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HILL COUNTRY DANCE HALLS & COUNTRY WESTERN DANCING
Here is our guide to Texas Hill Country Dance Halls, including Luckenbach. This list includes those halls currently open to the public or planned to be open to the public, and which serve the public to some degree for dancing, rental or are open to the public to view. This list also include halls that were proud and active during their heyday, but no longer are active (and are so noted where known) or that have been converted to other use (vacant, storage, residences, bar, retail space, etc.).
And, we are separately listing other true dance halls that are non-historic, perhaps considered honky-tonks, with larger than "postage-size" dance floors. For little "honkys" and entertainment of all kinds, see Entertainment
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Some of these venues have free or low cost dance lessons prior to the main band performance.
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ALBERT TEXAS DANCE HALL: 830-644-2042; Located at 5435 S RR 1623, Stonewall (Gillespie County), TX 78671 (postal address, but it is really in Albert TX). This is an historic building (built in 1922) that until 2010 was is in disrepair and not open to the public. However, the new Albert owners have renovated the dance hall to its former glory and it is now open. See more at: www.alberttexas.com.
ANHALT HALL: 830-438-2873; 2390 Anhalt Rd, Anhalt/Spring Branch, TX 78070-3364. www.anhalthall.com. While listed in Spring Branch, it is located in historic Anhalt, in SW Comal County, N of San Antonio, 4.5 mi W of Hwy 281, just off TX 46 at 1863 intersection. (From the Hwyy 46 & Hwy 281 intersection go 4.1 miles towards Boerne, and Anhalt Road will turn to the right. Follow the road to the very end and cross the cattle guard to the gate on the left. Click for Map). Established in 1875, one of the oldest farmers' cooperative society in Texas, the Germania Farmer Verein, has met here since 1875. As a social and benevolent organization, it was organized to by German settlers for common protection against cattle rustling. See Pictures. Mayfest: 3rd Sunday in May; Summerfest: last Saturday in July, Octoberfest: 3rd Sunday in October (locally referred to as Maifest and Oktoberfest). Well-known local performers include Chris Wall and Gary P. Nunn. Newly renovated 6,000 SF hardwood dance floor. Cold beer, wine coolers, setups. You may bring snacks. No pets or coolers. Hall is available for rental.
11th STREET COWBOY BAR: 830-796-4849; 307 11th St, Bandera, TX 78003. www.11thstreetcowboybar.com. A unique cross between a neighborhood bar and the best country & western night club around. Known as the "Biggest Little Bar in Texas", has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and in "Southern Living" and "Life" magazines. You can enjoy a fun-filled night with food, drinks, live country western music and dancing. They serve hot dogs, hamburgers and steaks. Many events are held here, such as the Texas Independence Day Blowout and the 11th Street Annual Mardi Gras Parade and Party. Live Music Weekends & Wednesday Steak Night. Sunday afternoon Jam Sessions.
ARKEY BLUE'S SILVER DOLLAR SALOON: 830-796-8826; 308 Main St, Bandera, TX 78003. Established in 1930s. Named after Arkey Blue who is a singer, songwriter and entertainer who has been performing here since 1968. Willie Nelson and Caesare Masse have often visited. This is a unusual bar located underground and has a sawdust dancing floor. You can shoot pool, play on the Dolly Parton pinball machine, or sit down and drink a beer at the table on which Hank Williams, Sr. carved his name. Open: Daily (music Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun). Public dances. Music Fri and Sat; acoustic jam session on Sat at 3p.
BANDERA SALOON & GRILL: 830-796-3699; 402 Main St, Bandera, TX 78003. Live music Wed, Fri and Sat. Restaurant. No web
BLUE GENE'S COWBOY SPORTS BAR: 830-796-7144; 807 Main St, Bandera, TX 78003. www.bluegenesbandera.com. Weekend live entertainment. Live music Friday and Sat. Weekly pool tournament, Texas Hold'em competition, and open mic night.
CABARET CAFE & DANCE HALL: 830-796-8166; 801 Main St, Bandera, TX 78003. Built in 1936 by Jerry Lucias. Public dances on a massive 14,000 square feet of dance floor. Famous artists have been here: Bob Wills, Hank Thompson, Ray Price Jim Reeves, Johnny Bush, Stonewall Jackson, Hank Williams, Jr. and Willie Nelson. Located on Main Street in the "Cowboy Capital of Texas". "The Original Bandit," Larry Nolen, has played the Cabaret Dance Hall for many years. [We understand this dance hall is closed and for sale. Portal Editor].
FARM COUNTRY CLUB: 210-844-8549; NW of Bandera, between Hwy 16 and Hwy 173 on FM 2828, Bandera. Turn into entrance and look for sign. Bandera Dance Club hosts live dance music by The Almost Patsy Cline Band (www.almostpatsyclineband.com) at the Farm Country Club (www.farmcc.com). Free dance lessons before each dance. Smoke-free. BYOB with ice & setups available. Fee: $15 or Membership option. Dance schedule at web site. 7p-11p.
LONGHORN SALOON: 830-796-3600; 1307 Main St, Bandera, TX 78003. www.longhornsaloonbandera.com. Offers food, dancing and country western music. Live music Fri and Sat. Trail Ride Ride every Sun at noon for a ride around town. Return at 3p for guitar pickin'. All ages welcome and folks are welcome to follow trail riders and enjoy the stops along the way. Thursday Grill Night on the River. Karaoke on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Pool tournaments on Monday and Wednesday nights. No web.
