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Experience the Best of Downtown Lubbock: A Student's Guide to a Fun-Filled Summer!

Downtown LBK • June 1, 2023

It’s officially summer in Lubbock. It’s the most relaxing time of year for students staying here in LBK. Drink some coffee, eat yummy foods, enjoy happy hour and attend all the events. Don’t worry… you will not have a boring summer. Here is a guide to a summer in Downtown Lubbock!

Coffee Please


Monomyth Coffee is the perfect place to study/hang during the summer. They focus on creating a space dedicated to their guests. Their inviting staff and delicious coffee makes for a perfect pair! 

Try their lattes, cold brew, or teas! And you can never forget the food! Add in toast, overnight oats, or a pastry to top off the perfect visit! They want customers to leave feeling valued and motivated to “aim high.”

The Lobby by Sugar Browns

The Lobby by Sugar Brown's has thrived in Lubbock for the past couple years! They focus on providing locals “specialty with sincerity” and it shows in their service and coffee. 

Try out any of their wonderful syrups in a coffee of your choice. Don't forget to include a donut or fancy kolache! 


Want to travel this summer? Transport to the coast in seconds when you visit this Australian cafe, right here in downtown. Nashwell Cafe & Bakery is ready for you. 

Experience the delicious taste of Aussie with their specialty coffee and pastries. Nashwell is the perfect spot to hang out or study for summer school. 

Good Eats

Burklee Hill

At Burklee Hill, enjoy your favorite wine while relaxing on their outdoor patio. Along with their wine, try out their tasty menu for a chill night out in Downtown Lubbock. 

Delight in a wine tasting, charcuterie board and events all summer long!



A West Texas chicken dinner! Dirks has the best chicken fried steak, chicken fried chicken, chicken tenders, shrimp and grits, rotisserie chicken and scratch-made sides.

Come in this summer with family and friends to enjoy a divine meal. Everyone will walk away with full stomachs and full hearts. 

West Table

The West Table is perfect for a summer date night or dinner! West Table food is a new American cuisine with global influences. They offer fresh and local ingredients in their seasonal menus. 

Try out any of their eclectic variety of cocktails crafted with care using seasonal ingredients! 

Midnight Shift

Midnight Shift is located inside the Cotton Court Hotel.

Sip on some signature hand-crafted cocktails, wines, well-cocktails, and draft beers. Taste the Shift Salad, Salmon En Papillote and Spring Vegan Protein Bowl. 

Groove to some live music every weekend, or take in the pool views while enjoying your favorite beverage. After a fulfilling day of events, hang out in the spacious courtyard with fire pits and yard games.  

Happy Hour Hangs

Shotgun Sues

Two-step into this new saloon! A western-inspired saloon is now open in Downtown Lubbock with specialty drinks, great music, and a lively atmosphere. 

This should definitely be a next stop for you and your friends! 


At Bodines, It’s officially patio season! And they are stocked.

Join them on a hot summer night from 6-12 to in the parlor or on the patio! Enjoy a Margarita at sunset or a Manhattan after dinner! 

Narrow Bar

Narrow Bar is located in McDougal Plaza (formerly the Wells Fargo Building) in Downtown Lubbock–the perfect location for business meetings or getting together with friends.

Taste their Apple Harvest Salad, Adult Grilled Cheese, or Nachos. Along with The Lost Satchel, Old Fashion or a Gimlet. 

The Brewery LBK

Experience The Brewery LBK beers in an electric atmosphere featuring modern-industrial interiors, upbeat downtown vibes, and a dog-friendly wraparound patio. 

Try their Texas Lite Lager, Doc Wonderful, LBK IPA or the Sea Dog. Their award-winning beer will tempt you to choose the Brewery LBK as your weekly happy hour spot.

McPherson Cellars

McPherson Cellars thrives in the summer. Their patio is open to enjoy a glass of their local wine or a tasting and tour. They also host a special “Patio Night” series every Thursday during the warm months featuring live music, local vendors, and food trucks!


Buddy Holly Hall

Attend a show at the Buddy Holly Hall this summer! Below are just a couple of the events to choose from in the coming months.

Madagascar The Musical Live! / June 9th at 6:00pm / Based on the Dreamworks® movie, Madagascar The Musical Live! is an out-of-this zoo fun experience of friendship and more.

Hamilton / July 19-July 30 at 6:30pm / HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theater—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.  Features hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway.

Two Docs Trivia Night

Every Monday, starting at 7 PM with your favorite hosts – Jade Dunn & Jakey Hisel.

Enjoy a glass of your favorite on tap beer see if you have what it takes to be a champion at trivia! Bring out your most intelligent friends and enjoy discounts on pitchers all night! 

Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market

The 2023 Season of the Downtown Lubbock Farmers Market is here! Every Saturday from May 27th through October 14th from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at 5th Street & Avenue J. 

Get a taste of Downtown Lubbock, and the finest local produce, meat, baked goods and arts. Bring your best friends and furry friends to this event in the heart of the Depot District!

First Friday Art

First Friday Art is a free, self-guided art tour held in the Lubbock Cultural District held in partnership with a variety of art centers, museums, galleries, and businesses. Come out for live music, food trucks, and art from local, national, and international artists.

This is perfect for a nice summer night! 

There are so many experiences to be had this summer. The opportunities and experiences Downtown Lubbock provides truly never end. We just hope you'll come along for the ride this summer.