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Bringing It All Back Home


Harley’s Country Store & Beer Garden has brought classic Texas honky tonk style to Bayview for twelve years


Harley’s Country Store and Beer Garden celebrates a dozen years of business this year. The honky Tonk opened on Sadie Hawkin’s Day 2004. The legendary John “Harley” Nolan opened the business with his wife, Sylvia who continues to operate it today along with her daughter Calida and her husband Jim.

This Texas Honky Tonk is open seven days a week, but it is Saturday and Sunday when people flock there for the music and the home-style BBQ. Bushriders Dave play mostly 60-70 music on Saturday and Wildcat Thicket play mostly country on Sunday.


Out in Bayview Texas away from the big towns and cities sitting on the third resacca on the left as you come down Shafer Road off Ted Hunt with the gate wide open inviting in cars, motor cycles, pickup trucks, bicycles and even horses is a very unique Texas treasure. There are birds and plenty of country sounds.



There is plenty of seating. You can sit around the bar and kabitz with the locals about anything from politics to the answers in Jeoardy. Or there is the dancehall with its long wooden tables that invite you to meet new friends. Outside there is a deck to the north with picnic tables and a raised deck on the south where you can sit on a comfy cushion or an Adirondack chair.


Saturday and Sunday has Jim at the three grills fixing up chicken and pork for the BBQ. Sylvia makes big pan of beans and cooks up chicken moline. Everyone is welcome to bring a dish to share so each week there is plenty to sample.



Beer can be bought by the bucket or the pitcher. Wine and set-ups are also for sale.


If the walls could talk, the tales would start back 12 years ago when this former city dump was turned into a country store and beer garden where beer trucks delivered beer. Flash forward to crowds in the hundreds coming by to enjoy a cool one, dance and meet up with friends. Everyon waits to see Willie Nelson stop by one day, but in the meanwhile there has been Tom Buller, ShAnnie,


So come out to Harley’s and meet some new friends, listen to some amazing music and relax along the resacca and meet the owners.