At any moment, Las Vegas is a different place for different people and you may have no idea what might be going on in another part of town. That could very well be said for the Route 91 Harvest country music festival – while the Strip will be flooded with country music fans between September 30th and October 2nd, half the people visiting Las Vegas during that time won’t even know there’s a festival going on.
For the country music fans who will be there, even if you don’t have a ticket for the festival you’ll find a slew of like-minded people who share your musical taste throughout the city. Here are 10 of the best places all over Las Vegas that all fans of country music will enjoy.
10. Coyote Ugly (New York-New York)
Sometimes the party has to start (or continue) at one of the most obvious places. The Las Vegas outpost of this worldwide chain of old country saloons has female bartenders, bar top dancing as well as free line dancing lessons throughout the week.
9. John Mull’s Meats
This “non-restaurant” is on the other end of the spectrum from Coyote Ugly. You may know John Mull’s Meats from various features on Food Network, but this is a unique store for Las Vegas and you won’t find others around town like it. This meat shop and BBQ joint is located far from the strip and is reminiscent of a roadside BBQ stand you might see in the south with simple picnic tables.
8. PBR Rock Bar (Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood)
This is not a country bar. It’s a “country friendly” bar in the center of the Vegas Strip, at Planet Hollywood, that features a menu chock full of BBQ and a mechanical bull. Consider your musical main course to be rock n’ roll and your appetizer of mac n cheese to be the country music.
7. Double Barrel Roadhouse (Monte Carlo)
Double Barrel is a Vegas-style roadhouse where country meets rock n’ roll. Like you’d expect in a roadhouse, the restaurant features southern food and cocktails.
6. Whiskey Down Bar & Casino (MGM Grand)
Almost all of the country music fans I know love whiskey. This bar has one of the best whiskey selections on the Vegas Strip. In addition to being a whiskey bar, this is also a separate gambling area at MGM Grand. Sure, they have more than 50 different types of whiskey but they also have blackjack and video poker for the gamblers.
5. Hogs and Heifers in Downtown Las Vegas
Cheap drinks, loud music, and motorcycles outside are all hallmarks of this country and southern rock dive bar in downtown Las Vegas. I wouldn’t say anything goes here, but it’s a great place to be yourself. And head up to the Fremont Street Experience for some fresh air and catch the Viva Vision shows at the top of each hour.
4. Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill (Harrah’s)
This bar and restaurant has live country music at 9 p.m. every night and was named after Toby Keith’s song “I Love This Bar.” After you’re finished drinking and dining, head to the Toby Keith section of the casino. Better yet, see him perform at Route 91 Harvest Festival on Friday night.
3. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (Silverton)
There are a lot of great places to get a bite to eat or a drink on this list but Cracker Barrel is the only place you’ll get a good southern breakfast. The Las Vegas location for this national chain restaurant has the same food you’ve come to enjoy all around the country. I prefer the Sunrise Sampler with double hash browns and no apples. That’s just me. Whatever your preference, just make sure you get some biscuits.
2. Gilley’s Saloon & BBQ (Treasure Island)
This is the best country bar in any Vegas Strip casino. Enjoy country music, line dancing, a mechanical bull, BBQ and fairly priced suds in an atmosphere you won’t find in another casino on the Vegas Strip. ‘Nuff said.
1. Stoney’s Rockin Country (Town Square)
Stoney’s is easily the most popular country bar with the Las Vegas locals. It’s away from the tourist corridor and not too far from the festival. Oh, did you forget about the Route 91 Country Music Festival?! Live music, line dancing and plenty of specials. Visit stoneysrockincountry.com for specific groups and promotions when you’re in town.
Bonus: Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival
Las Vegas is host to many large events every year and this has become one of the most popular of the year. Major headliners like Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, and Toby Keith will keep Route 91 Harvest as popular as ever.
If you’re a fan of country music, you’ve probably already made plans to visit Las Vegas for the Route 91 festival. If you haven’t made plans you can still win your way into the festival. Mercury Insurance is giving away 2 VIP tickets, hotel room for 3 nights and a swag bag of goodies. Just click here to enter. If you purchase a new auto policy, your Mercury agent will give you two 3-day passes as a way of saying thank you!
I’m asked for recommendations on things to do whenever there’s a major event in Las Vegas. Gathering information like this is helpful for the readers of this blog, my followers on social media and for me since I have to know everything about Las Vegas.
