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

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When it first opened in 1922, the hall regularly hosted regional German brass bands and community dances. After a long period of closure, the hall was renovated and reopened. It’s not as active as it once was; most of the action happens at the ice house next door. Even still, it’s a beautiful dance hall in the heart of Central Texas.

5435 Ranch Road 1623, Stonewall, TX

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4. John T. Floore’s Country Store, Helotes, Texas

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

Photo: Helotes Texas

There is no better place catch a country show in the San Antonio area than John T. Floore’s Country Store. Many musical greats, including Elvis, Hank Williams Sr. and Patsy Cline have performed at this iconic dance hall. When you walk inside, look up at the ceiling, and you’ll see some of their cowboy boots dangling from the ceiling.

But Floore’s doesn’t rest its laurels on performances from yesteryear; it remains one of the best country music venues in Texas. The interior has an active stage and restaurant, but the main attraction is the outdoor stage where top country artists perform on a regular basis. Drinking cold beer while singing along to a Willie Nelson or Randy Rogers concert at Floore’s is sure-fire cure for the blues. Buy your tickets early; Floore’s bigger shows often sells out fast.

14492 Old Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 

3. Luckenbach – Luckenbach, Texas

9 Dance Halls You Need to Visit in the Texas Hill Country
Photo: Flickr / Gino

Luckenbach is basically two buildings: a post office/general store — which doubles as a bar with a stage out back — and a dancehall. That’s it. Chickens run around by your feet; pickers gather out back to play songs throughout the day; and the regulars are as mellow as can be. Once you visit, you’ll immediately understand why Waylon and Willie sang about escaping the modern world to get to Luckenbach.