13422 Dessau, 512/469-0000
This legendary north Austin dance hall dates back to 1876, and in the last 120 years its various stages have seen the likes of Glenn Miller, Hank Williams, and an upstart named Elvis Presley. Those glory days had come and gone when the Persinger brothers bought the hall in 1997, scrapping the chandeliers, velvet wallpaper, and bring-your-own ethic in favor of neon beer signs, a mirror ball, and dollar kamikaze shots. They held onto that big honkin' dance floor, however, and fill it up most nights with a lineup that runs from blues to rock to country, with a heavy accent on local talent. Capacity 1500.