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The Evolution of Honky-Tonks in Texas: 5 of the Best

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In terms of guidebooks and great recommendations for travel, Frommer’s has always been a good name to study. Subsequently, it stands to reason that they might know a thing or two about fun things to do, places to go, and attractions to see when you’re traveling Texas. For years they’ve released guidebooks, list articles (before they were a popularized thing on the internet) and reviews on various locales (prior to sites such as Yelp), and they’ve continued to follow the evolution of the places and things we like to see and do while traveling. Honky-tonks are no exception. Not surprisingly, a quick search for the top honky-tonks across Texas produced one of their links high-up in the results pages. They continue to follow and stay current on the best sort of spots we like to shuffle across a dance floor in, and the trends that keep these joints on top. Based on their detail, the fact that you want a good time when you go out, great atmosphere, and excellent music, here are five of the best in Texas.

1. Billy Bob’s Texas

The Evolution of Honky-Tonks in Texas: 5 of the Best

Photo: Facebook/Billy Bob’s Texas

Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth has an enormous dance floor, 40 bars, and features great live events by some of the biggest names in country music. They also feature dance lessons so everyone can learn to two-step. When in Texas…

2. Gilley’s Dallas

The Evolution of Honky-Tonks in Texas: 5 of the Best

Photo: Facebook/Gilley’s Dallas Event Venues

Gilley’s Dallas is located in its namesake city and is a branch of the famed Houston honky-tonk where John Travolta filmed parts of the movie “Urban Cowboy.” Since everything’s big in Texas, Gilley’s fits right in with several bars, 90,000 square feet of dance floor, and appearances by several top-notch acts.

3. Floore’s Country Store

The Evolution of Honky-Tonks in Texas: 5 of the Best
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