Philadelphia isn’t a place you’d expect to have a country bar scene. Irish pubs and cheesesteak sub shops are more its style. While long-time Philly residents know that Cowtown Rodeo is in spitting distance of the City of Brotherly Love, many may not realize that a whole other world of line dancing and mechanical bulls is out there. So pull on your cowboy boots then head ‘em up and move’ em out to these top country bars in the greater Philadelphia area.
Boot & Saddle Bar
1131 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Once Philadelphia’s sole country bar establishment, Boot & Saddle Bar is back in the saddle again after a 20-year hiatus. The iconic neon sign, Old West paintings and tin walls and ceilings remain from the original place, but a new bar with lasso rope lightning fixtures and an enlarged 150-person-capacity live music arena have amped up the volume. Country music may take a back burner to punk, metal, electronic and indie-rock bands at the re-opened venue, but die-hard fans can still expect to hear some cowboy tunes.
900 Course Landing Road
Carney’s Point, NJ 08069
After a day of watching bull riding and steer wrestling at Cowtown Rodeo, mosey on over to Friendly Tavern in Carney’s Point. The bar is open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays with no cover charge and is usually packed with line dancers born in the last four decades. DJ Big Bad John and DJ Nick spin all of your southern rock favorites on Wednesdays and Fridays, and DJ Rockin Ray lassoes up a video mix of tunes to karaoke on Saturday nights. Friday is Dollar Taco Night, so you might want to wear your baggiest skinny jeans and loosest leather belt.
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Johnny Utah’s Country Rock Bar and Saloon
461 N. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
If you’re looking to impress your guy or gal with a ride on a mechanical bull, then saddle up to Johnny Utah’s Country Rock Bar and Saloon to test your skills on Coco Loco. With an extensive menu, nightly drink specials and Thursday mug nights, this western-style saloon is way ahead of the herd. You can dance on top of the bar with the renowned Daisy Duke wait staff, or even guest bartend. The management loves the college crowd, so check out the schedule of buses that take tipsy greenhorns safely back to the old schoolhouse.
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PBR Bar & Grille at XFINITY Live
1100 Pattison Ave .
Philadelphia, PA 19148
PBR Bar & Grille is a place where a little bit of country meets a little bit of southern rock. PBR stands for Professional Bull Riders restaurant, so you know a well-ridden mechanical bull takes center stage. The bar’s urban chic decor and Tex-Mex cuisine make it a popular date spot by day. When the sun goes down, it’s a great place to listen to country music as a soundtrack to your favorite sports teams duking it out on the herd of flat-screen TVs.
Prospectors Steakhouse & Saloon
3050 Route 38
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
You’ll strike a goldmine of country music, dance lessons and barbecue at Prospectors Steakhouse & Saloon. Just 16 miles across the Ben Franklin Bridge, the venue features live regional country bands on Saturday nights, and ladies get in free on Fridays. A 3,000-square-foot dance floor provides all of the space you need to kick up your heels and show off your fancy footwork as Cowboy Kenn plays the latest country hits and gives line dancing lessons to boot.
Susan DeFeo has been a professional writer since 1997. She served as a community events columnist for New Jersey’s “Cape May County Herald” for more than a decade. A writer for numerous online publications, Susan has covered health, fitness, beauty and travel, all subjects that are near and dear to her as a married mother of seven children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.