Dosey down to Las Vegas country bars

Vegas might not seem like a cowboy town. Maybe that’s because one of our most popular cowboys is 30 feet tall and covered in lights. But, our own preference for glitter and grandiosity aside, we’re experts at catering to the cravings of our guests. When you’re itchin’ for a hitchin’ post or rootin’ for some boots on your toes, Vegas has the cowboy spots for you.

You will never be as happy as that mechanical bull. Photo courtesy of Gilley's.

You will never be as happy as that mechanical bull. Photo courtesy of Gilley’s.

Gilley’s at Treasure Island
The pirate theme melts away just a bit when you get to Gilley’s – unless you wanted to make some sort of cowboy/pirate hybrid, a cowrate if you will. Piboy? Quick-drawing a cutlass aside, Gilley’s has the down home food, upbeat line dancing and mechanical bull riding you want in a country bar. Being right on the Strip, you’re likely to find a good deal of tourists who may or may not be dressed up as cowboys and/or pirates. But you’ll also find a welcoming atmosphere with plenty of BBQ and Gilley Girls to fill you up.

We tried to learn something about line dancing so we could write this caption. We're still confused. Photo courtesy of Stoney's.

We tried to learn something about line dancing so we could write this caption. We’re still confused. Photo courtesy of Stoney’s.

Stoney’s Rockin’ Country at Town Square
Locals and tourists alike find a common thread at Stoney’s, and that thread just happens to be attached to a cowboy hat. The space has gone through a few incarnations, but to the people that know and love it it’ll always be Stoney’s – unless it changes again, then it’ll be something else. But we’ll always adore the atmosphere that Stoney’s has created, where you can learn a nice two step and chug two fingers in the same night. If you’re more of a country purist and want to let your bandana down, Stoney’s has the chill, community country bar feel that’ll leave you saying, “Your pickup or mine?”

Oh yeah! It's Charlie's 10th Anniversary Party next week! 10 cent drinks until 10 p.m.! Flyer courtesy of Charlie's Las Vegas.

Oh yeah! It’s Charlie’s 10th Anniversary Party next week! 10 cent drinks until 10 p.m.! Flyer courtesy of Charlie’s Las Vegas.

Charlie’s Las Vegas
If you’re part of the local Las Vegas LGBTQ community, and you’re old enough to drink, Charlie’s is a name you’ve probably heard and also a place you’ve probably wound up at around 1 a.m. with some people who you sure hope are you’re new friends because you’ve now seen them in their underwear. It’s a bar for cowboys who love cowboys, cowgirls who love cowgirls, and anyone and everyone who loves dancing people and dirt cheap drinks. Forget identities and focus on fun. Charlie’s is a constant party full of drag queens, underwear nights and, did we mention the dirt cheap drinks? Seriously, we’ve gotten plastered for like $10 – we may or may not have gotten a discount for being in our underwear. Note: Underwear night is not every night. Check before you just show up in your skivvies.

This place is all the right kinds of hot. Photo courtesy of Revolver.

This place is all the right kinds of hot. Photo courtesy of Revolver.

Revolver at Santa Fe Station
Pulling away from the Las Vegas Strip a bit, we find Revolver at the fantastic Sante Fe Station hotel and casino. This is where you go when line dancing is on your mind, and you don’t want to bother with all those foals who don’t know which side of the belt buckle to grab. The space is beautifully designed and perfectly rides the line between country bar and dance club. It’s modern but with a classic, unassuming vibe and it’s cool without being like one of them city-slickers who gets their salsa from NYC. For the younger crowd, or just the hipper crowd that lets their wranglers ride low and wear their hats slightly askew, Revolver is a modern dance spot that’s country to the core.

This is a pretty fair depiction of what goes down here. Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Country Saloon.

This is a pretty fair depiction of what goes down here. Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Country Saloon.

Las Vegas Country Saloon on Fremont Street
Before you walk in expecting to see people discussing the intricacies of cow-tipping, you should know that the Las Vegas Country Saloon is a bit more Vegas than it is Houston. Bringing in live bands and DJs, the space is more about the live music scene than it is about getting drunk and line dancing. But there is a huge dance floor where you can find your own beat. If your idea of country is putting on a leather jacket and riding a motorcycle down a dirt road while blasting thrash-core-industrial-techno, then this might be the spot for you. You’ll still have an amazing time, just maybe trade your cowboy boots for some Doc Martens.

The one on the left is not actually the bull you can ride. Don't try to ride that one. They get mad. Photo courtesy of PBR Rock Bar.

The one on the left is not actually the bull you can ride. Don’t try to ride that one. They get mad. Photo courtesy of PBR Rock Bar.

