the north face massif jacket Everything is bigger at BG Cowboys Saloon in Destiny USA nightlife review
BG Cowboys Saloon was originally supposed to open in the space last August, but was delayed several times under a previous owner. When the saloon doors finally swung open in December, BG completed the fabricated theme park atmosphere of the mega mall’s third floor.
Despite being a cowboy saloon sports bar concert venue hybrid, BG’s sticks a clear theme: the claim that “everything” from the mason jars of beer to the massive bathrooms “is bigger in Texas.”
There’s a giant chandelier made of animal antlers and a mechanical bull (only operable at private parties), more than a dozen TVs showing basketball games and a rainbow assortment of LED lights on the wide dance floor.
The dance floor at BG Cowboys Saloon, with a flag on flag set from Matt Chase. (Tory Russo)
BG advertises live music every Thursday through Saturday night. On a recent Friday, Matt Chase and the Thunder Canyon Band took the stage. They played covers of country hits like Brooks and Dunn’s “Play Something Country” and Keith Urban’s “Somebody Like You.”
Between sets, they had a playlist of songs stolen from a wedding reception, including “Cotton Eye Joe,” “Footloose” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me.” The music was loud, playing at a level that required you to lip read or yell to talk to the person next to you. But no one really seemed to mind.
Throughout the night, a bunch of people took a turn on the dance floor, which looked like a rodeo ring, but four women between 50 and 70 years old continuously returned. Dressed in sequins and cowboy hats, the quartet had a seemingly rehearsed line dancing routine which stole the show. They impressively switched between them without warning, never missing a beat.
The saloon has a relatively inexpensive selection of beers ($4 5). The cocktails are pricier ($12) but you get what you pay for, in regards to quantity over quality.
I ordered a Texas Tea, BG’s version of a Long Island, and watched the bartender take two bottles in each hand. The result was a nearly crystal clear drink, save for a splash of coke at the bottom, that tasted like straight vodka.
The menu has a section dedicated to whiskey, which features a “bucket list” and a flight option (choose four, priced between $18 and $26). They also have several wines ranging $6 8 per glass and $26 40 per bottle. daily and offers two for one deals on all well drinks and house wines.
Their food spans from standard items like wings, burgers and barbecue to more unexpected choices like calamari or fish and chips.
They pushed one dish with gusto: the chicken and waffles (also available as sliders). A fluffy, Belgian style waffle stacked with four or five tenders comes with a bowl of gooey mac and cheese made with thick, spiraled noodles.
BG has a large staff, including a few hostesses, a team of waitresses, probably six bouncers, and about that many or more people between the two bars.
One bartender, who seemed pretty indifferent while taking orders, got hyped up talking about the mechanical bull, claiming he learned its pattern and could stay on for 30 seconds.
Dressed in hunter orange shirts, the bouncers mostly stood guard, though one loosened up and broke it down with some customers during the Cupid Shuffle.
An overwhelming amount of young guys hung out in large groups, while middle aged moms dominated the dance floor.
The dress code is incredibly casual. North Face zip ups, chunky heeled boots and Kate Spade bags are all fair game. Feel free to wear a flannel paired with jeans, break out your cowboy boots and camo hat, or sport a 1984 Reagan Bush campaign T shirt.
There’s one long row of probably 15 stalls and big, basin sinks in the (very bright) bathrooms. They look like they belong in a venue with more traffic, like an airport or a major sporting event. Bigger isn’t always better, but it’s clean, given its size, and didn’t have a line.
Thanks to Wonderworks, Canyon Climb and Margaritaville, this wing of Destiny USA already felt more like an amusement park than a mall. This latest attraction completes the theme park experience, with fried Oreos, choreographed dances and a signature ride that’s closed.