Tribe & Play are Nashville mainstays for the LGBTQ+ community as well as a frequent off-Broadway stop for tourist. More than $1 million in upgrades have been completed in the well-known Midtown bars to improve the overall appearance and customer experience.
Allard Ward Architects completed the design and Dowdle Construction Group undertook the renovation of the 10,000 square feet venue. Tribe is all new and shifted East taking the place of the Suzy Wong’s next door. The outdoor area in front of the venue remains with access from the other side. Although the stand-alone restaurant went away, the menu is still served. Tribe now features a larger and more open bar with a DJ booth, TVs, and pool table. Additionally, Tribe has added an expansive, multi-level patio, covered outdoor deck, and bar. Photos by: Brian McCord, Realty Pictures, LLC
The bulk of Play’s renovation involved increasing the size of doorway openings to improve the flow of the spaces. However, the biggest change is the large Dance Floor which shifted East taking up a part what was formally Tribe. The photos below provide a glimpse onto the dance floor.
“We are very excited to finally open up these new and improved gathering spaces, which have become so important to Nashville’s LGBTQ+ community, Dowdle’s extensive hospitality portfolio here in Nashville is what drew us to them, and we could not have asked for a better team to carry out this project.”owner Joe Brown.
The new design for both venues are extremely colorful. This can be seen from teal-colored concrete floors to a bar with rainbow lighting, exposed brick and modern wall decor. The dance floor also boasts upscale finishes, including wood accents, granite countertops and open wood ceilings, which are the original trusses with tongue and groove decking.
In recent news, Hines announced plans to renovate buildings adjacent to the old dance floor as part of the 800,000 Sq Ft development named the Reed District. The map above shows the proximity of the Reed District to Play Dance Bar. For more on the Reed District tap on the banner below. Be sure to subscribe for more on this an other Developments In & around Nashville.