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Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon is an old-school honky-tonk as well as a dyed in the wool Austin classic. Ginny's books the best country bands in the city and the dance floor is often a who's who of the Austin country music scene. Great dancers and first-timers alike flood the dance floor, as there is no pretension here and a good time is had by all.
Ginny's was opened over 50 years ago as Dick's Little Longhorn Saloon. The story is somewhat legendary around these parts, but word has it that Dick first met Ginny when she came in to look for a waitressing job. She was a perfect fit and gelled instantly with the bar, the regulars, as well as with Dick and his family. When Dick's wife got cancer, Ginny helped take care of her. After she passed, Dick was stricken with cancer and succumbed not long after. Ginny was then told that she had been left the bar in Dick's will, and so it became Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon. Ginny built it into the legend it is today by booking more and more live country acts until it became almost obligatory for any good local musician to play the Longhorn Saloon.
Ginny's is also the originator of what has become something of a symbol of Austin deep sense of the weirdness... commonly known as chicken shit bingo. That's right a chicken walks around until it does its business and if it happens to be on your number, well you will walk out with a wad of cash, or maybe you'll just buy the whole bar a round. Either way, it's a good day when your number gets "picked" by the chicken.
Cover photo by Brian via Flickr