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.
|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.
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