Line dancing is a classic Texas activity, and that’s true whether you’re out on the high plains of West Texas or you live in a Dallas suburb like Plano. That’s why you don’t have to look very hard to find a bar where you can drink a cold beer, find a new dance partner, and have a grand time in the Dallas metro area.
Billy Bob’s Texas
Billy Bob’s Texas isn’t just a country music venue with a big dance floor for line dancing, it’s a destination in its own right with a mechanical bull, lines of pool tables, a wall covered in celebrity handprints, a honky-tonk kitchen, a video arcade, and plenty of bar stations scattered throughout the building. Billy Bob’s is all about providing that “authentic Texas experience,” so if you have any friends show up from out-of-state, this is the place to bring them.
Blue Agave Saloon
Blue Agave Saloon, formerly Pearl’s Dancehall and Saloon, is a bar on West Exchange Avenue a few blocks away from Billy Bob’s and it offers a different kind of Texas authenticity. It’s in an old part of town, and legend has it the building was once a brothel opened by Buffalo Bill Cody himself. The saloon offers drinks, Tejano music, and plenty of country and western bands you can dance the two-step to. They also have plenty of drinks, including beer and cocktails, but if you’re feeling hungry, you should fill up somewhere else before you stop by.
Cowboys Dancehall is on Technology Boulevard West just south of West Northwest Highway. It’s not the busiest venue, but they offer free dancing lessons on their huge dance floor every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday starting at 7 p.m. Dancing isn’t all they have to offer, either: like Billy Bob’s they have plenty of pool tables to go around and a mechanical bull, not to mention a bar where you can get a drink and listen to the dancehall’s house band.
Adair’s Saloon is just east of downtown Dallas, and it’s been a honky tonk bar for so long that Elvis Presley ate here once upon a time, and modern country acts like the Dixie Chicks played here before they were famous. They also serve what they claim is the best burger in Texas. Adair’s Saloon isn’t as big as some of the other bars and music venues on this list, but there’s still enough of an open space in front of the stage to get your two-step on.
Line dancing is a fun way to really get into the music, meet new people, and have fun as a group. Whether you’re an old hand at dancing to country music or it’s something you’ve always wanted to try, Plano makes it easy to find a place to dance thanks to being in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. So, get your best dancing boots, put on your finest flannel shirt, and tighten up your biggest belt buckle and go out dancing tonight.
Photo: “Sights of Texas” by David Herrera licensed under CC BY 2.0 | Cropped from original