Getting Your Country On With the Locals in London, Texas
Twenty minutes off the path that Interstate 10 beats through the heart of Texas, there's a sleepy town with a rumor-filled rep and a famous music venue. The London Dance Hall's most recent owner isn't sure how much older than 100 years the place is, but she knows folks have danced there every Saturday night since the doors swung open back in the time of John Wesley Hardin. He's just one of the outlaws who called Kimble County home in the 1800s, and to this day the dance floor holds traces of celebratory gunshots from Hardin's wedding reception. Live music is like oxygen in central Texas, and this is one those places where you can hear everything from local acoustic sets to slick national acts. The woodsy scented saloon invites guests to step back in time, bask in the neon beer signs, shoot some pool, and enjoy the jukebox. Chances are good one of the locals will buy you a drink.