Authentic Dance Halls Across Texas

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Billy Bob’s Texas

This is what I’m talkin’ about! Texas sized! The world’s largest honky-tonk! With over 3 acres of indoor space and an additional 20 acres of parking for entertainment and events, Billy Bob’s features 30 different beer stations, live music with some of country music’s biggest stars, live pro bull riding, and a Texas-sized dance floor. The space can fit 6,000 guests and is open daily with entertainment every night! Even the country acts go big when playing at Billy Bob’s—country legend Merle Haggard broke a Guinness Book of World Records for buying the largest round of drinks when he bought 5,095 drinks for everyone in the entire venue! Billy Bob’s has also played host to the filming of classic shows like Dallas, Walker Texas Ranger, and many more. Billy Bob’s doesn’t just host country music’s biggest stars—Ringo Starr, Ray Charles, Bob Hope, ZZ Top are just a few of the many Rock-n-Roll and Pop Music stars to perform at Billy Bob’s.

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Broken Spoke

Broken Spoke is a legendary dance hall that has been an Austin tradition since 1964. Once located on the outskirts of town, it is now surrounded by condos but there is no mistaking the original facade on South Lamar Boulevard. Despite being in the hustle of bustle of the city, the Spoke has stayed true to its core of having great live country music and good Texas cooking—they’re famous for their chicken fried steak. Broken Spoke has seen country stars like Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and George Strait, Garth Brooks just to name just a few. Owners James and Annetta White have two rules when it comes to bands performing at this legendary dance hall—first, they must play country, and second, if the dance floor isn’t full you aren’t playing the right songs. Swing on in and get ready to two-step!

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Gruene Hall

Gruene Hall, built in 1878, is Texas’ oldest continually operating and Texas’ famous dance hall. By design, not much has physically changed since the Hall was first built. The 6,000 square foot dance hall still has the original layout with side flaps for open air dancing, a bar in the front, a stage in the back and a huge outdoor garden. Advertisement signs from the 1930s and ‘40s still hang in the old hall and around the stage. Gruene Hall has been internationally recognized as a major venue for up and coming artists, as well as for established artists. The movie “Michael” with John Travolta filmed a magical dance scene here and Gruene Hall hosted George Strait in the fall of 2016 for a special press announcement. Bring a camera because you will never know what celebrity you might see here.

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The Old Coupland Inn & Dance Hall

Dust off your boots. The Old Coupland Inn & Dance Hall is the self-proclaimed eatin’est, drinkin’est, dancin’est place in Texas. Built in 1904 as a drug store, it was transformed into a 7,000+ square foot dance hall in 1992. The bar even has famous roots as it is from the famous Coupland Tavern. You never know who you will see on stage—from talented local musicians to stars like Brad Paisley, Johnny Rodriguez, and many more. Make sure to wear your boots and experience a real honky-tonk!

The Old Coupland Inn & Dance Hall

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Luckenbach

This tiny hill country hamlet where “Everybody’s Somebody” was established as a Trading Post in 1849 making it one of the oldest settlements in Gillespie County. The Post Office/General Store/Beer Joint, was first opened in 1886. In 1970, Luckenbach, which remained in the hands of the Engel family the whole time, fell into eclipse. Benno Engel retired as postmaster and placed an ad in the local paper: “TOWN FOR SALE”—lock, stock and dancehall. In 1977, Bobby Emmons and Chips Moman penned “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics)”, which became a massive hit for Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson, bringing Luckenbach to its ultimate worldwide fame. The legendary dance hall still hosts monthly dances by some of the best Texas musicians. Today, Luckenbach reflects an eclectic mix of it’s early history and an unrivaled legacy of great music that makes us feel that Everybody’s Somebody in Luckenbach! Head out on Sunday afternoons when you’ll hear any number of folks sitting around pickin’ on the guitar!

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Albert Ice House and Dance Hall

This 90-year-old dance hall is located just 20 miles east of Fredericksburg. Recently renovated to bring it back to its original glory, the Historic Albert Hall l is run by Town Manager Brandon Easley and his family as the space spreads out across 13 acres of grassland. Put on your dancing boots and come listen to “The Lost Sounds of Texas Honky-Tonks” every Wednesday! This is an authentic Texas dance hall that attracts visitors from across the state.

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Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon

The Best Little Beer Bar in Texas! The Little Longhorn Saloon has been a part of Austin’s honky-tonk country scene for more than four decades. With over 10+ bands each week and 600+ bands every year you never know what amazing country bands you will see! Also home to the world famous Chicken Sh*t Bingo on Sundays—close out the weekend in style with ice cold beer, Ginny Dawgs, great country music, and fun with friends! And if you’re lucky, you may end up with some extra chicken sh*t ca$h!!

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Austin Saengerrunde

In 1852, German settlers in Austin organized a singing society bearing the name "Saengerrunde". A favorite meeting place for the members, Scholz Garten, a beer garden established in 1867 by German immigrant August Scholz, included a dance hall and bowling alley. In 1908, the Austin Saengerrunde club purchased the property, and to this day, continues to preserve and celebrate the German heritage. Guests can dance, sing German songs, bowl, and have a bier at Scholz Garten. Located in the heart of Downtown Austin, and within walking distance from the Capitol, Saengerrunde is not your typical Texas Dance Hall, so put on your lederhosen for a good time of bier drinking, and German sing-a-longs!

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John T. Floore's Country Store

This quintessential Texas honky-tonk has been hosting music legends like Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and many more for the past 70 years! This is one of the most famous dance halls in Texas. Opened in 1942, this dance hall has stayed true to its character and is a must visit for every Texan.

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