I finally made it to Yardbird at The Venetian last night! This has been on top of my to-do list for a while. The restaurant has been receiving rave reviews from people who I trust since it first opened. I just haven’t been to The Venetian much this year.
I used to visit The Venetian a couple times a week when I first moved to Las Vegas but not so much in the past year. It used to be home to fast free wifi on the Vegas Strip but now just about every casino has wifi so there isn’t a need to visit as often.
I learned a couple of weeks ago that Yardbird would be celebrating National Bourbon Heritage Month with a special flight of bourbon. That this was the excuse I needed to finally visit Yardbird. The tasting is $25 for four different one-ounce pours. The flight consists of the following:
- Bacon Bourbon – Wild Turkey 81
- Honey orange – Woodford Reserve
- Apple Spice – Knob Creek Small Batch
- Salted Maple – Maker’s Mark
The bourbons are listed in the order served in the photo above from right to left. I’m by no means a connoisseur of bourbon so this won’t be a spot on opinion. Here are my thoughts on each:
Bacon Bourbon – Wild Turkey 81 – Bacon booze (wine, whiskey, bourbon) doesn’t actually taste like bacon. There’s usually a smokiness to the booze. The bourbon is light and not overpowered by any flavor. This was very easy to drink. It was a good way to ease into the more flavorful bourbons.
Honey orange – Woodford Reserve – This was aromatically insane. There is a heavy orange scent to this bourbon. Once I moved past the aroma, this was my favorite of the batch. This is easy to drink and it felt and tasted like bourbon with more than a hint of orange.
Apple Spice – Knob Creek Small Batch – My thoughts going in were that this sounds like something for sick people. This was my least favorite because I don’t really like apple spice. However, my opinion changed when I added the shot to the leftover ice from my Old Fashioned. The ice lessened the apple spice attack and it was nice.
Salted Maple – Maker’s Mark – This was so damn sweet that I didn’t know what to make of it at first. However, the maple was interesting and I came around to enjoy it later in the evening. It took a while before realizing that my mouth needed to drink this without apple, orange or any other flavor to appreciate it.
Overall, I enjoyed the tasting. The $25 tasting price is in line with the prices you’d expect to pay at The Venetian. I’ll get into the meal that accompanied the meal later but I want to get my thoughts on the bourbon tasting since it’s only available for the month.
Since I was tasting bourbon I wanted to extend that to one of their signature cocktails. Looking at the bar menus I settled on an old reliable. The Old Fashioned is always a safe bet and it was delicious. It was so good that I had one for dessert too.
The term handcrafted is thrown around often nowadays but it’s legitimate at Yardbird. They carve the ice at the bar every day. They make many of the ingredients for their drinks fresh at the restaurant. This is what you expect when you’re paying top of the market prices for cocktails.
G2E is just a few weeks away and I expect to see another visit or two in my future. The booze at Yardbird was good, but the food was great. Stay tuned.
Tickets are relatively affordable at $54 or $59 (depending on when you buy). The best part of the fest is that there will be 125 types of beer. You can find more information here and in the press release below.
LAS VEGAS (August 25, 2016) – For the seventh year in a row, beer lovers are invited to the Golden Nugget Las Vegas’ annual Beerfest weekend event Sept. 17-18. Guests will be able to gather for the premier beer festival of the season in Downtown Las Vegas, and sample award-winning breweries paired with beer-inspired bites and live entertainment throughout the weekend. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Animal Foundation.
This two-day beer weekend will feature the following events:
All American Craft Beer Tasting
Grand Event Center | Saturday, Sept. 17, 7pm
Enjoy a selection of tasty brews and soak up the sudsy venue at this special Grand Tasting affair. Guests are invited to tap into the season with a beer sampling extravaganza featuring over 125 selections of craft beers and breweries, paired with live music and culinary bites. $5 from every full priced ticket will be donated to The Animal Foundation. This event is priced at $54 pre-sale and $59 at the door per person.
Oktoberfest Pool Party
The Tank | Sunday, Sept. 18, 1 p.m.
Enjoy an Oktoberfest-style pool party at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas’ award-winning pool and shark aquarium, The Tank. Beer enthusiasts are invited to enjoy 125 different international and domestic beers while listening to DJ Paradice. Entry is complimentary and the event is open to the public. Beer will be available for purchase.
Participating breweries for the weekend-long event include:
Tickets can be purchased by calling (866) 946-5336. For more information, visit www.goldennugget.com.