BLUMENTHAL DANCE HALL: Blumenthal, TX. This dance hall is no longer active.
SPECHT'S STORE: Bulverde, TX 78163
TEXAS DANCE HALL: Bulverde, TX 78163
LONGHORN CAVERN DANCE HALL: Burnet, TX 78163
CHERRY SPRINGS DANCE HALL: 17662 N, Hwy 87, Cherry Springs, TX 78624. 16 miles NW of Fredericksburg in Gillespie County. Circa 1889, German heritage dance hall. Currently not open for business.
From Wikipedia: "The dance hall was established along the old Pinta Trail in 1889 as a stop for cattle drives. It was originally run by Herman Lehmann, son of German immigrants, Apache captive and adopted son of Comanche chief Quanah Parker. Cited by the State of Texas Music Office as "one of the most historic dance halls in the world," the venue has played host to some of the greatest legends of country music. Hank Williams once played here, as did Patsy Cline, Buck Owens, Webb Pierce, Ernest Tubb, George Jones, and many others. It was here on October 9, 1955, that the Louisiana Hayride Tour played, with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and others, on the cusp of international fame for the performers. Geronimo Trevino III in his book Dance Halls and Last Calls - A History of Texas Country Music Dance Halls in Texas, 1800s-Present day likens the talent who have played there to "The history of country music." Lots of stars have performed here: Lefty Frizzell, Ernest Tubb, Buck Owens, Hank Williams, Ray Price, Faron Young, Asleep at the Wheel, Patsy Cline, George Jones, Adolph Hofner with Caesare Masse, Nat King Cole and, in 1956, even a young Elvis Presley (see link). "Ernest, one of the four creators of Honky Tonk Music (with Ted Daffan, Floyd Tillman & Al Dexter), often played at Cherry Springs due to its historical and lively atmosphere. Located on the old Pinta Trail, the Hall was originally opened as a stop for cattle drives with old adobe bunk houses in the rear. Herman Lehmann, adopted son of Comanche Chief Quanah Parker, ran the Hall for several years "`til he drank too much beer, got too fat.." Owner Don Owen.
(THE) FISCHER DANCE HALL: 210-935-4800; Fischer Store Rd, Fischer (Comal County), TX 78623. Just off RR 32 and FM 484, NW of Canyon Lake. "Still operated by descendants of the original family who built it (circa 1895). The town continues German pioneer pastimes with a handset nine-pin bowling alley. Several scenes from Willie Nelson's movie "Honeysuckle Rose" were filmed on location here. The interior of the Hall is an architectural wonder with beautiful old hand hewn beams and rafters. Adolph Hofner has played here many times and Ponty Bone has played several weddings." Event rentals.
PAT'S HALL: 830-997-7574; 406 Post Oak Rd, Fredricksburg, TX 78624. www.patshall.com. Established: 1928. "Only a Steven Fromholz song can come close to the complexity of the history of this famous Dance Hall and its various owners. Since 1928 when it was known as Seipp's Hall and the local clergy preached to Hall patrons that it was "the house of the Devil," this famous Texas landmark has had a major impact on the local social structure with several generations of patrons having their Senior Proms here and courting their future mates. Tragedy also plays a chapter with a deadly fire in 1947 during a fight, and the shooting of a 63 year old man by his older brother."
TURNER HALLE: 830-997-2204; 103 W Travis St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Now a social club but open for private functions, German heritage. Established: 1871. "This club (verein) functions more often as a community center than as a Dance Hall, in contrast to Pat's Hall, which was on the other side of Fredericksburg. Over the past 125 years weddings, receptions and reunions have often been held here. Some, in recent times, have been played by up-and-coming Texas Hill Country bands." From the Governor's Texas Music web site: "Turner Hall, operated by the Fredericksburg Social Turn Verein, . . is rented for functions. We are not a nightclub. Built in 1886 on the corner of Summit Street and Upton Avenue (presently US 90), Turner Hall, constructed by Henry Bohlman, was the primary community center. Through the years the hall was the site for theatrical performances, musical concerts, social events, and seasonal celebrations."
GRAPETOWN DANCE HALL: Grapetown, TX. Established: 1887. Texas Germanic Heritage, Germania Farmer Verein, "Dass Ist Alles" Festival: Memorial Day. "The German immigrants made their living as freighters, early "truckers" who hauled goods to the Gulf Coast. The community was on the Fredricksburg to San Antonio wagon road. This community center started as a "shootin' and singin' club" and has maintained its German heritage. In 1913 a 920' railroad tunnel was dug which today is a natural preserve for millions of bats that blacken the sky at sunset." See Bats. This dance hall is no longer active.
