Why You Should Visit Lubbock’s Depot District

Written By Maggi Gallaspy

July 05, 2023

Go down into the Depot Entertainment District during your next visit to the Hub City. The headquarters to Lubbock’s thriving nightlife and social scene, this downtown area offers diverse entertainment options that are expanding rapidly.  

With new additions to the bar scene and the same classic spots loved for years, spend an evening or late night down in the Depot District. Two-step the night away to live music, eat and drink some of the city’s finest selections or watch a show at an iconic theatre. 

For a full list of Depot District dives, check out our must-visit spots below:

Eat & Drink in the Depot District

1718 Buddy Holly Ave Unit B

This Old West-inspired saloon takes you back in time from the second you walk through the door. For a real show-stopper, order The Amsterdam and watch as the bartender makes this interactive drink in front of you. With a menu full of specialty drinks, there’s something for everyone!

1717 Crickets Ave

This polished and relaxed cocktail parlor is one of the newest editions to the Depot District. An upscale bar with a sophisticated vibe, enjoy a twist on a classic cocktail or try a Bodine original sip. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time! 

901 17th St

Eclectic, funky and fun, this Spain-inspired tapas restaurant will have you never wanting to leave! Stop by for live music and stay for the incredible wine and food pairings. Pro tip: order a pitcher (or two) of the sangria. You can thank us later. 

1807 Buddy Holly Ave

A steakhouse and brewing company in one, Triple J is a downtown staple for live music and delicious eats. The atmosphere makes for a great place for date night, dinner with friends or a big group celebratory dinner. Don’t leave without trying the Choppy Bob Nachos and the Raider Red house-brewed beer.

1615 Texas Ave

Located in an old Coca-Cola bottling plant, this family-run winery opened in the fall of 2008. Plan a tasting or stop by on Thursday evenings for patio night and enjoy live music with your pour of choice. 

1801 Buddy Holly Ave #5136

This outdoor patio bar is a local favorite! Meet up with friends and bring your pups along for a night under the West Texas sky. Food trucks, yard games, live music and more will make a night at The Garden a great time. 

Stop by The Cast Iron Grill for a homestyle breakfast or check out the bar scene at Rewind, The Library, Kongs or XOXO for more Depot fun!

Shop in the Depot District

While the Depot District is known for its diverse culture and upbeat nightlife, there is plenty to do by day. One of the best streets downtown, Buddy Holly Avenue is home to several antique shops. Whether you’re looking for something to inspire your next DIY or a one-of-kind piece of art for your home, make time in your schedule to stop by these shops:

1701 Buddy Holly Ave

 1719 Buddy Holly Ave

1706 Buddy Holly Ave

1715 B Buddy Holly Ave

In between antique stores, make your way to the new Chilton Mural. Located between Jux-Ta-Posh and Eclectic Finds, this bright wall art pays tribute to Lubbock’s most popular cocktail: The Chilton. Perfect for a photo op, don’t miss the opportunity to stop by and snap a pic for the Gram. 

Enjoy Entertainment in the Depot District

1812 Buddy Holly Ave

The very first neighborhood movie theater in 1938, the Cactus Theater is now a downtown staple featuring performances from touring artists, tribute bands and local talent. Check out the current lineup and plan your night at the historic Cactus!

1801 Crickets Ave

Celebrating all things Lubbock’s favorite son, the Buddy Holly Center houses many personal artifacts of the singer. Get an up-close look at the icon’s guitar, motorcycle and infamous glasses. It’s no surprise that people from all over the world visit this state-of-the-art facility each year. Be sure to also browse the galleries for a look into Lubbock’s local art!

1806 Buddy Holly Ave

Texas country music legends have graced this stage a time or two (or thousands) before. Get your boot scootin’ boogy on at The Blue Light and enjoy country, folk or rock music at this Depot must-go. Mark your calendars for Monday nights when local talent takes the spotlight for singer-songwriter nights!

The next time you’re planning a trip to Lubbock, be sure to make time for a night in the Depot District. Share your favorite Depot finds using #LiveLoveLubbock! 


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