If you’ve ever been curious to see, know, or experience what a honky-tonk is all about, then you
definitely need to visit Fort Worth’s Billy Bob’s Texas.
What’s A Honky-Tonk Anyway?
A honky-tonk is basically a place where you get to enjoy drinks for the most affordable prices while
drinking the night away. That, by the way, is a very polite way of describing the often nonstop live
entertainment you enjoy inside a honky-tonk – on or off the dancing floor. And Billy Bob’s Texas just
happens to be the largest of its kind in the world!
A History of Billy Bob’s Texas
This famous establishment started out as an open-air barn in 1910 and was primarily used for housing
prize cattle that were featured in Fort Worth’s famous Stock Show. A few decades later, an expensive
and major renovation transformed it into a mega structure that boasted of an enormous auction ring
and over 1,200 animal stalls. Over the years, the place also served as a department store and an airplane
factory. In 1981, the place was officially christened as Billy Bob’s Texas and there was no looking back.
Today, it is known as being one of the most popular venues for hosting the country’s top country music
events as well as concerts of other genres.
How Big Is Billy Bob’s Texas?
Interior space is measured at approximately 100,000 square feet. Outside, there is absolutely no need
to go to war for parking space as visitors have over 20 acres to ground their cars for the night while they
put on their dancing shoes.
What Can You Enjoy There?
The place boasts of 30 different bar stations and – last but not the least – the Live Pro Bull Riding, which
features real bulls and competitions every Friday and Saturday evenings. These contests are sanctioned
by the CBR or Championship Bull Riding, by the way. If you are not yet ready to tackle this kind of
challenge, you can opt for the next best thing by enjoying a photo opportunity with Billy Bob’s authentic
Finally, all that bull-riding and dancing can get you hungry but you’re not to worry since Billy Bob’s Texas
Roadhouse Café is ready to satisfy even the most demanding of appetites. The restaurant offers all-time
local favorites such as ribs and Texas Smoked BBQ beef brisket. Their elaborate menu also offers a wide
selection of catfish, prime steaks, and burgers as well as heart-healthy dishes you normally won’t find in
a Texan menu.