Best Places to Go Country Two-Steppin' in Tucson

One of the oldest country western bars in Tucson is Maverick, which not-so-humbly describes itself as the King of Clubs. But it's not just empty boasting. Maverick is modern honky tonk with a spacious dance floor where you can take a lesson in two-stepping,  enjoy toe-tapping live music from upcoming country artists, and even enjoy gourmet bar eats. How many places offer all that?

If you're looking for a friendly neighborhood bar with a jukebox full of country classics and hits, head over to the Cow Pony Bar & Grill. Put a couple of quarters in the jukebox, grab an ice-cold beer and make yourself at home at this local tavern. The bar also features live music every week, including an open mic night where you can hear up-and-coming local talent.

Just north of Tucson in the small scenic community of Oracle, the Oracle Inn Steakhouse serves up juicy steaks, stiff drinks, and live music for your listening pleasure. Fans of authentic country music will enjoy hearing some of the region's brightest local performers.

If you want to take a step back in time, pay a visit to the Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse and Silver Dollar Saloon, located at Traildust Town, a Western-themed park on Tucson's east side. Here you can enjoy your steak and then head next door to drink a historically accurate Western saloon.



If you're looking for a sleek, modern bar and lounge in downtown Tucson, look no further than Playground. The hybrid bar and lounge manages to be both hip and inviting, marrying traditional southwestern hospitality with the stylishness of a...  Read More



The Red Garter Bar & Grill in Tucson has everything you want in a great neighborhood bar: juicy burgers and ice cold beer. The bar has 15 cold beers on tap and a great selection of bottled brews. There is a full-service covered smoking patio...  Read More

Golden Nugget Tavern


Occasionally you find a restroom with walls that are just begging to be written on, usually in a high school or a bar. The World Famous Golden Nugget is one of the latter. In this case, the scrawls of former and current patrons run the gamut...  Read More



The Cow Pony Bar & Grill is one of Tucson's oldest country western bars and one of the city's beloved dive bars. There's never a cover to enjoy a night at the Cow Pony, and the neighborhood tavern is known for its friendly, knowledgeable...  Read More



This popular steakhouse is located in Oracle, a small community located just north of Tucson. The restaurant and lounge is a favorite with locals and visitors looking for a friendly neighborhood place with a fun, country western ambiance. Enjoy...  Read More



The number one rule for visiting Pinnacle Peak is "No Ties Allowed." Should you arrive sporting one, it will be promptly chopped off and added to the ever-growing collection hanging from the ceiling. Folks love the fun Old-West ambiance here,...  Read More



This Eastside restaurant and bar is tucked away on Old Spanish Trail, a scenic desert road that's a stone throw's away from Saguaro National Park. Saguaro Corners specializes in "Sonoran Fusion," which can be aptly described as the best of...  Read More



This upbeat dance club offers a wide range of popular theme nights, with some of the best DJs in the area spinning nostalgic tracks or the best alternative music of today. Club Congress is also a popular live music venue for touring national...  Read More



It may have changed hands, and changed names, but Tucson's landmark neighborhood watering hole Boondock's lives on. Finding Nancy's Boondocks in Tucson is still not terribly hard: just be on the look out for the oversize novelty bottle of wine...  Read More

Maverick, King of Clubs


Country and Western music is king in some parts of Tucson, and this honky-tonk is a classic example of where locals meet up for conversation, drinks, and a few spins on the dance floor. The simple, country-style interior is always full of...  Read More


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