Skeptics in the Pub: Members' Choice II

(Note: Our normal SitP date falls on Christmas Eve, so I've adjusted the date this month.)

As you may have noticed, the November and December Skeptics in the Pub meetups fall close to holidays. We understand that the holiday season is a busy time for a lot of people, and so I generally don't schedule guest speakers during this time. Instead, I leave the meetups as opportunities to gather in even more casual settings than usual.

For those of you who think you might attend, however, if you have ideas about what you'd like to do (general socializing, a round of trivia, book discussion, arm wrestling contest, etc.) leave an idea in the comments, and we'll see if we can make it happen.

Thanks in advance for your input!


This monthly Skeptics in the Pub meetup, as always, takes place at the Stag's Head Pub.

Add it to your calendar.

The Skinny on the Digs

The Stag's Head Pub is located in the old Shepherd Plaza. It's a traditional style pub with a decent selection of beverages and reasonably priced food, with laquered hardwood everywhere you look.

But more importantly, the Stag's Head features a private room called The Oak Room that allows us to avoid any undue bar noise, and to have a good setting for conversation and any guest speakers we may have.

Now here's the important part: The manager usually charges a fee to book the Oak Room, but I explained that our group does not have a budget, and so would most likely not be able to pay the room fee. I assured her, however, that our group is good about ordering drinks and lots of food. We don't just use up space for nothing. And I told her that we could put 20 or more people in the room each month, most of whom would do some kind of business with the bar. And she was kind enough to wave the room fee with the understanding that our business would still make it worth her while.

So, we need to strive for two things to keep this venue at no cost to us:

  1. Put butts in the seats, as they say --- We need to have a good showing of members. Tell all your friends, bring a family member, invite a co-worker, anything. But let's get the word out, and get as many people to attend as possible.
  2. Enjoy the fare offered by the Stag's Head Pub --- Have a few beers. Order some appetizers and a sandwhich, whatever strikes your fancy. No reason to empty your wallet, but let's show Stag's Head a little financial love. Keep them happy and they will keep us happy.

Other Important Information

The Skeptics in the Pub meetups will take place on the 4th Tuesday night of each month. Note the standing meetup posted here.

Driving Tips and Directions

The Stag's Head Pub is in the old Shepherd Plaza, easily accessible from US Highway 59. From Highway 59, take the Shepherd/Greenbriar exit, and go north on Shepherd. Turn left on Portsmouth, and after a block, you will see the stag's head mounted on the building to your left. You have arrived.

Upon leaving, you can exit Shepherd Plaza onto Greenbriar and turn left on Greenbriar to link up with 59.

If you are heading south on 59, turn right at the Greenbriar/59 intersection, and enter the freeway immediately.

If you are heading north on 59, TURN RIGHT at the Greenbriar/59 intersection, stay on the access road toward Kirby Drive. Make a U-turn at Kirby, and enter the freeway to head north.

Hope to see you all there!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed the discussion last night. Thank You to the organizers

    December 17, 2013

  • Tom P.

    We didn't get to do the poetry slam, again. So I'll just record my entry here.

    There was a young skeptic from Houston
    Whose credulity needed a boostin'
    One day he came
    To a meetup, not so lame
    And he was no longer the same person.

    Seriously, thanks to all who attended for an enjoyable evening with a wide ranging and thoughtful discussion.

    1 · December 16, 2013

    • Rajaa

      It's always great to see you Tom and everyone else. مجمو­عة رائعة من الأشخاص المم­يزين­. Will leave the aforementioned statement in Arabic to google translation :)

      December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    1)I like to enquire what are topics that will be discussed Monday. What does the group mainly focus on. 2)Do we meet at the lobby, room, or at a table.
    3) What do I ask the establishment's host/hostess- name or name of group.

    December 16, 2013

    • Sam O.

      Ram, all your questions are answered in the calendar entry for this event above. But I will help you out: 1) Since this meetup is near a holiday, it will be informal, and any number of topics will/can be discussed. 2) We have the Oak Room reserved for our group. It is located to your far left as you come in the front door. 3) We are the Houston Skeptic Society, but there is no need to ask the host/hostess. Just make your way to the Oak Room.

      December 16, 2013

  • Brenda L.

    Works now!

    December 15, 2013

  • Brenda L.

    Bad timing for me. Wish I could be there!

    December 5, 2013

  • Sam O.

    We had a small turnout in November (as expected), and December will surely follow suit. However, if you think you can make it, and would like to do something special, leave an idea here in the Comments.

    December 4, 2013

  • Norma E.

    I'm gonna try to make it to the December meeting. I'd love to hear people's ideas about global warming: a) what it's going to take to get the general population and the gov't to realize something needs to be done, and b) what needs to be done. The trivia game sounds like fun too.

    December 1, 2013

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