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The Broken Spoke

3201 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)
512-442-6189
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Ranked #6 of 158 Nightlife in Austin
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Dance Club/ Discos, Dams, Country Western Bars
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San Francisco, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
20 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This place is cute and seems authentic, but is obviously also trying to capitalize on the Austin tourism scene. The drinks and cover charge are steep for it being a dive bar, but the experience with live music and dancing almost make up for it. However, they have been filming some sort of "documentary" here which was INCREDIBLY intrusive. We... More

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The very definition of a Texas Honky Tonk. Cheap Lone Star Beer, Sawdust, Cowboy Boots, Asleep at the Wheel, James White.......the best.

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North Carolina
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127 reviews 127 reviews
26 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

If you're into music history, like to dance, and love honkyntonk music, this is the place to be. Its been in business sinve 1964. Everybody who's anybody has visited the Broken Spoke. Good good too! Drop in...meet Mr, White, the owner since it opened, have a drink, take some dance lessons, listen to music. Keep your eye on the door... More

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Atlanta, Georgia, Usa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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72 reviews 72 reviews
36 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
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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
1 review
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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