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COC / COLLEGE OF CROTON

 

DIVISION ‘AA’ JUNIOR COLLEGE (JUCOC)

A Satellite Campus of Maguire University

Headquarters: Croton, NY.

2016 Enrollment: 7

Mascot: the Angry Inch

 

Jim Nantz to Bill Raftery when they were calling the Sweet Sixteen:

“Raf, you must really like college hoops because you celebrate Midnight Madness every night.”

 

– Raf after noting a player limping up the court:

“That was me at about 11:30 last night.”

 

– Chalk Talk (all of the Maguire opponents listed below are within 2 miles of traveling team hotel, the Springhill Suites):

 

– NABC Hotel: Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar St, 713-739-8000: The Lobby Bar is ideal for relaxing conversation or a casual meeting. Treat yourself to the finest in tequilas, enjoy your favorite martini or sip a glass of wine while enjoying a light meal and watching your favorite sporting event…. Pappasito’s Cantina serves up succulent sizzling fajitas and some of the best chips and homemade salsa north of the Rio Grande. In addition to traditional Tex-Mex favorites, Pappasito’s at Hilton Americas-Houston offers specialty ceviches and crudos, unique to the downtown location. The full bar features handcrafted margaritas and cocktails made with fresh-press fruit juices, along with an extensive list of fine tequilas, beer and wine.

– NCAA Headquarters Hotel : Hyatt Regency Downtown 1200 Louisiana St (713) 654-1234: site for the USBWA’s annual awards luncheon on the Monday….Join us for our Happy Hour specials at LobbiBar! Daily specials from 5pm – 7pm, Monday thru Friday….Spindletop ride the glass elevator to Spindletop serving local seafood and American fare with revolving views of downtown…. Shula’s: discover the Shula Cut at the best steakhouse in Houston. Legendary NFL coach, Don Shula, carries his winning tradition and integrity from the field into a beloved Houston steakhouse.

 

– NCAA Final Four Media Headquarters Hotels: Residence Inn Downtown. 904 Dallas St (832) 366-1000: right next the U Headquaters….lobby lounge or outdoor pool area….Courtyard Houston Downtown 916 Dallas St (832) 366-1600: also right next to Maguire U….outdoor pool and patio or indoor Bistro lounge.

 

– lucky’s pub / 801 St Emanuel St (713) 522-2010 online reviews: One of my favorite bars. It doesn’t look like much, and admittedly, the furnishings and restrooms could be more polished, but these are trivial details…. As for the bar menu, I recommend the pizza. Perfectly crispy and hot every time…. One of the coolest and chill bars in downtown! Tons of tvs for watching games, Awesome music, There are table games, Big patio.

– flying saucer / 705 Main St (713) 228-9472, across from burger guys & brown bag deli. also near sunny’s bar. online reviews: First time in Houston and I wanted some local beer on tap, this place didn’t disappoint!  Lots of taps and bottles. The “seat yer self” policy was a little stressful on a Thursday in February I can see it being really annoying on a Saturday night in June.  Still worth the game of musical chairs though…. This was actually the first place we stopped because it was the first on the list heading in from the airport.  I was hungry and damn thirsty, two things this place easily solutioned for.  Knowing we would eat a big meal for dinner, we opted for the Hungry Farmer cheese & meat board.  This ended up being a sensible decision because it’s served with a shit ton of bread and crackers.  Marry all that with the beers, and voila!  You’re fucking stuffed…. The saucers on the walls are fun to look at too, and when I read a purple one that said, “Time to get the liver checked,” I realized they were earned by volume of beer consumption.  I inquired with the barkeep, and he informed me each saucer earned is 200 different beers.  So that purple plate I read was 1,000 different beers.  So yeah bruh, time to check the liver indeed!

komodos / 2004 Baldwin St (713) 655-1501. looks like a residential area. has a patio. online reviews: What a great little place to meet people…and then meet them again. 🙂  It’s sort of like the ultimate neighborhood bar with familiar faces.  Great bartenders, nice little patio out front, and a great jukebox for music selection…. This is a place to check out if you just wait to lay back, have cheap drinks and enjoy a good time with your friends or company. The environment is is very casual and relaxed. The inside is cozy and eclectic! Plenty of areas for sitting and lounging. The patio offers a quiet area to just relax and have a good conversation with your company.

