The Nashville area arrives at the former Douglas Corner site


Beyond the music, The Eighth Room plans to offer “high-end” whiskey, bourbon and tequila with craft cocktails, wine and local beer. 

Douglas Corner Café closed for good in May of 2020, two months after the city closed all bars and limited restaurant capacity in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Work is currently underway at the future home of The Eighth Room, and there’s already a sign it will be a more eclectic venue than the room’s former tenant. A Spotify playlist called “The Eighth Room Sounds” runs the gamut from funk and soul to garage rock, punk and outlaw country.

“It breaks my heart, but there comes a time when we all need to move on and do other things,” owner Mervin Louque said.

Story Highlights

  • The Eighth Room plans to open this April at 2106 Eighth Ave. S., and partners Jason Hollis and Brad Dunbar say it will be a home for both emerging and established talents in an “intimate lounge and showcase room setting.”

  • Along with the Bluebird Café, Douglas Corner Café served as one of Nashville’s premier showcases for country songwriters and rising artists. Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood and Blake Shelton are among thousands who performed at the venue from 1987 to 2020.

You can keep up with their progress on Instagram at @the_eighth_room, and sign up for updates at