Best of Houston: Top places to go Texas Two-Steppin’
KHOU.com asked our Facebook fans to name the best places to go Texas Two-Steppin’. If you are you looking for a place to enjoy a little honky tonk with plenty of floor space, put on your cowboy boots and head over to one of these fan favorites. If you have not danced in a while, take some FREE dance lessons.
Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon
11410 Hempstead Road
Built in 1955 by Raymond Proske, the once popular Esquire Ballroom is now known as Neon Boots Dancehall and Saloon.
The Esquire Ballroom was once home to many well-known acts including fan favorites Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline. The Broadway musical “Always…Patsy Cline” takes part in the historical bar when she had a chance encounter with a fan.
Other notable performers at the club include George Jones, Charlie Pride, Jim Reeves and many more.
Neon Boots shared this story with KHOU.com –
Willie Nelson was offered a job by house performer Larry Butler after Nelson asked him to listen to a few songs he wrote including one called “Crazy.”
Nelson, desperate for money, offered the songs for $10 each. Butler knew these songs were “too good” and offered Nelson a $50 loan and job performing with his band.
One night during his commute from Pasadena to The Esquire Ballroom, Nelson wrote the song “Night Life” about working at the bar.
The Esquire Ballroom closed in 1995. The new owners of Neon Boots completely restored and remodeled the building to an amazing country and western style for all to enjoy.
Guests can sway across a huge dance floor, enjoy the performance stage and will never go thirsty with sixteen full bar stations. Free country and western dance lessons on Thursdays and Saturdays.