Bars Investigated by the TABC

Thirsty Joe’s Tavern Investigated by TABC

Considering A Dram Shop Case Against Thirsty Joe's Tavern? Here's What You Need To Know

I've been suing irresponsible bars for over-serving alcohol for 30 years. My experience handling hundreds of cases has repeatedly shown me just how many bars fail to follow alcohol service regulations, as well as the tragedies that all too often result. While people might see or hear about a drunk driving accident from time to time, they don't tend to hear about the role that reckless bars play in those accidents. In order to call more attention to this issue, I dedicate a portion of my time to reviewing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's complaint records and reporting my findings here on my website. If you think you may have a dram shop (liquor liability) claim and have questions about how to proceed, don't hesitate to call me at (855) 326-0000.

Thirsty Joe's Tavern is located in Schertz, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted the attention of the TABC due to allegations that it violated state liquor laws. In 2016 alone, the TABC conducted two investigations into the bar's alcohol service practices.

In my experience, it is uncommon for a bar without a history of run-ins with the TABC to end up on the hook for contributing to a wrongful death or injury. Virtually every bar I have ever sued was already on the authorities' radar. That's why I pay close attention to bars with several recent complaints against them. The more investigations a bar has had, the greater my concern is that it could one day cause an accident.

Note: Investigations are not proof of wrongdoing. However, if authorities investigate and fail to find evidence, it doesn't necessarily mean an establishment is innocent, either. The purpose of this article is simply to relay publicly-available information about incidents where the TABC has investigated Thirsty Joe's Tavern for possible criminal or administrative violations.

TABC Investigations of Thirsty Joe's Tavern in 2016

Schertz - 409 Main Street


Law enforcement filed a complaint with the TABC on 02/05/2016, alleging that the bar sold alcohol to an intoxicated person.

Authorities followed up with an investigation shortly thereafter. For most liquor law violations, the TABC requires either video footage or eyewitness testimony from one of its agents in order to take action. In this particular instance, authorities had neither. As a result, they decided to close the case on 04/04/2016.

On 04/13/2016, the TABC received a second complaint from law enforcement, again alleging that the bar sold alcohol to a drunk patron.

While the ensuing investigation did not manage to find any proof to back up the first allegation, it did find evidence that the bar permitted customers to consume alcohol during prohibited hours. After handing down an unspecified penalty for an administrative violation, authorities closed the case on 04/30/2016.

Texas Law Says Accident Victims Can Sue Bad Bars

If you would like to learn more about Texas dram shop law (i.e. lawsuits against bars who play a role in injurious or fatal accidents), please visit our Texas Dram Shop Law Info Page.