It’s here! Tourist season aka Event/Festival/Spring Training Season aka The Best Time Ever in The Valley! A few things to look forward to: Barrett Jackson (now!), the Waste Management Open, Spring Training, the Culinary Festival, and the Renaissance Festival. Within the next couple of months, you’re bound to be out and about with friends, family and visitors. But where to take them after the festivities?
Top Country Bars in Phoenix
We suggest saddling up and moseying on over to a country bar: perfect for tourists, twenty-somethings or even Mom and Dad. Most country bars in Phoenix offer live music, dancing and plenty of places to sit.
The Rusty Spur Saloon (Old Town Scottsdale): Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, this tiny bar is about as authentic as you can get for Scottsdale. We suggest parking early, strolling around Main Street and grabbing a seat before the line is out the door. Originally a bank in the 1920’s, the old vault now holds beer and dollar bills hang all over the ceiling. Expect live music and to meet a man with a handlebar mustache.
Pinnacle Peak Patio Steakhouse and Microbrewery (North Scottsdale): If you wear a tie to this Western joint, it will be confiscated. We’re serious. They’ll cut it right off your neck and hang it from the ceiling. The simple menu was built for cowboys and cowgirls: steak, potatoes and some darn good corn on the cob. They also brew their own beer; we’re a sucker for the Pinnacle Peak Pale Ale.
Greesewood Flats (North Scottsdale): At Greesewood Flats you’ll find bikers, Scottsdale finest, cowboys, families and youngins. Originally a bunkhouse built over 120 years ago, the bar now has dollar bills hanging from every inch of the walls and ceiling. Remember to bring dollar bills of your own; this bar only accepts cash. When the weather is warm, the outdoor area (which can hold up to 1,000) is packed. Pick your own bench, fire pit and wood for the evening and settle in for food, drinks, horseshoes and dancing.
Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill (Mesa): We love to be twirled by cowboys at Toby Keith’s! Drink beer out of huge mason jars and dance the night away to some of the best live country bands in The Valley. We will warn you that Toby Keith’s does bring in a bit of a younger crowd on the weekends and you’ll definitely have to wait in line before you can pony up to the bar, but you will see representation of every age and we bet no matter what, it will be hard to resist a dance.
Harold’s Corral (Cave Creek): Dubbed a “Biker Bar” by the locals, this place is packed on the weekends with cowboys, bikers, football lovers and at least one bachelorette party. The live music is worth the drive to Cave Creek and with a huge dance floor, two bars, pool tables and patio, you’ll be at Harold’s all night! We did hear whispers that you should call ahead to check which band is playing if you plan on dancing.