GRUENE HALL: 830-606-1281; 1281 Gruene Rd, FM 306, downtown Gruene (New Branufels). www.gruenehall.com. See Southern Living article at Dance. Built in 1878, this is a huge attraction in modern times. Texas Gernan Heritage, 75th Germania Farmer Verein. Claimed to be the "Built in 1878, Gruene Hall is the oldest continually running dance hall in Texas." Gruene Hall has hosted such acts as Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and George Strait. "The town was established on the Guadalupe River for the operation of the steam operated cotton gin, and by 1872 over 8000 acres were under cultivation. The Dance Hall was built by Heinrich Gruene along with a store and saloon for the local farmers. Reopened in 1979 it has inspired the entire town to be restored to its 1880s appeal. Many young Artists from all over have played this monument to Texas Music, including Jerry Jeff Walker, George Strait, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Loose Diamonds and the Sisters Morales. Only a few Halls such as Schroeder Hall, Fischer Hall and Anhalt Hall are older than Gruene Hall, one of the older Honky Tonks in the entire Lone Star State. Great music all the time.". Live bands or singers most every day of week, sometimes two per day, free unless it is a big name, sometimes two per day, varying genre. The wooden floor surface is uneven and "springy." Air conditioned, but you'd be hard-pressed to feel it. Lots of cold beer!.
MAYFLOWER DANCE HALL: Rio Median, Gruene (Comal County), Gruene, TX. Circa 1909.
CRIDER'S RODEO, DANCE HALL & CAFE: 830-238-4441; Hwy 39 (3.5 mi W of town), Hunt, TX 78024. http://cridersrodeoanddance.com.
HYE DANCE HALL: Hwy 290 Hye, TX 78635, W of Johnson City, E of Stonewall. At Hye-Albert Rd intersection, across from Post Office. No longer active. Appears dilapidated.
KENDALIA HALLE DANCE HALL: 210-863-1100; 1135 N FM 3351, Kendalia, TX 78027, at intersection of FM 3351 N and FM 473, S of Blanco, 7 mi W of Hwy 281. www.kendaliahalle.com. Established 1903. Kick up your heels at a 100 year old dance hall. Voted best wood floor in Texas, made of Douglas fir brought in from Oregon. Built in 1903 and renovated in the last few years. Available for dances, wedding and other events. "This beautiful Hall has a 2000 square foot hardwood dance floor which has seen plenty of boot scootin' over the years. The large Oak tree out in front had a logging chain permanently attached to it where unruly patrons would be handcuffed until sobriety returned. This historic Dance Hall still echoes from legends such as Floyd Tillman. An old Oak tree out back was bent by Indians to mark a trail years before the Hall was built. On March 28, 1997, "Live from Kendalia Halle" was recorded here." Live band and dance one Sat a month, cover charge, opens 7p serving free BBQ, music starts 8p, No BYOB.
LOPEZ CLUB: FM 173, Kerrville (Kerr County), TX 78028. Public dances, Tejano
LONDON DANCE HALL: 325-475-2921; Hwy 377, London, TX 76854. Located in Kimble County, between Junction and Mason on Hwy 377. One of the oldest dance halls in Texas, established in late 1800's. Live music every Saturday. "A dance every Saturday for a 100 years or more," sings Johnny Bush in "The Ballad of London Hall," and Johnny wouldn't tell a lie unless he had to! The front of the Hall has a large stone fireplace, pool tables, shuffle board, and a beautiful hand-carved village scene above the bar. They've all played here---Johnny Bush (they had to enlarge the stage for his Bandoleros), Hank Thompson (1989, the year he was inducted into The Hall of Fame), Johnny Gimble, and Chris Wall." Open daily 5p, dance to live music every Sat from 9p-1a.
LUCKENBACH TEXAS DANCE HALL: 830-997-3224; 1-888-311-8990; 412 Luckenbach Town Loop, Luckenbach/Stonewall (Gillespie), TX 78624. www.luckenbachtexas.com. Live music almost every day, dance band most Fri & Sat nights, from 9a-close. Light food, beer and wine available, but NO BYOB (they are very emphatic about this). Their web site tells the history of Luckenbach along with events that are happening and their favorite pickers, including Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and many more. "Everybody's somebody in Luckenbach". Historic General Store, Post Office, dance hall, outdoor music venue, food stands, camping areas. Meet the cool cat Miz Kitty, the "boss" of the General Store. Dance hall: circa 1887. This location is often listed as "Fredericksburg". Dance Hall established: 1849, "Saved by Hondo" 1970. Live music almost every day, dance band most Fri & Sat nights, from 9a-close.
"The history that emulated from the Engles family and down through Hondo Couch, is still felt to those who are travel the small twisting road to Luckenbach. In 1849 Minna Engle opened a Post Office-Store-Saloon out on Snail Creek. It became a trading post for Indians and a source for supplies and entertainment for the local farmers. Back in 1970 a local farmer and a bit of a sage, Hondo Crouch, was driving by and was in need of a cold beer, but the place was closed. So, he bought it. Yep, the whole darn town, Post Office, Dance Hall, and of course, the beer joint. Hondo had a special soul with a magic touch. When Jerry Jeff Walker recorded "Viva Terlingua" live in the Dance Hall a few years later, times were revived. Twenty years later Jerry Jeff Walker returned to record "Viva Luckenbach." Thanks to JJW & Susan & the Gonzos, the old Honky Tonk & store were saved and re-souled. It's as old as a beer joint gets in Texas. Hey, it's still the Heart of Texas, and Hondo gave wisdom away. He had a true soul from deep from within his heart, and you can still feel his presence. Don't miss goin' around the corner to Grapetown and the Bat tunnel for some Hill Country history. God Bless Hondo (and John Wayne)."
