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Historic Printers Alley Bar Skull's Rainbow Room Is Back Open

Closed since 1999, downtown bar owner Phil Martin has brought it back to life.

Eater Nashville

After 16 long years, a well known watering hole is back in business in Printers Alley, as Skull's Rainbow Room officially re-opened their doors last night. Originally established by David "Skull" Schulman in 1948, Skull's was a fixture during Printers Alley's heyday. But Schulman was tragically murdered there in 1998, and the bar shuttered the following year. Now Phil Martin, owner of neighboring Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar, has helped bring it back to life.

Early last week, WSMV Channel 4 gave a sneak peek of the new space, which includes the original stage and Skull's memoribilia, as well as a bar program offering "a host of post-Prohibition cocktails."

If you plan on heading down there, be sure to check back in and let us know your first impressions.