“Take two parts COUNTRY, one part ROCK and ROLL, add a splash of SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY, mix and serve … and you’ve got SADDLE UP!

We couldn’t resist checking out this new hot spot that we’d been hearing about recently, located in the strip mall on the corner of 82nd Street & Center Run Drive in Castleton. Lets just say if you don’t have fun at this place, then you just don’t wanna have fun!

For starters, this place is a legit honky tonk dancehall. It’s big, open, with a true country western look – just like you’d find in the heart of Texas. The three bars, pool tables, and huge dance floor underneath a mammoth Jack Daniel’s whiskey bottle chandelier are all capped off by a mechanical bull and the super cool Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Barrel Bar. And coming from someone who who hails from the Lone Star State, I have to say I was pretty impressed! Even though there’s not much two-stepping going on, the staff-led country line dancing is sure to get your country-fried boot scoot and boogie on! So listen y’all: get there early to get your dance steps down before you get your drink on!!

Chalene and Rachel “Saddle Up” to the bar with Gunner. (Brenda Staples Photography)

On the night our posse rode in, there were all types of people there. We were there for our neighborhood Girls Night Out and, actually, there were a couple other GNO groups there that night. The place was packed! Everyone seemed to really enjoy the DJ’s choice of music! Early on, you’ll hear pretty much all country – everything from George Strait to Kenny Chesney. Then, just as you get your new line dance steps down, the DJ adds a twist and starts adding in some rock and roll – everything from AC/DC to Pink. There really is something for everyone here!

The locals were super friendly! We were big fans of Gunner, the big cowboy bartender in a ten gallon hat behind the bar. Gunner takes pride in his specialty shots, many with names we can’t share in print! Ask him to mix you up something, and you won’t be disappointed. Nothing like a delicious concoction to get you in the boogie zone!! Suzy, the events organizer, served up a heaping portion of hospitality, as well.

If you’re the more adventurous type, mosey on over to the mechanical bull and do your best Deborah Winger imitation! The mechanical bull ride is sure to get you lots of fun Instagram photo ops. You’ll find the bull up front next to the Barrel Bar.

Even if you’re not a “Cowboy Up” kinda person, can’t dance, or don’t usually listen to country music, you’re sure to ride the wave of fun here. So put on your dancing shoes (or boots) and Saddle Up! Maybe we’ll see you out there on the dance floor!