Just northwest of San Antonio in Helotes, lies one of my favorite places in all of Texas.
John T. Floore Country Store is not a store at all; don’t let the name fool you. This quintessentially-Texan honky tonk has been bringing the San Antonio area live music since the 1940s. From the time of its opening, legendary acts such as Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, and Elvis Presley have taken the stage at Floore’s.
You can still count on seeing some of the best artists Texas has to offer. With people like Pat Green, Robert Earl Keen, Jr., Gary P. Nunn, Reckless Kelly, Lyle Lovett, Charlie Robinson, and Kevin Fowler still gracing the Floore’s stage, this venerable institution shows no sign of slowing down. It’s still the place to be on Friday and Saturday nights for live music, cold beer, and a great time.
This open-air venue is a simple setup. There’s an easily accessible stage, which allows the crowd to get an up close and personal experience. If you want one of these prized spots, you better be prepared to claim your territory long before the music starts. For those that just want to enjoy some fabulous live music, there are lots of picnic tables available. What’s the best seat in the house? That’s up to you to decide.
The crowd at Floore’s is diverse. The venue attracts all ages and kinds, but everyone has one thing in common: they’re looking for a good time. The mood is festive and the clothes casual. Smart concert goers are dressed for the San Antonio heat and humidity. Men in boots and cowboy hats are just as commonly seen as flip flops and baseball caps. Girls don their flashiest boots paired with shorts and sundresses. This is Texas, after all.
If you find yourself in need of some food, Floore’s also has a restaurant called the Honky Tonk Cafe. Often folks arrive early for the night’s concert and have a meal here. They serve up Texas favorites like chicken fried steak, fried catfish, and BBQ, but are famous for their homemade bread and tamales. If you can’t make a concert, there’s no need to miss out on the Floore’s experience. The cafe is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays starting at 11:00 am.
If you’re looking for a truly Texan experience, a visit to John T. Floore Country Store should be on your itinerary. It’s worth the short drive out of San Antonio, even if you’re not a country music fan. History is alive in this musical institution. You’ll see it on the walls and you’ll feel it in your bones. If you listen really closely, you’ll still hear Bob Wills, Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard, and Earnest Tubb singing. And if you’re really lucky, you’ll see Willie Nelson take the stage.
Pat Green performs at John T. Floore Country Store where he sings one of my favorites, “Songs About Texas”.