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March 26, 2004
We joined a local couple at their table and enjoyed a great evening listening to some good country music, doing a little dancing, and just enjoying the great atmosphere of one of the best true Texas dance halls. A crowd from 21 to real oldsters was having a good ol’ time. Many people come alone or are in singles groups. Several regular old timers were having a great time dancing up a storm with ladies of all ages. This is not a "meat market", but just a great place for people to mix and mingle and have a fun evening.
We ate in the restaurant and the food was good and home-cooked, special but good value for the money. It was a fun place to visit.
From journal San Antonio, Austin & The Hill Country
February 28, 2003
Honky Tonk country music fills the room when you walk in the front door. Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Bob Wills, and Buck Owens are favorites here. The front room is packed with long tables full of good ol' Texas folks sipping Shiner Bock and Budweiser. Make your way through the front room and you head into the true essence of the Broken Spoke. The dance hall is hardly luxurious, it's just plain Texas. Pictures of country legends posing with the owner line the walls. Dale Watson was on stage that night playing good old fashioned country music, not your Top 40 "country" you hear on the radio. Twinkle-lights around the room and a disco ball over the dance floor set the mood.
Couples of all flavor fill the hardwood floor two-stepping, twisting, spinning, and slow dancing. Some of these dancers are truly amazing. Cowboy hats and tattoos, nose rings and Wranglers....that's Austin. My fiance and I braved the dance floor for a couple of spins around, having no clue how to two-step, but we had a ball. The Broken Spoke is a Texas sized ton of fun and highly recommended.
From journal Eclectic Austin