 

pub fiction / 2303 Smith St #100 (713) 400-8400, right next to howl! online reviews: Pub has the best location and it’s fun to come here at night; however, if you ever want to eat here you should come two hours before you’re hungry because they have the worst service. The waitresses will never come to your table. I had to go to the bar to even get a beer today. It’s also a running joke with my friends that if you come here you’re not coming home for two hours (one of those waiting for your check)…. Short version: A loud, millennial hangout with mediocre food, a trendier-than-thou vibe and no parking except valet. If you’re older than 30, forget about it – you are not their target demographic….Long version: This place is LOUD. We’re talking louder-than-a-football-game-loud. The doorman told us (well, shouted to us) twice to pick any table. So we did.

 

front porch pub / 217 Gray St (713) 571-9571, nice patio. online reviews: With that said I’ll keep it short. I witnessed the bartender, I believe named Nick, put a straw in several people’s long neck beers. A girl almost choked on it. When confronted he denied the allegations (even though I saw him do it). He then proceeds to treat the girl and the entire party she was with horribly and give them bad service for the rest of the night. In addition, I have seen bad treatment like this periodically from him (another reason I stopped going there)…. Overall, I would come back here for the outdoor dog friendly patio as well as the spicy buffalo wings. I doubt I would be a regular here but it’s a great option for a nice afternoon out to kick back and relax with a nice cold drink..

 

– cecil’s pub / 600 W Gray St (713) 527-9101, lots of outdoor space, near pj’s.online reviews: Great place that’s very laid back and has cheap drinks, specials and jukebox.  Very much a dark dive-style bar but everyone is so laid back you can easily make friends there.  Specials nights can get a little busy but I still haven’t had an issue finding somewhere to sit or getting a drink.  Highly recommend…. Great Juke Box. Friendly bartenders. Great prices. Interesting people to talk to. Not snobby. Love animals. Some pub grub. Pool tables, Darts….outside and inside seating.

 

– coaches / 2204 Louisiana St (713) 751-1970. next to gotham pizza. online reviews: Fiesta Burger is one of the best burgers in Houston. That alone gets 5 stars. Service is good. Everything I have had for food there is top notch. Nothing like any of the other Coaches throughout Houston…. Shitty food, dishonest people, and had some ass hit on my girl to excess…. Avoid…. Fiesta Burger is one of the best burgers in Houston. That alone gets 5 stars. Service is good. Everything I have had for food there is top notch. Nothing like any of the other Coaches throughout Houston….Get the Fiesta Burger.

 

– home plate / 800 Texas St (713) 222-1993 online reviews: all reviews I read were actually really shitty, one star.   – molly’s/ 509 Main St (713) 222-1033. next to moonshiners & pure, looks like it has a balcony. online reviews: We had a great time. A group of us traveling for work went here one night and they treated us like royalty. Really a good bunch off people. The karaoke was a fun little treat. They’re weren’t many people there when we arrived but by the end of the night it was packed out. I didn’t think that happened on a Tuesday night. The drinks were pretty cheap, which was a real problem because some of the group took advantage of that lol  but the night was pretty cool. Not a bad thing to say about this place. Cute little dive  with some pretty nice people in…. Great fun time. Everyone was friendly and a competitive time at the pool table. Patio was also nice

 

– market square grill / 311 Travis St (713) 224-6133, looks pretty dumpy. online reviews: This little hole-in-the-wall has surprisingly tasty burgers! And they have a little courtyard in the back that’s a nice spot to eat if the weather works out…. If I could give 4.5 starts I would, or maybe I don’t know how yet. But this place is great.

 

neil’s: 2006 Walker St (281) 352-7456, actually looks pretty sketchy. online reviews: Very cool, laid back bar full of fun things to do. This is my new favorite hang out spot…. So much fun and good drink specials.  Great atmostphere and crowd hangs out here and the bartenders were nice and helpful.  Of course playing all of the video games and having access to comic books while drinking is a great time.

