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The Broken Spoke

3201 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)
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Ranked #4 of 156 nightlife in Austin
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Dance Club/ Discos, Dams, Country Western Bars
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Atlanta, Georgia, Usa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

First time there and had a great time. My wife and I along with another couple took the Texas 2 step dance lesson (a bit of review for me and new for my wife). This place has been around for a long time and still ran by the original owner. His daughter was our teacher (I'm guessing she was in... More

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Nice food, and pre-show and The Texas Jamm Band was awesome. Dance lessons prior to show and she was fun although I did not take dance lessons but you could watch. Got to meet some great people. The negative is that when you ordered your food they did not have separate tabs. So I was with 2 other people and... More

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We were visiting Austin for a girls weekend. We took the dance lesson with the owners daughter which was a hoot itself. Then stepped back in time and truly experienced the Texas dance hall of yesterday year! We danced with cowboys of young and old all while hearing an authentic country band. The people were wonderful! No pretense at all.... More

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Austin, Texas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
34 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We have gone to the Spoke since the late 60's and the only things that have changed are that James White, the owner, looks a lot older now than he did then, but I guess I might look a little different, (maybe a little older) now, too, and the cover charge has gone up. Before you go, prepare yourself that... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

My mother and I came to Austin to visit my sister and we were all really excited to go to the broken spoke as my sister has heard very good things. As soon as we got in the vibe was a little weird. There were 5 of us, we sat down at the nearest table that wasn't awkwardly placed and... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

What a disappointment !! The décor is the first thing you encounter- seems like picked up at a garage sale. The food was so bad I don’t have words to describe it. Let me put it this way: TV dinner can be better than what we ate there. I heard people raving about the place. The only explanation I can... More

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Sag Harbor, New York
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014 via mobile

Google said 4miles from downtown we were at W. The cab was $15 hard to get a cab home. Low wet stained office tile ceiling, metal folding chairs. No bar to really sit at.... It is nice to see seniors get their exercise. I love country music but didn't recognize a thing on This Tuesday pm

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London, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We first ate in the outer bar whilst being entertained by a great girl singer/band. Best Chicken fried steak encountered in Texas. Went then to main dance hall which was fantastic for simply watching the dancers. Interesting loos!!!! Amazing atmosphere and memorabilia.

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Southern california
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106 reviews 106 reviews
25 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

As gentrification takes over parts of Austin, there are a few untouched gems that withstand the test of time. The Broken Spoke has done that since opening it's doors in 1964. This is Texas honky tonk dance hall unadultered. We called the Spoke while driving around town on a Saturday night, and fell into a pile of luck when they... More

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Went down to Austin to visit some friends and they brought me here. It was such a weird/fun/interesting glimpse into another culture for me. There's a cover and after you pay, you continue walking into this low-ceiling room with a live band at the far end. Between you and the band is a dance floor and on both sides of... More

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