For Las Vegas Locals that love country music, we have a love-hate relationship with the city. On the one hand, we attract some of the top country music acts in the world, but if you’re looking for local country bands or a local country Honky Tonk bar, then that’s where the frustration comes in.
Depending on the night it’s really hit and miss; there are a few good bands and a few good places to hit, but you’re going to have to put in some work to find the right spot. Or, you could just grab a bottle of Jack, throw on some David Allan Coe, head Downtown, and hope for the best.
Top Honky Tonks & Country Bars in Las Vegas
A warning for those who are new to Vegas: While some of these bars claim to be country, I’ve been to quite a few where I walked in and immediately walked out when I heard the rap crap playing; that being said, I’m sure it’s a problem throughout the country.
Saddle ‘N’ Spurs Saloon
Saddle ‘N’ Spurs is a local Las Vegas bar that claims to be the “LAST Remaining REAL Honky Tonk Bar in Las Vegas.” Located at 2333 N Jones Blvd # 108, this is definitely not a tourist trap, as it’s far enough off strip where most visitors aren’t going to take the time to travel. They’ve got a dive bar feel, great happy hour specials, cheap drinks, no cover charge, and local live bands.
Located in front of Bally’s, at the Grand Bazaar Shops, the Redneck Riviera is the newest country themed bar to open up in Las Vegas. Owned by Nashville star John Rich, the club attracts musicians from around the country and on most nights they feature a house band.
The coolest thing about the place is their love for the country and our vets. The Redneck Riviera salutes members of the armed forces at their “Heroes Bar,” where vets can have their first drink on John.
Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que
Located inside of TI, Gilley’s Saloon & Dance Hall features live country rock music every Friday & Saturday night starting at around 10 pm. They feature mostly regional acts who play everything from the greats like Waylon, Willie, and Merle to the Pop Country crap that makes me wish we had a real Honky Tonk in Vegas!
If you can make it through the Pop Crap, you will see some two-steppin’, line dancing, Bikini Bull Riding, and of course the Gilley’s Girls.
Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
To be honest, I really can’t tell you much about the place. The first time I walked in, I walked right back out — I didn’t even make it to the bar, the rap music and the kids who just got out of high school had me heading in the opposite direction, and I haven’t been back since!
If you find yourself nowhere else to go, they do claim to be a rockin’ country bar and look like they occasionally attract some decent acts. They are located in Town Square just off the strip at 6611 S Las Vegas Blvd #160.
They Ain’t Country, but sometimes they attract some Damn Good Country Acts!
From country greats like Hank 3, David Allan Coe, Whiskey Dick, and Scott Biram to local acts like The Rhyolite Sound and the Reeves Brothers you never know who you’re going to see at the following bars. They certainly aren’t country, but when they do bring in country acts they are usually the kind of country no other bar will dare touch — the good shit!
- The Dive Bar – 4110 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89119
- Backstage Bar & Billiards – 601 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
- The Bunkhouse Saloon – 124 S 11th St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
- Beauty Bar Las Vegas – 517 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Local Las Vegas Country Bands
Formed in Las Vegas, NV in 2013, The Rhyolite Sound is one of Las Vegas’ only true Honky Tonk Bands. They can ussually be found at Dive Bars throughout Las Vegas playing the greats as well as their own unique desert style country.
The Reeves Brothers
The Reeves Brothers are another local band that is trying to bring the Real Honky-Tonkin’ sound to Las Vegas. If you’re looking for some Outlaw Country, Western Swing, Whiskey, and the Classics then The Reeves Brothers are always a good bet.
I think these guys play more show then any band I’ve ever seen. On any given night you can see them playing on the Fremont Street Experience followed by a gig where they play as the House band at the Redneck Riviera or the Park.
The Highlight of the Year: NFR Finals Week
Every December in Las Vegas, the Strip turns into a sea of cowboy hats, Wrangler Jeans, and belt buckles as the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo takes over the town. It’s Ten days of Rodeo, Country Music, and about the only time where you can actually get a Jack and Coke for $5 in Las Vegas! Places like the Sportsbook inside the Mirage transform into a 10-day, Vegas-style Honky Tonk with plenty of Jack and lots of country music acts.
As we get closer to December, check out our calendar for a full list of NFR events and Country Music Concerts.