New York isn’t exactly a bastion of country music (how’s that for understatement), but country music lovers show up in a lot more places than Nashville, Memphis and small towns across America.
New York has its share of dive bars, plus a few islands of honky-tonk amongst the glitz and glamour. From jukeboxes blaring Johnny Cash to scantily dressed pseudo-cowgirls dancing on bars, the city offers something for country music fans. Which is better than nothing.
CMT even did a write-up on the Rodeo Bar — Rodeo Bar Is New York City’s Honky-Tonk: Traditional Country, Western Swing Find a Home in Manhattan.
“It’s not easy to duplicate the longest-running honky-tonk in New York City. Just ask Mitch Pollack, whose East Side institution, the Rodeo Bar, is the unchallenged holder of that title.”
Take your two-step to these bars:
375 3rd Avenue
141 Avenue A
Coyote Ugly Saloon
153 First Avenue
The Patriot Saloon
110 Chambers Street
9th Street & Avenue C