The Dallas Bull was introduced to Tampa in 1979, with throngs of patrons
waiting outside for the first taste of the country bar that would one day
become a legacy in the Sunshine State, and proudly boast the title of “the
largest honky-tonk east of the Mississippi.”
The small, gritty country bar was beloved by all that came through the doors…mainly due to the fact that customers felt like they were part of a family, like they were more than just another round of drinks to be served… like they finally belonged. As the Bull’s popularity grew, so did the need for a larger venue to accommodate their growing fan base.
The owners went on a country-wide tour of some of the most renowned honky-tonks and country bars the states had to offer, as well as visiting some hole-in-the-wall establishments along the way.
They wanted a bar that could keep a true country feel while still appealing to the many different walks of life that filter through Tampa. Once the gentlemen knew they had achieved a vision for the perfect venue, their dream slowly came to fruition.
Speaking of stages, if they could talk, this one would have some rockin’
stories to tell. Like the time Kenny Chesney came by in his early days
after a concert at Tampa Stadium and sat down with our house band to play
a set of songs for an ecstatic Friday night crowd.
Or the time Keith Anderson played under our roof, and Jake Owen moseyed over from his set at the Amphitheater and got onstage to play a few tunes with Keith. Or the time Kix Brooks, Randy Houser, Steve Holy and Heidi Newfield played a cappella for the St. Jude Partner in Hope concert.
Or the time the Bull hosted the Charlie Daniels band, and the cast of Discovery Channel’s series Deadliest Catch sat in for the night to sign autographs and chat with the multitude of fans that filled our house. Yes, the Dallas Bull is rich in music history, and continues to wow our crowds with our yearly concert series that has included country stars new and old such as Luke Bryan, Eric Church, John Anderson and Tracy Byrd.