Little-Known Lubbock

Written By Katherine White

January 05, 2019


While Lubbock may bring to mind sunsets and cotton, a trip to the “Hub City” is most notably characterized by live music and artistic expression experienced in both galleries and wine glasses. Experience Lubbock as the locals do, and you’ll find that West Texas has plenty of personality and charm.

Lubbock Libations

Lubbock’s signature cocktail, affectionately known as “The Chilton,” is a tart, refreshing sip made with vodka, lemon juice, and club soda. The legend of how the Chilton came to be was recorded by Texas Monthly in a feature, “Calling Dr. Chilton.” 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.

For those who prefer a glass of vino, the area is ripe with wine. In fact, the High Plains AVA grows 90 percent 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.

Looking for a local brew? The Brewery LBK serves craft beers like a Smoked Pineapple Ale, Nitro Stout, or Irish Red Ale. And, the arts district will soon welcome Two Docs Brewing with Lubbock-inspired selections on tap such as the Buddy Hoppy IPA, the Prairie Dog Porter, and the Two Docs Bock. Or, if you’re dining around town, sample a brew Plains Brew Co. To get the full brew experience, head to Triple J Chophouse & Brew Co. for house brews paired perfectly with a grilled steak.

“Live” in the 806

Charlie Shafter, Josh Abbott, William Clark Green

Charlie Shafter, Josh Abbott and William Clark Green performing an acoustic song swap













An authentic High Plains 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.”

A few of the venues to check out during your visit are 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.

“Likable” Locations

Mural by Nate Pollock on the side of California T’s

With plenty of murals throughout the city, Lubbock sets the perfect backdrop for an “Insta-worthy” image. With a “Made in LBK” mural on the west side of Sugar Browns Coffee or an 806 background at California T’s, there are plenty of places to snap the picture. Don’t forget to share it with #LiveLoveLubbock!

Art in the LBK


The Bruno Steel House featured in a futuristic photo series by Vogue












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 one of the first recognized by the state of Texas. Now, Lubbock is gaining national and international attention as a premier arts 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.

Another creative hotspot in the “Hub City” is Tornado Gallery with plasma sculptures, Xeon tube pieces and a collection of neon creations. Unity in Glass, a glassblowing studio is also housed in the same building. Visitors can purchase these creations at Tornado Gallery.

And, 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 (pictured above) in Ransom Canyon. Robert Bruno’s created an architectural masterpiece that’s been featured in numerous publications including Architectural Digest and Vogue.


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