Austin >Broken Spoke
Worst food anywhere in Austin, terrible music, sky high prices... but, nice waitress.
YIKES!~ WHAT A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE! Go someplace else, anywhere else, anywhere but the Broken spoke, please read my truthful review of this broken down ol' juke joint!
I can't say enough bad things about the Broken Spoke, it's totally broke and the only joke is on those who patronize the place.
#1. Food was terrible, unappealing, dried out, rank and just plain bad! 1 cheeseburger & coke, 1 BBQ plate (yuch!) and 1 dried out mini-chicken breast, 1 beer and 2 slices free white bread total bill: $30.00 without tip + $1.00 fee for credit card use! #2. Worst band anywhere, ever! Some gal sounded like a tromped on cat? Loud and sad, they were so bad they had to get some big old dumb bubba go table to table intimidating customers to put some cash in the tip box! On the plus side the waitress was nice, friendly too.
When we drove up we thought it was a joke right? There's and old rusty bus out front, a fake oil well and nothing but dirt for parking on. Okay this might be cool was our initial reaction, opened the doors and all 10 people in there turned and looked at us, the place was near deserted! That should have been our cue to turn around and boogie on out of there. Well, we're seeking authentic C&W so this must be the place. OOPS!!! Big Mistake!
I'm a country writer, musician & composer, been in some run down C&W juke joints like the Palomino out in California BUT they had great music and great food unlike the Broken Spoke.
The Broken Spoke is a total dump - PERIOD! Looks stereotypical of what a B movie with Billy Bob Thornton would be like - I was so embarrassed as I brought our out-of-town guest there, golly, I just wanted to crawl under the table and die. Thankfully my wife and God Daughter laffed it all off... as for me? I feel like I was made a fool of, humiliated and slapped in the face upside down and back!
Whoever wrote those fine reviews must be family or on payroll, ADVISORY: stay far away from the Broken Spoke -
A legendary Texas dance hall that has hosted country music's finest..
In a dance-hall-that-time-forgot manner, the Spoke sits virtually as it did in 1964. But these days, instead of Willie (who does actually still stop by), you're more apt to find flame carriers like Don Walser, Alvin Crow, Ed Burleson, Jeff Hughes and Chaparral, the Derailers, Dale Watson and the Geezinslaw Brothers filling the sizable ice rink-smooth dance floor. Once inside, visit the "tourist trap room," which features odd baubles from some of country music's biggies.
A little bit of Texas. A great "Texas" thing to do while in the Austin oasis...charming and good food.
fun and friendly. I've always had a great time every time I've gone to the Broken Spoke. I love it that I can go have a drink, listen to the best country music entertainment in Austin and also enjoy a good hamburger and french fries or a plate of nachos! It's an authentic Texas dancehall with fun and friendly people in a fun and friendly environment. It's a great place to meet up with your friends and share a pitcher of beer. Be sure to check out the small country music museum off to the side of the bar, too!
Class By Itself. The Spoke has been a part of Austin nightlife for as long as I can remember. The quality of the food and entertainment has remained consistent through all of its years of existence. This is rare in any type of business, but particularly in the food and entertainment industry. There is not another that can touch it.
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