Billy Bobâ€™s Texas
The building now known as Billy Bob's Texas was built in 1910 and was once an open-air barn used to house prize cattle for the Fort Worth Stock Show. In 1936, as a Texas Centennial Project, the building was enclosed by the City of Fort Worth at a cost of $183,500 and the tower over the main entrance was added. The "new" structure contained 1,257 animal stalls, and a 1,200 seat auction ring that is now the Billy Bob's Bull Riding arena.Â Livestock events were held here until the stock show moved to the Will Rogers Memorial Complex, in 1943. During World War II, the building was used as an airplane factory for the Globe Aircraft Corporation.Â In the 1950 ²s the building became a department store so large that the stock boys wore roller skates to make their jobs easier.
Billy Bob's Texas opened April 1, 1981 with national attention featuring Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers as the first performers.Â Other artists who appeared during opening week included Waylon Jennings, Janie Fricke, and Willie Nelson. With 100,000 square feet of interior space and 20 acres of parking for entertainment and events, Billy Bob's features 30 individual bar stations, live music with country music's biggest stars, Live Pro Bull Riding, and a Texas size dance floor.
Billy Bob's Live Pro Bull Riding is sanctioned by Championship Bull Riding (CBR) and contestants compete every Friday and Saturday night. We're talking real bulls- not mechanical!Â Billy Bob's also offers our guests a chance to be a rodeo star by providing an authentic stuffed bull photo opportunity as if they were part of the live action.
-- Billy Bob's can accommodate up to 6,000 people and is open daily with entertainment nightly.
-- Billy Bob's has been named "Country Music Club of the Year" 12 times.
-- Merle Haggard made the Guinness Book of World Records for buying the largest round of drinks when he bought 5,095 drinks of Canadian Club for the entire club. The bill totaled $12,737.50 and equaled 40 gallons of whiskey.
-- More Than 17 Million Visitors have come through Billy Bob's Doors since 1981.
-- More than 47,500 Bulls have bucked in Billy Bob's arena to date.
-- Billy Bob's launched its recording label in 1998.
Billy Bob's Texas has been featured on several TV and Movie screens and has served as the location for several music videos for country's biggest stars.Â A number of episodes of the original television series "Dallas" were shot on location. Other shows include "Walker Texas Ranger," CBS's "Happy New Year America,"Â "CBS This Morning,"Â VH1 "Rock of Love", and "Nashville Star."Â Billy Bob's has also been highlighted in several travel shows and news features.
-- "Over The Top", starring Sylvester Stallone in 1987
-- "Baja Oklahoma", with Lesley Ann Warren, Peter Coyote & Willie Nelson in 1988.
-- "Necessary Roughness", with Scott Bakula, Sinbad, Robert Loggia & Kathy Ireland in 1991.
-- "Pure Country" in 1992, starring George Strait.
Â While Billy Bob's is known for hosting the biggest stars in country music, it also hosts Rock 'n' Roll & Pop Music stars. Ringo Starr, .38 Special, Men At Work, The Go-Go's, Steppenwolf, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Pat Benatar, Heart, and ZZ Top have all performed at the World's Largest Honky Tonk. Even Ray Charles and Bob Hope have performed onstage at Billy Bob's Texas.
Â Billy Bob's welcomes visitors from all over the world and from all walks of life on a daily basis.Â Come experience our Honky Tonk attitude, friendly Fort Worth hospitality, and truly unique atmosphere.
100% hands down my #1 place to see concerts. I can't even recall how many concerts I've gone to throughout the years here. It's a concert venue that serves alcohol so expect a crowd and drunk people, it's just a given. The staff is amazing and the bartenders really know what they are doing! No, there's not a mechanical bull. There's a giant bucking bull that you can pay for pictures on. You have to do it at least once in your life! There are free dance lessons during the week too and bull riding before most concerts on the weekend. You have to check out the wall of concrete hand prints from all country stars that have visited. If you want to dance, drink, eat, and listen to great music, you have to come here!
Went here for a concert. You can't go 10 ft without having something fun to do or being able to get food/drinks. The staff is amazing. I am 5ft tall and this is a standing room only venue. The older gentleman with long white hair guarding the VIP area made sure I was able to see everything,along with several other people. He was very patient with the drinks and very helpful with everyone insuring we all had a good time. Whoever this guy is, needs a raise. Very impressed.
Fun times. Bar and food and dance. Not great food - but was what we expected. We showed up to take it in and for $2 entry fee were able to hang and see up-and-coming superstar Chris Jansen. Great concert we just stumbled into. Saw some pretty good dancers doing the two-step. Definitely recommend for small personal concerts!
Looking forward to seeing Eli Young Band in concert. We ate at the restaurant and had an EXCELLENT steak with salad and a baked sweet potato. The steak was thick and cooked to perfection. Just the way I ordered it, medium rare, pink on the inside and seared on the outside for that melt in your mouth flavor. It is Texas of course so I had sweet tea too. Just hope I have some room for the peach cobbler later. Love this place.
We went to the Robert Earl Keen concert 9/16/17. The sound at this venue is really terrible. There are also columns throughout the seating area causing obstructed views. We ordered a few mixed drinks, and they were definitely short pours..stick to beer. This place is a over-sized honky-tonk dance hall, (the house band was very good) but it is not a concert venue. We won't be back.