Tag Archives: College Station

The Pride of College Station

6 Dec

Yes, I saved the best for last. You’ve probably wondered why I haven’t written a blog about this place already, but I’ve saving it for the end. If you go to one bar in College Station, make it the Dixie Chicken. The Chicken is hands-down the most popular bar in College Station.

The Dixie Chicken serves the most beer per square foot of any bar in the U.S., which says a lot for College Station, Texas, the bar capital of the world (most per capita). The Dixie Chicken is known for it’s beer, dominos, and hamburgers. While you’re there, go look at the rattlesnack behind the pool tables.

If you plan on going, be aware that the Chicken only serves beer and sangria (for alcoholic drinks). Also, the Chicken is always crowded, especially before, during, and after home football games. If you are lucky enough to find an empty table, hold on to it.

The Dixie Chicken’s rustic feel really makes the atmosphere. Even if you don’t like to drink, I would still suggest going to the Chicken just to look around. The food is all pretty good; the hamburgers are great. The Dixie Chicken has been around forever and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Go to www.dixiechicken.com, to get more information and visit the online store.

God bless and Merry Christmas!

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Take me out to the ballpark

5 Dec

Natalie and I were talking the other day about our favorite A&M events to attend. Her’s are baseball games. This was no big surprise to me, since she is a Diamond Darling. But, baseball games mean more to her than just an organization.

“Baseball games are so upbeat,” Natalie said. “They have their own traditions that make going to a game a unique experience. They’re always something or somebody to watch.”

When I asked her why the student body and members of the community should support the baseball team, she had a good answer. “It benefits everyone. The baseball players feed of the fans’ energy, making it an exciting game. The fans get to watch America’s sport being played by the best student athletes in the country.”

Natalie said what better way to show your Aggie Spirit this Spring, than to support the Aggie baseball team. It takes everyone, the baseball players, the workers, Diamond Darlings, and especially the fans, to make a good game great.

I can vouch for Natalie that Aggie baseball games are one of the best forms of entertainment in town. When Spring rolls around, grab your ball cap, get you a hot dog, and enjoy an Aggie baseball game.

To view the roster, schedule, and other baseball news, visitwww.aggieathletics.com.

The Dry Bean Saloon

5 Dec

The Dry Bean is one of Northgate’s most unique bars. From it’s “shotgun house” set-up, to it’s menu full of shots, the Dry Bean is always a favorite. The Dry Bean is most famous for its elaborate list of shots, shooters, and drop-shots.

We stopped by the Dry Bean last night when we got to Northgate and I wasn’t impressed with the bartender. First off, bartender wasn’t friendly (which is a big no-no to me) and then he didn’t pour our shots correctly. This is the first time, though, that I’ve been displeased with my service here, so I won’t hold it against them.

The Dry Bean isn’t really set-up for you to hang around and socialize. Usually, it’s a get-in-get-out kind of place. The later you go, the more crowded it gets. Since the bar is so small, it can be a major pain to move around when it gets really packed.

If you’re going to this shot bar, I would suggest going early and getting a Pissed-off Japanese Minnow Farmer. It’s a great-tasting shooter that’s one of my favorites.

The Corner Bar and Grill

3 Dec

One of the premiere views in College Station is on the third floor of The Corner. You can see all of Northgate and a lot of campus.

The Corner Bar and Grill offers good food and drinks. The last time I went, I had a hamburger that was delicious. They also have good beer specials during happy hour. They have big TV’s that are usually showing some sort of sport.

The Corner has 3 floors, with the top floor being the rooftop. If the weather’s nice, this is the best place to go. Each floor has a bar and bathrooms, which is really convenient. The Corner plays a mixture of music to satisify everyone’s tastes.

The next time you go to Northgate, make sure to stop by The Corner. To see a menu and drink specials, visit www.cornerbcs.com.

Laser Tag!

3 Dec

Last night, some friends and I went to play laser tag at Grand Central Station, off of Highway 6. I hadn’t played laser tag since I was young, so it was going to be a fairly new experience for me. I had heard good things about it, so I went it with high hopes. Here’s a couple of the things that I learned during my laser tag experience:

1. It’s a lot of fun! I really enjoyed playing laser tag. Since there were only 5 of us in our group, we played individually, every man for himself. This is good, because you can shoot anyone (excluding yourself). I would also like to try playing with teams. I think it would put a little more edge in the game, because you have to work as a team. The downside to playing on teams would be that no one would want me on their’s, which brings me to my next point.

2. I’m not very good at laser tag. I may have had fun, but that doesn’t mean I’m good. I’m not an ultra competitive person and I don’t mind losing, which enhances my not-so-stellar performance. I was also playing with 4 highly-competitive people, so should it suprise me that I finished 2nd to last? No, not really.

