A Look Inside: Urban Cowboy

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Arrive as strangers; leave as friends. That’s the motto at Urban Cowboy, a bed and breakfast in East Nashville. To accompany the creative getaway, owners Lyon Porter and Jersey Banks opened The Urban Cowboy Public House, a public restaurant and bar concept, on Friday, November 11, 2016. The Public House is getting a lot of buzz and business due to its funky vibe, friendly atmosphere, and tasty menu. Nashville Guru got a look inside.


Urban Cowboy Public House Photos

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The Urban Cowboy Public House is located behind the eight-suite bed and breakfast, which is a breathtaking Queen Anne Victorian mansion. A “Southwestern Deco” design scheme is prevalent throughout, from the wallpaper to the woodwork to the Watuski bull skulls.

The Urban Cowboy Public House has indoor and outdoor aspects, with capacity for about 160 guests. The indoor section is slightly more formal with seats for approximately two dozen guests, including eight spots at the bar. A garage door opens to the patio when the weather is suitable.

The outdoor section has a mix-and-mingle approach, with a 16-foot fireplace, a variety of seating, string lights, and a fire pit. There’s also an Argentine grill, ready for grilling vegetables and meats. Dogs are welcome.

Most of the materials at Urban Cowboy are vintage or restored. Porter is enthusiastic about the décor, from the antique cigarette machines to the miniature mirror in the ladies room. “I wanted to put some sort of mirror in here, but only big enough so you can see if you have something stuck in your teeth,” Porter jokes.

The menu changes on a daily basis, allowing the seasoned chefs full creative control.

The Urban Cowboy Public House doesn’t take reservations.

The Urban Cowboy Public House Interior

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The Urban Cowboy Public House Exterior

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Urban Cowboy Public House Details

  • Address: 1603 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN, 37206 (map)
  • Phone: (347) 840-0525 (NOTE: reservations aren’t accepted)
  • Hours:
    Sunday – Thursday: 4:00pm – 11:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm – Midnight
  • Official Website 

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Urban Cowboy Bed & Breakfast

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The Urban Cowboy Bed & Breakfast opened in Nashville on March 1, 2016. It’s the duo’s second bed and breakfast behind another Urban Cowboy in Brooklyn, NY. When an unexpected opportunity popped up in Nashville, they pounced on it. It has quickly become a popular stop for travelers, especially creatives.

The downstairs community spaces emphasize conversing, jamming, and drinking. One room is dedicated to musical instruments and jam sessions. Porter encourages anyone who can play to pick up an instrument or sit down at the drum kit or piano (just refrain from playing “Chopsticks”).

The community bar has five bar stools and three two-top tables. While these are open to the public Thursday, Friday and Saturday, space is very limited. Reservations are encouraged.

“We want this space to be used by both locals and tourists,” Porter remarks. “When travelers get to interact with locals, that’s when the magic happens.”

If you’re traveling or want a staycation, there are seven suites available for booking. Rates start at $295, but vary throughout the year. Each suite has eclectic and bold decoration, a claw foot tub, and luxury Wright™ Mattresses. You can inquire about availability here. 

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“We want people to be a little off-guard and surprised,” Porter said. “We take our food, cocktails, and hospitality seriously, but not ourselves. We just want to create a fun, creative, and very personal experience.”

Whether you’re a Nashvillian or just coming through, Urban Cowboy should be on your itinerary. Learn more at their official website. 

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