From two-stepping to line dancing, Texans love to dance to the best country western music. Therefore there are many dance halls and honky tonks in the Lone Star State that are perfect for a boot-scootin’ boogie. Old historic honky tonks and new age country clubs both fill this list. Put on your Stetson hat and your cowboy boots and get ready to dance the night away at these 11 best dance halls in Texas.
Gruene Hall (Nearby Hotels)
Gruene Hall is the most iconic dance hall in the Lone Star State. Pronounced like “green,” Gruene Hall is known as one of the oldest dance halls in Texas, operating since 1878. Top artists have played here, such as Lyle Lovett, George Strait, Bob Dylan and many more. Located in New Braunfels, Gruene Hall is a great place to visit to dance and listen to both local and nationally-known music artists. Live music can be found here almost every day of the week.
Billy Bob’s (Nearby Hotels)
Located in Fort Worth, Billy Bob’s is the ideal honky tonk. The floor is typically always packed with line dancers and two steppers. Since this dance hall is located in the Fort Worth Stockyards, expect real country music and big country acts at Billy Bob’s. Billy Bob’s is even referred to as the “The World’s Largest Honky Tonk,” therefore you’re sure to find a dancing partner in this 100,000-square-foot space.
Cowboys Red River (Nearby Hotels)
Live bands grace the stage of Cowboys Red River every Wednesday through Saturday night. This Dallas honky tonk not only is a great place for two-steppin’ but also don’t miss out on the mechanical bull or the Texas Hold ‘Em games. For those who aren’t proficient in the ways of line dancing or two-stepping, Cowboys Red River offers free dance lessons too. You’ll find beginners to some of the best country dancers on the dance floor at Cowboys Red River.
Pearl’s Dance Hall & Saloon (Nearby Hotels)
Pearl’s Dance Hall & Saloon is another honky tonk located in the Fort Worth Stockyards. No frills or fancy trends are found here; this is a true honky tonk that plays nothing but traditional country music and where two-stepping and Western swing are the dances of choice. Find live music here on Wednesday through Saturday nights. Pearl’s also has street cred, as it’s a historic building that was once a brothel built by Buffalo Bill. For a history lesson, a cold beer and a dazzling dance floor, hit up Pearl’s Dance Hall next time you’re in the mood to two-step.
Big Texas Dance Hall & Saloon (Nearby Hotels)
With two locations in the greater Houston area, it’s easy to achieve a great night of two-stepping at Big Texas Dance Hall & Saloon. This Lone Star dance hall brings a modern feel to boot scootin’ boogie. Not only is live music found here but also DJs playing new and old country jams. Referred to simply as “Big Texas,” this honky tonk also hosts free dance lessons on Wednesday nights for those wanting to polish up their two-stepping and line dancing skills.
John T. Floore’s Country Store (Nearby Hotels)
Don’t let the name fool you; John T. Floore’s Country Store isn’t a store at all. This honky tonk, located twenty miles from San Antonio in Helotes, opened in 1942 and has had plenty of top notch acts grace its stage since then. Country icons like Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson and even artists like Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan have all played at John T. Floore’s Country Store. Nowadays, you’ll find popular Texas and Americana bands playing for crowds of dancing cowboys and cowgirls.
Whiskey River (Nearby Hotels)
After a couple shots of whiskey at Whiskey River, you’ll definitely have no problem getting out on the dance floor. This high-energy dance hall is known for its drinks just as much as it’s known for its dancing. Whiskey River draws serious country crowds every weekend. Therefore it comes as no surprise why it’s been named as one of the best honky tonks in Houston.
Midnight Rodeo (Nearby Hotels)
Midnight Rodeo originally opened in San Antonio but now has a number of locations scattered throughout the Lone Star State. This nightclub-meets-honky tonk not only plays the best country music but also mixes in some popular hip hop, pop and top 40 tunes as well. Midnight Rodeo is the perfect place for those who want to ease into the honky tonk scene. However do expect some serious two-stepping and herds of line dancers once the song “Copperhead Road” hits the playlist.
Broken Spoke (Nearby Hotels)
For over 50 years, Broken Spoke has been a haven for cowboys and cowgirls in the Austin area. Head to the Broken Spoke at 8:30 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday for dance lessons before the honky tonk party starts that night. Since this dance hall is located in Austin, plenty of different people hit the dance floor here from hippies to college students to your typical cowboy. Take a break from two-stepping to check out the pictures lining the walls of famous musicians who’ve played at the Broken Spoke, like Willie Nelson and George Strait.
Wild West (Nearby Hotels)
Wild West is another honky tonk that features incredible DJs playing the hottest country music along with popular dance hits. This Houston honky tonk has been in operation for more than 30 years. Young cowboys and cowgirls alike love hitting the old oak dance floor to line dance and two-step. The first Wild West location opened in Houston, however this honky tonk expanded and now has two other locations in San Antonio and Cedar Park as well.
Adair’s (Nearby Hotels)
This little honky tonk located in the Dallas neighborhood of Deep Ellum has lots of country flair in an unpretentious setting. The best things about Adair’s are the free live music, cheap beers and iconic burgers. Adair’s has been a two-stepping go-to in Dallas since opening in 1983. Some of the top country music artists have played the stage at Adair’s way before they became famous, such as Miranda Lambert, the Dixie Chicks and Jack Ingram.