A Local Venue With an App? Mucky Duck Has One... and It's Good

Survival in the hospitality business is rough. The vast majority of restaurants fail. Bars are an even tougher go, and nightclub success is even slimmer.

That puts live music venues on the lowest rung of the success ladder. So, it is understandable when a live music venue, struggling to get by, is unable to fully embrace technology. It's expensive. It's difficult to maintain. Frankly, it's impractical. It's hard enough to keep a Facebook or Twitter feed active, let alone a Website -- as I found when I did a roundup of live music venue Web sites recently. But, an app? Forget it. Most commercial businesses don't even bother with apps, so how can a live music venue even consider it?

Well, one has. The venerable singer-songwriter pub McGonigel's Mucky Duck -- No. 2 on my Web sites list -- not only has an app for iPhone and Android, but it's a damn good one. Surprised? I was.

Built on the MobileRoadie app platform, The Duck's app is clean, easy to use and has tons of information from show listings to their menu. It's impressive.

When I first heard about the app, I wanted to see if there were others. I did numerous searches for virtually every venue in town and turned up nothing, so it would appear the Duck has cornered the market in this particular area of technology. (If I'm missing one, please let me know).

And while the app looks very good and has all sorts of useful stuff, like an interactive map, ways to share information and check in at the venue, the aforementioned menus (something a lot of restaurants don't have on their Web sites) and show listings, what impressed me the most was the fact that the information is well maintained.

The Duck's Twitter feed, which you can also access through the app, is updated with regularity. They had a New Year's Eve pop-up upon entering the app, which is appropriate for the time of year. All the shows are up to date, and there are even recent photos.

This type of upkeep is rare for even the most organized business. I work with a lot of companies on their Web sites, and one of the most difficult tasks is encouraging them to keep their site information fresh. Nothing looks worse to a visitor than a Web site that is neglected. The Duck's is most certainly not.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, the app is free, which is always a good thing. If you ever attend shows there or think you might, this is probably a good app to have on your phone.

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McGonigel's Mucky Duck

2425 Norfolk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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Ian T. Komouss
Ian T. Komouss

I am amused that this means Fitzgerald's will have to play catch up, they should have quite a number of people that should have been able to make an app for them in the last year if they wanted to. :p


Thanks Jeff!  We need to thank all of the hip, smart and helpful young people who surround us daily-keeping us aware of the many ways in the world to stay in touch with our duckers. It is also really helpful to have a creative son who makes the art on all of these devices look so sharp. 

Off we go to tweet it, like it,  pin it and whatever word we should use for putting your cool article up on our new app.

Cory Garcia
Cory Garcia

(Yes, I realize it's the Woodlands. I'm merely saying.)


@theduck I was so excited to get this app, but it's only available for iOS5 and I have an 4 :(

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