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“Amazing - do not miss it!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Desert Bar and Nellie E Saloon

Desert Bar and Nellie E Saloon
5 Miles down Cienega Springs Road, Parker, AZ
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Parker
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
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Boston, MA
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27 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Amazing - do not miss it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

The hotel rep told us about this bar and, looking for something to take up a couple of hours on a Saturday we decided to visit. We actually thought that she was sending us on a wild goose chase as this place is literally in the middle of nowhere! You drive down an unpaved road 6 miles into the hills. Occasionally you will meet a jeep or atv coming in the opposite direction (so be careful) but we really felt we had taken a wrong turn (if there had been any turns!). Finally we came upon this little jewel in the desert - the Nellie E Saloon. Check the hours of the bar before you leave as they are normally only open on weekends from noon to dusk (there's no way you would want to drive back in the dark!). We really lucked out as this particular weekend they had one of the best live country bands I have heard in a long time. Occasionally a brave soul or two would get up and do a texas two step around the dance area, but for the most part everyone just sat back, ate and had a beer or two. The menu is very small with basically hot dogs and hamburgers with or without chilli (but no cheese!) but the food is good (vegetarian option on the burger). One of my favorite things was the ladies rest room with amazing views and old copper sinks with pump faucets. We were told that the place rocks on Thanksgiving with thousands of visitors but I wouldn't want to drive that road with more traffic on it. Plenty of ATV's pulling up all the time for a quick drink. Would definitely make the trip again - loved it

Visited October 2012
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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“Worth the drive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

What a place, nothing there really, but slap in the middle of the desert!!!! Make sure you have a 4x4!!!!!!!!!!

Visited September 2012
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Howell, Michigan
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“Worth the 5 mile drive back into the Desert”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

When you leave the highway and start your drive off road on a fairly well maintained desert road, you must always be alert for on coming traffic as some of the road gets quite narrow. .When you get there you will find that the drive was well worth what comes next.
They have hamburgers on a gas grill, drinks in plastic cups, and a live band with a paved dance floor. They are only open on weekends and everything is solar power. The owner's home is close buy and it is all solar. You will also see just the front,or face, of a Church and it seems that they have had weddings there and everybody gets their picture taken in front of this Church Front. Can I say that the burgers are great??? well their OK. The drinks and live music are mostly why anyone would drive back this far from the highway..

Visited March 2012
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Issaquah, Washington
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“Unique bar in the middle of desert, grab a cold one”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

Only open on the weekends, check their website for more, accurate info. Drive about 5 miles on maintained, dirt road, sometimes can be a little tight a rough but we saw little cars making the trek. Also, we went around 2 pm and as we waited on the side of the road for our friend's to show, we noticed a parade of cars leaving the road back to the highway- it seemed all "snowbird" driven cars. Alas, after driving past people practice shooting (off to the side) and a couple changing a flat- we arrived. Desert Bar is set into a desolate area but what they have done is very interesting. They have constructed a large bar, well there are multiple areas to obtain beverages, with a stage, a lower level with a food concessionaire, and have multiple "stages of build". The ladies bathroom is made of heavy gauge steel doors in a completely "open" setting, you can wash your hands and check out the view.... god help us ladies if its windy :) The day we were there a company was offering helicopter rides. We took our dog, but left him in the truck, but later realized dogs are ok, in the outside area, if WELL BEHAVED ONLY.
If you've never been you I think you should go. We were told, a few years ago, one could only get there by dirt bike or ATV, but that wasn't the case.
It was 80 degrees the day we went, the place was PACKED beyond belief- but we found parking. The lines to buy T-shirts was an aspect I couldn't understand, but hey- whatever works :) We had a few, average priced domestic beers so chill us off. Drove back around 5:30 and almost everyone was alreadyhome, so the road was clear and we were left driving the dirt road on our own- awesome. ( I hate eating dirt).

Easy enough access, large crowds, energetic atmosphere. I can't imagine this joint during spring break though
We suggest a drive, ATV, Dirt bike trip out and grab a cold one.

Visited February 2012
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Jupiter, Florida
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“Love this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2011

I love going to the Desert Bar. It is such a beautiful area and you are really out in the middle of the desert. Highly recommend taking out of town visiters there. Sandwiches downstairs are very good. Good bands, horseshoe pits, only open on weekends and it's not open during the summer. Oh and they only take cash.

Visited November 2011
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