CLEAR SPRINGS CAFE: 830-629-3777; 1692 Hwy 46, New Braunfels, TX 78130. Germania Farmer Verein. Established: 1870, "The Hill Country's Oldest Dance Hall". Elvis has been here. Restaurant: open 11a-9p. "The first store and Dance Hall was built in 1873 by Johann Andreas Breutedt and also served as a saloon and cotton storage facility. Today the old building has been beautifully restored and is a great Texas style family restaurant with a very rustic atmosphere. Occasionally musical events have showcased Steven Fromholz, Tracy Nelson, Clay Blaker, George Strait, and even Bo Diddley."
CRYSTAL CHANDELIER: New Braunfels, TX 78130. www.soyoulikegeorgestrait.com. According to the web site, "The Chandelier now sits as a vacant shell on the side of the road on the north side of New Braunfels . . . only a couple of miles from Greune Hall it was a club fashioned for the new popularity of country music. It had a BIG DANCE FLOOR! One of the best dance floors in any club I saw Ace play at. Even with a big crowd you could enjoy a great dance here. Backstage was basically outside. There was a small room offstage, and then the door to outside where they parked the first bus Ace had."
DEVIL'S BACKBONE TAVERN: FR 32, New Braunfels, TX 78130. Near Canyon Lake, S of Wimberley.
FREIHEIT COUNTRY STORE: 830-625-9400; 2157 FM 1101 off Hwy 46 E, 3/4 miles from New Braunfels (5 minutes off I-35). Established: 1889. Open: Tue-Sat 11-2. "Humble Time Radio Show is recorded here each Saturday highlighting local unknown as well as known talent. It's a great experience to attend. Owners Shorty and Rosie Haas are a great couple worth the stop just to talk to, and it's only 5 minutes off busy I-35. Cold, cold beer and good food. Geronimo Trevino performed live here on May 24, 1997."
RIVER ROAD ICE HOUSE: 830-626-1335; 1791 Hueco Springs Loop, New Braunfels, TX 78132. www.riverroadicehouse.com. Entertainment, dance hall.
SAENGERHALLE: 830-625-4255; 255 Saengerhalle Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130, off Hwy 46, E of New Braunfels, 2 miles. 5 minutes off IH 35. Open Daily 4p. A huge air conditioned dance hall, and a beer garden under the Texas skies! "In 1863, just two miles east of New Braunfels, five German singing groups bought the area the Hall now stands on as a meeting place for their "Men's Singing Societies." Now, the Hall includes a 10,000 square foot dance floor. In 1997 the descendants of the Hall's original founders sold the property, and it has been converted to a "new" Honky Tonk. Showcased are such Texas artists as Cornell Hurd, Sisters Morales, Gary P Nunn, Don Walser, Geronimo Trevino, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Alvin Crow and many others. A great evening for all. Don't miss it.". [We understand Saengerhalle was closed in June 2006. Portal Editor]
SHADY ACRES RESORT & DANCE HALL: New Braunfels, TX 78130
TAVERN IN THE GRUENE: 830-608-0438; 830 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130. www.taverninthegruene.com
PIPE CREEK DANCE HALL: Pipe Creek, TX 78063
CLUB 281: 830-825-9900; Hwy 281, Round Mountain, (Blanco County), TX. At US 281 and FM 1431. This historic dance hall apparently is closed.
CHEATHAM STREET WAREHOUSE: 512-353-3777; 119 Cheatham St, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.cheathamstreet.com. Famous bar and dance hall that launched the careers of George Strait and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Circa 1910. Public dances, medium-small dance space elevated in front of the stage. Wooden Floored. Full bar. Free live music every weekday 5:30-7:00 pm. Major bands with admission fee most Fri & Sat nights.
SISTERDALE DANCEHALL & EVENT CENTER: 210-508-0344; 1210 Sisterdale Rd, Sisterdale (Kendall County), TX 78006.
"The Dancehall was built between 1884 and 1890.
Famous artists performed at the Sisterdale Dancehall over the years.
Our Dancehall has been a movie location, and it hosted George Strait in a Bud Light commercial.
Brooks and Dunn used our Dancehall while filming their classic hit song, Red Dirt Road."
Wedding and special event facility.
Live dance bands many Sat nights and some Fri nights.
POODIE'S HILLTOP BAR & GRILL: 512-264-0318; 22308 Hwy 71 W, Spicewood, TX 78669. www.poodies.info "Nestled in the heart of God's country, Poodie's offers the best in Texas grub, live music and cold beer. Open seven days a week and just a short drive west of Austin, Poodie's is legendary for having the biggest names in music "dropping in." From Willie to Merle to Waylon to Billy Joe Shaver to Freddie Powers to Bobby Boyd, you just never know who will show up and sit in! Poodie has even been seen around the place on rare occasions!" Live dance bands on most Fri & Sat nights.
WEINHEIMER DANCE HALL: Stonewall, TX 78671. No longer active.
TWIN SISTERS DANCE HALL: 830-833-5773; 2198 Cottonwood Rd, Twin Sisters, TX 78606. www.twinsistersdancehall.com. Also addressed as; 6720 US 281, Blanco, TX 78606. Located just off US 281, 7 mi S of Blanco, just N of Little Blanco River. Established: 1870. Dances held first Sat every month, 9p-1a, no reservations. Beer, wine coolers, snacks, ice and set-ups are sold. Patrons may BYOB food and liquor. Cover charge
"These old Halls echo with the great melodies of "Pappy" Selph, Cliff Bruner, Adolph Hofner, and Caesare Masse. All of them still active after over 60 years and playing better than ever! This great old hall has special dances every Christmas and New Years besides the monthly dances which always draw a good crowd. Pack up the entire family, take the scenic drive out to this historic old Hall, and discover what generations of musicians like ex-Tex Ritter's band mate Slim Roberts are singing about."
