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Influenced by the Palo Duro Canyon, the rippled roof and stratified red sandstone facade of the Globe News Center for the Performing Arts is among the prominent landmarks of Downtown Amarillo. Spread across three floors, the center features a 1300-seat theater known as the Carol Bush Emeny Performance Hall. It is named after a renowned Texan philanthropist. Home to the Lone Star Ballet, Amarillo Opera and Amarillo Symphony along with other cultural organizations, it is one of the best places in town for performing arts.
The Amarillo Civic Center is ideally located in downtown and is easily accessible and in close proximity to plenty of hotels. A perfect place for conventions and business meets, the venue is also used for concerts, banquets, dances, trade shows and is the home field for the Amarillo Venom arena football team. This state-of-the-art center has the capacity to seat more than 5,000 people, and the numerous conventions and meetings held each year attract thousands. The center is also host to several sports events and competitions. This versatile venue is well equipped and designed to graciously host and meet the needs of any event that might be held here.
This locally owned music venue brings some great acts to Amarillo. Leftwoods makes for a fun evening out with fairly priced drinks, a spacious venue and friendly staff. A disco ball and Christmas lights strung from the ceiling add to the playful and fun ambiance of the place, while the stiff drinks will put a pep in your step without breaking the bank. Events take place throughout the month so be sure to pop in and see what this place is all about.
The 806 is a neighborhood coffee house. Specializing in fair-trade teas and coffees, select from classic and creative beverages, beer and wine. Opt for an espresso or Thai iced tea, or a blend of both in their famous drink aptly called the Mad Hatter. Complement your drink with organic and vegetarian confections like bagels, muffins, pizza and quesadillas. This cafe hosts open mic nights and local live bands that play experimental styles like folk, gypsy punk, indie, jazz, rock and electroacoustic.
Come try one of the most famous burgers in Texas, if not the Western Hemisphere, at the Golden Light Café. The relaxed atmosphere of the Golden Light Café is tinged with a hint of sentimentality thanks to road signs, posters and bumper stickers hanging on the walls. Live bands play to warm crowds of locals and visitors alike. The food and drinks are refreshingly affordable when considering the high quality and customer demand.