Big Nose Kate's: Historic Saloon
One of the most popular places to hang out in Tombstone and drink a few is Big Nose Kate's. Big Nose Kate is best known as the girlfriend of Doc Holliday of the shootout at the OK Corral fame. The decor is bright and colorful and historic with some impressive stained glass. This used to be the Grand Hotel (which opened on 9 September 1880), complete with restaurant and saloon. The staff dresses in period costume and many of the people dressed as Wyatt Earp and other people from Tombstones colorful past show up and pose for pictures.
There are so many stories about Big Nose Kate that it is hard to tell the fact from the fiction. According to most historians, Kate never owned any saloon and didn't own or operate any other enterprise, including a brothel. Not sure if she was actually a prostitute herself or not. However, many famous Tombstone residents, including Kate, Wyatt Earp, Virgil Earp, and Doc Holliday all might have stayed here, dined here and gotten drunk here. The McLaurys and the Clantons stayed here the night before the big shootout at the OK Corral.
This place is almost always crowded unless you get here early.
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Big Nose Kate's Saloon: Big Nose Kate's Live Western Music
In this centrally located saloon I enjoyed a lot American western folk music played by a woman guitarist. She was singing cowboy songs and frontier ballads.
Western music, directly related to the old English, Scottish, and Irish folk ballads, was originally composed by and about the people settling and working in the American West. Mexican music, especially in the American Southwest, also somewhat influenced its development. Country music had similar origins but developed in the Appalachians to suit the people of that region.
The people in this saloon are friendly. Draft beer is a bit more expensive than next door but who cares! The barmaids are dressed as salloon girls. There is usually live entertainment during the day. This place has atmosphere galore! If you are into the American Old West, this is the place for you.
Dress Code: For a visitor casual dress: T-shirt, jeans, trainers. A common option is typical cowboy clothing or bike rider clothing (black leather jacket) or Victorian clothing (especially for a woman).
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Big Nose Kate's: Old time Saloon
This old Saloon is where the old Grand Hotel used to be. Back then the bar was downstairs, but that's now a gift shop.
The people here are friendly and then beer is not as cheap as next door but once you have a few pints in you, who cares! They server food here as well and have live music.
During the day, the place is filled with tourists, and at night with a few locals having a beer and playing some poker.
Dress Code: None. Be naked. Eat cheese.
Big Nose Kate's Salloon, if...
Big Nose Kate's Salloon, if you are looking for a good time on the weekend or during the day, this is a fun spot. You can belly up to the bar and order a draft beer or a whiskey and live out you old west fantasies. The barmaids dress as salloon girls and there is usually live entertainment during the day. They have props which you can use to take pictues with in the bar in dusters or feather boas and lots of locals who dress in period costume who will be more than willing to pose with you. Thursday night is Karaoke night, if you are brave enough!
This place has atmosphere galore!!!!! If you are into the old west, this is the place for you.
Dress Code: Leather clad bikers and 1880's cowboys hang out here alongside bermuda short clad tourists.
My favorite thing was...
My favorite thing was strolling along the 'deserted' tombstone roads at night arm in arm wif my honey:-Þ Just the romance, the quietness, and being able to be with the one you want to be with...(having cable in the room didn't hurt, either...lol)
This is a great way to rekindle a spark, start a spark, or continue a flame...just neat!!! Don't forget the sunsets and stagecoach rides:-Þ
Dress Code: laid back and relaxed, jeans (501's, of course!!!) or shorts or a combination of both, it does seem to get surprisingly chilly at night and suddenly during one of the days we were there i had to run back for some longer britches.
Tucson...at the murder mystery...
Tucson...at the murder mystery dinner theatre... *g*
A unique different, so exciting/fun way to spend a night with someone you enjoy being with. You will guaranteeably...LAUGHHHHH!!!!
Dress Code: fancy...no...casual dining...um...fancy casual dining...lol dress up a bit and look nice....