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5 Wild West Hangouts

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

We didn’t get the label of “The West’s Most Western Town” for nothin’. Party like a cowboy at any one of these Western nightspots.

Rusty Spur Saloon

This come-as-you-are bar in the heart of downtown was Scottsdale’s first bank, but the vault now holds commodity much more precious than money – beer! It’s a small spot, so expect to rub elbows with fellow cowboys and cowgirls on the dance floor.

Handlebar J Restaurant & Saloon

Get down with recording artist Ray Herndon and family at Handlebar J, where live music plays every Tuesday through Sunday night, oftentimes courtesy of Ray’s band. And if your two-step needs a little polishing, check out the free dance lessons on Thursday and Saturday nights.

Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row

Cowboy-style fun goes high-tech at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row. The 360-degree stage hosts local and national acts, including the occasional show by Dierks himself. A massive 24-foot television carries sporting events and entertainment. And . . . hold onto your Stetsons . . . every weeknight features happy hour with half-priced apps, $3 pints and $5 select wines and Redneck Cocktails.

Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse

Tame your hunger pangs at Rawhide Steakhouse with cowboy grub and all the fixin’s. Start with an order of Rawhide Rattlesnake (deep fried and served with jalapeno croquettes and ranch dressing), then loosen your belt a notch and move on to a slab of beef ribs with Wicked Tango Whiskey Barbecue Glaze. While you’re there, to check out the Six Gun Theater or test your skills on the mechanical bull.

MacDonald’s Ranch

In addition to daytime rides, this family-owned and -operated stable offers monthly Moonlight Trail Rides. You’ll saddle up as the sun sets, then listen to the coyotes sing and discover the desert under a whole new light!