One of the latest bars to pop up on the famous Lower Broadway strip in downtown Music City is Alan Jackson’s Good Time Bar. It’s most unique as it is the only bar on Broadway that is owned by a country music artist. Jackson states that this is the place for country music fans who are all about keeping it country with authentic country music and just as in the hit song that gave his bar its name, he promises, “all the conditions are right for a good time.”
AJ’s Good Time Bar includes three floors and a rooftop. Each floor has its own distinctive style while showcasing Alan’s varying interests. To really dive into the vibe of AJ’s, guests can order “Alan’s Drink” (Jack and Water) straight off the drink menu, and be on the lookout as there are seven opportunities to spot his autographed memorabilia throughout the bar.
The First Floor – AJ’s Honky Tonk
Upon entering the bar, you’ll step into a tiki inspired honky tonk bar feel. Features include a hero’s wall where Alan shows off some of his favorite country singers, various Hatch Show prints and plaques from Alan Jackson’s career, Alan’s red boots from his “Chattahoochee” music video, the outfit from his Good Time album cover, and a few neon sign; one from his 1992 Miller Lite sponsored tour, and another which he received from the Square Grouper Tiki Bar in Juniper, Florida that was given to him by the owner after filming the videos for “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Long Way To Go.”
The stairway to the second floor showcases all 80 covers of Country Music Weekly that Alan Jackson appeared on – which he set the record as the most appearing artist. It also displays two jackets from Alan’s personal closet that were worn in several photo shoots.
Second Floor – G T Bar
This floor feels like walking into Alan Jackson’s home away from home, and you can even order a glass of sweet tea if you’d rather lounge sans alcohol. You’ll be greeted by Merle The Moose, a Jackson family favorite. Decor includes a handmade wooden motorcycle that Alan’s sister made as a Christmas gift for him years ago, a couch that previously belonged at AJ’s lake house, a Honky Tonk Highway rug which was gifted by Alan’s promoter during his tour, his personal collection of Chevy and Ford tailgates, two racing suits featured in AJ’s “Who’s Cheating Who” music video and another from a Miller Lite photo shoot, a pyramid of cans (like the from “Chatahoochee” that refers to a pyramid of cans in the pale moonlight) which includes one can for every team in the NFL, jerseys from Tennessee teams as well as a wall of jerseys gifted to him at venues throughout the years, a license plate wall that displays several of Alan and Denise’s personal license plates that they’ve collected throughout the years – at least one from every state in the U.S.! Another fun feature on this floor is a 1950’s coin-operated arcade pig ride, so you can take a shot and ride the pig, or pose with Jackson’s personal Harley Davidson bicycle.
Alan is a collector of boat show posters, which can be found in the stairway to the third floor. You’ll also see his shirt from his Drive album cover, and a Johnson Motors banner that references the “65 Johnson and electric choke.”
Third Floor – Hullbilly Bar
The wall décor on this floor includes a photo of Alan with his dad, and Skis and fishing poles come from his personal collection, including his mom’s skis (hung on the back wall) and various fishing photos and posters that Alan collected throughout the years. The highlight piece of this floor is the Hullbilly Boat Bar, which is a custom made replica of Alan’s Merritt Sportsfish Boat that was crafted on site of AJ’s Good Time Bar by the actual builder of his original boat. It was built to scale, and varnished and sealed by the same person who works on his boat. You’ll also find the Fighting Chair, which is the same chair featured in the photo on the wall above it, of AJ on his Hullbilly fishing boat.
Rooftop – AJ’s Star Bar
You’ll have a rooftop view of the Nashville skyline, with an enormous AJ cut out and the Batman building in the background. The perfect spot to throw back some drinks any time of the day, because hey, it’s five o’clock somewhere, right?
Whether you’re a Nashville local or a tourist gallivanting on the town, be sure to make a stop at Alan Jackson’s Good Time Bar, and be alert because you never know when AJ himself might make an appearance!