Growing up, I was never a big fan of country music, but now I absolutely love going to country bars. That probably has something to do with the shit tons of Jack and Gingers I drink while I’m there. Joking. Kind of.
But really, there’s something about the mood of country-themed bars that makes them better than your average bar or club. People aren’t there to judge you, and everyone wants to have a wildly fun time. They’ve got mechanical bulls and line dancing, and there’s something about guys in a good pair of jeans, boots and cowboy hat.
Amongst the glitz and glamour of Vegas exists a slice of the south, and a few venues in Sin City do down-home as well as anywhere in the world. Whether you love country music, you just like it when you’re drunk, or you’ll listen to anything if it means you’re having a great time, Vegas’s country bars deliver.
Stoney’s Rockin Country
“It’s where country lives in Las Vegas” — and it’s the best country bar in Las Vegas, hands down. It’s off the Strip, but just a short Uber ride, and it’s a good mix of visitors and locals. The bar itself is huge, complete with two bars, a big dance floor, pool tables, beer pong tables and a mechanical bull.
Honestly, what else do you need?
There’s a cover to get in, but there are good drink specials depending on what night you go (Thursday is my favorite since ladies drink for $1), including all-you-can-drink beer specials.
Stoney’s also has live music some nights and VIP areas that even include a poker room. If you’re someone who loves to dance but has no clue what the Watermelon Crawl is, Stoney’s offers line dance lessons most nights at 7:30.
The one (and probably only) downside to Stoney’s is its location — it’s a great destination for the night, but if some people in your group aren’t feeling the country thing, then you’re looking at an Uber back and forth and potentially multiple covers for your evening plans. South Point Casino is close by, so you can always pop over there and meet up later.
Gilley’s is the Stoney’s of the Strip. It has a similar feel, but being located in Treasure Island it’s a bit smaller and draws more of a touristy crowd. They have a dance floor and mechanical bull, and they also have pretty decent drink specials.
Depending what night you go, Gilley’s has karaoke and live music. It’s a great place to check out if you are up for a country bar but don’t want to commit to it all night — and they, too, have free line dance lessons at 7pm.
Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar
Line dancing is less common and there isn’t a mechanical bull, but Toby Keith’s in Harrah’s is an excellent place to see a live rock/country band, get some dancing in and throw down some incredible (and reasonably priced) food and drinks.
Between the live band every night and giant Mason jars full of booze, you really can’t go wrong if you’re looking for a good time… and a massive plate of red, white and blue nachos. Make sure you’ve got your Total Rewards card, too, and you’ll get a few dollars off the food.
If you want a pair of boots made for walking… into those country bars, then you need to go to Boot Barn off the Strip. It’s massive and there are literally thousands of pairs of boots to try on.
I’d always wanted a pair of cowboy boots, and I’m glad I got mine at Boot Barn because of the huge selection at a range of prices from brands like Ariat, Dan Post, Frye and Lucchese. Clothes from Cruel Girl aren’t exactly my style, but it’s pretty fascinating to look around and see what they have — and the short ride to Boot Barn from the Strip is a pretty good pairing with a stop at In-N-Out Burger.
In Vegas, you can always get a table at a club and go to pool parties, but sometimes you need some good ol’ country fun. Grab your girls, shoot some whiskey and hop on a bull.