

Pappa Charlies BBQ

Disclaimer: Never actually been here, but I’ve had the BBQ and it is melt-in-your-mouth good. If you want BBQ but don’t want it overpriced and overcrowded at the Rodeo, consider a pregame stop at Pappa!

Hours: Thurs-Sat, 11:30 am to 8 pm; Sun, 11:30 am to 6 pm
Directions: Head to the EaDo stadium stop and hop on either the Green or Purple MetroRail line west. Transfer to the Red Line and take it south to the Stadium.
Website

Post-game

Rebel’s Honky Tonk

I’ll be the first to say that Rebel’s is nowhere conveniently located to the stadium, but if bull riding and a country concert at the rodeo has you inspired to do a full night of rodeo-ing, Rebel’s is definitely your spot to two step AND mechanical bull ride. Having done both at this off-Washington spot, I would highly recommend.

Hours: Thurs-Sat, 8 pm to 2 am; Sun, 6 pm to 2 am
Driving Directions: 610 West to I10 East, exit Durham and take it to Washington. Would recommend Ubering.
Website

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