"Bandera Texas" Bandera by Micgwit

Bandera Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 41 photos

A great friendly place - general info

Bandera town is a great little place to spend some of your non riding time. If like me you are into antiques and collectibles, plan at least two whole days to explore fully the large emporium and the two antique stores. Thousands and thousands of items for sale although most Brits would think these more like ‘car boot’ shops than real antique shops. However there are some real gems hiding away just waiting for you to rummage them out.
The Cowboy store will tog you out in all things Western and Cowboy; we bought our Stetsons and a nice jacket from here.
The 11th street bar has regular concerts and is a great place for a night out. The Old Spanish Trail restaurant will satisfy anyone’s food needs if you missed out on a meal at the Ranch. It’s a great place with Steaks, Shrimps that to us Brits would be called Lobster tails and much much more.

Just walk down a side street and you are in the country where you will find wild turkeys, armadillo and of course lots of wild deer which one can see almost everywhee in Bandera other than the main road.

Arkey Blues Silver Dollar saloon/bar - a real gem

The real gem of Bandera has to be “Arkey Blues Silver Dollar”; a real old honkey tonk bar where the locals sit around and jam together singing all things country. This is the real thing; it’s not a touristy designed fake. It is used by locals and is very friendly. We played pool together in there and then were challenged by a couple of local gents, named Bob and Mike, who later turned out to be great guitar players and singers. These guys beat me at pool but my girlfriend who used to play in a pool league took them all on and beat the lot. I’m not sure if it was her skill or that famous Texan welcome and the guys being Southern Gentlemen that kept her playing so long but who cares, we had a great time at Arkeys and made more friends with whom we are now in touch via email.

Things to do on the river

for most of the year the river is safe for swimming, fishing and floating in. It runs in a wide arc out from Bandera and then back in again. This unusal aspect to the river means one can hire a "Tube" or a kayak and float with the flow of the river for a couple of hours as the river loops away from then back into town.

Fishing in the shad of the hot Texan sun with a couple of cool beers with only the sound of the wldlife and the music of the river is just sheer bliss. One may even catch a Perch or Catfish too.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Cowboy Capital of the world - Texan hospitality
  • Cons:Can't really think of any - loved it all
  • In a nutshell:Real friendly town, Rididng, fishing, impromptu country music jamming sessions, cowboys, antiques, great food and beer - that's Bandera
  • Last visit to Bandera: Sep 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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