 

– mkt bar: 1001 Austin St (832) 360-2222, huge green sign out front that says ‘phoneica’. online reviews: just serves beer /wine….We came in MKT BAR nothing else nearby seemed to be open. The atmosphere was nice, good loud live music, nice design and a friendly wait staff (we had a talkative young lady).  Since it was Tuesday night I went with the steak special and some humus…. MKT BAR, you and me, we are tight. Really, if MKT BAR were human, I’d spouse it and have its babies! It is just that awesome. Cool atmosphere, cool music! Very friendly staff, beer of good quality and delicious food. They only serve beer and wine.

 

reserve 101: 1201 Caroline St (713) 655-7101, across from house of blues, next to dirt bar. online reviews: Nice staff, from security to the bar staff. Massive selection of spirits. Really close to Hilton…. Great environment. It’s in a really social part of town and there’s tons of stuff to do around here.

 

pastry war: 310 Main St (713) 226-7770, next to the nightengale. online reveiws: A cool place in Houston that serves up some pretty decent queso! But don’t go in there with expectations of getting any sort of pastries… they don’t serve them, they do however take pesos as payment though, just in case you have a few of them sitting in your wallet…. This bar offers a wonderful tequila selection with innovative cocktails infused with a Mexican attitude.   I always order the Peyote Diaz which is a rum-based cocktail that tastes like an alcoholic version of the mango candy you can get in Mexico…. Their is plenty of seating both inside and outside, with a billiards room in the back.

 

– dirt bar: 1209 Caroline (713) 426-4222, next to reserve 101. online reviews: Friendly and highly engaged staff, it’s a modern ‘bar’ bar (concrete floors, central circular bar)…. Only bar I’ll go to downtown.  This may even be my favorite bar in Houston.  Its dark, roomy and lots of rock.  If that doesn’t sound like a good time, then maybe it isn’t your place.  Staff is attentive, everyone is friendly…no pretentious idiots…people keep it real here.  No food, but you can order from anywhere nearby…door guys are awesome too.  Thanks dirt, keep up the great work!

 

– public services: 202 Travis St (713) 516-8897, looks like a lawyers office. online reviews: Exactly the kind of place I want to go with friends for a drink.  Great wine by the bottle or glass?, yes.  Great whiskey?, yes.  Interesting beers?, yes.  Stickies?, yes. Interesting cocktails?, yes…. Had the chance to visit Public Services with colleagues for a Thursday night whiskey tasting. Quite frankly, the ambiance and experience blew me away. The bar occupies the first floor of the historic red-and-white Cotton Exchange building, a landmark of downtown Houston since 1884. Apparently, in its lifetime, the space has been converted from a stock exchange to a naval officer’s club, a handful of law firms, and a hip hop dance club among others, before settling into its current role. The interior is gorgeous but laid back, with wooden floors, soft mood music, and cushioned couches all contributing to an effortlessly vintage feel.

 

– sunny’s: 902 Capitol St (713) 224-3200, next to brown bag deli. online reviews: Sunny’s is the most amazing place.  I’ve been stopping by weekly for the past month, and each time, I notice that everyone talks to everyone there.  It’s like the Houston equivalent of Cheers….

 

– moving sidewalk: 306 Main St, next to little dipper, nightengale. online reviews: Our favorite bar that we discovered during our 3-day Houston getaway. We stopped in 2 of the nights and enjoyed a very well made Old Fashioned and a couple of Texas Cyclones. Honestly, the Cyclone is one of the BEST cocktails I have ever had – it was enjoyable to watch it being made and delicious to drink!

 

