The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has suspended the permits of 17 bars for violating protocols designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The requirements TABC agents were looking for in the undercover inspections include indoor customer capacity limits of 50 percent for bars and 75 percent for restaurants. Establishments are also required to ensure at least six feet between groups of customers.

"Protecting the health and safety of Texans during this pandemic is our top priority," TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles said.

"We warned businesses TABC will have no tolerance for breaking the rules, and now, some bars are paying the price. I hope other establishments will learn from these suspensions."

A bar's first infraction will result in up to a 30-day license suspension and the second will result in up to a 60-day suspension, the commission said.

Three permits were suspended Friday, followed by two on Saturday and seven on Sunday. On Monday, five bars — including Burnhouse on the Northwest Side of San Antonio — were added to the list.

The businesses issued an emergency order for a 30-day permit suspension are:


Burnhouse, San Antonio

The Cantina (W. Exchange Ave.), Fort Worth

Soho Lounge, Austin

Siete Banderas, Laredo

Electric Cowboy, Longview


Handlebar Houston, Houston

BARge 25, Seabrook

Harris House of Heroes, Dallas

The New PR's, Fort Worth

UnBARlievable (West 6th), Austin

Little Woodrow's, Lubbock

Coconuts, El Paso


Buford's Backyard Beer Garden, Austin

Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot Icehouse, Austin


Werk Bar, El Paso

Marty's Live, Dallas

Elevate Night Club, McAllen