Texas is known for its country music, but what about the venues where country musicians play? Some of them, like Austin’s Broken Spoke, are more famous than others. But these honky-tonks all have a mystique that comes from a mix of freely flowing beer and a crowd of regulars – some of them looking to dance.
Texas Monthly’s Christian Wallace crisscrossed miles and miles of Texas to find the best honky-tonks, and he ranked them in the September issue of the magazine. He says a honky-tonk is not a dance hall, nor is it a restaurant or country-themed nightclub.