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Texas is big and mostly dirt. It’s not all cowboys and lassos though. There’s a diverse culture from its urban centers to desert cantinas. The live music venues listed below are only a small sample of that wide variety of Texan life.

Over the past few years VenueMaps.net has traveled the country photographing the ins and outs of many American live music venues. Here are the top ten favorite Texas venues from the photographed venues list.

Top 10 Favorite Music Venues in Texas

10. The Rustic

The Rustic in Dallas, Texas, has a huge outdoor stage and backyard area as well as very large restaurant and bar inside.

Top 10 Favorite Music Venues in Texas

9. The Post at River East

The Post at River East in Fort Worth, Texas, has an intimate indoor venue and an outdoor patio stage.

Top 10 Favorite Music Venues in Texas

8. Mean Eyed Cat

The Mean Eyed Cat in Austin, Texas, is a rustic dive bar with a sweet patio and laid back vibe.

Top 10 Favorite Music Venues in Texas

7. Magnolia Motor Lounge

Magnolia Motor Lounge

Magnolia Motor Lounge in the Cultural District of Fort Worth, Texas, has live local, regional, and/or national music every night.

Top 10 Favorite Music Venues in Texas

6. The Saxon Pub

The Saxon Pub in Austin, Texas, is an intimate listening room music venue open since 1990.

Top 10 Favorite Music Venues in Texas

5. Riley’s Tavern

Riley’s Tavern in Hunter, Texas, outside New Braunfels is the “Oldest Bar in Texas” and it shows.

Top 10 Favorite Music Venues in Texas

4. Longhorn Saloon

Lil’ Red’s Longhorn Saloon at The Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas, does not allow parking on the dance floor. Mustache twirling is encouraged.

Top 10 Favorite Music Venues in Texas

3. Lola’s Trailer Park

Lola’s Trailer Park

Lola’s Trailer Park in Fort Worth, Texas, has an awesome outdoor stage and patio with some shady trees and bar.

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Top 10 Favorite Music Venues in Texas

2. Polecat’s

Polecat’s

Polecat’s in Seguin, Texas, is a biker-friendly roadhouse outside San Antonio. Tell ’em Large Marge sent you.

Top 10 Favorite Music Venues in Texas

1. Poodie’s Roadhouse

Poodie’s Roadhouse

Poodie’s Roadhouse in Spicewood, Texas, has indoor and outdoor stages and a pretty decent grilled cheese.