Originally a Barn Door restaurant, 151 Saloon exudes a country vibe thanks to live country music, a large dance floor and, well, a barn-like feel (albeit it’s a nice, air-conditioned barn). But can 151 Saloon avoid the fate that other establishments (RIP Stockyards, Chunky’s, Martha’s Mexican Restaurant, El Chris) have endured on that snake-bitten corner of Westover Hills and the 151 access road? If it can, it will be because of its nachos.
But before we get to nachos, let’s talk about actually getting to the saloon. Hidden away behind a Rudy’s BBQ, 151 Saloon is not the most accessible place. And if you don’t drive right by it, cross your fingers that their small parking lots aren’t full once you arrive. Unless you spring for the $10 valet parking, it will be a dark country road for you. But if you can manage all of that, you’ll find a low-key place with good atmosphere and decent amenities.
With clientele skewing towards their late 20s to mid-30s, 151 Saloon is a well-lit, wide open and by-the-books bar (for better or worse). While they only have a paltry four HDTVs, they also have a 19-foot HD screen that, when not blocked by the band, is glorious for sporting events. Just don’t expect to hear anything that is happening on the screen, as the ambient noise at 151 is the only audible soundtrack. When live bands aren’t playing their tunes (or ’90s country classics), the jukebox is often cranked up to 11.
With a decent selection of beer (all bottle, no draft), a solid variety of liquor (especially whiskey, including Jack Honey, Wild Turkey 81, Seagrams 7 and Jim Beam), and daily happy hours (3 to 8 p.m.), 151 Saloon will check most boxes on a bar-goer’s list. They don’t go above and beyond, but there is little to complain about. And if you happen to love Redd’s Apple and Strawberry Ales, well, you are in luck. You can’t turn the corner without seeing signs and iceboxes filled with the stuff. They even have a day dedicated to it–Ale Yeah Thursdays.
But if you happen to stop by on a Spurs night, hold on to your cowboy hats. Not only do they have $2 Lone Star and Lone Star Light every time the Silver and Black take the court, but a free-wheelin’ nacho bar as well, complete with gooey cheese, ground beef, fresh guacamole and homemade chips. Turns out this is nacho ordinary bar (I had to). Free nacho bar? Why you are still reading this?!
Outside those glorious nights though, there is little incentive to drive across town for 151 Saloon to get your boot scootin’ on. But for those nearby who decide to drop in? Well, it’s nacho worst option … OK, OK, I’ll stop.
10619 Westover Hills