If you’re in Texas, you absolutely cannot miss the chance to experience the authentic Texan culture at a honky tonk. These lively venues are where traditional country music and two-step dancing were born and continue to thrive. So, before you put on your cowboy boots and grab your partner, take a look at our list of the best honky tonks to visit in Houston. These are the places where you’ll find the heart and soul of Texas music and dance.
Goode’s Armadillo Palace
With a name like Goode’s Armadillo Palace, could you expect anything less than authentic Texas honky tonk? Saddle bar stools, vintage signage and cowhide tablecloths will drive the point home. Longhorn, buffalo, elk and bear heads adorn the wall. Well-seasoned brisket and delicious baked beans will not disappoint either. Food orders are large, while drinks are creative and well presented.
This quintessential Houston bar is a favorite for its friendly service, truly honky atmosphere and spacious dance floor. Drinks are served strong and quick, at affordable prices, to facilitate the dancing. The music is mostly country, but several pop songs sprinkle the playlist to get shy patrons on the dance floor, so don’t be afraid if your two-step isn’t the best. Thursday nights feature live local bands, open mic and specials on all Texas beer and liquor.
Redneck Country Club
Redneck Country Club enters the honky tonk scene with a refreshingly casual and unpretentious attitude. They’re genuinely interested in offering good food and drinks to friendly folk who are just looking for a good time, no fuss involved. They have live music every night, so check their calendar to see if your favorite local musician will be playing.
Big Texas Dance Hall & Saloon
As the name suggests, this is a place for big Texas fun. You can enjoy live music, dance, and take part in special events like bull riding.
Shenanigans Night Club
This club has a spacious dance floor where you can show off your dancing skills. It offers a mix of country and Tejano music.
This massive dance hall is known for its energetic dance floors and themed nights. You can learn to line dance or show off your moves to a live band.
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