World’s longest bar opening outside Nashville

i By March 22, 2023 No Comments

The world’s longest bar, Humble Baron, is opening tomorrow in Shelbyville, Tennessee, approximately an hour south of Nashville.

The restaurant, bar and live music venue will debut at the Nearest Green Distillery, home of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey.

The 19-station, 525-foot-long showpiece bar is approximately 120 feet longer than the current record holder for the longest permanent continuous bar in the world. It wraps around an indoor stage, allowing guests to enjoy food and drinks while watching live entertainment.

“Humble Baron is a place where everyone has a seat at the table,” said Humble Baron’s creator Keith Weaver. “We want our guests to pull up a seat at the world’s longest bar and enjoy some amazing music over a craft cocktail or a bit to eat and engage with those around them. Humble Baron reflects my varied music tastes and will bring all types of people, with all interests and backgrounds, together.”

The bar program was crafted in partnership with Gin & Luck, the hospitality company behind cocktail institution Death & Co., with Black-owned spirits taking center stage. Signature drinks include the “Queen’s Gambit,” featuring Sorel Liqueur, Hella Cocktail Co. Apple Blossom Bitters, local premium Tennessee whiskey, pineapple gomme, and lemon juice, as well as the “Dear Fawn,” which is a spin on a favorite classic cocktail, the espresso martini with local premium Tennessee whiskey taking the place of vodka. DeAndre A. Jackson, assistant director of Beverage, leads the bar’s cocktail innovation.

On the food front, James Beard nominee and critically-acclaimed chef and television host Chef G. Garvin has crafted a menu of sophisticated yet familiar dishes, including the restaurant’s signature Nashville Hot Shrimp and Grits and Snow Crab Claws sauteed in brown butter and sage. Atlanta chef Jay Craddick will helm the kitchen as executive chef.

Audio and visual for the state-of-the-art music venue, which has indoor and outdoor stages, was designed by the former technical director and engineer for Prince’s Paisley Park. The indoor stage, separated by a glass garage door from its mirroring outdoor stage, will allow live concerts hosting more than 15,000 guests.

Humble Baron was named by Weaver’s wife and partner, Fawn Weaver. “Keith’s storied career as an executive vice-president for one of the largest movie studios in the world and one of the highest-ranking Black executives in Hollywood for more than 20 years, causes people to look at him as a baron. But he’s remained the humblest person I’ve ever known throughout his impressive career.”