11 Country-Western Dance Nights

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Handlebar J

116 East Becker Lane, Scottsdale

As unchanged as the rocky Arizona landscape, there are few better places to celebrate the timelessness of country-western dancing than Handlebar J. Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame inductees The Herndon Brothers act as the live entertainment, bringing country music and dancing in spades to locals and tourists. While HBJ offers live music every night, be sure to check out “Back to Mr. Lucky’s Night” on Wednesdays. It's the marquee centerpiece of saloon operations. The night re-creates the atmosphere of the now-extinct, longtime Arizona country hot-spot, Mr. Lucky’s, by putting The Herndon Brothers Band on stage alongside the HBJ Horns and local Valley country stalwart J. David Sloan. Music and dancing kick off at 7:30 p.m.

Rusty Spur Saloon

7245 East Main Street, Scottsdale

The Rusty Spur Saloon has been a go-to spot for authentic country-western atmosphere and live music for more than 60 years. Located in the middle of Old Town Scottsdale, the building was once the Farmers’ Bank of Scottsdale, and now it's a registered historic landmark. Live music is offered nightly, but we recommend going on Saturdays. Country dancing fans should stop in when the night is in full swing, and cut a rug to live music from the Psychobilly Rodeo Band. They've been performing together for more than 17 years, and three nights a week, the band's country crooning chops are on full display. Rusty Spur does not advertise a specific dance night. Instead, they rely on their long-standing reputation, along with the age-old tradition of foot traffic and word-of-mouth, to get people on the dance floor.

Stinger’s Saloon & Sports Bar

10040 North 43rd Avenue, Glendale

Stinger’s is best known as a massive pool hall, but those looking for a quick game on a Tuesday or Sunday night might be surprised to find a gathering of cowboy-clothed dancers trying the Arizona two-step. Stinger’s hosts free lessons on a huge dance floor starting twice a week at 7 p.m., and dances range from the inline-slot dance to the progressive waltz and the Cowboy Cha Cha. There’s no need to bar-hop after your lesson, as live music from the Silver Sage Band begins at 8 p.m. Stinger’s also has food, drink specials, karaoke, games like darts, shuffle board, and poker, and is found in the Great Skate Plaza.

Denim & Diamonds

7336 East Main Street, Mesa

When making rounds in Mesa, be sure to check out the honky-tonk staple Denim & Diamonds and the large floor that plays host to a bevy of country dancing hotshots. Saturday night brings a knock-out playlist of today’s top country music hits tailored to the lively dancing and smooth flowing libations. Brush up on an array of moves, from two-stepping to swing dancing, by arriving at 6:30 p.m. for an hour of free dance lessons before the night gets underway. Bonus Night: Wednesday night is Ladies Night at Denim & Diamonds. Free dance lessons are offered from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Cash Nightclub & Lounge

2140 East McDowell Road

It’s always ladies’ night at the Cash Nightclub & Lounge – formerly known as Cash Inn Country. Which means this lesbian-centric country bar comes alive each night with drink specials, darts and poker, and on Tuesday nights, line dancing and two-stepping. Dance lessons with Chandelle happen every Tuesday night, beginning with the two-step at 7:30, followed by line dancing at 8:30 p.m. What follows is a free-for-all night of drink specials with DJ Molly at the helm.

Editor's note: This post has been updated from its original version, which first appeared in May 2016. Lauren Cusimano, Caleb Haley, and Sara Edwards contributed to this article.
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