A Little Bit Country: The Top 5 Western Themed Restaurants in the US
Posted by Elizabeth Alton on Thursday, February 21st, 2013
We’ve covered some incredible themed restaurants on Entertainment Designer, from sophisticated concept art bars to tourist dives. Entertainment design in the restaurant business is about finding the sweet spot between great food and creating an environment that really engages diners. Today we’re taking a closer look at some bars and restaurants around the US that celebrate Western culture. From their design choices to their menus, these venues are unapologetically country.
Rustler’s Rooste, Phoenix AZWho doesn’t love wagon wheel lanterns? Rustler’s Rooste offers an authentic country western dining experience with a view. The restaurant is located in foothills of South Mountain, overlooking downtown Phoenix and Tempe. But the view isn’t Rustler’s Rooste’s only claim to fame. They specialize in true American fare, and offer some of the best steak and burgers in the state of Arizona. Diners can also enjoy live country western music 7 nights a week.
Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, Jackson Hole WYAt this bar, the stools are saddles. The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar boasts a gallery-like atmosphere that will leave guests entertained for hours. The interior features knotted pine architectural elements, an expansive collection of western memorabilia, and walls adorned with cowboy murals. Guests can also grab a drink at their bar, which has genuine saddle barstools, a unique touch that completes the country western experience.
Gilley’s, Las Vegas NV
Gilley’s offers the total country western experience for visitors, from award winning barbeque and hand crafted cocktails to mechanical bull riding and live country music. The dining room also overlooks the Las Vegas strip, offering guests a world class view of America’s playground. Gilley’s is a great choice if you are looking for a true western experience in the heart of Las Vegas. They offer live music seven days a week, and mechanical bull riding competitions for adventurous visitors.
Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth TXBilly Bob’s is a true honky-tonk experience in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. If you are looking for a world class country entertainment experience, than Billy Bob’s is not to be missed. This honky-tonk offers true Texas barbeque, dance lessons, and Live Professional Bull Riding on Friday and Saturday evenings. If you’re lucky, you may also be able to catch a top-tier performance by one of country music’s legends. Billy Bob’s has hosted concerts by some of the most popular performers in country music history, from Garth Brooks to Loretta Lynn.
Cowboy Star, San DiegoIf you’re looking for a country western dining experience with a stylish flair, then Cowboy Star is the place to go. The restaurant offers authentic American cuisine in a dining space that received the 2008 Orchid Award for its warm and welcoming interior design. The dining room is decorated with cowboy accents, vintage photos of western landscapes, leather booths, and exposed beam ceilings, giving it a uniquely authentic saloon feeling.
You don’t have to be a true cowboy or cowgirl to appreciate these country western themed establishments. If you’re looking for an evening of great music and entertainment, these restaurants are definitely worth a visit.
Image sources: flickr.com, yourbeernetwork.com, Billy Bob’s Texas