Country Dance Venues
Among other things, Texas boasts something no other place can: Country Dancing. I am a California transplant in Texas, and as such, I never listened to country music growing up, let alone danced country. In my home town of San Diego, there is only one country dance venue, and they ONLY line dance. In fact, the more people I meet from other states, even those midwestern cowboy-type regions, I have found that they don't 2-step or partner dance either. Just line dance. Here in Texas, specifically San Antonio, we don't line dance. We do the real thing. And as a Texan now, I am proud that we not only country dance, but we have both country bars as well as family friendly dance halls. The bars in town are great, but I personally think the historic Texas Dance Halls are our pride and joy. In addition to the dance venues within San Antonio proper, I am including the hill country and outlying areas because there are some places worth driving to. Most places are 18+ but all the old Texas Dance Halls are all ages.
11th Street Cowboy Bar, Bandera
307 11th Street
Bandera, TX 78003
Live music Wed-Sat (outside huge patio)
10169 Westover Hills Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78251
Fri and Sat 9pm Live country music
This is a good venue. The medium sized dance floor is concrete. NW side of SA.
Albert Ice House/Dance Hall
Live music Wed-Sun, early music usually 6-9pm,
Anhalt Dance Hall
2390 Anhalt Road
Spring Branch, TX
COVER: $15 adults, 12 and under free.
Anhalt is a huge dance hall off the beaten trail. It is a ton of fun and lots of people come, meetup groups, singles, couples, families. $15 adults, 12 and under free.
Bracken Ice House
Live music outdoor, Music 3-7pm Sundays.
Address: 9721 Braun Rd,
San Antonio, TX 78254
Dances every 1st and 3rd Saturdays. Live band 7:30-11pm.
I teach a free lesson at 6:30pm, followed by country band until 11pm.
Call me to book your own event here.
This old dance hall has a big smooth floor great for dancing, with lots of tables on one side. The bands play classic country. The crowd is a mix of young and old (although primarily older). It a great place for meetup groups, couples, families, and friends. $10 cash only, family friendly. NW side of SA.
12130 Oconnor Rd, 78233
Live music starts 9:30pm. 21+
Friday & Saturday Country
This hole in the wall has a smallish-but-big-enough-sized dance floor but it is concrete. The patrons are an older crowd and dance with the parties they come with, so it would be wise to bring a partner or group of your own. The bands are great and there is no cover. NE side of SA.
Cowboys Dance Hall
3030 NE Loop 410 @ I-35, 78218
Open Wed, Fri, Sat,
Dean teaches lessons Wed 7p-8:30 Fri 7-8:30p
Cowboys is the most well-known and biggest dance venue in San Antonio. It's huge. The floor itself is not very well taken care of and they allow drinks on the floor so there are spills. They have a house band. See schedule because Saturdays and random Fridays, they host concerts and they don't have lessons on those nights. The crowd has a good mix of young to middle-age people until about 10:30 or 11pm when the 18-mid 20's spill in and the older ones retire. People are friendly and strangers will dance with strangers, so no need to bring a partner. NE side of SA.
6511 W. Loop 1604 N
San Antonio, TX 78254
(other nights are DJ club music)
COVER: none, 21+
Floores Country Store
14492 Old Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023
Open for dancing Sunday Family Dance 6-10pm
It is actually one of the Old Texas Dance Halls, opened in 1942 with a concrete dance floor and café. With all the tables, the dance floor is pretty small, and you have to maneuver around a couple of poles, and people that don’t understand the flow of traffic. But I love that it is family friendly. My kids don’t dance, but they love to go out back and run around. They host concerts on Fridays and Saturdays…but Sunday evenings are family night with a live band. From 6-10pm, bring your family for food and dancing, all ages welcome. Best if you bring your own dance partner(s). Be aware they don't play DJed music between sets. NW side of SA.
1281 Gruene Rd
New Braunfels, Texas, TX 78130
Live bands, Fri and Sat, sometimes other days/nights. Check schedule.
COVER: 0-$ Varies. Often free events.
One of the old dance halls, this is a place you need to see. Lots of fun and friendly atmostphere. But beware, there's no air conditioning so it gets really hot in the summer. Tuesdays in the summer, they host swing dance lessons prior to Two Tons rockabilly band, free dance (lessons cost $8). Usually all ages, check schedule. Far NE side, north of SA.
