According to the Nashville Business Journal, the final hour for Music Row’s iconic songwriters’ haunt Bobby’s Idle Hour Tavern is Saturday, January 12. It was announced that the building was set to be demolished in mid-2018, and Bobby’s Idle Hour shared the final date on a Facebook post last week. The post does hint that the tavern won’t be gone for good, saying “we’ll be resurfacing as soon as we can in a new location.”
Now occupying its second location (on the same block) at 1028 16th Ave. S., the bar has welcomed countless songwriters to Nashville’s Music Row since before it was even called Music Row. Truly one of the last few pieces of ‘old Nashville’ on the row, the dive bar is the last venue left for live original music on Music Row, with entertainment seven nights a week, and most afternoons.
Hopefully there is some way to preserve some semblance of the bar’s rich Nashville history if/when it reopens. Someone save the stage, the signs, and the dollar bills — because it seems Music Row’s charm is gone, come January 12.