Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Toronto's downtown welcomes two new country bars!!

A void in Toronto's night life entertainment scene has finally been filled with the grand opening of not one, but TWO new country bars in the city's downtown!! Though the Greater Toronto area does have some country-themed venues, many country music fans had noticed that the city's downtown core was lacking in honkytonk hangouts.

The Rock'n'Horse Saloon and Boots & Bourbon Saloon held exclusive Pre-Grand Opening events to let people get a sneak of the new digs & celebrate Toronto countrification!!

The Rock'n'Horse Saloon is located in the heart of the city's entertainment district, having taken over the former London Taphouse building at 250 Adelaide St. West, above Adelaide Hall. The bar's barn door front entrance welcomes the party crowd into the rustic wooden bar, decked with cowhide rugs, horseshoes, rope and other downhome decorations. The rowdy crowds can also take advantage of the cowboy-themed menu options, The Bulldog (giant margarita with an upside-down Corona in it), line dancing and ever-popular mechanical bull.  The venue also plans to host live music most nights and will also house a general store for country merch.

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The opening night celebrations were hosted by CMT's Paul McGuire and featured daisy duke-clad line dance performances by the Spurlesque dancers. An eclectic crowd was drawn to the exclusive event including Toronto Argonauts players, country singers Gord Bamford, Kira Isabella and Michelle Wright.

 The SGCountry girls with the Toronto Argos!!

Boots & Bourbon Saloon located at 725 Queen St. East in Riverdale, has a more laid-back vibe than the hard partying Rock'n'Horse crowd. This place places a great focus on food, opening for dinner throughout the week and serving lunch Thursday through Saturday - the restaurant/bar has a U-shaped bar at the front of the venue and tables the length of the room with available seating for 80. With cowhide, longhorn skulls, pinup cowgirls, Deer Hunter video game and a kitschy retro chic vibe, the new bar promises to make Toronto's east end a popular destination.

The opening night festivities welcomed a packed house to join KX94.7 Radio Station hosts in introducing the new venue. Country duo Little White Lies opened for headliner, Alberta country singer Brett Kissel, playing for a packed house to celebrate the venues kick off.

It's great to see that country music is alive and well in Toronto!!

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