Here is our list of the best Honky Tonk dance bars in Austin. No stay in Austin is complete without exploring it's music roots. Nothing says Texas, or Austin for that matter, than pulling on your boots and circling on the sawdust to some great country music.

Broken Spoke

Broken Spoke photo by Peter Tsai.

The Broken Spoke is one of Texas' most definitive dance hall. Voted "Best Dancehall in Texas" by Texas Highway, it's not one of those fly-by-night, trendy newcomers, you see springing up in some out-of-business lumber yard or feed store on every corner. You can't build a legend overnight. Owners James and Annetta White have been operating the Austin tradition since 1964 and its reputation for great live country music and good Texas cooking is World Famous!

Where: 3201 S Lamar Blvd.
Phone: (512) 442-6189
Web: brokenspokeaustintx.net

The White Horse

Live country music is served up in this hip, upbeat, sprawling honky-tonk with a taco truck outside. The White Horse features a full-service bar, outdoor patio and smoking area, live music seven days a week, two pool tables, Bomb Tacos taco trailer, a giant dance floor, a pretty little photo booth, shoe shine station, and whiskey on tap. Home of The Two Step: $5 for a Lonestar & a shot of T.W. Samuels!

Where: 500 Comal St.
Phone: (512) 553-6756
Web: thewhitehorseaustin.com

Poodie's Hilltop Roadhouse

Earl Poole Ball at Poodie's Hilltop Roadhouse.

Live country music acts, pub grub & a bar offered in a down-home joint with a deck & sunset views. A place with music mojo and damn fine burgers, Poodie's channels old Austin music treasures like Soap Creek and Checkered Flag. The Poodie's magic began 1997 when Poodie Locke, longtime stage manager for Willie Nelson, open it's doors in Spicewood.

Where: 22308 Hwy. 71.
Phone: (512) 264-0318
Web: poodies.net

Ray's Backstage at The Rattle Inn

Ray's Backstage at The Rattle Inn.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a music venue as unique as Ray's Backstage at The Rattle Inn in Downtown Austin. Filled with memorabilia from the storied artist Ray Benson and his act Asleep At The Wheel, this room hosts live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Some of the best acts around town, from country, to folk, rockabilly, and good ol' rock and roll- there's something for everyone!

Where: 610 Nueces St.
Phone: (512) 373-8306
Web: therattleinn.com

The Little Longhorn Saloon

Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon. Rodolfo Gonzalez photo.

For more than two decades, The Little Longhorn Saloon has served as the center of Austin’s honky-tonk country music scene. Have a cold, fresh draft beer for a dollar or two. Happy Hour six-days a week and then on Sunday it’s the you-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it Chicken Shit Bingo (if you don’t know, seriously, Google it, and welcome to Austin) that draws 1000’s of Little Longhorn fans from all over the world! On another night the band might be Dale Watson, or Two Hoots and a Holler, or Redd Volkeart.

Where: 5434 Burnet Rd.
Phone: (512) 524-1291
Web: thelittlelonghornsaloon.com

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