The Best Texas Dance Halls & Honky Tonks

Boot Scooting Booggie! If you like two stepping, the Cotton-Eyed Joe, the Texas shuffle, or just some good Texas music, then you need to check out these Texas dance halls and honky tonks. Some are way out in the country next to cow pastures and cornfields and past cattle guards and others are within the city limits - either way all of the Texas dance halls are fun and excellent places to shuffle across the polished pine or oak dance floor into the wee hours of the morning. Most are frequented by locals and all have a friendly fun loving crowd. You may find Willie and his band or just some local guys who get together every weekend so you can dance. Some of these dance halls have been around since the late 1800's and others are recent newcomers. Most aren't fancy but you'll typically find a fun crowd, cold beer, reasonable prices, good music, and great time. This collection of the best Texas dance halls includes some of our favorites as well as some mentioned in Texas Monthly.

Gruene HallLuckenbach Dance HallBroken Spoke Dance Hall

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Albert Dance Hall
Great for public dances as well as weddings.
Anhalt Hall
A huge gabled barn with arched trusses, a chicken coop vent on the roof, tin sheets on the exterior walls, and a six thousand square foot dance floor plus signs saying "no pedal pushers or "indecent, uncommononly dancing"

Arky Blue's Silver Dollar Saloon

Walk down the steps to the honky tonk and it's like stepping back in time - fun local crowd, good band, sand on the dance floor, and lots more
Fort Worth
The world's largest honky tonk located in the Fort Worth Stockyards. You'll see real bulls and real cowboys plus the best entertainment around.
Texas' most definitive dance hall has a musical history that dates back to Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys.
"Where all the hens go & the rooster's crow in Nechanitz!"
Boot scoot on a beautiful 3200 square foot dance floor from 1929
A sprawling dance floor is surrounded by four lengthy bars. Troughs of beer are scattered throughout.
Fischer Hall
In Fischer (population 20), this barn-style whitewashed dance hall with curved wooden arches on the ceiling was erected in the late 1800's as a community gathering spot.
Galvan Ballroom
Corpus Christi
This elegant venue was built as a permanent home for the fifteen-piece Galvan Orchestra, the largest dance orchestra in Corpus Christi at that time. The Galvan Ballroom quickly became a showcase for the best in big band, swing, and jazz music
Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon
If you have ever heard of "Chicken Shit Bingo" then this is the place you have to go to enjoy the entertainment, music, beer, etc.
Gruene Hall is the oldest dance hall in Texas - fantastic bands, cold beer, and a small quaint city
Great bands, good food, friendly service, fun crowd, dance lessons, Texas Hold Em, cold beer, and more
John T. Floore Country Store
Willie Nelson still occasionally plays here under the stars on the huge outdoor patio or inside under the books and other paraphernalia hanging from the rafters
In 1903 Kendalia Halle became a place to perform and entertain a small community. Today it is still entertaining with a fun clean environment suitable for the entire family to experience one of the oldest historic dance halls in Texas!
Rent this historic hall for public or private events.
New Braunfels
An open air, family oriented dance hall with a bar and grill and live music every Friday and Saturday from Memorial Day to the second week in August, and then again Labor Day weekend, plus camping, tubing, volleyball, and lots more fun.  The Hall is also available for private parties.
Established in 1849, made famous by Jerry Jeff Walker, "everybody's somebody in Luckenbach, it is still home to some fun times and great music
They are known to throw the best and craziest party every night in Abilene.
San Antonio

They are known to host two dances a week, in their 103 yr old hall on Sunday and Wednesday evening featuring classic county music and the occasional Polka.

Fort Worth
The gem of the stockyards
The place to party and listen to Red Dirt country music in North Texas
Visitors from all over the world enjoy dancing on one of the best wooden dance floors ever.
San Jacinto
German settlers in 1879 in the Austin area had formed a singing society bearing the name "Saengerrunde". It is the oldest ethnic organization in Austin.
Second oldest dance hall in Texas
Reopened in 2009, after six decades of neglect
Voted Best of Dallas Music Venue 2006.
Royce City
Great bands, good dance floor, grill your own steaks, and ride the mechanical bull
It's an old barn, barn wood and tin with a "swirling dance floor".
Marble Falls
Head for the edge…the "country" side of town where the sky is big, wide & blue, and the road winds up at "Welcome!" It's always BYOB at The Cadillac.
Austin / Houston
"Great place to see live music. Reasonable cover charges and drink prices." "you call yourself a true Texan, you should have set foot in this joint at least once in your life."
The Fair Pavilion
The Fair Pavilion was first built in 1925 and over the years has served as an integral place for the locals to meet and enjoy themselves at dances and various types of gatherings.
The Old Coupland Inn & Dancehall
Opened in 1904 as a mercantile, was a Grande Ballroom in the the fifties, a whorehouse in the upstairs hotel, a roller rink in the seventies, a saloon in the 80's, and a dance hall since 1992 with great bands
New Braunfels
Visit this renovated 1871bar that is inhabited by Mr. Sippel, a ghost from the past.
The Stampede
Big Spring
You'll still find the same raw rafters, bare walls, propane heaters, Coke box, and calf-roping mural from when it was in 1954
Tom Sefcik Hall
A polished oak dance floor from 1923 in the small town of Seaton - population 40
Twin Sisters Dance Hall
For over 140 years the organization has held a monthly dance on the 1st Saturday of the month.


Sengelmann Hall


Texas Dance Hall Rescource Guide

Honky Tonk Texas

If you aren't close to one of the the above Texas Dance Halls than check out Honky Tonk Texas which has a very comprehensive list of other dance halls in Texas.

Texas Dance Hall Preservaton, Inc. Dedicated to preserving the Texas Dance Halls that are at risk.
Central Texas Country Big Bill's guide to country dancing and dance halls around Austin
Dance Halls and Last Calls A history of Texas country music


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