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

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Most of the music during the week takes place on smaller stages outside, but the dancehall, pictured above, hosts top Texas country talent on the weekends.

412 Luckenbach Town Loop, Fredericksburg, TX 

2. Broken Spoke – Austin, Texas

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

Photo: Flickr/Angie English

Austin has a handful of choice venues to experience authentic country music, but the Broken Spoke is arguably the best. For decades, this iconic honky-tonk has been a popular stage for Texas’s country legends, from Bob Wills to Dale Watson. On any given Saturday night, you’ll see a mix of cowboys, tourists, hippies, college kids and yuppies mingling and two-stepping across the floor.

But the times are changing. Not long ago, the Broken Spoke sat on the once open expanse of South Austin. Today, the building is surrounded by towering condominiums. The honky-tonk refuses to change, and we hope it never does.

3201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 

1. Gruene Hall – Gruene, Texas 

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

Photo: Flickr/bk1bennett

Widely considered the oldest dancehall in Texas, Gruene Hall is also the best. Top artists from Texas and around the world perform at this rustic dancehall on a daily basis.

Located in the heart of historic Gruene — a historic town between Austin and San Antonio — Gruene Hall is one of the most popular attractions in the Hill country, drawing visitors for both afternoon and nighttime shows. If you’re visiting the Hill Country, make it a point to see a show here. You won’t regret it.

The video below will give you a good sense of what a Saturday night show is like at Gruene Hall.

1281 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130

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