Inside Justin Timberlake’s Multifaceted Jewel of a Nashville Bar and Restaurant

Timberlake thinks they hit a home run. “Thought and consideration went into every aspect of the building—from architecture and lighting to how guests will interact and feel in each area,” the singer told AD over email. “After seeing the finished Supper Club, I think we nailed creating a space that will provide an exciting experience people will not only enjoy but want to revisit.” 

The Supper Club features two private dining rooms and a large central stage that will feature live music daily, much of it programmed with suggestions by Timberlake, who plans to import blues musicians from his native Memphis.

Photo: Seth Parker

AvroKO implemented a sumptuous jewel-toned palette, using marble, antiqued mirrors, high-gloss paint, and touch-me materials like soft leather and velvet to honor the more luxe side of the Prohibition era that inspired the project.

Equally influential for AvroKO was the “countrypolitan” aesthetic they came across in their research. “It was a movement in the ‘60s and ’70s that signified a nexus point of both new and old music themes,” AvroKO partner Adam Farmerie tells AD. “During this period, music and shows were advertised using these incredible flyers with rich colorways, both muted and saturated, which we used in the various spaces.”

Farmerie notes that the team utilized greens for the first-floor Honky Tonk, greens and golds for the mezzanine, and golds and blues for the second-floor Supper Club, seen here.

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In addition to a different color scheme, each floor has its own offerings and overall flavor. At the very top is the Supper Club, an elegant 400-seat restaurant that is the swankiest space on the premises, dripping with Deco details, a checkered marble floor, orange-red velvet-covered swivel chairs, coffered ceilings, and a gold leaf dome, surrounded on many sides by a hand-painted mural of a dark Tennessee forest by Texas artist Scott Staples.

The Supper Club also provides access to the Rooftop Bar, the sprawling outdoor lounge.

Photo: Seth Parker

One level down, on the mezzanine, is Honorary Member, a jewel box cocktail bar that serves as a VIP area and sexy private party venue. “It’s the kind of place you stumble on in a side alley you didn’t mean to walk down,” Farmerie says, adding that the space is a favorite of the firm.

“Dimly lit zinc bar, check. Tassels on the mustard-colored velvet couch, check. Hazy, dreamlike mural surrounding the room, check. Mirrored ceiling… check,” Farmerie says of the mezzanine-level bar.

Photo: Jason Bihler

The name is a nod to the Twelve Thirty’s policy of inclusivity: Everyone who walks through the doors is an “honorary member.” The term, Fox explains, was the designation given to drinkers at Prohibition-era speakeasies, which operated back room bars which opened to “members” at 12:30 p.m. “This is not a private club,” he reiterates. “This is come one, come all. Every floor is open to the public.”

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