On Nov. 18, Nashville’s bustling Lower Broadway became home to a brand new kind of bar. Nudie’s Honky Tonk mixes sleek modern design with the sparkly glamour of Nudie Cohn’s custom-tailored suits. From the 1950s to the late 70s, Cohn designed bedazzled garments for everyone from Gene Autry to Elvis. Although he passed away in 1984, his legacy now lives on through this brand new space in the heart of Nashville. Take a tour of the two-story complex below.
The bar sports the longest bar in Nashville, accommodating dozens of revelers looking to quench their thirst.
On the opposite wall, bar-goers can admire Elvis Presley’s famous gold lamé suit that he wore on the cover of his 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong – Elvis’s Gold Records – Volume 2 LP.
Aside from Elvis’ Nudie suit, the focal point of the bar is the “Nudie Mobile” that hangs above the stage. The white Cadillac Eldorado convertible is one of the few remaining cars designed with silver-dollar-studded dashboards and pistol door handles.
Directly under the Nudie mobile is the small stage with plenty of room for dancing up a storm.
If you just can’t leave without a Nudie suit of your own, there’s a nice alternative waiting in the back of the bar. You can snag a shirt that proudly states “I Went Loopy at Nudie’s” before stumbling your way back onto Broadway.
Nudie’s Honky Tonk officially opens its doors this week. To find out more about Nudie, the new space and its history, visit the bar’s official website.