7601 N. Lamar, Ste. A, 512/453-6615
It was 1994 when owner Joe Stanke saw his city slickers country dance bar slip into the red, put his ear to the ground, ordered up some new neon, and opened as the Tejano Ranch. These days, the spacious Ranch is one of the top Tejano clubs in the state, anchored by a top-flight DJ, a sizable dance floor, and more cow skulls than you can shake a bajo sexto at. Currently Thursday nights are reserved for live bands: In the past years, Michael Salgado, Jay Perez, Ram Herrera, and La Tropa F have all dug in at the Ranch, playing to crowds approaching 500.