At a time when the local bar may be the latest conglomeration of what constitutes a hipster’s paradise, or suburban mom’s sushi stop, the Texas Hill Country proudly waves the small-town bar flag—where the jukebox plays songs of misery and gin, and all things filled with true country angst, as opposed to how your 401k is doing. As irreplaceable as apple pie, their beer is domestic, and those that go there appreciate the atmosphere (or lack thereof). No branding effort is required, and what you see is what you get. These institutes of the American beer-drinkers’ unions have thrived because they treat their customers like “one of the guys” rather than a chit on the income statement—and that’s valued. Akin to something you could put on an endangered species list, they are true diamonds in the rough. Here are five Texas Hill Country small-town bars where the beer is cold, the staff isn’t, and perhaps after a while, “…everybody knows your name…”
A Beer, A Shot, and Maybe a Frito Pie
1. 11th St. Cowboy Bar, Bandera
“The Biggest Little Bar in Texas”
2. Luckenbach, Texas
Photo: Facebook/Luckenbach Texas
“If you’re drinking to forget, please pay in advance.”
3. Barbarossa Trough, New Braunfels
Photo: Facebook/Steve Jones
Cash only, no ATM!
4. The Ol Watering Hole, Kerrville
A huge back porch, and live music Wednesday-Friday!
5. Hole in the Wall, Austin
Photo: Facebook/HOLE IN THE WALL
“We love our regulars, we book incredible live music, our staff is family, and we’re committed to our community.”