Luke Combs Announces His Own Nashville Bar And Venue
Luke Combs announced today that he is opening his own Nashville bar and venue. It will be at the location of the famous Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville. The venue is expected to open in 2024.
In a statement about the yet-to-be-named venue, Luke said, “I got my start in town playing on this stage (Wildhorse Saloon). And to have the opportunity to work with Opry Entertainment to transform it into my own bar is a dream come true. I can’t wait for my fans to see what we’re up to.”
The 69,000-square-foot venture opens at 120 2nd Avenue N, taking the place of Wildhorse Saloon, a longtime Ryman-owned country bar and ticketed venue that opened in 1994. Colin Reed, executive chairman of Ryman Hospitalities, parent company to Opry Entertainment Group, said, “When you think about what goes on Broadway, this is going to be very different.”
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Plans for Combs’ four-story bar include:
A 250-person honky-tonk space on the first floor;
A two-story ticketed concert hall that holds up to 1,500 showgoers;
A third-story sports bar catering to legalized sports betting;
Nods to Combs’ fandom, including a bachelorette-themed area named after his hit song “Beautiful Crazy” and a section dedicated to his followers, the “Bootleggers”;
An additional bar for high-end bourbon drinkers;
A 9,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor rooftop named the “Eye” about Combs’ aforementioned debut single “Hurricane.”
Plans for the multi-million dollar project began bubbling between Reed and Combs a few years ago. Reed told The Tennessean the two first bonded with Combs on a Mississippi duck hunting retreat six years ago.
Reed hopes the singer’s worldwide success attracts globetrotting visitors to the forthcoming entertainment hub. He said, “I’m hopeful he’s gonna promote the living daylights out of this new venue. He’s going to put more people on seats in airplanes to the city of Nashville because this guy is truly international.”
Combs’ new space plans to feature touring lineups and headlining locals inside a ticketed concert hall. It will be operated by the same group that produces roughly 275 shows a year at the nearby Ryman Auditorium.