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First look: Garth Brooks Broadway honky tonk Friends in Low Places

This will be the country star’s first “Rodeo” in the bar sector when his honky tonk named after his 1990 hit opens on Friday, Nov. 24 on Lower Broadway.

A neon sign hangs on the side of a blue building reading "Friends in Low Places."

The building at 411 Broadway, formerly Downtown Sporting Club, sits between Nudie’s Honky Tonk and Ernest Tubb Record Shop.

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Here’s a sneak peek of Garth Brooks’ Friends in Low Places Bar & Honky Tonk, which opens on Friday, Nov. 24 with a kick-off concert by the man himself + support from Ronnie Dunn. Note: Only fans who won tickets to the concert portion of the soft opening will have the first opportunity to step inside.

Someone holds up a "Friends in Low Places" hard hat with the main stage in the background.

It’s almost time to store away the hard hats — the main stage is set.

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Music to our ears — even if you didn’t score tickets, you can watch the Dive Bar show after the Dolphins vs. Jets game on Prime Video the same day. Brooks said to expect a variety of new and old favorites.

At a press conference Monday morning, Brooks announced that the first two floors will soft open over the weekend and partially remain open.

“If we can stay open on weekends, we’ll see if we can go past New Year’s, maybe into Valentine’s [Day], shut back down again, and then in March, open this whole thing up, all five floors,” he said.

A long neon sign has lyrics of "Friends in Low Places" on it and a palm tree stands next to it.

Party among the palms.

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This is no black tie affair. “There’s one word in ‘Friends in Low Places’ that everyone sings louder than anything else,” Brooks said. “It’s Oasis — that’s the rooftop of this bar.”

Take the “Stairway to Seven” all the way to the roof for what’s described as a “beachy” vibe. As you’ve begun to notice, every name has a special meaning. Brooks has won Entertainer of the Year seven times, and even celebrated that last award at Paradise Park — which formerly called the building home.

You’ll find the main stage on the first floor, and pro tip from Brooks, the “best seat in the house” is on the second floor looking down at the action.

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