3. It’s a workout! Laser tag will wear you out with 10 minutes of non-stop running, hiding, going up and down ramps, and adrenaline. I was huffing and puffing 5 minutes into the game. You may think you won’t get all worked-up, but you’ll get in there and get into the game, and get tired. This is why I’m categorizing laser tag as recreation.

4. Wear appropriate clothing. If you really want to be hardcore, dress in all black. It’s a black light setting, so don’t wear white or any light colors, because you will glow. Also, wear good running shoes. My friend wore boots with a small heel. While they were very cute, they weren’t laser tag appropriate. You will run, trust me.

5. It’s afforadable! If you go on a Thursday night after 9:30, you can play unlimited laser tag and mini golf for $12. Individual games are $7. You may not have enough energy to play more than one game. To see more deals, go to Grand Central Station’s website at grandstationent.com.

MSC Opas

1 Dec

MSC Opas brings “world-class entertainment to the Brazos Valley.” Opas is an organization at A&M that focuses on bringing broadway shows, musicals, and performers to Rudder Theater. Some of the past performaces include Yo-Yo Ma, Van Cliburn, Itzhak Perlman, Les Miserables, Rent and the world premiere of the Bolshoi Ballet Grigorovich Ballet. I went two years ago to see Cirque Du Soleil and it was amazing!

This year’s line-up consisted of The Manhatten Transfer, Burn the Floor, An Irish Christmas with Ronan Tynan. Left on the list for this year is Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Color Purple, and Mamma Mia!.

In fact, Beauty and the Beast will be coming December 11 & 12. Each day will have a 2:00 showing and there will be a 7:00 showing on Saturday. Tickets range from $36-$74, with a discount for students. Students can get even more discounted tickets if they wait to the day of the show. But, you may end up not having tickets at all, if you wait.

To purchase tickets and see upcoming performance dates, go to opas.tamu.edu.

Abbott and Donahew

1 Dec

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Tonight, Casey Donahew and Josh Abbott will both be performing at Hurricane Harry’s. This should be a great concert to attend. Both of these performers make my list of favorites, so I will more than likely be attending (if I get all my homework done). I’m not positive, but I assume this will be an acoustic concert. Either way it will be a lot of fun to go to. Tickets are $10 in advance and can purchased at Cavendar’s, Traditions Bookstore, and online at outhousetickets.com. Look forward to seeing everyone at Harry’s tonight!

Hit the Rec

1 Dec

The students at A&M are very fortunate to have such a great Rec Center. It’s has just about everything you could possibly need to get into shape, or just have a little fun. You can rock-climb, or swim, or play racquetball. For many people, working out can be a lot of fun. Watching me work-out (especially run) can be entertaining for others. Either way, everyone wins at the Rec.

When I go to the Rec, I enjoy going to the fitness classes that are offered. Students can go to some of the classes for free, but most are $3 a class or $60 for a semester pass. I’ve payed for each class individually and I’ve purchased a semester pass. I didn’t get my money’s worth out of the pass, but if you really enjoy the classes, you may want to go with this option.

My favorite class was kickboxing. It was a great work-out, mixed with a lot of fun. I’ve also been to a body blasting class, after which I could barely walk for several days. The classes are taught by experienced trainers. It’s a great place to meet people, have fun, and get active.

For more information, go to the Rec website. To find a schedule of fitness classes, go to Programs and click-on Fitness & Classes.

Christmas shopping

27 Nov

It’s time to start (or finish) this year’s Christmas shopping. If you’re looking for something for a girl, whether it be a friend, sister, mom, etc., a boutique is the place to go. Boutique shopping is a lot of fun, because you never know what you’ll find. Boutiques carry unique brands and clothes, but can come with a heftier price tag.

Willa Boutique in College Station is a great place to do some shopping. They have reasonable prices on many items, accessories, and a friendly staff. They usually have a good sale rack too. If you do go shopping at Willa or another boutique, if you see something you like, you should probably get it. Boutiques don’t carry mass quantities of the same item and when it’s gone, it’s gone. Have fun Christmas shopping!

Time for basketball

26 Nov

It’s time to put-up your maroon shirts and bring-out the white. Basketball season is in full-force and Reed Arena is waiting to be filled with excited students. The Reed Rowdies are among some of the most energetic fans in college basketball.

A&M basketball games are a lot of fun to attend. Both the men and women always put on a great performance, especially at home. Don’t wait until after Christmas to get involved, do it now. The men’s basketball team will be at home Dec. 2, 4, and 8. Games start at 7.

The lottery ticket distribution is no longer used. Students with an All Sports option can pull a physical ticket before the game or show their student id at the door. Students without an All Sports option can purchase student tickets for $13. Tickets are pulled and purchased at the ticket windows in the zone (not Reed).

If you would like to view the men’s and women’s schedules, rosters and other information, visit www.aggieathletics.com.