Spirits

Enjoy Scenic Views and Cold Beer at the Devil’s Backbone Tavern

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Deep in the Hill Country, there is a place known for haunts since the 1700s: the Devil’s Backbone, which is a geographic feature formed by an earthquake more than 30 million years ago. It connects Blanco and Wimberley via Texas Farm Roads 12, 165, 2325, and 32, along with U.S. Highway 281, and the section of road is 24 miles long. And along this road of history is the Devil’s Backbone Tavern, which was established in 1932. Located at 4041 Ranch Road 32 in Comal County, this small bar has a striking view and great history of live music performances, with a bit of supernatural happenings, as typical to the area. Head out that way in the daylight to fully enjoy the scenic drive.

Door to right

Photo by Honky Tonk Foodie

Built on the site of an old blacksmith’s shop, the location was originally at the base of a treacherous stagecoach trail. The tavern is comprised of rock and boasts an intimate inside: an overall small space with low ceilings, which features a section of autographed dollar bills. It is not centrally air-conditioned but the stone keeps it cool year round. An attached dancehall was built in the 1950s but is no longer in frequent use.

Just a peek

Photo by Honky Tonk Foodie

Plenty of friendly regulars here, along with passers-thru. Beer is cheap, ice cold, and mostly domestic. Shuffleboard and a pool table are available. Smoking is allowed inside. If you’re looking to enjoy a craft beer or strut around in stilettos, this is not the spot. Come with a sense of humor and greenbacks since cash is the only accepted tinder here and there is no ATM nearby; come prepared or the evening won’t end well. Give a listen to singer-songwriter Todd Snider’s song “Ballad of the Devil’s Backbone Tavern,” from his album Happy to Be Here (2000), for a feel of the place. Open every day from noon to midnight, so take a drive out to the Backbone!

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