Lubbock Dive Bar Guide

As Texas As It Gets

Texas roadhouse vibes mixed with affordable college campus drinking
Painted Lady Lounge - Detroit Dive Bar - Interior
Texas Cafe & Bar

Texas Tech University has powered a bit of sprawl thanks to growth and the vibrant energy emanating from the college campus at the heart of Lubbock. And while the outskirts of the city have that dusty Texas charm, nestled among the patchwork streets is a network of timeless dives that channel bits of roadhouse, bits of neighborhood corner bar, bits of college affordability.

The Texas Cafe & Bar (formerly known and currently known to locals as ‘The Spoon’) serves up a vibe very much on the roadhouse end of the spectrum, a cavernous spot populated by live music nearly nightly. Supplying a more polished experience, Flippers Tavern across town gets its name from an intense devotion to pinball in the form of tables, decorations and even drinks.

And be sure to both go to the right Lone Star Oyster Bar (34th Street of course) and keep your eyes peeled for a massive Ric Flair mural fittingly welcoming all drinkers inside.

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Our Lubbock Dive Bar Recommendations

While we’ve done our fair share of drinking, we haven’t yet hit every Lubbock Dive Bar. The recommendations below are sorted into tiers to help guide your choices depending on how much time you have to explore Lubbock. Where we’ve reviewed a location, a score is given.

SFG Reviews

We’ve been lucky enough to visit the locations below in Lubbock. Each location includes a full review and SFG score to help you decide on how to prioritize your travels.

Texas Cafe & Bar

SFG Rating: 8 out of 10
Texas roadhouse meets dive.

Lone Star Oyster Bar

SFG Rating: 7 out of 10
34th Street only, of course.

Flippers Tavern

SFG Rating: 7 out of 10
Because pinballs and brats, duh.

Robbins Nest

SFG Rating: 6 out of 10
Lubbock's brick box.

The Silver Bullet

SFG Rating: 6 out of 10
Industrial strip mall karaoke.

Other Options

Below you’ll find the truly deep cuts, gems in waiting that we have not yet been able to visit. Let us know if you find a particularly potent destination.

Bar PM

1211 University Ave # A, Lubbock, TX 79401
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Chips Sports Bar

5166 69th St, Lubbock, TX 79424
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Cricket's Draft House

2412 Broadway St, Lubbock, TX 79401
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Fast Eddie's Lubbock

7301 University Ave #400, Lubbock, TX 79423
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Local Bar & Grill

2420 Broadway St, Lubbock, TX 79401
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Skooners Grill & Bar

1617 University Ave, Lubbock, TX 79401
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The Library Bar Lubbock

1701 Texas Ave, Lubbock, TX 79401
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What Did We Miss?

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