– barringer bar: 108 Main st (832) 786-1836, looks dumpy. online reviews: From the service to the great liquor selection Barringer bar is a great place to be. They have a great cocktail menu! They host Whiskey Wednesday’s where they have live music, and have a special on whiskey…. Barringer Bar is definitely a hidden gem in downtown Houston, as bars like this are a true rarity that should be admired and respected. The bar can be described as a speakeasy lounge, with a dimly lit, relaxed and intimate setting. Seating throughout the bar is really comfortable and you can make yourself at home, enjoy a Moscow mule (or other beverage of choice), and let the music relax you. Don’t even worry about loud, blaring music because you can have a real conversation without yelling at your friends.
– moonshiner’s: 1000 Prairie st (713) 226-7717,on corner, near molly’s. online reviews: Walking to work everyday, I passed Moonshiners and finally dragged a friend with me to try their happy hour.  As the name suggests, they specialize in Moonshine-based cocktails, though they offer a full bar with a long list of beer and wine options.  Tried their Porch Swinger and it was so yummy and refreshing!  They have a gated patio area and, seeing that this restaurant is right off of Main Street, the METRORail passes by ever so often.  There are twinkle lights at night, and the distressed wooden furniture gives a very backyard/porch vibe.  It was rather pretty sitting outside with the catchy Pop-Country music mix and the delicious drink. I’ve tried their food, and just be warned that it is centered around brisket and pulled-pork.  The grilled cheese with brisket is super yummy as a guilty pleasure.  I had their Shrimp and Grits which were heavy on the Tabasco, but enjoyable.  At happy hour the appetizers are $3 and the drinks are $5!  The food tastes like someone’s Southern grandmother is in the kitchen cooking the food from scratch..

 

nightingale room: 308 Main St (832) 968-3370, right on a trolley line. online reviews: Really cool bar and great music. Good people. However. Place is too small, crowded, takes forever to grab a drink. Be prepared to wait 15 minutes plus for a drink. However they do make nice cocktails…. This place was really not for me. I went late on a Saturday night and it was so crowded that I had no hope of trying to get a drink or even move for that matter. I did like that music and that dancing was encouraged.

 

– capt foxheart’s: 308 Main St (718) 387-6962, same address as nighingale? online reviews: Liked everything about this place. The low key profile (yea I’ll admit I couldn’t find it at first), the all wooden bar (manly yet elegant), and the cocktail complexity (normally I don’t like when it hurts my head to read all the ingredients). The balcony is cool but I can def see it getting packed on the busy nights…. This is a pretty cool bar. The balcony is nice because you’re above street level. The bar is long and narrow, so moving around can be a little tight when there’s a lot of people. Moving on to the more important things: drinks. They have a good selection of spirits and can make a wide variety of cocktails. Their $5 old fashioned is a great happy hour choice.

 

– hearsay on the green: 1515 Dallas St (832) 377-3362, looks fancy inside, connected to embassy suites. online reviews: staying at embassy for a Bachlorette party Ashley took great care of us! She was so patient because my friends were all over the place and the food and drinks were amazing! Highly recommend! But ask for Ashley!…. GREAT BARTENDERS – Come here to have a successful Sunday Funday.  Mimosas, French 75s… pick your poison! Brunch until 3pm / Small plates until 5 / Dinner until late. Connects to Embassy Suites hotel.. Can’t beat it. Never crowded and better location for big groups in comparison to the Congress location! Come here, sit at the bar, you won’t be disappointed. Promise.

– little woodrow’s: 2019 Walker (713) 222-2224, down the street from luckys, big yellow building. online reviews: We were visiting while waiting for a flight. We were “welcomed” by an extremely rude owner/manager. We are out of towners and were kicked out because we had a bag. We decided to leave so we didn’t even have a chance to try the bar or food out. I would recommend walking the extra few steps to “dogwood”.. They are extremely friendly and welcome everyone!!…. Great times at Woodrow’s. Being two blocks away, I decided to take my dog out. It was packed as usual for a Saturday night, but have to say the wait staff was great. My dog did quite well considering the ambush of people. Try the myrcenary (destination beer i.e. Don’t plan on driving anywhere) or my go to is the hopadillo IPA.    They also have hoegaarden in a bottle, which is a good beer to try if you like blue moon. Enjoy!…. Generally, this is an okay bar. Good place for the week days. However, I’m really disappointed that they allow smoking inside the enclosed patio. If you are sensitive to smoke this is not the place to be unless you’re completely outside.

 

– houston watch co: 913 Franklin St (713) 485-0006, non descript frontage. online reviews: The staff/owners were great. Helpful, drank with us, polite, informed; one of the bartenders was on his night off and already a bit drunk and we hung out at the bar and he gave me honest recommendations which is always highly appreciated above all else (it’s always nice to not get peddled the most $$$ stuff): “if you can’t afford x but want a similar vibe, try y”. As a result, I ended up spending way more than I’d planned here. Cliffs: if you’re looking for a cosy, eclectic vibe of people, friendly staff who ENJOY their job, and to feel welcome – here’s a great spot in a great location…. One of the many great cocktail bars downtown – and still kind of under the radar! Great cocktails, good service, not too crowded! One of the spots I hit up with my friend from work on our downtown barhopping night, and it was one of the highlights! I would definitely go back!

