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Arkey Blue's makes cut in Garden & Gun's Top 50

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Coverage in national magazines touting Bandera and its businesses appears to be endless. The latest "atta boy" comes in the Feburary-March issue of Garden & Gun - Soul of the South magazine.

In the article "The 50 Best Southern Bars," Bandera's iconic Arkey Blue's Silver Dollar Saloon makes an appearance. The short write-up lets the world - or at least subscribers of Garden & Gun - know what every habitué and visitor to the Cowboy Capital of the World is well aware.
Arkey's is truly a "dream honky-tonk."

The write-up touts the watering hole's dark interior, icy longnecks, neon- and poster-covered walls, sawdust-strewn dance floor, de rigueur pool table, jukebox crammed with country tunes, pinball machine featuring - who else? - Dolly Parton and the tiny bandstand tucked into a corner.

Those looking for the whole honky-tonk experience are advised to amble down the stairs at Arkey Blue's on a Saturday night when the master "hisself" takes center stage on the bandstand, warbling original songs he's been penning since 1968.

Too bad the article wasn't longer. It could have recalled memories of horses ridden down the stairs and Shot Gun Willie hisself tucked in a dark corner.

Other Texas bars making the cut included the cocktail lounge Anvil Bar & Refuge in Houston; the dog-friendly Draught House Pub & Brewery in Austin, the Driskill Bar, also in Austin; and Under the Volcano,
billed as a "writers' retreat" in Houston.

Also check out the article "The Perfect Bar" by Guy Martin, which features San Antonio's circa 1933 Esquire Tavern, cradled between Commerce Street and River Walk.

By all means, visit the Esquire Tavern the next time you're in the Big City, but when you to come home, Bandera, make a pilgrimage to Arkey Blue's.