Now Open: Cowboy Whiskey Saloon in Scottsdale

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Benjamin Leatherman
Scottsdale's got another cowboy and country spot, y'all.
In Scottsdale, imitation is not only the sincerest form of flattery, it's sometimes a mantra for those seeking success. That's frequently the situation in the city's bar and club scene, where if one place does well with a new or unique concept, trend, or shtick, you can bet that others might soon be featuring their own version.

Such may be the case with the latest spot to debut in Scottsdale's entertainment district: Cowboy Whiskey Saloon, a country-themed bar offering drinks, dancing, and live music.

Described as a "high-energy country bar," it opened last weekend along the aptly named Stetson Drive and offers urban cowboys, boot-scooters, and members of the Wrangler crowd a chance to get their shine on in the heart of "the west's most western town."

The 4,700 square-foot saloon, which is owned by Scottsdale nightlife entrepreneur Steve McDonald and was formerly known as neighborhood watering hole Social Tap, boasts a cozy and intimate atmosphere, as well as dance floor, stage area for musicians, and a large center bar.

It also appears to take a cue or two from the rampantly popular Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row just around the corner, like the high-energy honky-tonk vibe, such upscale rustic décor touches as the pressed tin ceiling and reclaimed wood décor, and the whole, um...whiskey thing.

A recent article promoting Cowboy Whiskey's opening on the social media site Cowboy Lifestyle Network (which is owned by Patrick O'Donnell, a proprietor of the saloon along with McDonald) even tips a ten-gallon hat towards Bentley's bar, as well as venerable Old Town spot Rusty Spur Saloon. (For some reason, however, it completely ignores its Stetson Drive neighbor, Shotgun Betty's.)

Currently there are only two country western bars in Old Town Scottsdale, Rusty Spur Saloon and Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row. Now there are officially three country western bars with the recent introduction of the Cowboy Whiskey Saloon. Cowboy Lifestyle Network encourages everyone to visit all three bars in Old Town Scottsdale, because they are all fun and unique in their own ways.

For instance, the article states, Cowboy Whiskey will differ from other similar spots by being "100 percent country" in terms of its music, which means the tunes coming from both the DJs and performers will be purely of the twangy, steel guitar-filled genre. In other words, "nothing but new and classic country music" that's provided by such local acts as Ryan Bexley or Desert Dixie (both are scheduled to perform this weekend).

And according to the article, you can also expect to see famous country musicians and pro athletes stopping by Cowboy Whiskey in the coming months to sit for a spell and sip a cold one. You might even bump in 'em out on the dance floor, buckaroo.

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Cowboy Whiskey Saloon

7318 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

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21 comments
Sindi Stack
Sindi Stack

Hope they are a fad. Lets have something better like more jazz clubs.

Gregory Beals
Gregory Beals

Race race race be proud of your shit most of it's earned through being oppressive ...if the the shoe was on the other foot ....we already scare y'all just imagine ....would blacks be as mean as whites....ha

Jami Tucker
Jami Tucker

Considering this bar has had about 50 name changes. ..I'm going with fad. COUNTRY MUSIC BLOWS

Jesse Adams
Jesse Adams

so it sounds like country is our own style then, or did white people steal that style from some other colored race?

Zachary Wells
Zachary Wells

THIS bar is a fad. Country Bars are not. If Scottsdale has LOTS of fake people, and fake people follow fads, this bar will do fine until the fad wears off.

Kee W Nez
Kee W Nez

Nothing but fakes over there. If your want to see the real country bars go to Texas.

Justin Grant
Justin Grant

We can only hope it's a fad, as highly unlikely as that is.

Scott McDougall
Scott McDougall

Corey Thomack Looks like we need to check this place out!

Gary Trayler
Gary Trayler

FAD??? How can something that has been around for 60 years and growing be called a FAD??? Idiots

Kristine Love
Kristine Love

Country bars have been around as long as I can remember, Toolies, Graham's (Central Station) D&D, Mr. Lucky's... while these old bars are now gone, the D&D in Chandler has been around for ages now - plus Scottsdale has always had their share of country bars. This is the wild west. Country bars have been and always will be popular places to drink, dance and have some fun!!

Roberta McCalmon
Roberta McCalmon

country bars have been in Arizona longer than most of us have been alive....far from a fad and long standing staple of Arizona culture. The older generation like my grandparents called them "Honky Tonks".

Gregory Beals
Gregory Beals

A fad...because it's the gospel music for whites and there are no other syles they can dominate....so country it is,till they get a style of their own.

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