The Broken Spoke may have gotten some national attention from the Netflix series “Queer Eye,” but it’s not the only spot for country dancing in Austin. In fact, some may argue that other spots on this list are even better!
Here are the best places for country dancing in Austin!
3201 South Lamar Boulevard
As mentioned, the Broken Spoke was featured on the first episode of “Queer Eye” season 5. Terri White teaches traditional two-step along with some Western Swing and the Cotton-Eyed Joe, which is the only line dance allowed on the dance floor. Classes are available Wednesday through Saturday from 8 to 9 p.m. It’s best to be there by 7:30 p.m. to sign up because classes fill up fast! Dance Lessons are $10 + your cover charge.
The White Horse
500 Comal Street
Thanks to some of Austin’s best dancers, you can learn to boogie at the White Horse. Their free lessons are great for beginners, practice and just for fun! Learn the Texas two step every Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. Intermediate two-step classes happen on the first and third Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
The Little Longhorn Saloon
5434 Burnet Road
Start your after-work fun at the honkiest tonkiest beer joint on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when The Little Longhorn Saloon hosts free two-steppin’ dance lessons with Austin Honky Tonkers. Beginner classes are on Tuesday and intermediate lessons are on Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. There’s no cover charge. Please remember your dance floor etiquette, including tipping the staff, keeping drinks off the dance floor, being an observant dancer, and showing your appreciation to the band by buying merchandise, tipping, applauding, hooting, hollering, and buying them a beverage of their choice. If you can’t join at the bar you can watch the action on the livestream at thelittlelonghornsaloon.com.
5500 Congress Avenue
Double or Nothing Two-Step is offered at the Sagebrush in a donation based social capacity or via private lessons. According to their website, the duo teaches ‘Austin honky-tonk two-step’ and like any regional dialect, they have a specific swagger and style. You can also catch their classes on various nights at Sam’s Town Point (see schedule here).
1600 W 5th Street
Austin’s most unique nightspots is housed in an old Missouri-Pacific train depot. Donn’s Depot doesn’t have two-stepping lessons, but the dance floor is open every night of the week. If you’re lucky, you’ll find someone to give you a spin around that floor while live music is played, often by Donn himself!
In addition to the spots listed above, there are a few places just outside of Austin where we recommend watching the country dancing locals take on the two-step. If you’re so inclined, you are welcome to join in!
1750 FM1626, Buda
Located just South of Austin, Buck’s has been operating since 2017. Owned and operated by restaurant and entertainment industry veterans, you can expect a casual, rocking good time at Buck’s Backyard. With 15 acres of fun, relaxed, family-friendly, dog-friendly space, there’s something for everyone – including country dancers! Buck’s has live music every Friday and Saturday night all year round so keep an eye on their events page for a night you can really get your boot scooting on.
Hudson’s on Mercer
381 Mercer Street, Dripping Springs
You’ll find Hudson’s on Mercer Street in Dripping Springs. A one stop shop for music lovers, they don’t offer dancing lessons but they do have music lessons. Even without lessons, this is a great spot on a Friday or Saturday night to catch country tunes mixed with the best of pop and rock. As expected, you’ll get a little bit of everything on the dance floor as well.
1281 Gruene Road, New Braunfels
Gruene Hall is Texas’ Oldest Dance Hall so of course you’ll find two steppers here any night of the week. On most weeknights, they even offer free music. And if you’re looking to listen to some of the best country artists on the scene in an intimate venue, this is the place to go! Musicians who’ve played Gruene Hall recently include Miranda Lambert, Kacey Muscgraves, LeAnn Rimes, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, and Scotty McCreery.
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