Food & Drink

Where to get your honky tonk on this weekend

Published On 07/10/2014 Published On 07/10/2014
The White Horse
The Rattle Inn
Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon
The Broken Spoke
The Continental Club
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1. White Horse 500 Comal St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

From two notable Hole in the Wall vets looking to bring country to the East side, The White Horse (formerly Club La Trampa) is an old-school, Tejano-jukebox'd ballroom that will host live bluegrass/R&B/folk & country artists every night of the week and emphasize cheap drinking, from koozied canned domestics to the T.W. Samuels-fueled "S**tty Lemonade", after which you won't be able to stand no matter how many nickels people give you.

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2. Rattle Inn 610 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

This West 6th honky-tonk supplies live music, dancing, and fun, Lone Star-inspired signature cocktails like the "Ranch Water" (Hornitos Reposado Tequila, Patron Citronge, and fresh lime juice) and "Rattle Rita" (Effen cucumber, habanero lime syrup, fresh lime juice, and a splash of soda). Equally important to the drinks is the roof, which provides much-appreciated shade in this oven of a city. Check out the happy hour, when cheap drinks pair perfectly with free Skee-Ball!

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3. The Little Longhorn Saloon 5434 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756 (Allandale)

The Little Longhorn Saloon is an must-go-at-least-once Austin institution, where you can drink cold, cold beer with people who are older than your parents. On Sundays come for Dale Watson and Chicken Sh*t Bingo -- stay for the free chili dogs. Oh yeah, bring cash.

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4. Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

Hit the legendary honky tonk to take in the dulcet tones of "real country musicians" (who've entertained everyone from Queen Elizabeth's entourage to a solo Troy Aikman), enjoy the "best chicken fried steak in Texas", and revel in pure honky tonk-style excitement.

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5. The Continental Club 1315 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

"The granddaddy of all music venues," this South Congress club hosts everything from country, rock 'n roll, to R&B and jazz. The 50s' style decor enhances this spot's cool, historic ambience.