Since 1908, Anhalt Dance Hall has drawn crowds to two-step and do-si-do to traditional Texas tunes on a sprawling wooden dance floor. In December, the club will host Rocky King & Dance Hall Cowboys, who follow in the bootsteps of such Texas greats as Ray Price and Western swing forefather Bob Wills. The energetic strains of twin fiddles and steel guitar lure audiences to twirl around the 103-year-old dance floor, showcasing their shuffle-step and triple axel. Dancers can refuel with BYO snacks or stop by the bar for a cold beer or wine cooler (not included).
The interiors of The Lion & Rose pubs emulate the convivial atmosphere of British and Irish settings, with each corner of the restaurant ornamented with vintage wall sconces and handmade wood decor. The draught list overflows with imported pints such as Boddingtons and Smithwick's, while the menu includes unusual specialties such as chips and curry alongside shepherd's pie and bangers, mash, and beans. As befits a sports bar, locations boast plasma TVs tuned to the biggest games as well as dartboards where friends can challenge one another.
Gill's Ranch House Bar & Grill will never be accused of being pretentious. For starters, its large wooden facade looks like an old-fashion saloon, its executive chef is named Doc Holliday, and its adjoining open-air bar is fittingly called the "Lucky G Corral". As you might imagine, most of the food comes from the grill, including slow-cooked brisket, sausage, ribs, and burgers, though there's also Tex Mex food such as nachos and quesadillas.
Owners Brian Black and Charlotte Spinks Browning recently reopened the 1947 Longhorn Saloon to host outdoor concerts on the banks of the Medina River. On Saturday, June 18, at 6 p.m., country music veterans Gene Watson, Moe Bandy, and T.G. Sheppard draw on their extensive catalogs of toe-tapping hits to entertain families, friends, and river mermaids with special guest Kevin Black. The Longhorn Saloon's venue seats 1,200 fans in front of the stage and 400 more on stadium-style seats on the hill, and accommodates an additional 2,000 standing concert-goers. Unlike weekend chores, seats are not assigned, so show up at 5 p.m. when the doors open to secure your spot of choice.
Josabi's stocks its 7 acres of venue space with a full-service bar, a large patio, a professional outdoor stage, and ample standing room for concert attendees. The third annual Rocklobster Fest, a live-music event celebrating both national and local talent, features Seattle indie-pop quintet Minus the Bear and a host of other bands, plus plentiful lobster tails available for purchase. Headliners Minus the Bear work up an energy-drenched performance with finger-tapped guitar riffs, catchy melodies, pedal-board-pressing antics, and bear-defaming lyrics. Also taking the stage will be Skysaw and two San Antonio bands, pop rockers Hydra Melody and electro-rock group Pop Pistol, who will hook ears while entwining bodies in sinewy guitar lines.
Lucky Sailor's Lakeside Grill blends jaw-dropping views of the water and jaw-shutting meat and seafood dishes to scenically savory effect. While you wait for your life's first mate to park the boat on top of the parking lot's dirtiest car, nibble on Nearly Famous Diamondbacks, bacon-wrapped jalapeños stuffed with shrimp and jack cheese ($8), before deep-sea dining on a plate of fiesta-fried gulf-shrimp, crispy morsels fried and served in a spicy cocktail sauce ($17). People born with the heads—and bodies—of parrots, meanwhile, will relish every bite of the Cheeseburger in Paradise, a half-pound of Angus beef lounging on a jalapeno-bun cushion with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles that's best when paired with Lucky Sailor's locally made beers and wines ($8). When the summer weather returns from its vacation in a warmer climate, dine in open-air style on Canyon Lake or dollop a dessert of fried cheesecake and raspberry sauce ($7) with a spot of live music on Sundays and Thursdays.