Available for rental for weddings, private parties and public shows & events. Annual event: Special dances every Christmas and New Years besides the monthly dances which always draw a good crowd. Owned and operated by Twin Sisters Dance Hall, Inc., a non-profit organization comprised of local folks who hold 25 memberships. Originally established as a community center. See Gray's Blog
WARING DANCE HALL: Hwy 1621, Waring (Kendall County), TX 78074. Includes old-time general store. www.donstrange.com/locations_waring.htm. Circa 1900. German heritage.
NELSON CITY DANCE HALL & PARTY RANCH (& PO-PO's FAMILY RESTAURANT): 830-537-3835; 825 Hwy 289 Boerne/Welfare (Kendall County), TX 78006, just S of Welfare; 1/2 mile off IH 10 Exit #533 (Welfare Rd. Exit), NW of San Antonio By Boerne. www.nelsoncitydancehall.com. Currently is a dance hall and restaurant (Old San Francisco Dance Hall & Saloon). Circa 1929. Open: Wed-Thur 5p-11p, Fri-Sat 4p-2a, Sun 2p-10p. "From the comforting sounds of violins and guitars to the flushing faces of happy two-steppers and waltzers. If you haven't experienced a Texas honky-tonk, then you haven't experienced Texas! For a true Texas encounter you really need to leave the city, because it's in the country where dance halls begin. They have served as the small town's courting stage, musician and singer's sounding stage and the dance lover's dream. Well, Nelson City Dancehall serves up all of these and more. Located next to an old 1929 dancehall in Nelson City, Texas, this family owned treasure is the genuine article. Promoting Texas music including Tejano, Country, Zydico, Rock'N'Roll, Blues, and Bluegrass, Nelson City Dancehall provides live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Musicians enjoy playing here because of the family atmosphere and the acoustics, and as one put it, "It's the most beautiful dancehall in this part of Texas." Friday night is steak night! Dine, dance and have an excellent steak." The dance hall is booked for private parties (not for open, public dance opportunities).
BRAUN HALL: 210-588-9241: 9723 Braun Rd, Helotes (NW San Antonio), TX 78250. Established: 1893. Open evert weekend with live music every Sat night. "Besides the immaculate dance floor, this Hall has a unique band stand that is a "cove" in one side wall. The dancers love it as they have even more room to twirl away. "If you're dancing', you're not dying" is the motto around this beautiful Hall which is a Hermann Sons Lodge. Besides the immaculate dance floor, this Hall has a unique band stand that is a "cove" in one side wall. The dancers love it as they have even more room to twirl away. This is one of the very few places that a person can still see Adolph Hofner performing, who first recorded in 1936. Don't miss a chance to see this great pioneer of Texas music. The Hall is primarily rented out for wedding receptions and various parties and meetings. There is a large dance floor, cash bar, and Braun Hall has a capacity of 250 people. Cover charge is usually 6 dollars. We are open till midnight and there is an in-house PA system."
CLUB 21 DANCE HALL: 512-398-2901; Uhland, TX, ON Hwy 21, 8 mi E of San Marcos. Established: 1893. Open: Tue-Sun, 2pm 'till close. "This is hall is known as the "Oldest Continuously Running Dance Hall in Texas." Don Walser's CD "Rolling Stone from Texas" uses pictures of this Hall as cover art, and Don likes to play here as often as possible. Tish Hinojosa also once filmed a Shiner Beer commercial here. One of the most scenic Dance Halls in Texas with a great dance floor, cold beer, burgers and a family tradition." No air conditioning. Some consider it tho have the best floor in Central Texas! The floor is large and very slick! Newcomers should proceed gently until you get a feeling for the floor.
FLOORE'S COUNTRY STORE: 210-695-8827: 14464 Old Bandera Rd, Helotes (NW San Antonio), TX 78023. www.liveatfloores.com Established: 1886. "This historic monument to Texas Dance Hall music was a stomping ground for cattle drives and sheep herders as far back as 1886. Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, Lefty Frizzell, Bob Wills, Ray Price, Robert Earl Keen, Johnny Gimble, Johnny Rodriguez, and many other Legends have played this great hall. In "Shotgun Willie", Willie Nelson refers to his colorful pal, original owner John T. Floore. For a while, Willie played Floore's every weekend." From the Governor's Texas Music Office web: ". . is one of the greatest dance halls in Texas. Open by John T. Floore in 1942, Floore's has three claims to fame: Willie Nelson got his start here, we have the largest patio in the South, and we have the world's best homemade bread and tamales. Floore's is a family honky tonk where kids are welcome with their parents. The dance hall is open Wednesday - Sunday with live entertainment Wednesday - Sunday."
