Life in Lubbock 2006

Lubbock Chamber of Commerce


Area's club scene a breeding ground for talent

Some may wonder where to go to hear live music - after all, Lubbock has been recognized for years as a breeding ground for talented musicians and bands - while others are in the mood to show off their moves on a dance floor.

A recent A-J advertisement encouraged readers to write in and vote for their favorite nightspot. Readers applauded the martinis at Melt, the premium cigars at the Shadow Club inside the 101 Grill and Bar, and the deejays playing "hip-hop, salsa and reggae in addition to Tejano" at South Beach.

Wild West
Wild West
Staci Gray / Lubbock A-J

The nightspot generating the most responses was the Office Grill and Bar.

Hallie Grant said the Office is "like a cozy, friendly neighborhood bar and grill; you can meet your friends there for a drink ... and the music is not so loud that you have to yell to be heard."

We contacted as many venues as possible to let us know what days they are open, whether they have a dance floor, the type of music featured and just how often they provide live music.

Club scene

The Sting
The Sting
Staci Gray / Lubbock A-J

101 Grill & Bar - 10007 Slide Road, 798-0101. Closed Monday, small dance floor, varied music off the Internet, live music on some weekends.

Aroma's Therapy Coffee House - 5109 82nd St., No. 10, 794-7662. Open every day, no dance floor, acoustic rock and jazz, live music one or two days per week.

Bash Riprocks - 2419 Main St., 762-2274. Open every day, no dance floor, varied music, live music Thursday-Saturday.

Bash Riprocks 2 - 620 19th St., 747-0722. Open Thursday-Saturday, no dance floor, varied music, live music Thursday-Saturday.

Big John's Sports Bar at Ramada Inn - 6624 Interstate 27, 745-2208. Open every day, dance floor, varied music, live music Wednesday-Saturday.

Allen Bownds plays pool at Chances R.
Allen Bownds plays pool at Chances R.
Joe Don Buckner / Lubbock A-J

Bleachers Sports Cafe - 1719 Buddy Holly Ave., 744-7467. Closed Sunday and Monday, no dance floor, varied music, live music Thursday-Saturday.

Blue Light - 1806 Buddy Holly Ave., 762-1185. Closed Sunday, dance floor, Texas country and some rock and blues, live music six nights per week.

Branch Office - 5023 34th St., 793-2676. Closed Sunday, dance floor, country music, no live entertainment.

Buckhorn Saloon - 5001 S. Ave. Q, 749-5801. Open every day, small dance floor, only karaoke music.

Buffalo Wild Wings - 8212 University Ave., 745-5525. Open every day, no dance floor, karaoke and rock, occasional live music.

Front entrance to Chances R
Front entrance to Chances R
Joe Don Buckner / Lubbock A-J

Caprock Cafe - 3405 34th St., 784-0300. Open every day, no dance floor, Texas country and classic rock, occasional live music.

Chances R - 5610 Frankford Ave., 799-3993. Closed Monday and Wednesday, dance floor, pop and country, live music on some Thursdays.

Club Luxor - 2211 Fourth St., 744-3744. Open Friday-Sunday and Wednesday, dance floor, karaoke and hip-hop music played by deejays.

Club Zoo - 6602 19th St., 792-3966. Private club.

Co. Line Country - 11922 Texas 114 (eight miles west of Loop 289), 885-4411. Private club (free membership with driver's license), Closed Monday, large dance floor, varied music, live music each weekend.

Crickets Grill & Draft House - 2412 Broadway, 744-4677. Open every day, no dance floor, classic rock, live music on Tuesday-Wednesday.

Crossroads - 1801 19th St., 749-8708. Open every day, dance floor, varied music, live music monthly.

Cujo's Sports Bar - 5811 Fourth St., 791-2622. Open every day, no dance floor, varied music, deejay on Thursday.

El Rodeo - 4802 Ave. Q, 762-0320. Open every day, dance floor, Tejano music, some live music.

Gas Light - 5215 57th St., 785-1720. Open every day, patrons can dance in front of stage, typically pop-rock, live music Wednesday-Saturday.

Good Times Club - 1605 Old Lamesa Road, Brownfield, 637-4042. Closed Tuesday, dance floor, karaoke and varied music, occasional live music.

Harrigan's - 3827 50th St., 771-8880. Open every day, small dance floor, acoustic entertainment, live music on Saturday.

He's Not Here Saloon - 3703 Ave. Q, 747-3848. Open every day, small dance floor, jukebox, no live music.

Jake's Sports Cafe - 5025-A 50th St., 687-5253. Open every day, small dance floor, varied music but mostly rock, live music most nights.

Jazz: A Louisiana Kitchen - 3703-C 19th St., 799-2124. Open every day, no dance floor, varied music, live music every day.

Jessie Jane's - 15 miles east of Post on U.S. 84, 799-3382. Open Friday-Saturday, dance floor debuts in July, any type of Texas music, live music each Saturday.

Joe's Crab Shack - 5802 West Loop 289, 797-8600. Open every day, no dance floor, varied music, live music two to four nights per week.

Koko Club at Koko Inn - 5201 Ave. Q, 747-2512. Open every day, dance floor, karaoke and varied music, live music three nights per week.

Las Brisas Southwest Steakhouse - 4703 112th St., 687-6050. Closed Sunday, no dance floor, varied music, live music on weekend.

La Diosa Cellars - 901 17th St., 744-3600, Open Tuesday-Saturday, makeshift dance floor, varied music, live music nightly.

Library - 1701 Texas Ave., 747-6000. Open every day, no dance floor, computerized music play lists, no live music.

Lujan's Mexican Restaurant - 10101 Slide Road, 368-9444. Closed Monday, no dance floor, acoustic rock, live music two days per week.

Melt - 1711 Texas Ave., 687-2034. Closed Sunday, dance floor for Salsa Night on Wednesday, varied music, live music on weekend.

Moose Magoo's - 8217 University Ave., 745-5005. Open every day, no dance floor, karaoke and classic rock, occasional live music.

Office Grill & Bar - 6202 Iola Ave., 687-6242. Open every day, no dance floor, 1960s and country music, live music on Saturday.

Paradise Club - 2228 Clovis Road, 744-1396. Open every day, dance floor, Tejano music, live music Thursday through Sunday.

Robbin's Nest - 5202 34th St., 799-9908. Open every day, no dance floor, varied music, no live music.

Rocky LaRue's - 2420-B Broadway, 747-6366. Open every day, dance floor, varied music, live entertainment most nights.

Sand Trap - 501 N. Interstate 27. 741-0516. Open every day, no dance floor, jukebox, no live music.

South Beach Club & Lounge - 1816 Crickets Ave., 744-3393. Closed Monday-Wednesday, dance floor, varied music, occasional live music.

Stella's Restaurant - 4646 50th St., 785-9299. Open every day, no dance floor, varied music, live music Thursday-Sunday.

The Sting - 5132 69th St., 794-4447. Closed Sunday, dance floor, country music, live music four or five nights per week.

Sugar Brown's Coffee House - 4818 50th St., 687-4951. Open every day, no dance floor, varied music, live music Thursday-Saturday.

Texas Cafe & Bar - 3604 50th St., 792-8544. Open every day, small dance floor, blues-rock and country music, live music five to six nights per week.

Tom's Daiquiri Place - 1808 Buddy Holly Ave., 749-5442. Closed Sunday, no dance floor, hip-hop and rock via XM Radio, no live music.

Wild West - 2216 I27, 741-3031. Open Thursday-Saturday, large dance floor, mostly country music, live music two to four times per month.

Compiled by William Kerns