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“Trying to find a better foothold, without the real support of City Council”
Review of The Depot District

The Depot District
Ranked #18 of 43 things to do in Lubbock
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Owner description: A collection of business and historical sites in the heart of Lubbock.
Reviewed 23 June 2016

If you are a collective of small business owners, most who have been around for quite some time, how do you go about getting the attention of City Hall that in order for downtown to be successful, you have to support the people who are already there?

Well, The Depot District has not found that formula yet, and the city council should be ashamed at their lack of home grown cultural support they have shown. Other than the terrific Buddy Holly spaces, The Depot is looking really long in the tooth.

The Bluelight is a music institution that needs some fascial love. Same as their partner Tom's.
Cactus theater is the only place with any kind of new ambiance about it and I guess deservedly so as they bring some great acts.
Triple J's is the same it has always been.
Tornado Alley looks like it should and I wouldn't change a thing.
The Uncha Uncha room next to the Bluelight is one of the most dirty and disgusting places I have ever walked into before.

The roadway on Texas and Buddy Holly are derelict, misshapen and dangerous to walk on. The middle of the road sits higher than the curbs in an effort to salvage some kind of drainage system the city screwed up a long time ago. The sidewalks undulate. Powerlines are randomly thought out in placement.

The upsides are the Farmers Market on Saturdays during the late spring through summer. Outdoor concerts at the outdoor Cactus down the street. Bighams BBQ pumping out late night grub with smoke that entices you from 5 blocks away. Sidewalk patios that let you take in night time air and watch the nightlife stroll right past you.

For the sake of Pete, help these folks out. Make this the kind of place you want to take friends from out of town and be proud, not the place you are forced to go to because, well, there ain't much to do in downtown after 4:30pm. Well, unless you need bail money.

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

We were hear when the school was not in session so we didn't expect it to be busy but it's was pretty much dead. We walked the super small strip with a couple bars and a couple restaurants not much going. I've been here previously for a car show and it was fairly crowded so pick your days right if you want to party with more than yourself

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank wick1979
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Reviewed 26 April 2016

Not real impressed with the attempt to show off old town Lubbock, needs a lot of TLC but has potential for a great area

Date of experience: June 2015
1  Thank Riverbabe60
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Reviewed 25 April 2016

When I moved here, I really hoped that I'd love the Depot District. It has a piano bar, which I love, some decent restaurants, and a lot more bars in walking distance. Seemed like the perfect F or Sat night place. But in actuality, it's more of a student hangout, a place where folks can get roaring drunk and find themselves surrounded by cops before the end of the evening. The Depot District needs more variety, a host of different sorts of places, better food venues, and some places that cater to adults and quiet conversation. And, as much as I'm for safety, it's dispiriting to drink in an area that is surrounded by cops for the last hour of the evening. Just does not live up to hype.

Date of experience: March 2016
4  Thank MarkCharney
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Reviewed 12 April 2016

Buddy Holly, John Denver, Mac Davis, Waylon Jennings (Littlefield) & Joe Ely are but a few of the many talented musicians who have called Lubbock home & the tradition continues. Catch an early show at the Cactus Theatre, grab a pizza at the Triple J Chophouse then head on over to the Blue Light Live for an enjoyable evening of live music often featuring some of the hub city's best talent. Be sure to try an apple burn shot while you're there. Afterward stop by the taco truck around the corner for a delicious brisket taco late night snack.

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank Flyacoop
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