May 25th, 2011

H-Town Showdown: #1 Saint Arnold Pub Crawl vs. #8 Menil Collection

Welcome to our H-Town Showdown series. Our brackets are seeded and the contenders for the title are ready to go. On a bi-weekly basis we’ll present a new match-up. There will be four weeks of voting for each competition in each round. So rally up your friends, followers and fans. This will be a true test of attrition.

From the EXPERIENCE portion of our bracket, we get this fine match-up. The seeds are deceiving. These two contenders have a lot to offer. Take Houston’s favorite barley child, Saint Arnold Brewery, throw in a dash of fan interaction and you have one of their famous pub crawls. The Menil Collection stands alone in the world of private art collections (not to mention the Rothko Chapel), and here it is in Houston, free for your viewing pleasure. Game on!

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Seed #1: Saint Arnold Pub Crawl
When it comes to all things beer, there’s an overlord in town. That man is/was Saint Arnold. When the people behind the brewery call for the lovers of their suds to come out and enjoy a romp around the bars with them, Houstonians show up in throngs. Why wouldn’t they? A glass for the effort of drinking a couple of Houston-crafted beers (and each pub crawl highlights a particular seasonal, oh joy). What am I saying? You can’t even classify this as taking any “effort” at all. Whether Saint Arnold Brewery holds the pub crawl in Midtown, Montrose, West U, The Heights or otherwise, it’s a sight to behold.

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Seed #8: Menil Collection
Warhol, Rauschenberg and Rothko. Those are three names that you will never forget after you walk through the Renzo Piano designed building that holds the Menil’s collection of art. Limiting it to only three names doesn’t do it any justice. With 15,000 works of art you’re going to have a hard time picking a favorites. Let’s not just focus on the main building. There is an entire mini-village hidden in Montrose for this private gallery that was a product of a Schlumberger heiress and her executive husband. When it’s all said and done, near some of the busiest parts of Houston the Menil Collection fosters one of the most tranquil environments. That’s something even the art-haters can appreciate (though, how can one hate art?).

Voting Closes June 15th at Noon
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— The Loop Scoop

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