By Aefa Mulholland
Originally published on Advocate.com March 27 2009 12:00 AM ET
Queer country cool
moseyed into the spotlight with the runaway success of
, but gay country bars had been steering us through their doors
for decades before Ennis and Jack hit the big screen. We tip
our hats to the fabulous herd of country bars that rope us back
in over and over again; from the East Coast to the midst of the
Big D, we present the country's Top 10 country bars.
1. THE ROUND UP SALOON, DALLAS
The best country bar in the nation, hands down, the Round Up is
all you can ask for in a C&W bar. Hot cowgirls and cowboys
swirl the floor of this country-western dance delight nightly.
Karaoke stars in the Victorian Parlor Bar. Shots hit the spot
at the rowdy Tequila Bar. Six bars with different characters
attract a hot crowd of local good ol' boys and girls.
2. HOEDOWN'S, ATLANTA
The Daisy Duke of country bars, Hoedown's is a sassy
Southern stop. A friendly atmosphere and free two-step lessons
help newcomers feel at home. Located in the Midtown Promenade
shopping center across from Piedmont Park, Hoedown's has
been doing the do-si-do for over 10 years. It's one of the
only truly 100 percent country-and-western gay bars in the
3. BRAZOS RIVER BOTTOM, HOUSTON
The BRB is a sizzling-hot haven of behatted hotties. Three
bars, a packed dance floor, friendly bartenders, and even a
boot-shine stand lure the boys in for a Houston hoedown. The
jukebox bar is a quieter option. Excellent shows are scheduled,
and Saturday nights are crammed with friendly folks who are
light on their feet.
4. THE FINISHLINE, OKLAHOMA CITY
Open daily (at high noon, of course,) the Finishline at the
Habana Inn is the place to kick up your heels on Friday and
Saturday nights -- with a large dance floor, big screen TV,
darts, and two pool tables. On special events weekends, such as
Rodeo Weekend, the entire hotel is crammed with cowboys.
5. CHARLIE'S, DENVER
Catch a Broncos game or kick up some dust during an IGRA Bust
and Show night at this "straight-friendly" gay
country-western and pop dance club located in the heart of
Denver, within walking distance of the Colorado State Capitol
and just minutes from downtown. Careful which part of the bar
you go into; Charlie's offers a pair of deuces -- there's a
techno and R&B side to the bar, too.
6. REMINGTON'S, D.C.
A two-level partner and line-dancing palace on Capitol Hill,
theme nights also star on Remington's country-saturated
calendar. Four bars and dance lessons on Mondays, Wednesdays,
and Thursdays add to the allure.â€¨
7. BADLANDS SALOON, LAS VEGAS
Badlands takes the bovine theme to a whole new level. Beyond
the faux-log-cabin frontage and lassoed sign, cows adorn every
available surface. A cow-painted pool table and the over-30
crowd await in this predominantly male neighborhood bar. The
jukebox is crammed to the rafters with all the hits, both
country and Western.â€¨
8. CHARLIE'S, CHICAGO
It's hard not to love a bar with a sparkling saddle disco ball,
but look beyond the sparkle and you'll find plenty more to make
you stay awhile. Hot bartenders, a crowd of friendly cowpokes,
and country music till 2 a.m. (after which time it heads over
to house music) make this one a winner.
9. CASH COUNTRY INN, PHOENIX
The best and largest lesbian country-western dance club in
Phoenix boasts a fine stable of hot, hot, hot women roped in by
darts, football, and Tuesday- and Wednesday-night dance lessons
to prepare you to stampede on Saturday, when the place fills up
with careering cowgirls. â€¨
10. SPURS COUNTRY BAR, TAMPA
Only open on weekends, Spurs packs in the Sunshine State's
finest wranglers and keeps them spinning till the cow(boy)s
come home. Fridays' free line dancing lessons are made all the
livelier by "free whoop-ass shots" and Saturdays' karaoke
sings to the tune of an all-you-can-drink beer bust promotion.
A Sunday afternoon tea dance leaves Spurs' final brand on
Tampa's weekly social calendar.
To find a two-stepping venue near you, check the
Association of Gay/Lesbian Country/Western Dance Clubs