Well, at least it’s not another pop country artist bar…
The past few years we’ve seen a ton of changes in downtown Nashville, as the smaller honky tonks have given way to massive artist-owned complexes that play host to thousands of tourists, visitors, and bachelorette parties on any given night.
Back in 2020, the Second Avenue area of downtown, just off lower Broadway, was devastated when a bomb ripped through the street on Christmas Day, destroying many homes and businesses that are still working to rebuild nearly 3 years later.
Well one of those spaces has unveiled their plan to rebuild – and it’s right on trend with the massive bars we’ve been seeing pop up in Nashville these past few years.
The Second Avenue home of the former George Jones Museum, which closed in 2021, will soon become Nashville Live!, a 50,000-square foot entertainment complex featuring a different concept on each of its five floors, including DraftKings Sports & Social, PBR Cowboy Bar, AVA Rooftop Bar, a speakeasy bar, and a 10,000-square foot private event space.
DraftKings Sports & Social will feature LED media walls to watch – well, sports of course, along with a full food and beverage menu. And the PBR Cowboy Bar will be the flagship location of the Professional Bull Riders brand, featuring a “professionally endorsed” mechanical bull, along with multiple bars and VIP areas.
The upscale AVA Rooftop Bar will feature “Mediterranean-inspired space,” because that’s exactly what you think of when you come to Nashville, and a bar menu that sounds like it was designed just for bachelorette parties with drinks like rosé and champagne, along with spritz, sangria, mojito, and Negroni selections. Yep, that screams “Nashville” to me.
The new complex is being developed by The Cordish Companies, with construction already underway and the venue set to open in phases as the levels are completed.
I’m sorry, but at the risk of sounding like a “back in my day” boomer…we lost the George Jones Museum for THIS?