Bars and Honky Tonks: What’s open, what’s not during NFL Draft


If you’re planning on heading to the bars and honky-tonks along Nashville’s Lower Broadway during the NFL Draft, you should know, not all the bars will be open to the public.

Tootsies, Acme Feed and Seed, Hard Rock, and others have already been rented out. But as that list grows, other Broadway bars have committed to staying open to the public during the days of the Draft.

“We’re going to be open in some form or fashion all week long,” said Matt Harville, manager of AJ’s Good Time Bar, which is named after country music star Alan Jackson. “We want people to come here and visit and see the authenticity that the city has to offer.”

Some other bars open during the Draft — Second Fiddle, Layla’s, Legends Corner, and Robert’s Western World.

Likewise, TC Restaurant Group, which includes Tequila Cowboy, Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar, Luke Bryan’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink, FGL House, Crazy Town, and Sun Diner, will all be open to fans during the Draft.

The restaurant group is also offering NFL Draft VIP experiences to allow folks to skip the line, concierge service, and private tables (Call 615-973-2426 or email to reserve.)

“We treat everybody like VIPs,” said Tomasz Wosiak, vice president of operations and executive chef of TC Restaurant Group.

Wosiak said that VIP experience is open to the public and will give fans a taste the favorite eats of some of Nashville country’s biggest stars. “Luke [Bryan]’s favorite — definitely [our] elk burger,” he told News 2. “Jason [Aldean] always loves a great steak.”

While these popular honky tonks will be open to the public, be aware that some areas have been partially bought out — and with thousands of people looking for a cold beer and a place out of the sun — expect space to be limited just about anywhere you go. 

For example, TC Group said the rooftop of FGL House is rented out on Thursday night. Other bars, like AJ’s Good Time Bar, have created ticketed events on designated floors to raise money.

“Teamed up with Tim Shaw and some guys to raise money for ALS,” Harville said.

AJ’s called on Nashville’s influencers Austin Bever and Colin Cooper to help with that effort, known for their viral internet hits, “Welcome to Nashville,” and “This is Draftville.”

“We always enjoy doing fun things in Nashville, but an event this huge, crowds that are going to be so vast, we wanted to find a way to give back,” Bever said.

“To do a little bit of good, give back during that time, is definitely us a positive point for us,” Harville said.

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