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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 has traveled the country photographing the ins and outs of many American live music venues. Here are the top ten favorite featured Texas venues from the featured venues list.

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.

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.

8. Mean Eyed Cat

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

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.

6. The Saxon Pub

The Saxon Pub

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

5. Riley’s Tavern

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

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.

3. 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.


2. Polecat’s


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

1. Poodie’s Roadhouse

Poodie’s Roadhouse

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