Brantley Gilbert said it best in his hit single “Country Must Be Country Wide.” Wherever you go in the United States, you’ll find country fans – and Honky Tonks! We went on a virtual road trip to hunt down some of the best Honky Tonks across the country for our 50 Honky Tonks In 50 Statesphoto gallery.
It might seem unlikely, but even New York City has a Honky Tonk! The Rodeo Bar is located in the middle of Manhattan and provides a haven for country fans in the city that never sleeps. We also spotlighted more well-known bars like Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville, Tenn., Joe’s Bar in Chicago and Coyote Joe’s in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The last place you might expect to find a Honky Tonk? Alaska! There aren’t many to be found in the Alaskan wilderness but The Last Frontier Bar in Anchorage has a 1,000 square foot dance floor and a band will play a country song on request.
Hawaii might not be the first place you think of when you think country music either — although Kip Moore did call it home for a while before moving to Nashville. Nashville Waikiki in Honolulu offers live entertainment five nights a week, hosts country bands from the mainland and its walls are decorated with photos of past performers that include Brooks and Dunn, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, among others.
Planning a trip soon? Check out our 50 Honky Tonks In 50 States guide so you’ll always know where the closest Honky Tonk is and you can meet fellow country fans from across the country. And after you’ve browsed the gallery, be sure to give our Country State of Mind quiz a try and check out the Top 20 Songs About Honky Tonks!