It’s not easy finding a country western bar in Germany, but with a good map and some driving or commuting time, the nation’s best little honky-tonks are within reach. Germans appreciate country music as well as bluegrass and folk. Since there are so few venues for straight country acts, the chances of catching a good performance are high. The cross-cultural atmosphere in these nightclubs is funny and relaxed, the food is authentically American, and the beer is the best in the world.
American Western Saloon
When in the capital of Berlin, venture down to the Reinickendorf quarter, where you can find the American Western Saloon. This club features live music on Saturdays and line-dance classes Monday through Thursday. There is a cozy smoking lounge and a generous buffet offered in the evenings with ribs, corn on the cob and country home fries.
American Western Saloon Wilhelmsruher Damm 142 c 13439 Berlin-Reinickendorf Germany +49-030-40-72-87-80 western-saloon.de
Bassy Cowboy Club
Drive or take the U-Bahn subway to Senefelderplatz station, and at Schönhauser Allee 176A you'll find the Bassy Cowboy Club in the heart of the Friedrichshain neighborhood. This club has a little bit of every kind of music for patrons, from rock to new age, but with a strict policy: all music made before 1969. There's rockabilly, Dixie, swing, rock and down-home country, with club DJs spinning only vinyl and live acts headlining on the weekends.
Bassy Cowboy Club Schönhauser Allee 176a 10119 Berlin Germany +49-030-281-83-23 bassy-club.de
When in the Bavarian capital of Munich, stop in at the Rattlesnake Saloon, located on Schneeglockchenstrasse. The Rattlesnake dates to 1985, making it one of the oldest country-western locales in Germany. The club advertises the “best steaks in town." It has a regular lineup of German country stars, including the Rattlesnake Torpedos and the Rebel Gents, as well as visiting acts from the United States.
Rattlesnake Saloon Schneeglöckchenstr. 91 80995 München Germany +49-89-1504035 rattlesnake-saloon.com
Four Corners Music Hall
Drive to the village of Untermeitingen, which lies in close proximity to a U.S. military base in southern Germany. The Four Corners Music Hall and Restaurant has gone all-out with the Made in U.S.A theme, with country posters, rough wood planks for walls, regular line dancing evenings, American flags, big steak dinners, a juke box and Budweiser. The Four Corners features country and bluegrass bands.
Four Corners Music Hall Siemensstr. 1
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