Luke Combs Reveals His Nashville Bar Will Be Called Category 10

“It’s gonna be an awesome honky tonk in downtown Nashville,” Combs excitedly shared.

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Lauren Jo Black

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January 30, 2024

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Luke Combs; Photo David Bergman

Luke Combs has finally unveiled the name and further details surrounding his highly anticipated Nashville bar and entertainment venue, which will soon occupy the space of the former Wildhorse Saloon. 

What Is The Name Of Luke Combs’ Bar?

Late Monday evening (Jan. 29), the superstar took to social media to announce that the multi-level establishment will be called Category 10, inspired by his breakout chart-topping debut hit, “Hurricane.” 

Why Did Luke Combs Name His Bar Category 10?

“I’m excited to officially announce the name of that bar…it’s gonna be called Category 10. I’m so excited about that.,” Combs shared in a selfie-style video on social media. “Obviously, as you guys know, the strongest a hurricane can be is category 5, so we figured we’d double it and make it Category 10.”

Category 10 is a partnership between the two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year and Opry Entertainment Group. Of the name, Colin Reed, Executive Chairman of Ryman Hospitality Properties, stated, “The Category 10 name symbolizes the sheer, undeniable power of Luke’s voice, songwriting, and career, and just like Luke, this venue will be an off-the-charts experience unlike anything else downtown.” 

It Will Be The Largest Bar In Nashville

Category 10 is going to be the “largest” and “most versatile” entertainment complex in Music City. It will have a total area of 67,000 square feet, with three inside floors, a rooftop, and room for about 3,000 people (both inside and outside). Category 10 is designed with five different entertainment areas, all inspired by Luke Combs’ music and things he loves.

Those five areas include: 

The Honky-Tonk – Street-level authentic honky-tonk with top-caliber live music.

The Main Stage – The largest dance floor and stage in downtown Nashville fully equipped for 1,500-person capacity ticketed concert events. With expansive themed bars and a large beer selection, The Main Stage will also host line-dance lessons.

The Sports Bar – The Sports Bar will have an expansive selection of major sports playing year-round.

The Still – Inspired by Luke’s songwriting, The Still is designed for Combs’ Bootleggers Fan Club, bourbon aficionados, songwriters, and music lovers from all walks of life. The Still will feature a wide selection of bourbon, and performances by famous and up-and-coming singer-songwriters in an intimate setting.

The Eye – Largest outdoor deck in the Broadway area with a 7,000-square-foot rooftop and unobstructed views of the Cumberland River and Nissan Stadium.

A focus of Category 10 will be live music. The artists tapped to play the venue will be curated by the Opry Entertainment Group. 

Luke Combs announces Nashville bar and entertainment venture.
Luke Combs announces Nashville bar and entertainment venture.

“Cat 10 is going to be a place that artists of all levels want to play downtown,” Combs explained. “We are building a spot where we can put on a high-level touring act show one night and a songwriter showcase the next. There isn’t anything like this venue, and I can’t wait for everyone to experience it.” 

When Will Category 10 Open?

An official opening date for Category 10 has yet to be announced, however, a press release states that the bar will open in various phases beginning in the summer of 2024.

“It’s gonna be an awesome honky tonk in downtown Nashville,” Combs said. “Food, spirits, you name it, whatever you want, we’re gonna have it!”

Category 10 will be located at 120 Second Avenue North. Nashville’s iconic Wildhorse Saloon closed its doors after New Year’s Eve to make way for the new venue.      

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.