A Rookie Rodeo Guide For New Steppers

Getty Images/Frazier HarrisonHowdy! It’s Rodeo time! and Houston has a lot more things to do around the rodeo, just get your boots and hats ready to celebrate!

First you need to look like a real cowboy: 

Cavender’s Boot City is the right place to go for your gear! from belts to boots to jewelry for women, men and children. They got it all. Looking for brooking in boots? Texas Junk Co. be prepared to look around for those perfect boots. Open Saturdays only.  If you need some western furnishings then Pinto Ranch is the spot for you. They have Indian rugs, chaps, saddles and there is just too many to name. Last stop will be Texas Custom Boots to finish off your western attire.

You want to square dance and do the two-step?  Blanco’s is the perfect spot, located in the Upper Kirby neighborhood, Blanco’s isn’t large, but it’s packed with character, and you’ll find some of the area’s best bands playing country tunes to appreciative audiences.

 Another music venue is the Armadillo Palace, it is part honky-tonk and part Texas history museum, Goode’s Armadillo Palace gets the mood established right off the back thanks to the towering armadillo sporting long horns and breathing smoke right out front.  It is a bar located of Kirby.

You wanna try some line dancing? this country nightclub, Rebels Honky Tonk, has daisy dukes cowgirls and cowboys in this huge venue. It has a big wood dance floor so you won’t bump anyone while step-dancing. There is also an outdoor area and while you’re at it you can try the mechanical bull to sharpen your riding skills.  After this stop at Rebels, you’ll probably leave with some hard-core country moves!  It is located on Washington Street in the Heights.

I can’t forget about Wild West where the fun gets better and better!  this dance club and pool hall has a variety of activities that will make your visit enjoyable. There’s line dancing, great beer, and they won’t leave you hungry because they even have sizzling fajitas. Located on Richmond’s strip.

Need some Grub?

Goode Co. Bar-B-Q:  sloppy joe’s, ribs, chopped beef potatoes, smoked brisket, basically  anything that has to do with the word ‘bar-b-q’ they have it. Located off Kirby.

Pizzitola’s BBQ: 70-year old big brick pit is firing up some east Texas hickory and the ribs are cookin’ just right off Shepherd Drive.

Gatlins BBQ: You’ll find some fantastic BBQ here with a family atmosphere.Located West 19th Street.       

Pappas Bar-B-Q:  From juicy brisket to ribs plus the great texas style chili is what makes this restaurant unique. You’ll find this restaurant all over Houston.    

After doing the guide, I believe you will become a ‘Go Texan” cowboy/cowgirl!  Enjoy!


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