Blink and you could have easily missed it. In the spring of 2017, news leaked out about a new music venue opening up in the Hutton Hotel, part of a major multi-million dollar renovation of the property that was completed at the end of last year. Details were scant, other than the project’s planned name, and remained under a veil of secrecy until this past December, when the venue opened its doors for the first time. Now, after working through some early growing pains, Analog is shaping up to be one of the most unique, and versatile, nightlife spots in Nashville.
Utilizing what were previously unused parking levels for the hotel located above the restaurant and main lobby, the 5,000-square-foot space underwent a huge transformation, going from this:
The multi-level venue, located at 1808 West End Ave., was designed by local outfit Tuck-Hinton Architects, along with Studio 11 Design out of Dallas, Texas, is first and foremost a cocktail lounge, offering a full bar and serving up a variety of house drinks from Hutton Hotel beverage director Megan Cross (with very busy local cocktail guru Freddy Schwenk consulting).
The space itself is a stunner, with double-height ceilings, a dramatic color palette, and a main bar that puts a bevy of used analog electronics to great use. Seating on the main floor and both balcony levels ranges from a variety of couches and lounge chairs to high-top tables and traditional bar seating.
But it’s also a very well-thought-out music venue, with music management company Red Light Management lending its expertise to the venture. Specific features include a state-of-the-art Bose sound system, a low-profile, modular stage, and custom acoustic paneling. With the capacity to hold 300 guests (standing room only) or 160 seated, Analog has carved out a unique place for itself in Nashville’s evolving nightlife scene, straddling the line between high-end cocktail den and insider live music venue. In its short life, it has already hosted a wide variety of musicians, from country star Maren Morris to soul singer Allen Stone and singer-songwriter Josh Ritter.
Regular hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Weekly programming announcements and updates can be found on Analog’s Instagram account. Shows are free and, unless otherwise stated, are open to the public, but seating is of course limited.