The Bay Area’s Premier Country Night Club. If music, dancing and being thrown off of the mechanical bull are your thing, this is your new favorite spot.
The Saddle Rack originally opened on Aug 13, 1976 in San Jose, CA. Originally the building was The Sweden House, an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord. Guenther’s club joined the rest of the country & western bars, including Cowtown in San Jose, the Horseshoe Club in Santa Clara and the Silver Saddle in Morgan Hill, the Rio Grande in Mtn. View, and Cheers in Sunnyvale. All have since closed. The Saddle Rack closed its doors in San Jose on August 5, 2001. Getting an offer he couldn’t refuse, Gary Robinson purchased the rights to the Saddle Rack name from Mr. Guenther and along with Andy Buchanan reopened The Saddle Rack in Fremont, CA in April 2003.
A large open area is surrounded by bars, a mechanical bull, Red Bull Specilialty Bar, food service and a “Margarita Chair.” A large stage with impressive sound and sophisticated lighting is the focal point for stage shows that often highlight well-known musicians and vocalists as well as future superstars. Huge video screens perch on perimeter walls. The main dance floor is used for dancing, lessons or seating while a smaller area serves as a line dancing haven.
On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights (7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.), the main dance floor fills with a happy crowd of almost any age (over 21) stepping and twirling and sashaying to the voice of a patient dance instructor teaching line and couples dance to the beat of good country music. There is no charge for lessons.
Every night there is live music and on Saturdays there are two live bands who perform. Robinsons idea was to create an environment where people can have a good time.” There is no way to confuse the Saddle Rack with a hip hop club; this is a fun and orderly high energy crowd that enjoys a good show, country-style dancing and music – and maybe a session with a spirited mechanical bull.
“Each night takes on its own environment,” says Robinson. The dance floor is always popular while some people gather at the pool tables or by the mechanical bull or just watch many of the large screen TV’s in the club. “It’s amazing to see the energy on the dance floor, especially on a Friday or Saturday night when house band Diablo Road featuring Nashville Star Alumni Jewels Hanson gets the crowd going.”
Robinson’s dream of an active nightclub where people come to meet, relax, dance and have a lot of fun has been realized. He credits much of the success to Partner/General Manager Andy Buchanan who has been with The Saddle Rack for 30 years and much of the staff who moved with the Saddle Rack as well. “I am very proud of the culture of our club and the clientele it attracts,” says Robinson.
Now that Gary, Andy and The Saddle Rack staff have done their part, the only question remaining is, “When will you visit The Saddle Rack?”
Hours and Cover Charges:
$5 All Night
$5 All Night
$15 After 9:00pm
$20 After 9:00pm