The 12 Bars of Christmas and Then Some

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photos by Marco Torres
"I'm too pretty to look like a devil!"
-- the gentleman in the photo above

Christmas is only two days away. Another year full of laughs and cries and cheers and tears. A year spent with family and friends is never a bad one. And when the time for visiting family is done, once the dishes are in the sink, and the Christmas tree is lit, that's the best time to party.

The holiday weekend before Christmas is always full of ugly sweaters, events named with a cute holiday pun, and winter spice flavored everything. For those who live out of town and come home to Houston for the week, these few days after landing but before the family obligations is like a "Get Out of Jail Free" pass. As the great American poet A$AP Rocky states: "Go wild for the night, fuck being polite!"

Rocks Off ventured around town this weekend to find out where the party at, and we were not disappointed.


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SATURDAY, 9 p.m.
There's no better place to begin a long night of socializing than the 400 Block of Main downtown. With Goro & Gun, Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar, The Pastry War and Notsuoh all lined up like a flank of toy soldiers, there is something to fulfill all of your heart, stomach, and liver's desires. We caught up with the two dudes who keep a watchful eye on this hood, Goro's Joshua Martinez and our buddy Jay (@GunsAndTacos), who mans the door at Pasty War.

REWIND: A Round of Serious Drinking at the New Kids On Market Square


We decided to check out the newest bar on the block first. Little Dipper is a cool mix of naughty and nice, with a homey quality and friendly bartenders. On this night I ran into one very tall snowman, a gingerbread gal drinking Lone Star, and a dude wearing his "Jingle Bells" for the whole world to see. It just so happened they were all a part of a pub crawl called "The 12 Bars of Christmas." Sounds intoxicating, and everyone seemed to be having a blast. We ordered a Jack & Coke, took a few flicks, and moved along.


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SATURDAY, 10 p.m.
A quick stop at Notsuoh's annual Christmas party, and the band Folly Collage was playing. We accidentally knocked down the Santa Claus piñata hanging from the ceiling. Lone Star, shoot, and get outta there. Sorry, guys!

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SATURDAY, 11 p.m.
Headed over to Pear Lounge on Washington (formerly Pearl Bar) for the album-release party of singer-songwriter Karina Nistal's kaRAGEous. The former Houston Press Music Award Winner moved to Los Angeles in 2011, so it was a treat to catch up with her and hear some of her new music. The night was hosted by BBC Craig, who lined up DJs Nimbus, Joe B, and Delsur as openers, followed by Nistal's special homecoming performance. Red Bull & blueberry Stoli, and move along.


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SUNDAY, 12 a.m..
Two more stops before heading home. The Flat on Commonwealth has always been a great low-key spot to chill, but ever since DJ Sun and his crew took over management and bookings recently, the entertainment and ambiance has been elevated to an unrivaled excellence. DJ Rich Medina was spinning tonight for a packed house.

His bio reads that the Lakewood, N.J. native has been entertaining "multiethnic crowds on a sonic journey through hip-hop, house, Afrobeat, funk and soul, unearthing one
musical gem after another, for almost 20 years." Indeed, classic hip-hop mixed with salsa mixed with dance music is as cool to experience as it sounds. Medina commanded his vinyl with purpose and perfection, rocking the crowd into a cool holiday groove. Just one flick, a frozen mojito, and on to the next one.


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SUNDAY, 1 a.m.
Boondocks for the Trashed! Ho Ho Ho Down! featuring DJ Gracie Chavez (Bombón), Dayta (Krackernuttz), and Grrrl Parts (DanceMofoDance). Nice way to end the night, with the usual hot and sweaty dance party. Stay for a bit, have a PBR, then head home. Gotta be up in a few for the Texans game.


More Marco After Dark on the next page.



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