Ft. Worth — Dancehalls and Saloons

February 15, 2007 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

 When you visit the Historic Stockyards District, you’re in honky-tonk country. Just look up and doSaloons and honky-tonks line the streets in the Stockyard District.wn the street and you’ll see saloons, dancehalls and you’ll hear a lot of country music. When real Texas folks come in from the ranches, (like the one in Graham I’ll tell you about in the next post) they love to come down to the Stockyards District.

Billy Bob’s Texas is one honky-tonk that anybody who’s stopping in Ft. Worth will mention. It’s big — Texas-sized BIG — and it is very popular. With all its onsite venues, including live pro bull riding, a casino, huge dancefloor, 32 bar stations and concert stage, Billy Bob’s can accommodate over 6,000 people at one time. (It even has its own map.)  It’s received venue awards, and is an 8-time winner of Country Music Associations’s (CMA) Club of the Year award.

Billy Bob’s Star Status. Country music stars that have filmed music videos at Billy Bob’s include Billy Dean, Collin Raye, Daron Norwood, The Marshall Tucker Band and Aaron Tippin. Many more top names regularly perform there. Billy Bob's is filled with music memorabilia, including Charlie Daniel's fiddle.The club’s entertainment is absolutely star-studded. Shooter Jennings and Randy Travis are on the lineup for March. This is the place where a group of gals can have fun! (Wednesday is Ladies Night.)

More Saloons You’ll Enjoy. You’ve got your choice of dancehalls, saloons and music. The White Elephant Saloon is well known and popular. Booger Red’s Saloon (in the Stockyards Hotel) offers real saddles instead of ordinary barstools. Pearl’s Dancehall, the Longhorn Saloon and the  Neon Moon dance club and saloon also pack ’em in. There are a number of restaurants, but we chose the Cattlemen for lunch. Very plain-jane diner atmoshere and the small steak was so-so.

Sundance Square. Though not quite as “western” as the Stockyards District, Sundance Square is loaded with hotels, restaurant choices, clubs and nice little shops with vintage western wear. It’s downtown Ft. Worth’s shopping and entertainment area. We stopped at the Sid Richardson Museum on Main Street and enjoyed its collection of western art by Frederic S. Remington and Charles Russell. No admission charge and a very nice, small gallery. Worth a visit. 

NEXT: The Wildcatter Ranch in Graham, TX

TIPS:
1) Learn to dance at Billy Bob’s.
Check their Website for details.
2) Professional Bull Riding. Every Friday and Saturday night at Billy Bob’s.
3) Coupons. Check this page for discounts from Billy Bob’s.
4) Stockyards Championship Rodeo. Every Friday and Saturday night at the Cowtown Coliseum.
5) Helpful Ft. Worth Links. Fun things to do and sources of information about Ft. Worth.

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