The Phoenix Saloon in Downtown New Braunfels just recently celebrated the 6th anniversary of opening their doors to live music, cold beer, and some of the best chili in the state of Texas. Featured on the Travel Channel and the Food Network, the building the houses this New Braunfels food and music establishment just recently notched themselves on texashillcountry.com‘s list of “7 Historical Markers in the Hill Country We Bet You Didn’t Know.”
4. The Phoenix Saloon – Historical Marker 18077
Built in 1877, this saloon in New Braunfels was known by many different names before the owner, William Gebhardt, settled on The Phoenix Saloon. It was a popular saloon and continues to be a great music venue and bar, but draws interest because it is believed to be the birth place of chili powder. Another owner, John Sippel, welcomed women into his bar, which was unheard of at the time. He also built a pool and fountain in the courtyard, that housed fish and alligators.
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