From Blender Magazine to Texas Monthly, the Railroad Blues has garnered accolades from numerous press organizations since it was opened in Alpine in 1995. This local favorite has been called one of the “Best Small Town Music Joints in the Country” and it is easy to see why when you look at the list of famous musicians that have graced the stage.
Railroad Blues co-owner Richard Fallon once described his popular haunt by saying, “It’s the kind of place where people dance from the first song on.” Anyone who has ever visited knows this statement to be true. If the music isn’t enough to draw you in, the homemade Shangri-la Sangria should do the trick.
What to Expect at the Railroad Blues
At first sight the Railroad Blues doesn’t seem all that special. However, a closer look reveals charm and character that can’t be manufactured. Located just steps from the railroad tracks, this dusty locale features an outdoor fire pit and a fire truck with the phrase, ‘Puttin’ out old flames,’ painted on the side. Once inside the walls, visitors are greeted with hundreds of framed photos of artists that have played at the venue. An indoor fireplace, wooden stage and vintage piano complete the look of this authentic honky-tonk.
The crowd at the Railroad Blues is as diverse as the beer selection. From locals to college students to tourists and even the occasional movie star, you never know who you will find at the Railroad Blues on a Friday or Saturday night.
Open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. every day, the Railroad Blues is practically the only place to get a late night drink in an area where most shops and restaurants roll in the carpet early.
A Beer and Wine Tourist Trap
With over 100 beer selections and several red, white and sparkling wine varieties, the Railroad Blues is sure to quench your thirst. If you really want to get in the local spirit, the Sangria is almost as famous as the venue itself. This sweet concoction has even inspired a Facebook page appropriately named, “I drank too much Sangria at the Railroad Blues.” Don’t be afraid to ask one of the friendly bartenders for a recommendation, as many of them have been slinging juice at this hangout for years.
Exceptional Live Music
It’s hard to imagine that a small bar in the middle of nowhere could feature some of the best live music in the state, but it is true. From Blues to Country to Reggae music, the Railroad Blues doesn’t discriminate when it comes to genre. Past performers like Arlo Guthrie, Asleep at the Wheel, Pat Green and Toni Price have brought fans from miles away. While the lineup is constantly changing and includes new and local talent, this year’s calendar features artists like Dale Watson and His Lone Stars, The Damn Torpedoes, The Doug Moreland Band and The Resentments.
Enjoy this video of Jonny Burke and the good Moanin’ live at the Railroad Blues in Alpine…
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