The Rodeo Bar is about to reopen with “Tight jeans and loose morals”

remember the movie Urban cowboy? When Bud met polite city girl Pam, who was looking for a “real cowboy?” Well, when Pam wasn’t having fun at Gilley’s (no shade, I got Pasadena people), she was probably at the Rodeo Bar or something outrageously similar.

The Rodeo Bar, which opened inside the downtown Adolphus Hotel in 1981, is a quintessential Texas bar where you won’t find a mechanical bull (which, frankly, has both ruined and saved Bud and Sissy’s wedding), but many other cowboy braggarts. The bar closed a few years ago as part of a major restoration at the 110 year old Adolphus. On Monday, January 11, it’s back after a full reboot with check-alt-delete.

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Neon cowboy mood.

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The site promises “tight jeans and loose morals” in this new iteration. The decor and offerings have been revamped; moreover, it expanded with a new space called The Back Room.

Rockbridge, the group that owns the property, teamed up with local hotel group Makeready and SWOON the Studio to add a mix of vintage and refurbished booths, tables and chairs to keep the place’s classic Texas vibe alive. ‘origin. The original floors, often covered with peanut shells, have been preserved for this 95-seat location.

The back room is adorned with “all the original 80s beer bar neon, vintage posters, original Rodeo ephemera,” according to a press release.

The menu will feature the trending smash-style burgers and include a nod to the original bar menu, but with a few updates. They use 44 Farms beef patties for the burgers, which include a Hook ’em topped with crispy fried onions, American cheese and barbecue sauce. The El Tejano is a smoked brisket burger with pickles, onions and ranch jalapeño.

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Taco salad and fried chicken from Rodeo Bar.

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There’s a fried chicken sandwich, ground beef, a burnt ends sandwich, a foot-long hot dog, and homemade corn dogs. There’s also guacamole, green chili queso, nacho, buttermilk chicken wings. Wash that down with a Real Cold cocktail (whiskey and Dr Pepper) or a Saddle Up (tequila, grapefruit, lime and soda).

For now, Rodeo Bar is open for dinner and late night hijinks. They plan to open soon for lunch, so check back.

The Rodeo Bar is on the corner of Commerce Street and Akard, across from the AT&T Discovery District. No bull though. No fighting either. Unless “Devil Went Down to Georgia” appears, then anything goes.

Rodeo Bar, 1321 Commerce St. (Downtown inside the Adolphus), 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, 4:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Check their website for lunch times.

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