When it comes to country music, Garth Brooks has checked off just about every box. Except for maybe following in his fellow music makers’ footsteps and opening a bar. Until now. And there’s only one place appropriate: Nashville.
The ‘Friends in Low Places’ singer has casually spoken about the possibility of opening a bar for the last year. Before a concert canceled in Music City in July, he confirmed that the step felt like a natural next move.
“[Brooks] originally unveiled his potential plans for a Nashville bar during a virtual press conference last summer. “It’ll be its own place very much like Blake [Shelton’s Ole Red is] is his own place. We’re gonna do it our own way.” He added, “It’s coming, I would say, probably in the next two years, three years,” PopCulture reported.
Since his ‘Dive Bar’ tour in 2019, Brooks has been candid about his love for playing in such fun venues with intimate crowds.
“You’re lucky enough to do stadiums, arenas, theaters, outdoor shows, whatever … dive bars might be hittin’ that sweet spot for me,” Brooks told Taste of Country in 2019.
And wanting his spot to have a dive bar feel, the superstar hopes he can make a lasting impression while bringing friends and tourists together.
Bringing the Nashville heat
In addition to being home to some of the greatest country legends, Nashville bars with famous owners are increasingly popping up. Brooks hopes his place won’t be far behind.
“When Brooks’ bar arrives, it will join establishments from country artists including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, John Rich and Alan Jackson. Miranda Lambert’s Casa Rosa, the latest addition to the group, is the only bar fronted by a female country star,” PopCulture reported. “In addition to bars, there a number of museums on Lower Broadway that double as eating and drinking establishments and honor country music icons like Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, George Jones and Glen Campbell.”
While Brooks doesn’t see his bar opening up until two or three years down the line, he’s hopeful it’ll have something for everyone.
“It can’t come soon enough for me,” he said. “I know exactly the way I’d want it to be because I live in the dive bars. Just take one thing out of every dive bar you’ve been in,” PopCulture reported.
“Because for me, that’s what it’s all about.” Brooks added that he’s heard comparisons between churches and bars and “totally” gets it. “Same thing,” he said. “That’s your constituency. That’s the people that you lean on in hard times. You come there to get guidance and sometimes you feel a little too much guidance. Hopefully your friends around will make sure that you get home safe and all that stuff.”