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Jailhouse Saloon Rocks in Spring, TX

By S. Mathur

For that added touch of authenticity, the Jailhouse Saloon in Spring TX is actually located in a building that used to be a jail. Owner Kim McBride relates that "We bought the actual jail in Old Town Spring and turned it into a bar. We still have the jail cells (and some of the ghosts.)" Ghosts? In a neighborhood bar?

The live music at the Jailhouse Saloon would qualify it as a concert venue but McBride sees it more as a bar that also has entertainment: "We have a very diverse customer base. Everyone feels welcome here from bikers to business people. Most of our regulars have been coming since we opened seven years ago. We are an ice house (beer and wine only) but you can bring your own bottle as long as you buy your set ups from us. We are definitely a bar with great live music. We have Karaoke Tuesdays and Thursdays, Charlie Parker jam session on Fridays, Live bands on Saturdays and open mic on Sundays."

The Saloon has something of a reputation for picking out great rock and blues bands, and for launching them on successful careers. McBride says that selected groups are those that are popular with the customers: "A lot of our bands are repeats that have gotten great responses from our customers and many of them have been playing here for years. We try to include at least one new band every month. They email me and I look at any videos they have on line to determine if they are a good fit. Our customers generally prefer classic rock and a little blues." Current favorites include The Charlie Parker Band, Undercover Brothas, Treynwrek and .07 Blues Band.

There are also special themed events throughout the year, says McBride: "We have special events throughout the year. We have a big New Years Eve party, Kilt ride for St. Patrick's day, Crawfish Festival in April, our anniversary party in August (or September), a Halloween party with cash prizes, just to name a few. We have benefits and fund raisers for various causes throughout the year. By far the Kilt ride and the Crawfish Festival are our biggest events. For the Kilt Ride all the men wear kilts and the women dress in Irish outfits also then we all ride in a group on our motorcycles to several Irish bars. You don't have to ride a motorcycle, cars are welcome too."

The bartenders are famed for their creativity, and there is an extensive selection of local craft beers. Cupcakes and cake pops from Kandikakes Bakery also contribute to the Saloon's popularity as a destination. Two jail cells are still preserved at the back of the Saloon, and are open for guests to look at. And in conclusion, an insider tip about the parking: there are very few spots, but it's okay to park behind someone. The folks are all friendly and will only politely ask you to move your car if you're blocking theirs.

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