We may be in SoCal, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be a little bit country. Country line dancing is always a good time. If you want to escape to a country bar and show off your moves (or learn some), here’s where to go country line dancing in Orange County and the surrounding area.
23512 El Toro Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Open for line dancing every Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday
Big Shots is open seven days a week. While they are primarily a billiards place, there is a decent sized dance floor with room for country line dancing. They feature line dancing specifically on country nights, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, when they are open for ages 18 and up. Stop in to the Big Red Barn and have some fun!
320 S. E Street, San Bernardino, CA 92401
Open for Dancing Wednesday through Saturday
The Brandin’ Iron offers an authentic country night club experience with line dancing, live music, and an all ages family day every first Sunday of the month. This historic location has hosted musical acts like Willie Nelson and Jason Aldean, and continues to keep a packed house with regular live bands and one of the best dance floors in SoCal.
3321 E. South Street, Long Beach, CA 90805
Open for Dancing Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
Cowboy Country Saloon has a great dancefloor and they offer free line dancing lessons for those looking to learn some new moves. Not up for dancing? That’s ok too. They’ve got plenty of high top tables and a country bar, pool tables, and an upstairs kitchen for dinner or appetizers. There is a cover charge at Cowboy Country Saloon after 7PM.
21635 Devonshire Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311
Open Wednesday through Sunday
The Cowboy Palace Saloon claims to be the last real honky tonk in Los Angeles. Find out for yourself and head in for a night of line dancing and fun. They host happy hour from 5 to 7PM, there are pool tables, and live music takes the stage nightly every Wednesday through Sunday. You can also participate in a variety of dance lessons here including line dancing and country partner dancing. There is a cover charge at Cowboy Palace.
6251 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90803
Open for line dancing on Country Thursdays
Gaslamp is a popular spot on PCH in Long Beach for live music. Every Thursday is country night and you can stop in here to kick up your boots to some of the best country music from country DJs and live country bands. Doors open at 6PM on country nights and there are line dancing lessons available throughout the evening.
206 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672
Open nightly for dancing, Wednesday is Country Night
Goody’s Tavern is open nightly for drinks, pool, karaoke, DJs, and other entertainment. Wednesday is country night so stop in for line dancing. They also have an instructor or two to join in the fun and teach line dancing lessons.
1401 S. Lemon Street, Fullerton, CA 92832
Open on Wednesdays for line dancing
InCahoots Fullerton is one of OCs premier venues for country music as the longest continuously running country nightclub in the area. The club is currently only open on Wednesday nights, but it’s worth a visit to experience the dance competitions, country bar, music, and fun. InCahoots has line dancing lessons on select Wednesday Nights to serve all dance levels.
657 W. Arrow Highway, San Dimas, CA 91773
Open for line dancing on Wednesday Nights
Montana’s is a rustic country nightclub with music and dancing every Friday and Saturday night. Mosey on in for music that ranges from classic country to todays favorite country hits, and line dancing lessons are available at 7 and 7:30PM on Saturdays. Montana’s also has a billiards area and space for private parties.
1025 E. Ball Road, Anaheim, CA 92805
Extron Building, Ground Floor
Open Wednesday through Sunday for dancing
The Ranch is OCs premier country music, dance venue and country bar, and is open three nights a week for entertainment. There are two full bars, and music is hosted by popular country DJs and live bands. The Ranch pays homage to the old Crazy Horse Steakhouse and offers an up close and intimate musical experience. Free country line dancing lessons for beginners are offered every Wednesday through Sunday night. Live bands are on Fridays and Saturdays. The first Sunday of the month is Family Sunday, with multiple dance lessons available. Hungry? Hit the restaurant before dancing the night away.
24701 Del Prado Ave., Dana Point, CA 92629
Open for line dancing every Wednesday
StillWater Spirits & Sounds is a prohibition-themed bar and restaurant. They have unique crafted cocktails, 54 beers on tap, televisions, heated outdoor seating, a dance floor, DJs and live music. They have a lineup of live music five days a week. Come in on Country Wednesdays for some two steppin’ and line dancing.
31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Open for dancing all week
The Swallows Inn is an old school country western joint. They have live music most nights so you can dance anytime, but if you’re specifically looking for line dancing, head in on Monday or Tuesday night. They even offer line dance lessons on these nights for beginners or those looking to learn some new stepping skills.
28721 Old Town Front Street, Temecula, CA 92590
Open Thursday through Saturday for dancing
Temecula Stampede has everything you need for a boot kicking good time including a 4,000 square foot dance floor, bull riding, and pool tables. The Stampede claims to be the West Coast’s largest country music venue and regularly hosts live country musicians.
980 Sixth Street, Norco, CA 92860
Open nightly for dancing
Whiskey River is a hot spot for live music and country line dancing with some of the best entertainment in the Inland Empire. They’ve got everything for a complete country night including bull riding, pool tables, and a place to park your horse. Yes, your horse (it is in Horsetown, USA). They are open nightly for dancing, including scheduled line dancing on Saturday and Sunday, plus lessons Monday through Thursday, and partner lessons on Saturday.
14335 Old Hwy 80, El Cajon, CA 92021
At Renegade you can listen and dance to live country music on Friday & Saturday nights. They also have line dance teachers offering line dancing lessons Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
344 7th Ave San Diego, CA 92101 | Downtown | East Village
An in your face honky-tonk experience, Moonshine Flats features national live music acts, DJs spinning top country, massive wooden dance floor and line dancing. Line dances are taught on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
1165 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109 | Pacific Beach
Moonshine Beach features country concerts, line dancing and DJs spinning top country and a wooden dance floor plus an expansive outdoor area. Line dances are taught on Tuesdays.
Locations That Offer Country Line Dancing Lessons
If you are new to line dancing and are looking for instruction, some night club locations offer lessons on select nights. Here are a few places to check out:
Brandin’ Iron | San Bernardino | Lessons on select dates, with a new all ages family day
Cowboy Country Saloon | Long Beach | Free lessons Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 7PM & 8PM
Cowboy Palace | Chatsworth | Line dance lessons on select nights, Wednesday through Sunday
Gaslamp | Long Beach | Line Dance lessons on Country Thursdays
Goody’s Tavern | San Clemente | Line dancing lessons on Wednesdays
InCahoots | Fullerton | Lessons available on select Wednesdays
Montana’s | San Dimas | Couples lessons on Fridays and line dancing lessons on Saturdays
The Ranch | Anaheim | Dance lessons offered Wednesday through Sunday
Swallow’s Inn | San Juan Capistrano | Lessons on Monday & Tuesday Nights
Whiskey River Dance Hall & Saloon | Norco | Lessons Monday through Thursday, Plus partners lessons on Saturday
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Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County, and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights.