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Top Choice Dance Hall in Gruene

Gruene Hall

Folks have been congregating here since 1878, making it one of Texas' oldest dance halls and the oldest continually operating one. Toss back a longneck, two-step to live music on the wellworn wooden dance floor, che…
Top Choice American in Gruene

Gristmill Restaurant

Conscientious service and juicy steaks topped with lemon-butter are highlights here, where a preshow dinner (it's behind Gruene Hall) transforms into a memorably pleasant experience. Right under the water tower, the…
Barbecue in Around San Antonio

City Market

Judging from our unscientific but extensive tasting, City Market in Luling wins all-round best BBQ in the state. Years of smoke blacken the pit room, the brisket is always succulent, the sausage is made on-site and …
Cave in Around San Antonio

Natural Bridge Caverns

About halfway between San Antonio and New Braunfels, this national landmark cave is one of the state’s largest underground formations. Its name comes from the 60ft limestone bridge that spans the entrance. Inside, w…
Brewery in Around San Antonio

Spoetzl Brewery

The highlight of any trip to Shiner, the self-proclaimed 'cleanest little city in Texas,' is a free tour of the Spoetzl Brewery, where America's best-selling bock beer, Shiner Bock, is produced. You can sample the b…
Live Music in San Marcos

Cheatham St Warehouse

Down by the railroad tracks, in an old warehouse covered in corrugated tin, sits this 1970s-era honky-tonk that has helped launch many a career, including those of George Strait and Stevie Ray Vaughan, who both had …
Wine Bar in Gruene

Grapevine

Wine tastings are complimentary at this amiable place, where all the samples are from Texas wineries. Prefer a glass or a bottle? You'll find more Texas wines, plus a few selections from California, Germany and Ital…
Cafe in San Marcos

Root Cellar Cafe

This intimate cafe sits a few steps below street level and has rock walls, but that's where the comparison to an actual root cellar ends. The atmosphere is on the cozy side of upscale, with local art adorning the sm…
American in New Braunfels

Huisache Grill & Wine Bar

Located in a former home, this cozy, stylish eatery breaks with local tradition by not being even remotely German. An impressively lengthy wine list is one of the draws, as is the variety of choices on the menu – ev…
Bakery in New Braunfels

Uwe's Bakery & Deli

Get your streusels, danishes and pretzels here, as well as sandwiches, wraps, soup and daily specials. It's not all German specialties here, but they've got 'em if you want 'em. Nice service, too.