Everything You Need To Know About Old Dominion’s Nashville Bar, Odie’s
Instead of opening a bar in Nashville, the band opted for Midtown, a place that played a pivotal role in the history of Old Dominion.
Old Dominion is joining the group of country stars who have opened their own bars/restaurants around Nashville with Odie’s, an authentic hangout setting inspired by the band’s early days of playing gigs on Music Row and running into friends at the local “holes in the wall.”
The idea to open their own establishment came through a conversation at lunch that turned into a brainstorming session when band member Trevor Rosen had a chance run-in with his friend Ty Hauter, CEO of Good Time Design. As the band reminisced on all the fun they had playing Hauter’s Moonshine Flats and Moonshine Beach in San Diego and making their way around Music Row nearly a decade ago, they concluded that they wanted to recreate those good times with a space of their own.
“We didn’t quite know what it was,” Rosen said of Odie’s in a press release. “But we also knew what we were missing. The more we talked, the more we realized we wanted a bar like the places we went to when we were just having our first cuts, hanging out with other writers.”
Good Time Design is a hospitality and entertainment group based in San Diego and Nashville and is responsible for Sonny’s Patio Pub and Cerveza Jack’s in Nashville. Since the company’s CEO, Hauter, already has a history with Old Dominion, it was decided they would be the best ones to help bring the band’s vision to life.
When Will Odie’s Open?
The overall goal was to make Odie’s a place that matches their “No Bad Vibes” mantra, where music lovers could share their work, friends could hang out in a low-key setting and industry professionals could gather away from the chaos of the Lower Broadway scene. So come the summer of 2024, Odie’s will open at 1919 Division Street, the former home to the ReBar.
This location was deemed the perfect setting for the six-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year as it allows them to keep the creative spirit of early 21st century Music Row alive alongside iconic bars like Red Door and the neighboring Winners and Losers.
“We wanted it to be a place where a group of songwriters who might have a band could play,” continues Rosen, “or someone starting out might be able to be part of a writers thing and get heard. You know, pay it forward because all these years later, we know it works. That’s much better than just a temple to who we think we are.”
Spreading The Word
Old Dominion first broke the news on SiriusXM’s The Highway Happy Hour with Buzz Brainard and later shared the excitement with their fans on social media. The promo clip showed the band raising their glasses on an unfinished bar before zooming out to reveal that work is definitely in progress for this establishment.
“We’re so excited to announce that we’re teaming with @goodtimedesign to open a new bar in Nashville’s Midtown neighborhood,” Old Dominion shared on Instagram. “Midtown has played such a role in the history of our band. From chilling at the bar after writing, to playing weekly into the wee hours of the morning and even recently playing Whiskey Jam to launch our tour…. It’s an important neighborhood for not only upcoming artists and writers but also for locals and visitors who want a good place they know they can go and have a good time. Odie’s will be that neighborhood bar for us all. #ODIES”
Old Dominion closed out the extended leg of their No Bad Vibes Tour with a sold-out show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on December 15. Their already packed schedule of shows for 2024 will include plenty of fairs and festivals. For a full list of upcoming dates, click HERE.
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.