10 Best Country Bars in Metro Phoenix

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Some bull-riding action at Country Thunder in Florence, not far from the spots on our 10 Best Country Bars in Metro Phoenix list.
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.

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.

See also:

-Tucker Woodbury and Charlie Levy Bringing Country Joint The Western to Scottsdale

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Roman's Oasis
10. Roman's Oasis

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

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If that ain't country, you can kiss these horses' asses.
9. Rusty Spur Saloon

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


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Roman's Oasis

16825 W. Yuma Road, Goodyear, AZ

Category: Music

Rusty Spur Saloon

7245 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

The Silver Pony

620 W. Dobbins Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill

1065 N. Dobson Road, Mesa, AZ

Category: Music

Rustler's Rooste

8383 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee, AZ

Category: Restaurant

San Tan Flat Saloon & Grill

6185 W. Hunt Highway, Queen Creek, AZ

Category: Music

Norton's Country Corner

20835 E. Ocotillo Road, Queen Creek, AZ

Category: Music

Greasewood Flat

27375 N. Alma School Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Handlebar-J

7116 E. Becker Lane, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Buffalo Chip Saloon

6811 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ

Category: Music

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40 comments
Ry Gavin
Ry Gavin

Bristol's Buttsex Experience

Erk Tashquinth
Erk Tashquinth

Tyler Tashquinth // Brent Tashquinth // Sabrina Dupris take notes. haha

Kevin M Moley
Kevin M Moley

Nice list but would have added Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row and Roadrunner up near New River too :)

Steve Kalan
Steve Kalan

Hogs and horses has hot women and new rocking country

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

That one I don't go to. Oh wait I don't go to bars, waste of money.

Jeff Fleezy Flee
Jeff Fleezy Flee

Bourbon Jacks Bar and Grill isn't listed. Probably the best in the valley!

Steve Kalan
Steve Kalan

David Groul with the Zack Brown band rocks

Mike Aring
Mike Aring

john wayne wouldn't walk into any of those bars. it's all phoney!

Tania Kemp Buhre
Tania Kemp Buhre

I am sorry. I am confused. This article was written almost a year ago. Recycling articles, is this a regular thing with Phoenix New Times?

Beth Eagan
Beth Eagan

If all the bull riding shots, you have "tits magee"...

Rob Morgan
Rob Morgan

Los Vacqueros in A.J. was always my favourite, gone now I believe but proper shit-kicking drunks down there.

Jennifer Worth
Jennifer Worth

Scott McDougall :) thought you could enjoy this!

Ryan Ford
Ryan Ford

Been to all of these bars and more. The only REAL country bar on the list is Romans oasis. You completely neglected to mention Tortilla Flats. If Romans is on this list Tortilla Flats should be.

Jesse Adams
Jesse Adams

apparently you do if you felt compelled enough to comment.

Danny King
Danny King

What sucks is the shit you kids listen to. Some of the best musicians in the world live in Nashville, you go to a rap concert and they don't even have a band, just some asshole scratching records. LOL! BTW, I believe Norton's is closed.

Byron Caceres
Byron Caceres

I just need to hit up the 2 on the Westside lol

Ashley Nicole Allen
Ashley Nicole Allen

Yup! #6 The Rooste! Um slide, cotton candy, rattlesnake and a live band = EPICNESS

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