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The Broken Spoke

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Address: 3201 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Phone Number: 512-442-6189
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An icon for Austin, and country music.

Once, the Broken Spoke sat surrounded by a rough gravel parking area. A cool old bus sat marooned on the side. That is all gone, but what still remains is just one of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Moriarty
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Once, the Broken Spoke sat surrounded by a rough gravel parking area. A cool old bus sat marooned on the side. That is all gone, but what still remains is just one of the coolest places in Austin. There's a C&W museum inside that will blow you away, and a dance floor that still hears some great bands. Get your... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The Broken Spoke is a real gem in Austin. Locals and visitors alike should make it a point to go here as much as possible. THe food is great and it's really one of the best Chicken Fried Steaks around. Full bar and very cheap beer on draft. If you do not know about the history of this place, it... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Even though condos and the rest of south Lamar have grown up around this iconic dancehall it keeps its integrity and it's a place you've got to go to. The food is decent. I like the chicken fried steak. You can go early and pay for dance lessons and cover is free or at a low price most nights.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Not only is it the best honky tonk in Austin, it may very well be the only real honky tonk in town. I live in Austin and I go dancing here often. The Spoke, as locals call it, features some of the best country music around; most of it being local. There is a huge wooden dance floor, and a... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This was one of the highlights of our trip - an evening dancing and watching dancers. The crowd is a mix of older couples, hipsters and on-lookers, but everyone blends in. Great atmosphere. Wonderful live band. Take time to check out the great celebrity photos.

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Bondi, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Just think honky tonk and beer and live music and authentic. This place is the real deal. A must see destination

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Chicken Fried Steak and music! Do it to it! Great place and not too many immigrants from California yet. I love the Chicken Fried Steak along with a beer!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Great authentic spot for live music. Set time aside to visit this TX legendary dancehall venue. In-residence owner James M. White introduces the band every night. Decent bar snacks, but servers are a bit harried. Don't expect glitz. Ceilings are low and bathrooms are basic at best. Fun dance floor and seating at "community style" tables.

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

We learned the Texas two-step. I can't say I enjoyed the instructor - she was brassy and loud, which doesn't really resonate with me, though others seemed to find amusement in her. The music was the best part of the deal - classic Texas swing. It's a pretty divey place with matching drinks and food, but I'm glad went so... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We had a great evening here, learning to dance the Texas Two Step (dancing lessons 8pm, then the band at 21:30 till late) and then joining in the dancing with the band, (Alvin Crow) it was so much fun, the crowd were very friendly and welcoming, and I tried a "chicken fried steak" which was another first. I think the... More 

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