10 Best Country Bars in Metro Phoenix
Practically every Western film one can think of has at least one saloon scene, a place where the sound of honky-tonk piano creates the mood, where the town folk mix with the cowboys and ranchers, the gamblers and outlaws rub shoulders with the marshal and his deputies, and the mustachioed bartenders sling the whiskey shots and the draft beers. After all, a good saloon is the epicenter of a neighborhood, a small town or a big city, and the Valley -- a country town if there ever was one -- has a ton of good saloons to choose from when you want to get duded up in your Levi's, Tony Lama's, a Stetson, and pull up a bar stool for a longneck, kick up your heels for some boot-scootin,' or simply hang out, shoot some pool, and listen to a smokin' good country band.
William Westfall Some bull-riding action at Country Thunder in Florence, not far from the spots on our 10 Best Country Bars in Metro Phoenix list.
Here are the 10 best country bars in the Valley, 10 rootin' tootin' spots where one might imagine John Wayne, if he weren't presently a ghost rider in the sky, dropping by for a brew after a day out on the range plugging the bad guys full of lead.
10. Roman's Oasis
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A tin-roofed shack festooned with wagon wheels and a huge white rooster standing sentry out front and a down-home interior decorated with NASCAR memorabilia, Roman's Oasis doesn't pretend to be anything other than a dive, but it is the best country dive in the West Valley. Try your hand at crooning country karaoke during the week or drop in for some boot-scootin' on the dance floor with the live bands that juke up the joint on the weekends. 16825 West Yuma Road, Goodyear, 623-932-0922
9. Rusty Spur Saloon
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Surrounded by the glitz and glamour of Old Town Scottsdale's tourist destinations, the Rusty Spur brings some sorely needed honky tonk authenticity to the "West's Most Western Town." Smaller than a horse stable and usually packed to the rafters with neighborhood regulars and out-of-towners who want to throw back a longneck in a real western saloon, the Rusty Spur is a favorite of local boy done good, country star Dierks Bentley, who has been known to drop in when visiting his old stomping grounds. 7245 E. Main St., Scottsdale, 480-425-7787
7245 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ
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