Garth Brooks Plans to Sell Bud Light in His Nashville Bar

Knowing Brooks's history, this isn't surprising

Garth Brooks at a podium
Garth Brooks receives the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award onstage during NSAI 2022 Nashville Songwriter Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 20, 2022.
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There’s still a reactionary backlash happening to Bud Light in various parts of the country, where some of the beer’s more conservative drinkers are upset that the beer worked with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney in the hopes of, you know, getting more people to drink Bud Light. Some prominent musicians have come out in favor of boycotting Bud Light — including Kid Rock.

One musician who doesn’t seem to have much time for either the backlash or the boycott is Garth Brooks. This week, Brooks discussed a range of subjects at Billboard Country Live, including his bar currently under construction in Nashville, Friends In Low Places Bar & Honky Tonk.

“I want it to be a place you feel safe in, I want it to be a place where you feel like there are manners and people like one another. And yes, we’re going to serve every brand of beer. We just are,” Brooks told Billboard‘s Melinda Newman. “It’s not our decision to make. Our thing is this, if you [are let] into this house, love one another. If you’re an a–hole, there are plenty of other places on lower Broadway.”

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For those who have been following Brooks’s career, this isn’t necessarily a shocking decision on his part. His 1992 single “We Shall Be Free” made a case for diversity and tolerance, and faced backlash from country radio at the time of its release. All of which is to say that it’s nice to see Brooks holding fast to his positions over the years.

As for when the bar will open, its official website declares that it’s “Opening Soon.” Whenever that day comes, however, feel secure that you’ll be able to enjoy a Bud Light there — or whatever your preferred drink might be.


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