Queer country cool moseyed into the spotlight with the runaway success of Brokeback Mountain, but gay country bars had been steering us through their doors for decades before Ennis and Jack hit the big screen. We tip our hats to the fabulous herd of country bars that rope us back in over and over again; from the East Coast to the midst of the Big D, we present the country's Top 10 country bars.
The best country bar in the nation, hands down, the Round Up is all you can ask for in a C&W bar. Hot cowgirls and cowboys swirl the floor of this country-western dance delight nightly. Karaoke stars in the Victorian Parlor Bar. Shots hit the spot at the rowdy Tequila Bar. Six bars with different characters attract a hot crowd of local good ol? boys and girls.
The Daisy Duke of country bars, Three Legged Cowboy is a sassy Southern stop. A friendly atmosphere, two-step lessons, and a slew of couples and line dance events fill your dance card at this serious dance palace. Located in the Midtown Promenade shopping center across from Piedmont Park, there's been a gay and lesbian country bar in this spot for over 10 years. They promise "all country, all the time."
The BRB is a sizzling-hot haven of behatted hotties. Three bars, a packed dance floor, friendly bartenders, and even a boot-shine stand lure the boys in for a Houston hoedown. The jukebox bar is a quieter option. Excellent shows are scheduled, and Saturday nights are crammed with friendly folks who are light on their feet.
Open daily (at high noon, of course,) the Finishline at the Habana Inn is the place to kick up your heels on Friday and Saturday nights -- with a large dance floor, big screen TV, darts, and two pool tables. On special events weekends, such as Rodeo Weekend, the entire hotel is crammed with cowboys.
Catch a Broncos game or kick up some dust during an IGRA Bust and Show night at this "straight-friendly" gay country-western and pop dance club located in the heart of Denver, within walking distance of the Colorado State Capitol and just minutes from downtown. Careful which part of the bar you go into; Charlie?s offers a pair of deuces -- there?s a techno and R&B side to the bar, too.