Sunken Gardens

Shiner’s Sunken Gardens Blends History with Healthy Dining Options

May 8, 2019 | By Michael Corcoran

From its opening in 1936 until the late ’50s, when the advent of air-conditioning moved the party to indoor venues, Sunken Garden made Shiner the swingingest small town in Texas. All the big Texas swing and polka bands, including Houston’s Blue Ridge Playboys, played here to capacity crowds of 500, according to the Lavaca County Historical Commission. But these days, dining, not dancing is the draw.

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