Lubbock 101

Written By McKenna Dowdle

August 20, 2020


While Lubbock may bring to mind Texas Tech University and its agricultural roots, a trip to the “Hub City” is most notably characterized by live music and artistic expression experienced in both galleries and wine glasses. As you begin to experience Lubbock as the locals do, you’ll find that West Texas has plenty of personality and charm. Take a look below for the Lubbock 101 and get acquainted with your new home away from home! 

Lubbock Libations

Lubbock’s signature cocktail, affectionately known as “The Chilton,” is a refreshing buzz made with vodka, lemon juice, and club soda. Several local spots put their special twist on this well-known beverage. Try The West Table’s Grapefruit Chilton,  a Cucumber Chilton at Chimy’s Cerveceria, or the original Chilton at Cafe J. This is a must-try as you begin your journey of becoming a Lubbockite. 

For those who prefer a glass of vino, the area is ripe with wine. In fact, the High Plains AVA grows 90% of Texas’ wine grapes and touts six award-winning wineries. Visit one of the tasting rooms and savor a glass of Sangiovese, Montepulciano or another varietal smitten with the West Texas climate. For a taste of Lubbock’s nightlife, Thursday evenings throughout October are alive at McPherson Cellars Winery with live music and food trucks to enjoy! 

Looking for a local brew? Lubbock’s emerging craft beer scene is in its prime! Featuring four breweries including The Brewery LBK, visitors and locals like divulge in the delectable creations like a Smoked Pineapple Ale, Nitro Stout, or Irish Red Ale. The Arts District houses one of Lubbock’s newest brew houses, Two Docs Brewing. With Lubbock-inspired selections on tap such as the Buddy Hoppy IPA, the Prairie Dog Porter, and the Two Docs Bock, each beer lover will be satisfied. If you’re dining around town, sample a brew Plains Brew Co. or head to Triple J Chophouse & Brew Co. for house-made brews paired perfectly with a grilled steak.

806 in the Spotlight

 An authentic “Hub City” sound is often noted as the hallmark of musicians from West Texas. Most notably, music legend Buddy Holly ushered in a new era of rock ‘n’ roll from right here in Lubbock. Following Buddy’s legacy, the area produces talent known to disrupt the industry and inspire ingenuity. With more live music venues per capita than any other city in Texas, Lubbock sets the stage every night of the week for music lovers to hear the sound of the “Hub City.” 

Holly’s legacy lives on through the recent construction of the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences. This world-class performance theater will showcase Broadway shows, symphony productions and ballets, among other headlining events. This isn’t the only attraction shining the spotlight on live theater. Lubbock’s Moonlight Musicals is popular among families, dates and therater-lovers. 

To check out Lubbock’s thriving social scene, make it a point to stop by The Blue Light, Charley B’s, Cactus Theater, and local eateries like La Diosa Cellars, Triple J Chophouse & Brew Co., The Funky Door Bistro & Wine Room, and more.

Up your Insta Game

With plenty of murals throughout the city, Lubbock sets the perfect backdrop for an Insta-worthy image. From blooming wildflower and sunflower fields to walls showcasing Lubbock’s culture, there are plenty of places to get the perfect angle. Don’t forget to share it with #LiveLoveLubbock! Check out our favorites above!

Art in the LBK

Just like music, Lubbock artists attribute their creativity to the wide-open spaces of the South Plains. The seclusion clears the noise, provokes thought and provides inspiration. You might be surprised to learn that Lubbock’s cultural district was the first recognized by the state of Texas. Now, Lubbock is gaining national and international attention as a premier destination. 

The best way to get a glimpse into the art scene in Lubbock is at First Friday Art Trail. On the first Friday of every month, galleries open their doors for thousands of visitors to browse the creative exhibits at LHUCA, Charles Adams Gallery, The Charles Adams Studio Project, and more.

Texas Tech University is home to one of the top 10 university public art collections in the nation, named by Public Art Review. This collection of more than 100 pieces is available for art lovers to view throughout the campus. Make sure to download the ArTTrek App to learn more about each piece of art.

One of the most notable pieces of art in Lubbock is the Bruno Steel House in Ransom Canyon. Robert Bruno’s created an architectural masterpiece that’s been featured in numerous publications including Architectural Digest and Vogue. Schedule a visit to this architectural wonder today! 

Taste the “Hub City”

Lubbock features a palatable selection of local eateries throughout the city. With bistros, eclectic coffee shops and internationally-trained chefs, each thoughtfully crafted dish is served with a side of exquisite talent. For fresh seafood flown in daily, head to the West Table. Local legend Cameron West brought his talents back to Lubbock and opened this high-end restaurant in the Pioneer Pocket Hotel. To try flatbreads that pair perfectly with Texas High Plains wine, visit the Burklee Hill Vineyards Tasting Room and Bistro. Order the “Burklee” and thank me later! They also have a delicious gluten-free option to try. 

A plethora of international cuisine is on display in West Texas as well! A few favorites include One Guy From Italy, a humble Italian restaurant which specializes in authentic pizzas! If you aren’t feeling pizza, try the calzone! Thai Pepper is a local favorite that has arguably one of the best Pad Thai dishes in the city. Put your tastebuds to the test and share your favorite local hot spot with us! 

However you choose to explore, share what you love about the “Hub City” with us using #LiveLoveLubbock.


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