Thursday, November 5, 2009


I can honestly say (as a 5’4”, slightly pudgy Lon Gilander) that I will never have the chance to take on a Mechanical Bull. The ultimate, ragin’ ride that was invented by Sherwood Cryer. Back in the 70s, Cryer was looking for something new for his (now legendary) honkey tonk bar Gilley’s. The black-bull was born and became an immediate hit with local factory workers. As the ride’s popularity grew Hollywood even took notice. And the producing powers that be wound up using the bar and bull in the 1980 classic Urban Cowboy (starring John Travolta and Debra Winger). Today, Gilley’s is still around. Though it ain’t the only place you can ride the robo-bull. Bars all over the country feature all kinds of specials around these mammoth-money makers. Here are a few.

COWBOY BILL’S: 610 1/2 Duval Street, Key West, FL (305) 295.8219

Come ride our Mechanical Bull! Wednesday Nights, Our famous Sexy Bikini Bull Riding starts at 11:30pm, $200 first prize! Click on image above for Bull Cam!

WHISKY RIVER: 210 East Trade Street
, Suite A-208 / Charlotte, NC (704) 749-1097

Tune Up Tuesdays. Calling all students, service industry personnel and the rest of y'all who like to have a good time in the middle of the week. Live Bands and Whisky DJs, Mechanical Bull Riding and VIP Tables. $2 ML Long Necks. $2 Tic Tac Shots. $5 Vodka Energy Drinks.

SADDLE RANCH: 4321 N Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale, AZ / (480) 429-2263

Every Sunday night, Saddle Ranch hosts the Best of the Bull contest. Hop on our infamous mechanical bull and buck your way to cash and prizes. The contest is judged in 2 areas – speed and audience applause, so bring a wagon full of friends to cheer ya on.

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