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“like disney for crazy drunks” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Full Throttle Saloon

Full Throttle Saloon
Ranked #3 of 14 things to do in Sturgis
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: World's Largest Biker Bar is the number one blue collar biker bar in the United States. Everyone is welcome, but it's well known that factory workers, construction workers and any kind of guy who busts his butt and saves his money all year is gonna be welcome at the Throttle. We get about 15,000 people a night. They go through a lot of beer. We get two tractor trailers full of beer delivered every night of the rally. The beer companies know by now that there are so many motorcycles clogging the roads, they can't send trucks during the day, so they come after 3:00 AM, when the bars have closed.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Huron, South Dakota
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“like disney for crazy drunks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

Fun, crazy, glad I experienced it! Now I wont regret not having the experience. Disappointed, They don't sell Jessi's burbon and Michael's sloonshine. It's not even sold in Strugis, do to a power struggle between the city of Sturgis and full throttle.

Visited August 2014
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Gillette, Wyoming
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615 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
“Reminded me of MAD MAX, Beyond the Thunderdome!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

The Full Throttle is a sensory wonderland! Picture what a modern day pleasure island from the book, Pinocchio would look like, and you've got the FTS! Michael Ballard was signing autographs, sound check from Brett Michaels was underway, zip line, ball of death, and don't forget the bar staff. If it's a guy, he looks like an AF model, and if it's a gal, she looks smoking hot, ready to be taken like a pirate wench. It's all for show of course, but who doesn't like a good story, well told. I'd say that if you are in Srurgis during the rally, you've got to take in the spectacle that the Full Throttle Saloon.

Visited August 2014
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West Palm Beach
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33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“TV show fan mecca”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

Ok, if you watch the show this is a great place. We were sitting at a 2nd level bar and Jesse bought my husband a drink (because he was a military veteran). I love the people watching. Don't get shocked by the drink prices, they have a short season to make a profit.

Visited August 2014
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New York City, New York
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46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“FULL THROTTLE FUN IN STURGIS S.D. WOO! HOO!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

Here's the nitty gritty, the place is not the cleanest, but then again who cares! Does that mean don't go? Of course not! The place has stuff hanging everywhere so look around at everything! We visited 2 weeks before rally and they didn't seem to be much going on as far as preparation going on. The front bar was open and not too crowded, no tattoos were being done, the gist shop in the front was open, the donkey was walking around the bar and that was it. All the beer taps are "V" Twin engines, and all the regulars were not in sight but we met them that night at Cadillac Jack's in Deadwood. This place is iconic for Stugis and in the biker world. Stop, take some pics, have a cold one and then you get to say "I've been to FTS"!!

Visited July 2014
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Gold Coast, Australia
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183 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“FANTASTIC”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

We have travelled from Australia just to come to The Sturgis Bike Rally,LA to Sth Dakota on Harley's.The Full Throttle Saloon was a must visit on our trip,OMG what an experience.Visited the saloon prior to the Rally start and it is just pumping.

Visited August 2014
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