Ya know, it feels like all of our prayers for more Capital Region Country bars are finally being answered.

I feel like one of the more frequent qustions I have answered from GNA listeners over the years is "What are some great Country bars in the area?" In the past that list felt like it was shorter than it should be considering all the amazing Country fans we have in the Capital Region. Thankfully, it looks like we have a little trend here of new Country bars setting up shop.

Earlier this year Nashville of Saratoga opened in the Spa City, and now we have another new Country bar in Guilderland! You are probably familiar with the Side Door Cafe on Western Avenue as it has been a local staple for 65 years. Well after shutting it's door for a spell due to the pandemic, the Times Union is reporting they reopened last Friday as a Country bar.

Owners told the TU they saw the success of other local Country bars, but also recognized there was only a few of them. After polling some patrons they ran with the idea by redecorating with a Country flair and by putting together a slate of line dancing and live Country music nights, and are even kicking around the idea of a mechanical bull! Don't worry, the Side Door will be keeping some of it's popular menu items! You can stay up to speed on the Live acts performing at the Side Door on their Facebook page.

So crank up the Alan Jackson and sing it with me - "Gone Country, look at them boots..."

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