LEON SPRINGS DANCE HALL: 210-698-7070. Leon Springs Dancehall is one of the most recognizable historic landmarks within the San Antonio city limits. Located directly off IH-10 West in Leon Springs, the big red barn and its enormous metal roof are not easily missed. Leon Springs, said to be the site of an old stagecoach stop, is just miles from Northwest San Antonio and approximately nineteen miles from downtown San Antonio. Offering only the best in legendary Dance Hall entertainment. Once the hub of local weekend-night activity until it closed in January of 2006, it recently announced the reopening of its doors to a new era in private parties and special-event catering. The Leon Springs Dance Hall is currently operating under new management by Black Tie Affairs Catering, Inc., a family owned, full-service catering and event planning company located in San Antonio, Texas. www.leonspringsdancehall.com
QUIHI GUN CLUB: 830-426-2859; FM-2676, 1333 CR 456, Hondo, TX 78861. Quihi (Medina County, Castroville/Hondo) TX. Located 9 mi NE of Hondo. Pronounced "quee hee". See Quihi profile. This popular Quihi Gun Club, a social club and dance hall operated on a membership basis. Public dances. Circa 1890, German heritage. "The Quihi and Elm Creeks that surround the Dance Hall are the reason the building stands 6' feet off the ground. Many of Texas' greatest Legends like Pappy Selph, Caesare Masse, and Cliff Bruner have spent many nights in Dance Halls like this. The Club, originally built to defend against Indian attacks, is the oldest continuous running gun club in the United States. They continue to meet each month." The Quihi Gun Club dance hall has been the social mecca for Saturday night country-style dances. A wooden-windowed, barn-like structure, built on wooden stilts on the high bank of a creek, it has a unique old style charm. Dances are still held and are open to the public every 2nd and 4th weekends of every month." Claimed to be one of the best dance floor in the San Antonio area. See Gray's Blog
RILEY'S TAVERN: 512-392-3132; 8891 FM 1102, Hunter, TX 78132. Just NE of New Braunfels. www.rileystavern.com. Texas' First Tavern After Prohibition. Previously known as Galloway Saloon. The main part of the building has been dated around the mid-1800s. Today Riley's is still open and offering some of the best local talent around. A great place to visit.
SONS OF HERMANN HALL (VAN RAUB PAUL VOGT LODGE #234): Fair Oaks Ranch, TX
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(THE) AMERICAN LEGION: 830-997-5582; 726 San Antonio Hwy, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
BIKINIS GULLER HALL: SC Gillespie County, at 7905 Old San Antonio Rd, SE of Fredericksburg. 7 mi S of US 290. The old ghost town of Bankersmith (see above) was re-born in 2013 as a music and entertainment venue (includes Guller Hall, an old-style dance hall), on 1.6 acres. Wiki. There is some controversy as tho whether it is actually in Gillespie or Kendall county. www.bikinistexas.com
BLUE BONNET PALACE: 210-651-6702; 17630 Lookout Rd, Selma, TX 78154. Located NE of San Antonio near IH-35. www.bluebonnetpalace.com. Live dance music Fri & Sat nights, and occasional Wed & Thurs nights. Menu, and full bar.
CROSSROADS SALOON AND STEAKHOUSE: 830-992-3288; 877-741-9960; 305 W Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. www.www.crossroads-texas.com. Dining, full bar, live entertainment, dancing. Open Wed -Sat
ELK'S LODGE #2081: 830-895-4554; 1907 Junction Hwy, Kerrville, TX 78028, located 1.5 mi W of the intersection of Junction Hwy & Harper Rd (FM-783; exit 505 from I-10). Wednesday Night Dance with live music of the Dave Loughlin Band from 7 to 9:30p. Before the dance, starting at 5:30; enjoy a "Sweetheart Burger" with all the fixin's & chips for only $5. Free admission, with hopeful $5/person donation. www.elks2081.info
HANGAR HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER: 830-997-9990; 155 Airport Rd, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, www.hangarhotel.com, The Hangar Hotel was uniquely designed 50 room hotel with an exterior appearance of a WWII hangar of the romantic 1940s. The conference center and diner also reflect the style of the era and offer a great space for hosting events or simply for a weekend get-away. The conference center can seat 500 and features a customizable marquee. An additional space, The Pacific Showroom, can seat up to 250 and offers a south pacific theme complete with tiki bar and a large stage and dance floor. Small subset rooms are also available for smaller get-togethers and meetings. See our facebook page www.facebook.com/hangarhotel for pictures of recent events.
HANGING TREE SALOON: 210-651-5812; 18425 2nd St, Braken, TX 78266. Located NE of San Antonio and FM 1604. www.hangintree.com. Live dance music most Fri & Sat nights.
HARPER COMMUNITY PARK HALL: Harper, at intersection US 290 & CR 783 across from Duana's Chevron, E side of Harper, dances hosted by WESTERN DANCE CLUB (830-896-5640/830-739-2128, no web site), non-members welcome, $6/person), Dances with live music, 1 Sat every other mid-month, 8-12p, BYOB, BYOF, non-smoking, wood floor. Line Dance lessons, every Monday 1-2pm at this Hall starting Sept 13, 2010
INN OF THE HILLS RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER: 830-895-5000; 1001 Junction Hwy, Kerrville, TX 78028. http://innofthehills.com. Upscale motel, restaurant, conference facility, the Inn Pub with full bar, a small-medium dance floor & live Texas music Tue through Sat evenings.
LAZY L&L HALL: 830-964-3455; 11699 River Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130. www.lazylandl.com.
MERCER STREET DANCEHALL: 512-858-4314; 332 Mercer St, Dripping Springs, TX 78620. http://mercerstreetdancehall.com
NUTTY BROWN CAFE: 512-301-4648; E of Dripping Springs, on US Hwy 290, S side. Full menu, great food, Sunday brunch 11a-2p, upscale bar with mixed drinks, draft beer, huge outdoor arena with tables, dining and music venue, live entertainment. Popular motorcycle stop. Dance floor is a concrete slab, outside venue. www.nuttybrown.com
OLD PEANUT MILL STEAKHOUSE: 325-347-9540; 1100 Ft. McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. www.myspace.com/oldpeanutmillsteakhouse. Just N of town, huge bar & dance floor, full menu, draft beer, big outdoor area. Regularly scheduled entertainment.
OLD 300 BBQ: 830-833-1227; 307 4th St, Blanco, TX 78606. www.old300bbq.com. Dance hall, air conditioned
POODIE'S HILLTOP BAR & GRILL: 512-264-0318; 22308 Hwy 71 W, Spicewood, TX. www.poodies.info. "Nestled in the heart of God's country, Poodie's offers the best in Texas grub, live music and cold beer. Open seven days a week and just a short drive W of Austin, Poodie's is legendary for having the biggest names in music "dropping in." From Willie to Merle to Waylon to Billy Joe Shaver to Freddie Powers to Bobby Boyd, you just never know who will show up and sit in! Poodie has even been seen around the place on rare occasions!". Dance area is a medium sized floor, hard surfaced. Live music Wed-Sun, with major bands Fri & Sat.
RYDER'S BAR, GRILL AND DANCE HALL: 830-598-8232; 7911 RM 1431, Granite Shoals, TX 78654. www.facebook.com/rydersdancehall
SOUTH STAR DANCE HALL: 830-990-4440; 2000 U.S. Hwy 87, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (just a mile or so south of town). Red Oak dance floor, smoking in covered beer garden only, covered patio, BBQ, good sound system, covered patio, full-bar.
VFW FRANTZEN AHRENS POST 7105: 830-997-5017; 710 S. Washington, Hwy 87 South, Fredericksburg, TX. Everybody welcome. BYOB; Entertainment. Unfortunately, they allow smoking in the front area.
WINERIES & OTHER LARGER VENUES: Because of the popularity and draw of CW Dancing, more businesses are hosting dance bands and often in outdoor venues. Notable ones include Torre di Pietra Winery and Wild Seed Farm near Fredericksburg on Hwy 290.
REGULARLY SCHEDULED LIVE MUSIC FOR COUNTRY WESTERN (CW) DANCING
IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY
(at Historic and non-Historic dance halls)
11th STREET COWBOY BAR: 830-796-4849; 307 11th St, Bandera, www.11thstreetcowboybar.com. A unique cross between a neighborhood bar and the best country & western night club around. Known as the "Biggest Little Bar in Texas", has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and in "Southern Living" and "Life" magazines. You can enjoy a fun-filled night with food, drinks, live country western music and dancing. They serve hot dogs, hamburgers and steaks. Many events are held here, such as the Texas Independence Day Blowout and the 11th Street Annual Mardi Gras Parade and Party. Live Music Weekends & Wednesday Steak Night. Sunday afternoon Jam Sessions.
ALBERT DANCE HALL: Albert, 830-644-2042, www.alberttexas.com: Most Saturdays with a name band, 7:30p opens; music starts 9-ish; Riley's BBQ.
ANHALT DANCE HALL: Anhalt-Spring Branch, 830-438-2873, www.anhalthall.com: Couple of Saturdays a month, opens at 7p, live music 8-12.
ARKEY BLUE'S SILVER DOLLAR SALOON: Bandera, 830-796-8826, www.arkeyblue.com. Open: Daily (music Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun). Public dances. Music Fri and Sat; acoustic jam session on Sat at 3p.
BANDERA DANCE CLUB AT FARM COUNTRY CLUB: Bandera, 210-844-8549, www.almostpatsyclineband.com. Music by The Almost Patsy Cline Band. Free dance lessons before each dance. Smoke-free. BYOB with ice & setups available. Fee: $15 or Membership option.
BANDERA SALOON & GRILL: 830-796-3699, Bandera, www.banderasaloon.com. Live music Wed, Fri and Sat. Restaurant.
BLUE GENE's COWBOY SPORTS BAR: Bandera, 830-796-7144, www.bluegenesbandera.com. Weekend live entertainment. Live music Friday and Sat.
BLUE BONNET PALACE: Selma, 210-651-6702, www.bluebonnetpalace.com: Fri & Sat nights, and occasional Wed & Thurs nights. Menu, and full bar.
CHEATHAM STREET WAREHOUSE: San Marcos, 512-353-3777, www.cheathamstreet.com. Wooden Floored. Full bar. Free live music every weekday 5:30-7:00 pm. Major bands with admission fee most Fri & Sat nights.
CROSSROADS SALOON AND STEAKHOUSE: Fredericksburg, 830-992-3288; 877-741-9960, www.www.crossroads-texas.com. Dining, Full Bar, Live Entertainment, Dancing. Open Wed -Sat. Occasional country western dance bands
ELKS LODGE: Kerrville, 830-895-4554, www.elks2081.info: Every Wed, Dave Laughlin Band, 7-9:30p. Free, with hopeful $5/person donation.
GRUENE HALL: Gruene (New Branufels), 830-606-1281, www.gruenehall.com. Live bands or singers most every day of week, sometimes two per day, free unless it is a big name, sometimes two per day, varying genre.
