Thursday, July 7, 2011

Alamo Drafthouse

So, I decided to go and spend some time with my bff who lives in Austin, TX. for the 4th. We did tons of fun things, but one that really stood out for me was going to the Alamo Drafthouse to see a movie. When I realized that we had one in Houston and that my lame-ass had not yet been, I was excited to go and see what it was all about.

Let me first start out by saying that in no way is this a place I am recommending for the best meal of your life. However, I was very pleased by the menu options and the food that I ordered. Also, they have a huge list of alcoholic beverages to choose from including craft beers, wine, cocktails, etc. That alone is reason enough to go.

What a great date place Alamo Drafthouse would be. You can wine and dine your lady all at once. The best part? If it's a blind date, or first date, or someone you've been with for years, you can still make them feel super special by doing dinner and a movie all at once.

I was surprised to see such great offerings on the menu. Of course popcorn, the staple of every movie, is available. In addition were some interesting meal options such as a fried goat cheese salad, spinach and artichoke dip, rep pepper hummus, burgers, wraps, pizza, you name it! Each location has it's own menu, but they all mostly offer the same items. I was at the location in Austin, on Research Blvd. We have two in Houston: one in Katy, on Mason Rd., and one in West Oaks.

What was the most interesting to me was the ability of the servers to deliver the food throughout the movie without once entering into my frame of sight. It wasn't until I received my meal that I looked around to see a bunch of wait staff crouched down delivering food. How someone can crouch and deliver food in a movie theater is beyond me, but somehow they do it.

Now, if you are looking for some Dolby Surround Sound 3-D goodness, I don't know if this particular cinema would be the best for you. Even so, they have some really neat events that you can attend, like the Justin Timberlake "Sexy Back" sing-a-long (hello! I have to be there), a "Johnny Mnemonic" screening where they will display all your texts about the movie on the big screen as it airs (I must go to this simply because Keanu bugs), and of course, the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" (what cinema would be complete without this event?).

If you want to go do something different, have some fun and enjoy a pretty darned decent meal while doing so, I would highly recommend the Alamo Drafthouse. Keep in mind, this is based on my impression of the Austin, Lake Creek, location. If you've had some experience with our Houston locations and would like to share, please feel free to comment.


  1. I went to college in Austin and at that time the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar was my theater of choice. There were usually lines and the crowds were entertaining. Although you are there for a movie, the entire experience was ALWAYS fun.

    I have also been to the Alamo in Katy. Their famous fried pickles and classic pizzas are just as good as they are in Austin. The selection of beer is just as plentiful and the staff is just as friendly. The only downside [for me] is it just wasn't that familiar lively Austin experience I was so used to and ultimately why I frequented Alamo.

    So, if I am looking for "dinner and a movie" then I usually visit Studio Movie & Grill. It's rather convenient since it's inside the Beltway. If I want that familiar "Austin" experience without leaving the city, I find myself going to to Landmark Theater in River Oaks. Extra points since they recently started serving beer.

    Note: I've heard rumor that West Oaks is closing.

  2. Wow! Thanks so much, John. I am really happy to have some insight on what the theaters are like here. That was very helpful. I had such a great experience in Austin that I had high hopes for the locations here in Houston. Thanks again for the comment. :)