The ultimate fan experience.
Alan Jackson is one of top names you hear when asked about the Kings of Country and rightfully so. So many of us country fans either grew up with Jackson’s music or our parents raised us on it. Jackson was recently inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and to celebrate, we all need to head over or plan a trip to his bar, AJ’s Good Time Bar which also recently celebrated it’s first anniversary.
What makes this Nashville honky tonk stand out among the rest of the bars on Broadway is that for one, it’s the only artist owned bar on Broadway. Alan is the sole owner and visionary behind the bar. He even makes spontaneous appearances when not on the road. Each floor has it’s own “personality” as each floor showcases Alan’s varying interests and hobbies. The first floor is named AJ’s Honky Tonk and that’s where you’ll find live country music. The second floor is the G T Bar and home to the various TVs playing sports games and live acoustic music. Floor three is the Hullbilly Bar where all your karaoke on Broadway dreams can come true. Have a great view of Broadway and the surrounding areas on rooftop at AJ’s Star Bar.
The amount of Alan Jackson memorabilia throughout the four story bar is mind blowing. On the first floor you’ll find the actual outfit Alan wore on the cover of his Good Time album. Behind the bar you’ll find two pairs of boots from Alan’s personal collection. The red boots were prominently featured in the “Chattahoochee” music video. The street sidewalk sign is a life size standup of Alan taken during the “Angels & Alcohol” photo shoot at Marathon Village. “Merle the Moose” greats everyone as they come off the stairs to the second floor. “Merle” has been in the Jackson family for years previously residing at the Jackson’s lake house. The wooden motorcycle was a gift to Alan from one of his sisters handmade for Alan as Christmas gift years ago. “Kaw-Liga the Wooden Indian Chief” was given to Alan for his birthday by his band, The Strayhorns. You’ll also see some Chevy & Ford tailgates, the two fenders and one front end grill are all car parts from Alan’s personal collection. Before being re-homed at the bar all of these were hung in the garage at Alan’s home. These are just a few of the pieces that so much thought was put into by Alan himself with all the pieces coming from his home and personal collection.
It’s clear that this is THE place to be if you’re an Alan Jackson fan. So on your next trip to Music City you’ve got to head to Broadway, because let’s be honest how could you not? Make AJ’s Good Time Bar one of your must see’s on the honky tonk list, order “Alan’s Drink”, a Jack and water, and cheers some damn good country music.
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