While Vegas may not seem like a country music destination, as the Entertainment Capital of the World, Vegas takes pride in offering a little something for everyone. Plus, with world-class country acts like Reba, Brooks & Dunn booking Vegas residencies, you never quite know when you’ll need to get a little bit country in Vegas. Whether you’re homesick for some tasty barbeque or hankering to show off your two-step on the dance floor, Vegas offers a variety of country-themed bars and restaurants that will appeal to your inner cowboy (or girl). Saddle up for this list of the best country bars in Sin City.
Gilly’s Saloon and Dance Hall
There are two things you need to know about Gilly’s: The Mechanical Bull Competitions are hilarious, and the pulled pork sandwiches are Texas-barbeque good. Both have helped make this Treasure Island Hotel and Casino saloon a popular attraction for tourists looking to experience a little Southern Hospitality in Sin City. While Gilly’s hosts its famous Toughest Cowboy Competition every Thursday at 10 p.m., it also stages another bull riding competition on Sundays at 11 p.m. that’s just as entertaining, but perhaps for a different reason – all of the bull riders compete wearing boots, bikinis and not much else. Come for dinner (make sure to try the fried green tomato appetizers), and then stay to burn off the calories on the dance floor. In addition to free line dancing lessons, Gilly’s also regularly features live music, bands and even karaoke.
Stoney's Rockin’ Country
Known by locals as simply “Stoney’s,” this bigger-than-Texas dance hall just south of the Las Vegas Strip is one of the city’s most famous and beloved country bars. Located in an approximately 20,000-square-foot hall next to the Town Square outdoor shopping complex, Stoney’s features a 1,980-square-foot dance floor, two bars and a mechanical bull ride. Even though the bar is so big you could practically host a rodeo inside of it, it’s not uncommon to find it packed and the dance floor crowded – especially on the weekends. Fridays and Saturday nights, the floor shakes as boot-stompin’ line dancers slide, shuffle and strut to a wide range of top 40s country and rock songs.
Hogs and Heifers Saloon
Hogs and Heifers isn’t your grandmother’s country bar. This downtown dive features bartenders who cuss, swill tequila, shout vulgar jokes into a bullhorn and dance on the bar in bikini tops and revealing short shorts. Possibly the only thing Hogs and Heifers has in common with a traditional country bar is its twang-y tunes and no-frills drink menu (you’ll need to go elsewhere for fru fru cocktails). But, as it states on their website, “if you love this country, you’ll love this bar.” Though the saloon is located in trendy downtown Las Vegas, it does a great job of capturing the vibe of the same friendly, unpretentious biker bars that you might find at a pit-stop in rural Texas or in a small town in North Dakota.
Coyote Ugly Saloon
Like Hogs and Heifers, Coyote Ugly also serves up scantily-clad dancing bartenders (called “Coyotes”) and a no-frills approach to Vegas nightlife. In contrast to other bars located on the Strip, Coyote Ugly does not offer fancy craft cocktails or big-name DJs. It’s just the basics at this New York New York Hotel & Casino hangout: beer, beautiful bartenders and some bangin’ beats on the juke box. But what Coyote Ugly may lack in frozen cocktails or big bands, it makes up for in eyebrow-raising live entertainment. At Coyote, the bartenders don’t just sing and dance. They host drinking contests, squirt liquor-filled water guns, do body shots, spray dancers with water and have even been known to publicly spank a feisty patron or two. If you’ve ever seen the 2000 film Coyote Ugly, it’s like that, only with $4 jello shots and bachelor and bachelorette party packages. Happy Hour is offered nightly from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., and free line dancing classes are held every evening at 7 p.m.
PBR Rock Bar and Grill
The PBR Rock Bar is a fun country-themed sports bar and restaurant that’s conveniently located inside the Miracle Mile Shops on the Las Vegas Strip. Although the PBR Rock Bar features everything one might come to expect from a good country bar – a mechanical bull, live music and multiple flat screen TVs – it also features a few surprises as well. The bar showcases a 3,000-square-foot Strip-side patio and pavilion (great for people watching), a specialty frozen drink bar and a number of fun drinking games, including beer pong, flip cup and Jenga. What’s more, unlike some of the other bars on this list, the PBR Rock Bar also serves a full menu of American comfort food, including stuffed pepper poppers, buffalo wings, barbeque ribs and Dorito-crusted mac ‘n’ cheese.