What's New In The Houston Scene Since You Were Here Last

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Craig Hlavaty
The jukebox at Grand Prize Bar. Note George Jones, ZZ Top, Lightnin' Hopkins, Prince...
Imagine that you have been frozen since September, or at least the beginning of the fall college semester. Or maybe you are an adult coming back to Houston to visit the folks, return Christmas presents, see friends and make bad decisions with people you forgot existed. Like that girl you worked with for a few years, but who always had a shithead boyfriend.

You more than likely have this Wednesday through next Sunday to hang in Houston and the suburbs before you have to go back to stupid real life full of teachers, bosses, live-in girlfriends and parole-officer visits. Rocks Off has a handy checklist for you to run through while you are here, so you can go back home and tell everyone how much their city sucks compared to Houston.

Did you know that other cities can't claim ZZ Top as their own? Isn't that messed up?

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Marco Torres

Barcadia, next door to Reef and 3rd Bar, is a grown man-child's paradise. Booze, food, cute bartenders, skee-ball, and a few dozen vintage arcade games are the order of the day. Tuesdays you can play for free, including the Ted Nugent pinball machine. We will beat you at Street Fighter II.

Washington Avenue Is Getting Better

You may have scoffed at the 77007 a few months back, but now it's getting a little better. Walter's is happily still open, and the bars are getting worn in. The newness is wearing off the avenue, so it's not as balls-to-the-wall busy as it once was. Check out Liberty Station on the east side of the avenue, a few doors down from Dark Horse Tavern and Sawyer Park.

Grand Prize

Imagine if Big Star and Poison Girl had a baby, and you have Grand Prize Bar, which was named Best New Bar in this year's Best Of Houston awards. If you like expertly made drinks, Ke$ha, and even Motorhead, you will love GPB.

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