10 Best Country Bars in Metro Phoenix

The staff at Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row in Tempe.EXPAND
The staff at Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row in Tempe.
Benjamin Leatherman

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 Lamas and 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. There are also a few nightclub-style joints around the Valley, like the Whiskey Row joints in Scottsdale and Tempe that are owned by homegrown country star Dierks Bentley.  

You'll find both in our list of the 10 best country bars in the Valley, which includes several 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, as well as a few of the more new-fangled spots.

The Silver Pony in south Phoenix.EXPAND
The Silver Pony in south Phoenix.
Benjamin Leatherman

10. The Silver Pony

A dyed-in-the-wool good ol' boy neighborhood dive, The Silver Pony is that rarest of beasts, a country joint that occasionally features live local original country music from the likes of honky-tonk twang faves Junction 10 in lieu of the live acts that play the usual Top 40 country covers in most of the Valley's other country bars. Drop in for the great live music, warble some karaoke in Spanish or English, do some two-steppin,' shoot some pool, or just hang out and down a few cheap ice-cold brews. CHRIS HANSEN ORF

Local musicians perform at Jus' Country in Glendale.
Local musicians perform at Jus' Country in Glendale.
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9. Jus’ Country

A quick glance at the name of this stripmall honky-tonk in Glendale spells out what it brings to the West Valley: country music, and lots of it. Live performances are offered Thursdays through Saturdays, featuring such favorites from the local country scene as Western Fusion, Marble Heart, and the John Eric Band. Cowboy-style ephemera and down-home décor add charm to the spot. Weekend nights are generally the most packed, with cowpokes in tight jeans and 10-gallon hats filling the dance floor and crowding around the bar. That doesn’t slow down the speedy drink-slingers, who are eager to dish on their nightly specials and refill your glass. If it gets hot inside, there’s also a non-smoking patio where patrons can relax. BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN

The quaint and quirky exterior of Roman's Oasis in Goodyear.
The quaint and quirky exterior of Roman's Oasis in Goodyear.
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8. Roman's Oasis

With a tin-roofed shack festooned with wagon wheels, a huge white rooster standing sentry out front, and a down-home interior decorated with NASCAR memorabilia, Roman's Oasis doesn't pretend to be anything other than a dive, but it is the best country dive in the West Valley. Try your hand at crooning country karaoke during the week or drop in for some boot-scootin' on the dance floor with the live bands that juke up the joint on the weekends. CHO

Rustler's Rooste towers over other local country spots.
Rustler's Rooste towers over other local country spots.
Matt Malone

7. Rustler's Rooste

Nestled in the South Mountain buttes, Ruster's Rooste is the premier place to bring folks who want to experience an old-time Arizona steakhouse vibe. It's family-friendly, there's a tin slide for the little rascals to play on, and the general store inside has just enough cowboy kitsch to impress your Midwestern relatives who don't know a glass scorpion paperweight from shinola. Get duded up in your best Western duds, order up a frosty longneck, and listen to the live country music with an unrivaled view of the twinkling lights of civilization below. CHO

The exterior of Bourbon Jack's in Chandler.
The exterior of Bourbon Jack's in Chandler.
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6. Bourbon Jack’s

There’s loads of historic charm to this country-friendly Chandler joint that extends beyond the collection of vintage pictures and décor lining the walls. The spot is situated in the circa-1918 Arrow Pharmacy building, which dates back to the days when many folks in the then-bucolic suburb rode horses to get around. (These days, however, you're more like to see folks riding up to Bourbon Jack’s on their steel steeds rather than the four-legged variety.) And if you stop by on any of the four nights it features live music and you might hear any of the local bands that frequent the place, you might hear ‘em performing a song or two by such old-school country kings like Hank Williams. BL



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