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Ranch Saloon

Sydney, Australia
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Ranch Saloon

Thinking about going to the Ranch Saloon on a Friday night to check out some live music. Does it get really packed out so I'll have to line up or book, or should I be fine to just rock in off the street?

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Anaheim, California
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1. Re: Ranch Saloon

There's sometimes a little line, but usually it's not an issue. You can make a reservation if you like, it'll allow you to skip whatever line there is.

It will be busy, though. The cover is very expensive for the area (last I went I think it was $15) but it's a great place and the music is top notch. If you eat at the restaurant (good, but pricey by local standards), you can ask to be comped into the saloon. There is a dress code, but it's pretty minimal: no shorts, wifebeaters, work boots, or flip flops for men, no strapless shoes or bikini tops for women. Also, no spurs—I got caught out on that once when I went straight from work and had to—no lie—check my spurs at the coat check.

It's country style for sure—close-cut Wranglers, cowboy boots, Stetson type hats (mind your etiquette!), and more plaid and checkered pearl-snap shirts than anywhere else in OC except the Rancho Mission Viejo ranch rodeo.

Incidentally, there is a pat-down at the entrance for guns and knives, so leave your revolver and your pocketknife at home. 😂

I recommend sticking to beer and whiskey either neat or as a highball. The mixed drinks vary wildly by bartender; some are quite good and others, it's like, bless your heart, baby, who tied your shoes today?

Edited: 07 February 2018, 01:05
Anaheim, California
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2. Re: Ranch Saloon

I just read this more closely and realized you're Australian. Flip flops are what you call thongs, wifebeaters are sleeveless T-shirts, and never mind the warning about the pat down since you wouldn't be bringing any such things through customs.

Edited: 07 February 2018, 01:07
Sydney, Australia
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3. Re: Ranch Saloon

Haha, I went to the stockyards at Fort Worth and you could bring your 6 shooters and Bowie knives as long as they were concealed! :)

Thanks for the info mate, yeah I get off the plane from Oz at 6.00AM, plan on driving to Venice, Hollywood, Griffith Observatory, then back to Aneheim, check in, get some sleep, then grab dinner in the Packing district, then off to the Ranch for some music culture! Should be good. :)

Anaheim, California
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4. Re: Ranch Saloon

Try Aleppo's Kitchen or Urbana in the Packing District. They're really good. Aleppo's Kitchen is a kibbeh specialist (a Syrian dish of bulgur wheat and spiced meat) and Urbana is modern upscale tacos and the like with a fantastic mezcal and tequila selection.

Anaheim, California
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5. Re: Ranch Saloon

I strongly encourage you to take Lyft or Uber everywhere for your evening out. Parking absolutely sucks at the Packing District and you don't want to be drink driving. Our drink driving limit is more generous than yours (0.08 BAC here vs. 0.05 in Oz), but it's still better to take a rideshare.

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6. Re: Ranch Saloon

wait.... TravellerCA you wear SPURS to work?

Anaheim, California
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7. Re: Ranch Saloon

I work on a cattle ranch.

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