Country music fans of the West Valley, better dust off your boots and get ready to cowboy up. The second Metro Phoenix location of Cowboys Saloon is set to make its debut next month in Peoria and will offer just as much country kitsch and dance floor action as its sister spot in North Phoenix.
Proprietors of the country-themed drinkery, eatery, and honky-tonk have announced that its weekend-long grand opening will take place on Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16. (Both events will run from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and feature handcrafted cocktails and live entertainment, as well as a happy hour with half-priced appetizers and drinks and no cover before 10 p.m.)
The 18,339 square-foot establishment, which is located in the Park West retail center near Northern and 98th avenues, is still in the process of being gussied up but will feature the same sort of amenities and vibe as the Cowboys Saloon in North Phoenix. That includes rustic-looking digs, an enormous bar (which is built around a towering wooden barrel) a large stage for local and touring country music acts, and an enormous dance floor for those eager to engage in a little boot-scooting fun. They’ll even have mechanical bull for any cowpokes daring enough to take a ride.
Proprietors haven’t announced any events as of yet (save for the grand opening) but we’re fairly certain it will host weekly dance nights and live gigs featuring both country and western.
Like its sister spot, which opened last December at the High Street retail complex in North Phoenix, the Peoria version of Cowboys Saloon took over a former Valley location of the Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar chain after it rode off into the sunset last year after only a few months in operation.
We’re betting that Cowboys Saloon is destined to last a bit longer than its predecessor, pardner.
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