Austin August 21, 2017
The One Quirky Saloon That’s So Positively Austin
Crack open an ice-cold Lone Star Beer and say hey to the regulars. This little dive bar is as Texan as you can get. At The Little Longhorn Saloon, honkey tonk flows through the air and neon signs light up the dance floor. If you really want to experience the fun, go on a Sunday and check out the strangest competition in Texas. This one quirky saloon is so positively Austin.
This little dive bar will make a Texan out of anybody who walks through the door.
This tiny hole-in-the-wall was once a gas station and a farmhouse. Some would say it was destined to become a legendary honkey tonk.
The Longhorn Saloon took root over 40 years ago.
This iconic drinking den was first called Dick's Little Longhorn Saloon. After many years, a waitress named Ginny took over the bar. In 1982, Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon took off and quickly became a local hot spot.
Ginny's rules were simple and easy to follow.
There'll be no fussin' or cussin' in Ginny's bar, only good music and friendly faces.
The live music flows as freely as the cheap Lone Star Beers.
The twangy pedal steels and plucky banjos will make even the most clumsy people start dancing.
There's no excuse not to kick up your heels at The Little Longhorn Saloon.
Sure, it's a tight dance floor, but everyone here is a regular anyway. This crowded space is only filled with friends.
The real event happens on Sundays, and the competition can get fierce.
Throw down two bucks and place a bet. Your winnings will be in the hands of an over-fed chicken.
That's right! Chicken Poop bingo is Austin's most quirky tradition.
Started by honkey tonk hero Dale Watson, this unique competition involves a bingo board and a fat, happy chicken. If the animal poops on your number, you could walk home with a lot of dough.
Nothing beats the thrill of taking home that giant wad of cash.
When Ginny first started this wacky tradition, she never thought it would take off. Fast forward 25 years, and this kooky game keeps people coming back every week.
Place your bet any Sunday afternoon.
The Little Longhorn Saloon host four rounds every Sunday. The festivities kick off at 4:00 and end at 8:00.
Ginny no longer owns the bar, but her legacy lives on.
Today, this honkey tonk is known simply as The Little Longhorn Saloon. Owners Terry and David Gaona purchased the bar in 2013 and made some much-needed updates. You can still see photos of Ginny and Dale behind the bar and the neon signs illuminate the space. You truly can't change this unique Austin gem.
The Little Longhorn Saloon is located at 5434 Burnet Rd. For more information about hours and special events, visit
www.thelittlelonghornsaloon.com. In love with Texas honkey tonks? Check out this legendary music venue that’s been around for decades.