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Best Branson Nightlife

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The best Branson nightlife is all about live entertainment—but in theaters, not bars. And although the town isn’t dry, alcohol doesn’t flow as freely here as it does in most tourist towns. Most theaters simply do not serve alcohol. Even the best Branson bars play second fiddle here, but the city does have several good ones with live music. Often the performers are local singers and bands hoping to get noticed. Besides live music, the bars have karaoke and open mic nights. Because their offerings change seasonally, it’s worth calling them for their current entertainment schedule before planning your evening. Many places call it a night at 1AM, even those considered the best Branson nightlife.

Ernie Biggs Rock N Roll Dueling Piano Bar & Grill

Neighborhood: Branson Landing

Ernie Biggs features a dueling-piano show nightly, with music covering several decades. Request a tune and they probably can play it. Jokes (and crude language) lace the musicians’ banter with the audience. On Friday and Saturday nights, the bar features as many as four piano players simultaneously. Shows (with cover charge) begin at 8PM. Food options include appetizers and sandwiches with names like the Beefy Joel (hot roast beef and melted cheddar on sourdough bread), and Stevie Wonder (portabella mushrooms and other veggies on whole wheat bread). With dueling pianos and delicious food, who wouldn't consider Ernie Biggs Rock n Roll one of the best Branson bars.

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Rowdy Beaver

Neighborhood: The Strip

Featuring six nights of music a week, the Rowdy Beaver is Branson’s latest hot spot. The tavern hosts karaoke at least one night a week with many local hopefuls performing. Other nights, live country music is performed by local talent. A vaulted wood ceiling, concrete floor, corrugated metal walls and sound system make for a loud night. Come for the entertainment and the sizeable dance floor, not for conversation. Hours for live music vary, with some evenings going from 6-8PM and others from 9PM to closing. If music and dancing is your idea of a good time, then you may consider the Rowdy Beaver one of the best Branson nightlife spots.

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Club 57

Neighborhood: The Strip

Branson entertainers frequent Club 57, so the action starts late for this town—around 11PM, after the shows are done. If you look for signage, you’ll never find the place. The bar is below the Dick Clark American Bandstand Grill. (Enter the restaurant and take an immediate left down the stairs.)  With plenty of floor space for dancing, the large, dark venue features a variety of popular live music on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and karaoke on Wednesdays. Stars performing in Legends in Concert at the Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater next door often make guest appearances. One of the best Branson bars, Club 57 offers nightly draft beer and drink specials.

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Waxy O'Shea's

Neighborhood: Branson Landing

This Irish-themed restaurant and bar sits at the main entrance into Branson Landing from Historic Downtown Branson. The outdoor terrace is a prime location for people watching, and during the daily happy hour discounted drinks come with the added benefit of half-priced appetizers, making this one of the best Branson nightlife spots if you're looking for tasty deals. Waxy O’Shea’s entertainment features live music ranging from Irish to acoustic rock seasonally on Fridays and Saturdays (with a cover charge). Shows start at 9PM. Irish beers include Guinness, Harp and Smithwick's. The bar also offers other European draft and bottled beers.

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Outback Pub

Neighborhood: The Strip

This cozy, Australian-themed tavern features nightly live entertainment, more than 100 different beers and specialty Outback fare. The rustic pub is small and intimate with booths and bar tables hugging the walls. Talented musicians set up in a corner by the fireplace. If you want to be able to see all of the members of a band, be sure to sit where the sightline isn’t obstructed by the central staircase. Rough-hewn wood stairs lead to the second level, where you can kick back or play billiards and NTN trivia. In warm months, the pub opens its large, partially-covered open-air deck for additional seating, and it stays open into the fall, as long as space heaters can ward off the chill. For a taste of Down Under, order the Gator Tail snack, which is strips of gator served with Kookaburra sauce. Or dig into a chicken potpie topped with flaky crust. The pub is open year-round until 1AM and midnight on Sundays. 

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