 

– honeymoon cafe & bar: 300 Main St (281) 846-6995, couldnt find on google maps: online reviews: Switched up from hotel food and saw this location on yelp. It’s a short walk from the Marriott and worth the trip. I ordered my food to go, which you place at the counter. Service was decent for my take out. I ordered the BLT with egg on a croissant. Delicious! It did come with homemade fries, which was good as well…. if you expect your food to come out in a timely manner, do not eat here. We waited 45 minutes for our food to come while tables around us, who sat down after us, were served. The waiter apologized but still proceeded to charge us for our entire meal even after this terrible service. Do not recommend this place.

 

– balcony bar: 1800 Texas Ave (713) 398-6275 online reviews: The food was terrible. Drinks were terrible. Waitress was terrible. Food: I shared the cheese fries with a friend and had the chicken wrap…both tasted like moldy cheese. Drinks: Just not mixed well. But cheap so that gives them their excuse…. FUN FUN FUN! Really enjoy coming here before and after games…. either for post-winning celebration, or post-loss depression alleviation. I really love sitting on the balcony and people watching. The breeze is great and it’s really nice to just sit and chill.

 

– dean’s: 316 Main St (832) 564-0918. sign says “credit clothing”? online reviews: Always a great time at Dean’s, but this visit was awesome because of the server Joe. He made sure we had everything we needed and made su and we were hydrated. Joe is a a great man and I’ll be back soon if he is working…. Was told that they have the oldest electric elevator in Texas…kind of doubt it but check it out for yourself. Nether also have a lot of good games including Simon Says.

– little dipper: 304 main, next to nigthingales, deans. online reviews: Loved the atmosphere in this place. We stepped in for a greyhound on a visit to the city. The dark wood bar, light blue pin cushion chairs, booths, and eclectic decor pulled me in as we walked by.  I would come  back here before a show, on a date, or with my ladies. Great cocktails and service…. Came here for the first time tonight, and it is an awesome low key bar/lounge. The drinks are great, it’s a great atmosphere, I definitely recommend coming here.

 

– bovine & barley 416 Main St (832) 742-5683. looks cool from outside, wood paneling. online reviews: Came on a Thursday and enjoyed their bar specials. Nice place to hangout and have a couple drinks and bites to eat. Perfect location for hopping around downtown area…. As far as ambience goes, this place gets an A+. It’s relaxed and the huge HTX sign on the wall makes a great photo op. The beer selection is nothing short of awesome and their cocktails are unique and not overly expensive.

 

– warren’s inn: 307 Travis St (713) 247-9207, next to market sq grill. online reviews: Let me preface by saying that Warren’s does not provide the same type of “experience” as the rest of downtown/Main street. No fancy decor, no high price craft cocktails, no former frat boys.. you won’t feel out of place if you’re in casual jeans with a plaid top (kind of place). All that goes to say that this is a great spot on Saturday night if you’re group wants to experience the awesome downtown scene that has taken over the last 2 years (food trucks and all)…. This is one of the best bars in Houston!  I have been going here for years and the service is top notch.  So if you are looking for a stiff drink, this is your place.  They do not serve food, so eat up before arriving; there are plenty of restaurants in the area.  I noticed some reviews about the staff being rude.  In the 9 years I have been going here, I have never experienced a rude moment.  This place can get a little busy and crowded very fast.

 

– pete’s dueling bar: 1201 Fannin St (713) 337-7383. couldnt find on google maps. online reviews: I didn’t know what to expect because I had never been to a piano bar. I used to think that piano bars were for older boring people, boy was I wrong. I am 25 years old and enjoyed every single song they played because it was a wide variety, every single hit you could think of from country, rock, pop songs…. Who knows how the music is…we didn’t make it that far.  If you want to go here, call well in advance for a table.  After waiting in line and paying our cover we found that there were few seats at the bar to be had.

