One of Calgary’s most iconic places for two-steppin’ and line dancing has gone up for lease.
Ranchman’s went up for lease this week for the first time in its history, effectively closing the country music staple.
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Ranchman’s was famous (though some may say infamous) for its live music, mechanical bull, Buckets of Fun, and dancing, and it had been the place “where real cowboys hang their hats” for 47 years.
Past patrons of the place were quick to take to Twitter to disclose their own (often hazy) memories of nights out at the bar and their speculation as to what might become of the building in the years to come.
Here’s how the city reacted to the news of the indefinite closure of the long-lived honky-tonk:
I think @paulbrandt amd @TerriClarkMusic should go together amd buy @Ranchmans and make it a killer country music live band Damcehall again.🤷♀️ I mean country artist have many bars in Nashville. It’s #YYC chance now and you guys would ROCK IT
— robyn gordon (@lovecanucks) September 23, 2020
I fell in love thirteen times at the Ranchmans.
— Dentist Bob (@CanyonDentalCen) September 20, 2020
— Bob Sumner (@Newsbob) September 20, 2020
Even though I haven’t been in years, the truth is, getting twirled by some random stranger at Ranchmans is a weird unwritten right of Calgary passage though…@KirstiinJFM
— VIRGIN Radio Calgary (@VirginRadioYYC) September 22, 2020
Had many a good times @Ranchmans both as a guest and performing. Hoping someone will keep this iconic building filled with country music once again #countrymusic #history #calgary pic.twitter.com/niG3HGUHrK
— Drew Gregory (@drewgregory_) September 20, 2020
Ranchmans closing is honestly so sad. Such an iconic calgary bar. Thanks for all the memories ❤️
— Hannah Smart (@HannahSmartie) September 19, 2020
SOMEONE PLEASE SAVE RANCHMANS BEFORE I BUY IT AND REGRET NOTHING
— sam (@shanderasam) September 22, 2020