Hangin' Tree Saloon
18424 2nd Street
Bracken, Texas 78266
Just outside San Antonio: located 2 miles north of Rolling Oaks Mall off FM 2252
Friday and Saturday: Love music and dancing 8pm-midnight
NW side of SA
Leon Springs Dance Hall
Luckenbach Dance Hall
412 Luckenbach Town Loop
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Live Music 4th Saturdays $10-20
Live music Fri-Sat 9pm
Martinez Dance Hall
7791 FM 1346
San Antonio, TX 78220
COVER: $10 for 13+, all ages welcome
This old Texas dance hall is large and beautiful and the floor is kept in pristine shape. Like most of the dance halls, they host bands that play traditional country music good for 2-step. They also play a lot of waltzes here. The crowd is mostly senior citizens, but don't let that stop you if you love to dance. The place gets pretty busy, especially on a Sunday afternoon! East San Antonio
Mercer Street Dance Hall
Pardners, Kingsland/Highland Lakes (Buchanan Dam)
15615 E. Hwy 29
Buchanan Dam, Texas, TX 78609
If you are visiting Inks Lake, Longhorn Caverns, or happen to be in the Highland Lakes Area, stop by this little bar. It has a nice new medium sized dance floor, smooth and well-kept. It feels like a real country honky tonk, but beware it is smokey.
Quihi Dance Hall
Co Rd 4517
Quihi, TX 78861
Open: 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, live bands, 9pm-1am.
COVER: $10 cash, all ages
This beautiful old Texas dance hall is out in Hondo but worth the drive from San Antonio. It is large and air conditioned and very well-attended. They host traditional country bands good for 2-step, swing, and waltz. It can get pretty crowded, but it has an amazing wholesome atmosphere, made up of families and friends for a good time. Far west from SA.
Outdoor concerts Fri and Sat
The Stetson Bar
7350 Tezel Rd
San Antonio, TX 78250
(next door to Billy Bob's Beds)
Bands on Fridays and Saturdays! No Cover. 21+
It is a neighborhood bar with a small dance floor. But be aware that they only have music on Friday and Saturday night. The new owners recently upgraded a few things about the place, including a new juke box that you can now hear from the dance floor. The people who frequent the place on Fri and Sat are local regulars. They crowd is older and the dancers are self-taught couples that do not know about dance floor etiquette and flow of dance traffic. Stetsons is not really the place to ask strangers to dance, but it has a nice cozy, welcoming atmosphere. For the people on the far west side of town, it’s a nice place to go as a couple or a group. Like Thirsty Horse and some other places, most strangers will think you are weird if you ask them to dance. This happens to be one of my favorite little hole-in-the-wall gems for its music, character, and location. NW side of SA.
401 Obst Road
Bulverde, Texas 78163
Saturdays 9pm Live Music for dancing
COVER: $12 adults, $6 kids 6-12, 5 and under free
Texas Pride BBQ
2980 East Loop 1604 South
Adkins, TX 78101
Live Music outdoor concret covered pavillion Fri and Sat
2335 NW Military Hwy., 78231
Open Wed-Sun 8pm-2am, DJ music
Fri & Sat lessons by Ray Santee 7pm
COVER: none, unless otherwise specified, 21+
Centrally located, Thirsty Horse has a pretty large floor, nicely maintained. They have live bands that usually start around 9:30 or 10. The crowd ranges from 18 to 60. Central side of SA.
Twin Sisters Dance Hall
6720 Hwy 281 South
Blanco, Texas 78606
Open: 1st Saturdays of the month, and special occasions, 8pm
COVER: $15 cash (I think they take cards too), 11 and under $5
This old Texas dance hall is out in Blanco but worth the drive from San Antonio. It is large and air conditioned. They host traditional country bands good for 2-step, swing, and waltz. It has a nice wholesome atmosphere, made up of families and friends for a good time. It's just once a month, so mark your calendars. North from SA.
Schroeder Dance Hall
12516 FM 622
Goliad, TX 77963
5539 UTSA Blvd. 78249
Dancehall: 9:00pm-2:00am Fri and Sat
Saturdays 2-step lesson by Larry 7-8:30pm
The Floor is medium size but sticky. You can feel the cupping of the floorboards. They spread dance sand on the floor, so be careful because it is slick in places and sticky in others, making it kind of dangerous and your shoes will end up with sand stuck to the bottom. They website says there is a cover, but I've never encountered that. N Central side of SA.
1390 McQueeney Rd
New Braunfels, Texas, TX 78130
They have a medium size floor, nice for dancing. Live bands, bring your own partner. Starting April 2017, they made it a non-smoking venue! New Braunfels is North East of SA
Outdated, but still good resource: http://www.hillcountryportal.com/hillcountrydancehalls.html