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9 Dance Halls You Need to Visit in the Texas Hill Country

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9 Dance Halls You Need to Visit in the Texas Hill Country

By Matt Alpert, Wide Open Country

The sweet sound of country fiddle. Gliding across an old wooden floor in a two-step dance. The trance of a western swing band kicking into high gear. There is no better place to experience these pleasures than at a Texas dancehall.

Unfortunately, there aren’t as many Texas dance halls as there used to be. As development flourishes in Texas’s cities, suburbs and rural communities, dancehalls are on the decline. Cowboy culture is still an important part of Texas, but there’s no denying that the times have changed.

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However, in some Texas towns, the local dance hall is still the most fun place to be on Saturday night. There are great dance halls across the Lone Star State, but central Texas is home to many of our favorites. These nine Central Texas Dance Halls have a reputation for great music, good times and tons of character.

9. Mercer Street Dance Hall

9 Dance Halls You Need to Visit in the Texas Hill Country

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Mercer Street Dance Hall opened its doors only a couple years ago, but it has already built a reputation as a popular country music venue in Central Texas. The new dance hall is located in Dripping Springs, the “Gateway of the Hill Country,” roughly 30 miles west of Austin. Texas favorites Dale Watson, Kevin Fowler, among others play here on the regular. If you’re in Austin for the night and want to get out of the city for an authentic Texas dance hall experience, this is your destination.

332 W Mercer St, Dripping Springs, Texas

8. London Dance Hall, London, Texas

9 Dance Halls You Need to Visit in the Texas Hill Country
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There’s not much to see or do in the backcountry town of London, Texas, pop. 180, except the London Dance Hall. Since it opened nearly a century ago, Saturday nights at London Hall have featured a number of Texas music legends, including fiddler Johnny Gimble and Hank Thompson. Nowadays, you’ll find undiscovered Texas country talent.

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