INN OF THE HILLS: Kerrville, The Inn Pub, 830-895-6022, http://innofthehills.com: Tue through Sat evenings; full bar, happy hour and free pub grub, a small-medium dance wood floor & live Texas music.
HARPER COMMUNITY PARK HALL: Harper, dances hosted by WESTERN DANCE CLUB (830-896-5640/830-739-2128, no web site), non-members welcome, $6/person), Dances with live music, 1 Sat every other mid-month, 8-12p, BYOB, BYOF, non-smoking, wood floor. Line Dance lessons, every Monday 1-2p at this Hall starting Sept 13, 2010
KENDALIA HALLE: Kendalia, 210-863-1100, www.kendaliahalle.com. Live band and dance one Sat a month, cover charge, opens 7p serving free BBQ, music starts 8p, No BYOB.
LONDON DANCE HALL: London, 325-475-2921, www.londondancehall.com. Open daily 5p, dance to live music every Sat from 9p-1a.
LONGHORN SALOON: 830-796-3600, Bandera, www.longhornsaloonbandera.com. Offers food, dancing and country western music. Live music Fri and Sat.
LUCKENBACH TEXAS DANCE HALL: Stonewall, 830-997-3224; 1-888-311-8990, www.luckenbachtexas.com. Live music almost every day, dance band most Fri & Sat nights, from 9p-close. Light food, beer and wine available, but NO BYOB (they are very emphatic about this).
POODIE'S HILLTOP BAR & GRILL: Spicewood, 512-264-0318, www.poodies.info. Dance area is a medium sized floor, hard surfaced. Live music Wed-Sun, with major bands Fri & Sat.
SISTERDALE DANCEHALL: Sisterdale, 210-508-0344, www.sisterdaledancehall.net. Live dance bands many Sat nights and some Fri nights.
TURNER HALLE: 830-997-2204; Fredericksburg, TX. Live dance music 1st Sat every month (some exceptions). See Fredericksburg Dance Club below.
TWIN SISTERS DANCE HALL: Twin Sisters/Blanco, 830-833-5773, www.twinsistersdancehall.com. Dances held first Saturday every month, 9p-1a, no reservations. Beer, wine coolers, snacks, ice and set-ups are sold, BYOB food and liquor.
VFW FRANTZEN AHRENS: Fredericksburg, 830-997-5017, no web site: 1st & 3rd Sundays, 7-10p: Dave Laughlin Band; 2nd & 4th Sundays: Kick-A-Boot Band; 5th Sundays: Wagon Aces Band
BANDERA DANCE CLUB: 210-844-8549; Bandera. Dance music by The Almost Patsy Cline Band www.almostpatsyclineband.com at the Farm Country Club www.farmcc.com (see listing above). Free dance lessons before each dance. Smoke-free. BYOB with ice & setups available. Fee: $15 or Membership option. Dance schedule at web site. 7p-11p.
FREDERICKSBURG DANCE CLUB: 830-997-4538; Fredericksburg. www.fredericksburgdanceclub.com. Open to all, 8 dances per year all at Turner Hall (see above), from 8-11:30p; Join: $48/yr/person. Guests are $10 per person. BYOB & BYOF. Beer & set-ups available for purchase. Contacts: Robert Pape, Mike Goldsen. 2011 Schedule: 2/5: Almost Patsy Cline; 4/2: Country Dutchmen; 5/7: Troubadours; 6/4: Almost Patsy Cline; 9/10: Dave Laughlin; 10/8: Country Dutchman; 11/12: Troubadours; 12/3: Almost Patsy Cline
LAGO VISTA COUNTRY WESTERN COUPLES DANCE CLUB: 512-267-7090; Dances at 7p, at K-Oaks Clubhouse, Lago Vista Admission: $20 - Couples Only. BYOB. Setup provided. Everyone brings snacks.
WESTERN DANCE CLUB: 830-896-5640; 830-739-2128; Harper. No web site, (non-members welcome, $6/person), Dances at Harper Community Park Hall, with live music, 1 Sat every other mid-month, 8p-12a, BYOB, BYOF, non-smoking, wood floor. Line Dance lessons, every Monday 1-2pm at this Hall starting Sept 13, 2010. 2011 Schedule: 1/15: Almost Patsy Cline
MARTINEZ SOCIAL CLUB: 210-661-2422; 7791 FM 1396, San Antonio, TX 78220. In NE part of San Antonio.
www.texasdancehall.org: Texas Dance Hall Preservation. Mission: Committed to saving historic Texas dance halls and the authentic music and culture that is still found in them. Lot's of great dance hall resources on this site.
www.honkytonktx.com/dancehalls: Honky Tonk Texas
www.angelfire.com/folk/polka/texas.html: History of Polka in Texas
www.angelfire.com/folk/polka/news.html: Texas Polka News
www.txhillcountrytrail.com/index.aspx?page=1545: Texas Hill Country Trail - Dance Halls
Handbook of Texas Online - Dance Halls
- Fredericksburg ISD Community Education, 830-997-7182; 234 Friendship Ln, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. www.fisd.org. Beginning and Intermediate CW Dancing, taught by Rocky Roquemore. Inexpensive and very effective.
- Mercer Street Dance Hall: Free dance lessons on most nights before their shows.
- Instructor Tom Philips: Blanco
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