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The Back Porch: Great Music, Food and Drinks in Longview

June 28, 2017 at 2:38 p.m.
Updated June 28, 2017 at 2:38 p.m.


The Back Porch in Kilgore has a history that dates back to the 1960s, but recent improvements have launched it into a premier music venue in East Texas. Now, you can go there to hear a variety of live music Wednesdays through Saturdays while you dine on food and enjoy drinks.

Owners Jackie and Vicki Clayton purchased The Back Porch in 1990 and, over time, converted a volleyball court into an outdoor stage. A few years ago, they renovated the outdoor stage area.

Today, when you visit The Back Porch, it’s divided into three areas. One area has the classic restaurant feel where you can simply dine on food. Then, there’s a middle area which contains a full-bar with several TVs. The third area is the renovated outdoor area, which now has walls. A garage door-style opening connects the outdoor area and the bar. The door can be rolled up to make it easier to hear the music inside the bar itself. Additionally, there are garage door-style walls around the outdoor area that can be rolled up to let in the fresh air or closed to keep out the rain.

On a recent visit, my boyfriend and I sat in the bar area, which gives you the option to sit at the bar and simply enjoy drinks or sit at a table where wait staff takes great care of you. I ordered one of the bar’s specialty drinks, The Porch. It’s a glorious mixture of Captain Morgan, Malibu, Bacardi Superior, orange juice, pineapple juice and a splash of Grenadine. My boyfriend had Great Raft Southern Drawl, made by Great Raft Brewing Co. in Shreveport. We loved seeing a mixture of well-known brands combined with local breweries on the menu. The Back Porch also featured selections from Tyler’s True Vine Brewing Co.

With our drinks, we ordered the homemade chips with queso. Trying the homemade chips is a must at The Back Porch. They are great! We also ordered burgers, but this place has an extensive menu that has a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches and dinner entrees, such as grilled chicken breast, pork chops and catfish meals.

From the great drinks to the food to having a relaxed, casual atmosphere to listen to live music, I highly recommend The Back Porch. The wait staff is very friendly and offers prompt service. It’s a Kilgore institution that is well worth a visit!

The Back Porch

  • 904 Broadway Blvd., Kilgore | (903) 984-8141
  • www.thebackporchkilgore.com
  • 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday | 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Tuesday
  • 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday | 10 a.m. to midnight Friday
  • 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday
  • Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
  • Good for Groups: Yes
  • Attire: Casual
  • Ambience: Casual
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • Happy Hour: Yes
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Has TV: Yes
  • Best Nights: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays

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