Listen: What It’s Like To Be A Bouncer At One Of Nashville’s Busiest Honky-Tonks

Part of Andrew Kingery's job as doorman is to promote the bar when business is slow, as it usually is around 11 a.m. on a Friday. These women walked past the bar at first but turned around when he said hello and ended up going inside. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Part of Andrew Kingery’s job as doorman is to promote the bar when business is slow, as it usually is around 11 a.m. on a Friday. These women walked past the bar at first but turned around when he said hello and ended up going inside. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

The bars of Lower Broadway attract thousands on weekend nights, and Robert’s Western World is among the most venerated by locals and tourists alike.

So Andrew Kingery, a bouncer (or as Robert’s calls him, a “doorman”) who usually works Friday and Saturday nights, has pretty much seen it all.

We caught up with Kingery to find out — in 90 seconds — what it’s like working the crowds, fending off unwanted advances, and keeping a rowdy honky-tonk under control:

Lower Broadway has been the source of some disgruntlement lately, unrelated to rowdy bar-hoppers. A Nashville councilwoman recently proposed an ordinance that would forbid new businesses without a music or a hefty Nashville merchandise section. That didn’t sit well with Walgreens, which wants to set up shop on Third and Broadway.

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