Texas Monthly had an article “The Best Honky Tonks in Texas”. The Texas Rose in La Feria was listed.
In June 2021, on our way back from shopping in Progresso, Mexico, we stopped by. This skinny, mostly toothless, stringy haired woman came out and said “the Governor just shut us down, just when we were starting to roll.” So in June of 2022, we finally got to go. The jukebox was South Texas strong, heavy on The King, Freddy and the Texas Tornados.
They served beer and wine including a beer from some ex-military guys called FUBAR. Good stuff. Folks brought their own whiskey in these containers that reminded of the STABIL container that allows you to pour out an ounce at a time. This woman, all dolled up, sat next to us with her container. I asked her what she had in the container “Easy Jesus” she replied. Their name for E & J brandy. She started lighting up heater after heater. Turns out she was a former Nevada Brothel Madam, married 7 times with lung cancer at 82 years old. The stories never stopped.
I put on Dwight Yoakum’s “1000 miles from nowhere” and it felt like that in that honky tonk.