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Blanco's Bar & Grill

3406 W. Alabama Houston, TX 77027 | Greenway Plaza | 713-439-0072

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Blanco's is a true country bar, long known as the only real place inside the Loop to get your honky-tonk fix with straight-shootin' live music Wednesday through Friday. The crowd here ranges from seasoned regulars to nervous novices not looking for trouble. One look at the jukebox will let you know exactly where you stand, and whiskey, beer and two-steppin' abound. Blanco's never lets you forget you're in Texas, even for a second. Mr. Dale Watson is almost a monthly regular here, and his tales of drunken, truck-driving woe are great chaser for anything the bar can throw out at you.


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