by Erin De Leon
With the opening of The Well and rumors of Cowboys Dance Hall shutting their doors for good, dance halls have been quite the topic of conversation recently. If all this talk's got you itching to dig up your dancin' shoes, be sure to check out these one-of-a kind Texas dance halls that will have you boot-scoot-and-boogie-ing all summer long.
Hours: Sun.-Thur. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
One of the most well-known dance halls, Luckenbach Texas is a legendary spot for country music fans. Made famous by the Waylon Jennings song that took it’s name from the Hill Country town, this post office/general store & dance hall combo is the mellow, rural escape of every Inner-Texan’s dreams.
Hours: Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Austin is a hoppin' spot for dance halls, but the Broken Spoke is arguably the best of them all. This honky-tonk features the best of country music, a popular stage that hosted country legends such as Bob Wills and Dale Watson, and a crowd of folks anywhere from cowboys to college kids.
Hours: Mon.-Thur. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Gruene Hall is widely considered the oldest— and best— dance hall in Texas. Hosting top artists from around the world, though, doesn’t take away from the unique charm of the spot. In fact, the friendly atmosphere of loud summer crowds is this former ghost town’s main allure.
101 Hoxie St., Coupland, TX 78615, (512) 856-2777
Hours: 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Saturdays 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
This historic building outside of Austin is one of the few old things that remains about the city. The Old Coupland Inn and Dancehall has been around for over a century, housing everything from a hardware store to a newspaper headquarters before settling on the combination barbeque restaurant, bed & breakfast and dance hall it is today.
Hours: Tue. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri. 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Sat. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
This landmark dance hall is all the space you could ever need to get down with a 3,500 square-foot dance floor that hosts weekend country-western dancing. The Stagecoach Ballroom has kept country music alive in the DFW area for over 50 years with stars such as Willie Nelson playing a show with the famous house band.
Hours: Fri. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat. 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
When in season, this outdoor dance hall is one that takes us back— back to when there was no air conditioning. Before central air was introduced to towns, city folk would escape to the Texas Hill country for cooler weather and spots like Crider’s Rodeo & Dancehall to kick back or kick up their heels. The place is open Memorial Day through Labor day for weekends with rodeos and live bands Saturday nights.
The “Second Oldest Dance Hall in Texas” rests on the coastal prairie smack in the middle of cattle country. Schroeder Hall has that kind of old Texas charm that stirs your insides all the way from cowboy hat to boots. Local and regional bands playing real rural music makes for the perfect spot for enthusiastic dancers of all kinds.
Hours: 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. (hours may vary)
The Anhalt Dance Hall was originally built in 1879 by German settlers in a tiny town west of New Braunfels, making it one of the oldest dance halls in the region. First (and still) used as a meeting hall for the German Farming Club, this quaint spot rarely hosts bands, but when it does there’s that special magical combination of the past and present in one room.
11410 Hempstead Road, Houston, TX 77092, (713) 677-0828
Hours: Wed. to Thur. 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Fri. 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.; Sat. 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.