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Five Nashville Bars Owned By Country Stars

May 8, 2024 - News

Country stars opening bars in Nashville just feels right. America’s home of country music should be represented, and so should the fun habit that appears in country songs: having a drink. It’s also a sign of success, if you ask us.

Following the news that Lainey Wilson will open her Bell Bottoms Up Bar in Nashville this summer, Countrytown has rounded up five Nashville bars owned by country stars. Of course, there are plenty more, but you have to start somewhere, right?

LAINEY WILSON – BELL BOTTOMS UP BAR

Lainey Wilson announced the opening of her Nashville bar on social media, writing, “I’m so excited to announce my Bell Bottoms Up Bar, which will open later this summer in the heart of country music city! I can’t wait for all my Wild Horses to get to experience my home away from home.”

The Heart Like A Truck singer’s bar will open on Broadway Street in partnership with TC Restaurant Group, taking over the space previously owned by TC Restaurant Group and Florida Georgia Line.

While we know the name of Wilson’s new bar and know it’s opening in a few months, details such as how many floors the bar will be, what kind of drinks will be served, and more information are currently unavailable.

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LUKE BRYAN – LUKE’S 32 BRIDGE FOOD + DRINK

Opened in 2018, Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink is a six-storey entertainment facility covering 30,000 square metres. It hosts eight bars, four stages, and two restaurants. In addition to the bar’s grandest elements, Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink also features one of SoBro’s largest rooftop bars, the Crash My Party Rooftop Patio.

With drinks named after Luke Bryan songs, including Drunk On You, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, Country Girl and more, Bryan caters to his audience by understanding exactly what they want.

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MIRANDA LAMBERT – MIRANDA LAMBERT’S CASA ROSA

Miranda Lambert was the first woman in country music to open a bar and entertainment venue in Nashville in 2021. Casa Rosa features “a splash of pink” and “a little taste of Texas” in Tennessee, with Lambert opening a Tex Mex-inspired restaurant and cantina.

Featuring four different meeting spaces, including the Buckle Bar, Cantina, Dining Room and Main Floor, the Casa Rosa is across the street from establishments owned by Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean and only two doors down from Blake Shelton’s Ole Red.

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BLAKE SHELTON – OLE RED

Blake Shelton’s Ole Red first opened in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, just a year before he opened the second site in Nashville.

The Nashville Ole Red is the place to go. It presents a platform for up-and-coming country artists to perform in a renowned public place, serves delicious-looking food and drinks, hosts private events, sells merchandise, and features a famous rooftop bar. Plus, you might just end up in an episode of Shelton’s reality competition series, Barmageddon.

The Broadway location of Ole Red isn’t the only Nashville location for Shelton’s restaurant and bar—in 2022, he opened a smaller spot at the Nashville International Airport and plans to open a new site in Las Vegas this year.

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ERIC CHURCH – CHIEF’S

Last year, Eric Church entered the honky tonk bar game with the opening of his six-storey establishment, Chief’s. The space features a bar, restaurant, event space and live music venue that provides fans with “an unparalleled entertainment experience in Music City,” the Visit Music City website reads.

Chief’s is stacked with spaces where people can gather and enjoy live music and food, such as the Tavern, live music venues Neon Steeple (balcony and floor), Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ, rooftop and more.

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UPCOMING OPENINGS

MORGAN WALLEN

On Memorial Day weekend, Morgan Wallen will open his new ventureThis Bar & Tennessee Kitchen.

The country icon’s bar will be flooded with food and music lovers during Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27). The Tennessee Kitchen is sure to become a local staple, serving everything from Nashville hot chicken dip to taco-stacked waffles to Wallen’s vodka spaghetti.

This Bar, a nod to Wallen’s hit song of the same name, pays homage to “all things Tennessee”. Cocktails, whiskey, beer, wine, and more will be on offer.

Last year, the Nashville Business Journal reported that the Last Night singer teamed up with TC Restaurant Group and purchased a parking lot at 107 Fourth Ave in Nashville for $10 million in 2022 to open a live music venue and bar.

The $10 million parking lot is poised to become a six-storey building, not just for live music and having a good time but also for a gift shop and a rooftop entertainment area. Wallen’s space will be situated behind Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row.

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LUKE COMBS

In January, Luke Combs announced the name of his new Nashville honky-tonk bar: Category 10.

“I’m excited to officially announce the name of that bar,” Combs said in an Instagram video. “It’s going to be called Category 10. I’m so excited about that. Obviously, as you guys know, the strongest a hurricane can be is a Category 5, so we figured we’d double it and make it Category 10!”

He added, “It’s going to be an awesome honky tonk [in] Downtown Nashville. Food, spirits, you name it. Whatever you want, we’re going to have it. It’s going to be so much fun!”

The Tennessean previously reported that Luke Combs’ new bar would be a four-storey extravaganza that would hold a first-floor 250-capacity space for honky tonk shows, second-floor ticketed concert hall for 1,500 punters, and a third floor acting as a haven for legalised betting on sports.

The venue will also host a bar for high-end bourbon fans, a bachelorette space and area for his fans – the Beautiful Crazy and Bootleggers sections, respectively – and a 9,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor rooftop referencing the bar’s hurricane-inspired title, the Eye.

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