Billy Bob's Texas: Great Dancing and More
Planning a trip to Texas near Dallas/Fort Worth and looking for fun places to visit? Already live in Texas and want an exciting night with multiple activities all in one place? Visit this establishment and you’ll be amazed at all it has to offer.
Billy Bob’s Texas is the largest “honky tonk” in the world and is located at 2520 Rodeo Plaza in the historical Fort Worth Stockyards. This place has something for everyone…dancing, pool, great music, bull riding, tasty food, arcade games, concerts, and a fun atmosphere where anybody can feel like they belong.
At one time, this building was a barn! Built in 1910, there have been many changes to bring Billy Bob’s to its current appearance. With 3 acres of indoor space and lots of parking, there is no reason to ever feel crowded here. By 1936, the building had been enclosed and during World War II, it served as an airplane factory. In the 1950s, it became a department store and in 1981, Billy Bob’s opened its doors to the world as a great country and western dance hall. You’ve seen Billy Bob’s in the background of movies. And TV shows “Walker Texas Ranger” and “Dallas” have both filmed episodes there, too.
Whether you’re looking for traditional or progressive Country music, you’ll find it here at some time or another. Famous and new bands perform live concerts at Billy Bob’s on a regular basis. Lee Ann Womack, Loretta Lynn, and Ted Nugent are just a few of the talented artists that have visited this great venue. There are numerous house bands that play throughout the year on a rotating basis including Midnight Thunder (“Texas Moon”) and Southern Chrome (“So Close Now”). Over the years, Legends like Willie Nelson (“Whiskey River”), David Allan Coe (“Take This Job and Shove It”), and Waylon Jennings (“Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”) have even recorded live albums here. Billy Bob's Texas has been awarded the title of Country Music Club of the Year 5 times by the Academy of Country Music and 2 times by the Country Music Association. Ticket prices are extremely reasonable running between $12 and $40 per person. You can get ticket and upcoming concert information emailed directly to you from the website at the end of this article.
Listen to live song snippets recorded at Billy Bob's
Wendell Nelson has been teaching the Texas Push for over 25 years, with 19 of them spent at Billy Bob’s. His classes are only $5.00 a lesson and last an hour. Once you feel like you’re ready to mingle, try out one of the many dance floors located all over Billy Bob’s. According to their website, Wendell has been quoted as saying, “Dancing is the most fun you can have standing up.” For more information about classes with him at Billy Bob’s, call 817-923-9215.
Looking for a quick bite of great Texas food? Try their Roadhouse Café. Steak, chicken, ribs, and the greatest okra in these parts…all served up at reasonable prices and in several portion sizes, depending on how hungry you are. The little café has red checkered table cloths and plenty of napkins for those wonderful ribs you’ll be enjoying while listening to a nice mix of classic and contemporary country music. I highly recommend the chicken fried chicken and okra.
Things to See
If you need a rest from dancing, there are multiple game rooms and pool areas where you can take a breather and view gold records and signed guitars from famous people like Garth Brooks and Willie Nelson. For the more adventurous, you can ride a mechanical bull or view “live” bull riding events at scheduled times. Have your picture taken on the stationary bull just for laughs. And be sure to look at all the great famous handprint blocks just outside the café. Several halls are decorated with these prints dating through 3 decades of performers who have visited and “given a hand”.
For Kids and Teens
From looking at a multitude of famous archival photographs and artifacts to arcade and video games, there is something for everyone in the family…even kids. If you want to attend a concert and can’t get a sitter, bring the kids along (no babies or toddlers, of course) and let them play on the property in one of the many game rooms. Teens will enjoy the jukeboxes and pool table area.
Groups and Meetings
Billy Bob’s is available for your next party or meeting as well. With a capacity of up to 5,000 seats, scheduling your own events is as “easy as fallin’ off a log”. Just give them a call at 817-624-7117 or email them and ask for Sharri or Kyle who can help you plan the event of a lifetime or just a small meeting with great ambiance.
There’s even a great gift shop, too…with all the souvenirs you’d expect to find in a Texas-themed shop. You’ll see gifts ranging from shot glasses and t-shirts to souvenir garters, southern spices, and even stuffed Armadillos. Check out the online store for more items.
View the video below and visit their website for more detailed information about this famous Texas Landmark.
*Billy Bob’s logo used with permission of manager, Marty Travis.