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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 HallBroken Spoke Dance Hall
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Anhalt Hall
Anhalt
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

Bandara
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
Billy Bob's
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.
Broken Spoke
Austin
Texas' most definitive dance hall has a musical history that dates back to Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys.
Chicken Ranch Dance Hall
Ledbetter
"Where all the hens go & the rooster's crow in Nechanitz!"
Club Westerner
Victoria
Boot scoot on a beautiful 3200 square foot dance floor from 1929
Dallas Nightclub
Austin
A sprawling dance floor is surrounded by four lengthy bars. Troughs of beer are scattered throughout.
Fischer Hall
Fischer
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
Austin
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
Gruene
Gruene Hall is the oldest dance hall in Texas - fantastic bands, cold beer, and a small quaint city
Hubcaps Wings & Sports Bar
Gainesville
Great bands, good food, friendly service, fun crowd, dance lessons, Texas Hold Em, cold beer, and more
John T. Floore Country Store
Helotes
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
Kendalia Halle
Kendalia
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!
KJT Hall
Ganado
Rent this historic hall for public or private events.
Luckenbach
Luckenbach
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
Lucky Mule
Abilene
They are known to throw the best and craziest party every night in Abilene.
Pearl's Dancehall & Saloon
Fort Worth
The gem of the stockyards
Rockin' Rodeo
Denton
The place to party and listen to Red Dirt country music in North Texas
Saengerrunde Hall
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.
Schroeder Hall
Goliad
Second oldest dance hall in Texas
Sengelmann Hall
Schulenburg
Reopened in 2009, after six decades of neglect
Sons of Hermann Hall
Dallas
Voted Best of Dallas Music Venue 2006.
Royce City
Great bands, good dance floor, grill your own steaks, and ride the mechanical bull
The Cadillac Dance Hall
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.
The Continental Club
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
LaGrange 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
Coupland
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
The Phoenix Saloon
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
Seaton
A polished oak dance floor from 1923 in the small town of Seaton - population 40
Twin Sisters Dance Hall
Blanco
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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