And just like that, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is back for another season. With Houstonians more motivated than ever to return to carnival grounds, eat rodeo and cheer on their favorite singing sensation, it’s all the more reason to celebrate all month long. As people make their plans, many of Houston’s restaurants and bars act as unofficial rodeo pregame destinations, serving discounted snacks and themed cocktails throughout its run. Sure, there’s plenty of good food to save room at the event itself, but seasoned rodeo-goers know there’s no harm in fueling up. with snacks or even an adult drink before heading out for the expedition to NRG. Put on your boots and hats, round up the cowboys and cowgirls, and let’s rodeo.
Below, discover HoustoniaThe selection of the best places in town to enjoy great food and drink before a day of carnival rides, petting zoo adventures and fun concerts.
This Heights hotspot kicks off the start of rodeo season with a festive Go Texan Day party on Friday, February 25. Guests of all ages are welcome, as the bar will host an on-site petting zoo from 5-7 p.m. and drink specials. , in collaboration with Texas whiskey Balcones, will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
1039 Yale Street Houston, TX 77008 (832) 767-4002
At Revelry’s Rodeo happy hour, available Monday through Thursday from 3-7 p.m. and Friday from 3-9 p.m., sangria, wines by the glass, frozen margaritas, Texas pints, and spirits are just $5. . Bar bites like fried pickles, chicken flautas, fries and queso are currently $6, while Fridays and Saturdays feature crawfish specials.
1613 Richmond Ave Houston, TX 77006 (832) 538-0724
As the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo has resumed, so has the Go Texan Day festivities at The Pit Room. On February 25 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the barbecue restaurant will host a patio party with music from DJ Big John, an appearance by local Pinecone Chicken, free face painting and cotton candy, and a Kendra Scott pop-up shop with limited edition rodeo collectibles for purchase to benefit the HLSR Educational Fund. Come hungry. In addition to barbecue and crawfish, funnel cakes and root beer floats will be available for purchase.
1201 Richmond Ave Houston, TX 77006 (281) 888-1929
All things rodeo is represented by Dessert Gallery’s meticulously decorated butter cookies, available in the cafe and for pre-order online during rodeo season. The cookies are $4.75 each and the colorful assortment includes cowboy hats, boots and rodeo animals. Insider Tip: Show your HLSR ticket at the cafe during rodeo season and receive $1 off your order.
3600 Kirby Drive #D Houston, TX 77098 (713) 522-9999
Before heading to the rodeo concessions, warm up your belly with Russo’s Rodeo Specialty BBQ Chicken Pizza. The sweet and spicy pie combines ricotta and mozzarella with barbecue chicken, roasted peppers, caramelized onions and pear slices. Find it at all Russo stores for $19.32 through March 20.
With its central location and daily happy hour with food and drink specials from 3-6 p.m., Hungry’s is a natural choice for a pre-rodeo get-together. The icing on the proverbial funnel cake is that the restaurant will also be offering its beloved short rib taco as a special during rodeo season starting March 1 for $16.
2356 Rice Blvd. Houston, TX 77005 (713) 523-8652
Keep the party going long after you leave the rodeo at the iconic tex-mex destination Spanish Village. The restaurant is offering a free Spanish Village margarita per person with the purchase of a main course when you present your HLSR ticket for that day. The promotion starts on February 24 and ends on March 20.
4720 Almeda Road Suite A Houston, TX 77004 (713) 523-2861
The night moves hospitality
Show your HLSR ticket or rodeo badge at any of the Night Moves Hospitality concepts, including Live Oak Bar & Grill (10444 Hempstead Road), Space Cowboy inside the Heights House Hotel (100 W. Cavalcade St. ) and Trash Panda Drinking Club (4203 Edison St.) and save this rodeo season. In addition to receiving special offers on Jim Beam beverages, customers will receive a 20% discount on their bill.
The HLSR is known for attracting visitors from near and far, and many check into one of Houston’s many downtown hotels before joining NRG. At Hilton Americas starting Feb. 28, rodeo fans can pre-match at the Lobby Bar with rodeo-themed cocktails featuring Jim Beam, this year’s official rodeo sponsor. The Beam Black Highball and TX Ranch Water are $14, while the Old Fashioned Pecan and Beam & Brew are $18.
1600 Lamar St. Houston, TX 77010 (713) 739-8000
Cowboys and cowgirls can quench their thirst before or after a day at the rodeo with the Lone Star Big Boys, on sale for $3.75 at Bobcat Teddy during rodeo season. Visit on Thursday, Friday or Sunday and also find Bagzz of Bugzz crawfish specialties.
2803 White Oak Drive Houston, TX 77007 (832) 742-5535
This River Oaks neighborhood gem is offering a lunch special with rodeo-themed cocktails to match from February 28 through March 20. Win a pulled pork sandwich with fries for $14 and quench your thirst with a Rodeo Rita, made with mezcal and tequila, or the bourbon-based Space City Cowboy — each for $12.
2810 Westheimer Road Houston, TX 77098 (713) 599-1960
Frank’s Americana pays homage to the HLSR with a series of evening chef’s parties aptly titled “Celebrating the American West.” Features will change week-to-week during the rodeo run, with the first week beginning Feb. 28 and featuring items like Grilled Gulf Red Snapper with Roasted Corn Tamale and Pecan Praline Cheesecake from the Texas.
3736 Westheimer Road Houston, TX 77027 (713) 572-8600
As if Houstonians need help getting ready for George Strait’s concert at HLSR, the JW Marriott is hosting a pre-party on March 20 from 3-6 p.m. in conjunction with tequila Código 1530 and Justin Boots. Guests can sip Strait’s favorite Código 1530 cocktails and enter raffles to win a pair of boots and a guitar signed by the country’s king himself.
806 Main Street Houston, TX 77002 (713) 237-1111