 

– eighteen twenty bar: 1820 Franklin Ave (713) 224-5535 online reviews: it’s been forever and a day since I came here.  Other than visit after an Astros game, it was back in college.So my husband and a friend of ours had already been drinking at the Astros game, but came here after the game for another drink or two while the crowds cleared out.  There were a few others who had attended the game who had the same idea.  The place was beyond cool, and I mean that in the literal sense of it was blazing hot and humid outside and they had the AC blasting.  Nice….located on the edges of both Downtown and East Downtown (just blocks away from Minute Maid Park & BBVA Stadium) 1820 Lounge is close to three of Houston’s four premiere sports venues. Stop in before (or after) that big game for a drink or three. But don’t forget about Thursday night pub quiz!

 

– el big bad 419 Travis (713) 229-8181, on the corner, next to a pizza place. online reviews: El Big Bad was big time bad – from the moment you walk in to the moment you leave! Service was terrible, food was mediocre and the restrooms were disgustingly disgusting! The only positive thing I can say about this place is that the margarita’s are good, but so are the margaritas at 10 different places nearby!…. SERVICE: I’ve been here a few times now, once during lunch and the others early in the evening. During lunch they seemed to be understaffed. It was a beautiful day so everyone was enjoying it out on their balcony but they only had one waitress so there was a more than normal wait for food and drinks. However at all times staff was really nice and friendly.

 

– the commoner 410 Main St (832) 940-1674, on trolley line. online reviews: Best time I’ve had out in Houston in a while. None of that stupid holding the line BS, no jerk doorman on an ego trip, just a bunch of people out to party and have a good time. This bar reminds me of my days back in NYC, where we would go out and bar hop until the wee hours of the morning. The DJ played a great mix of top 40 and hip-hop, and I enjoyed myself immensely. My only negative about this place is that it was absolutely packed, and they only had three bartenders working.

 

– lawless: 909 Texas Ave (281) 823-8600 online reviews: This bar is located above Sambuca, in close proximity to the theater district downtown.  The entrance is to the left of Sambuca, not heavily advertised along the street – a sign that you are onto something good. When you walk upstairs, the first thing you think is ‘this place is just really cool.’  It has a laid back, but upscale atmosphere (think swanky), with a variety of unique but comfortable seating options like high-backed chairs in groups of two, leather couches & chairs for larger groups, and high top long tables that are perfect if you decide to order food.  There is a large patio that overlooks the street below, it was too chilly to sit out there the night we visited, but it looked like an amazing spot to socialize at on a warmer day.

 

– shay mcelroy’s: 909 Texas St (713) 223-2444 online reviews: This is my home bar. One of my pictures shows the old tables and chairs on the patio. We loved those. So pretty. The new ones…meh. Not so much. The tables and chairs aside…. have met so many wonderful people here and made many many friends. Typically, walking past the patio I see at least one person that I know.The drinks are good and the people are even better. Plus the sandwiches are fantastic. I do not recall the gentleman’s name in the kitchen, but he is worth his weight in gold. He does a great job. Love him to pieces as I do everyone who works there.

 

– christian’s tailagte: 1012 Congress St (713) 229-8449 online reviews: Who knew there was a good old sports bar downtown? I certainly didn’t. I normally make my way downtown for yummy craft cocktails but last Saturday my Gainesville girls were in town and we were looking for somewhere to watch the game….GO GATORS….this is when I discovered that Christian’s Tailgate is the home of the Houston Gator Club!   – hardrock 502 Texas Ave (713) 227-1392 online reviews: Outdated, smells musty, sticky bar and I just couldn’t bring myself to order food.  I was pretty hungry too.Service was fine, but they didn’t have many beer options.  I think I counted 9 taps, mostly common domestic brews–nothing local.The gift shop didn’t have the one thing we were looking for, which was the Hard Rock magnetic bottle opener.A flop and waste of time, tbh.  Would not recommend…. Our server Beatle Juice was really awesome and the staff was very kind for my 27th birthday. The food was pretty good, but the desserts are even better! 🙂   – howl at the moon: 612 Hadley St (713) 658-9700, next to celtic gardens (patio) & pub fiction. online reviews: So if you like really loud live music, and not talking to the people you’re with, this is the place for you.   – Tucci Class of 2015

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