SO, anyone wishing to get a real Southern Ontario New Country Experience MUST check out the Stampede Ranch. The Ranch (as it is called) is a country/western bar, with all the things you might imagine that come with such a place. Thursdays are the rowdiest nights, with Friday and Saturday very busy as well.
The Ranch is spacious inside, with a semi-enclosed patio for summer and smokers. Food is pretty good, with standard greasy-bar fare with a Tex-Mex flair.
The dance floor is the real attraction here and is usually filled with a wide range of fillies and cowpokes. Ladies, prepare to be swept off of your feet by the graceful farm-hands!! Line dancing in the middle of the floor, with two-stepping around the outside, please!
Those who love Country music will enjoy the well-selected DJ playlist as well as the live bands (cover and original) that play regularly at the Ranch.
Is this MY kind of place? No DAMN WAY! But, for fans of down-home New Country, it's a fun and rowdy place to spend a night.
Dress Code: None, really. Dress for the amount of fun you wish to have.
Getting gussied up in Western-style gear is common, so dust off your string tie and cowboy hat!
Doogie's is the best (in my opinion). It's a pretty small bar in downtown Guelph but they always have great live music playing. It's casual (as is most of Guelph) so you can just go and hang out with your friends. There is a small dance floor (I mean extremely small) but for those of us that like to dance...it's essential.
Usually busy on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights especially during the school year. On these nights go before 9 PM if you want a table and don't want to line up outside.
Dress Code: Very casual
I went to Frank & Steins after leaving a crowded club in Guelph. Frank's was much roomier and certainly one of the cleaner pubs in Guelph.
The crowd was varied: there were university students along with a decidedly older crowd...the cougars abounded!
The club is great for the drunken hungries... I loved the fries, and the hot dogs looked pretty good as well. They have over 20 beers on tap, great service, and when I was there a really good live band was playing.