PBR Rock Bar at Planet Hollywood
We’re getting even more Vegas with this one. The PBR in PBR Rock Bar stands for Professional Bull Riding, and they have plenty of the sport. Like many spots in Vegas, you can dance, drink and ride something that shakes and bucks. Unlike many spots in Vegas, you won’t get kicked out for riding something, as long as that thing you’re riding is the mechanical bull. This spot is playful, down to earth and always a good time whether you’re planning a night around it or just stopping in for a quick drink on your way down the Strip. The outdoor space lets you check out the passersby, and indoors you can find dance space, a full food menu and the ever popular mechanical bull. We just recommend waiting a bit between eating, drinking and riding. We…made a mess.

Hey look, another bull. Photo Courtesy of Toby Keith's I Love This Bar.

Hey look, another bull. Photo Courtesy of Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar.

Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar at Harrah’s
You probably already know who Toby Keith is. If not, he’s a country musician who also has a bar and restaurant in Las Vegas. Don’t try too hard to connect those two. Besides, who doesn’t dream of having a restaurant in Las Vegas themed after them? Ours would feature so much booze. Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar as steaked (get it?) out its place for country fans on the Strip, and it holds its own for fans of home-style cooking and drinks served in plastic guitars. You may not be able to bust out an upbeat riff on them, but you can get ripped. The bar space is nice, but this is really the place you come for food and general chilling. It’s casual and cool, much like Toby Keith himself. P.S. We’ve heard the chili is really good.

A typical Buckin' Friday at Sayers Club. Photo courtesy of Sayers Club.

A typical Buckin’ Friday at Sayers Club. Photo courtesy of Sayers Club.

Sayers Club at SLS
Before you say anything, we know Sayers Club is not technically a country bar. We also know that it’s often super artsy and has serious opinions on actual DJ spinning. But what we know and you might not, because we haven’t told you yet, is that on Friday’s the Sayers Club has Buckin’ Fridays, a country-themed night with music and live performances. They’ll have their own live band bringing the country you crave and, special during NFR, they’ll feature NFR viewing and special signing events with Jack Daniels Riders Beau Hill & Rocky McDonald and Crown Riders Chandler Bownds and Wes Silcox. They’ll also have a special show by Justin Adams on Dec. 12. The full NFR schedule is below, and you can hit up Buckin’ Fridays ever Friday at the Sayers Club.

Dec. 4

  • NFR Viewing starting at 5 p.m.
  • Buckin Fridays band and Signing (10:30-11:30 p.m.) with Jack Daniels Riders Beau Hill & Rocky McDonald
  • Buckin Fridays, doors open 10 p.m.

Dec. 5

  • NFR Viewing starting at 5 p.m.
  • Buckin Saturdays band and Signing (10:30-11:30 p.m.) with Jack Daniels Riders Beau Hill & Rocky McDonald
  • Buckin Saturday, doors open 10 p.m.

Dec. 8

  • NFR Viewing starting at 5 p.m.
  • Signing (10:30-11:30 p.m.) with Crown Riders Chandler Bownds and Wes Silcox

Dec. 11

  • NFR Viewing starting at 5 p.m.
  • Buckin Fridays, doors open 10 p.m.

Dec. 12

  • NFR Viewing starting at 5 p.m.
  • Justin Adams, doors open 10 p.m.
Gold Buckle Zone 2014. Photo courtesy of MGM Grand.

Gold Buckle Zone 2014. Photo courtesy of MGM Grand.

Gold Buckle Zone at MGM Grand Conference Center
This is more specific to NFR, but MGM Grand will once again display its Gold Buckle Zone. The space will have its own mechanical bull as well as live performances from Scotty McCreery, Craig Morgan, Blackberry Smoke and more. Located in the MGM Conference Center this year, Gold Buckle Zone will feature dancing, Dee Jay Silver’s Country Club After-Party and pretty much all the fun you could want during NFR. Here’s the performance schedule:

  • Dec. 3: Clay Walker
  • Dec. 4: Scotty McCreery
  • Dec. 5 & 7:  Gloriana
  • Dec. 6 & 8: Blackberry Smoke
  • Dec. 9:  The Davisson Brothers
  • Dec. 10 & 11: Craig Wayne Boyd
  • Dec. 12:  Craig Morgan

Be sure to check out our NFR Page for more info about things to do and places to be during NFR Las Vegas.

Comments

I came from a little town in the Midwest. And believe me, I’m never going back. It’s probably nice if you love grass and snow; but I love the lights, the glamour, and the flocks of tourists seeking fun and fortune. Once the sun goes down, I’ll be the first one out hitting the clubs or just wandering the Strip for a little nighttime adventure. Passing through Bond on my way to Lily Bar, or taking a shortcut through Double Helix before landing at Parasol Up/Down, I’m the one you’ll randomly bump into – only sometimes literally – strolling through Sin City’s liquored veins – and loving every minute of it.