No Frills, Cheap Thrills
For a no-frills thrill, head halfway between Austin
and San Antonio to Riley’s Tavern in Hunter. The old bar doubles as a great place to see back-to-basics live music set against an ample floor that’s prime for two-stepping. Before its reincarnation as Riley’s Tavern in 1933, the space housed a popular saloon called Galloways, which was shut down during Prohibition. A young man by the name of J.C. Riley then took ownership and reopened the place as Riley’s Tavern once Prohibition laws were repealed—and the rest is history. A jukebox, pool table, and shuffleboard—and even a cottage you can rent, should you not want to leave—round out the uniquely low-key experience.