Roots Bistro: Visited March 11, 2019

Roots Bistro in Williamson county is found at 118 W. 8th Street, Georgetown, Texas. It is not a dance hall. The space used to sell vintage jewelry and clothing and now houses a bistro. The building was erected in the 1880’s and is listed in the historic district records. As a bistro, they offer personal pizzas, micro brews and live music. They just started offering free dance lessons on Monday nights from 6:30-7:00 p.m. From 7 to 9 p.m. the DJ plays a good mix of country songs where you can two step and waltz. Since it was in an old building and had a wood floor, we decided to add it to our list of floors we’ve danced. They moved tables from the floor up to the stage in the front window. Normally live bands set up here. The DJ didn’t need all that space so it was available for the diners.

There were about 12-14 of us there for the very basic two step dance lesson. Then a brief half hour of open dancing, then a short lesson at 7:30 to learn the line dance to Copperhead Road. Another half hour of open dance before the last quick lesson at 8:00 for the Cotton Eyed Joe. We finished dancing close to 9 p.m. taking a short break to eat $5 personal size pan pizzas hot from the oven. Happy hour started at 3.

Several families were there dancing with their children. Lots of people upstairs watching the floor and we had difficulty finding a place to eat. We finally found a table for six and offered a seat to a lone gentleman while we waited for our food. He said he was there to enjoy the music and watch people dance, but he did dance the Cotton Eyed Joe and said he liked it.

It’s a smallish floor, but it’s wood and we could move easily over the planks. DJ Gavin did a great job playing new George Strait songs mixed with older music. We enjoyed the food, the music and the atmosphere, but most of all the dancing!

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