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Find Magic At House Of Cards Nashville
by TJ Anderson
All photos: House of Cards Facebook page, click images for more
We have a double-wide dive bar run by a guy who looks like a Southern Santa Claus, a parked Volkswagen bus with a deck slinging hot dogs — as far as Nashville’s creative, lovably weird hospitality scene goes, it takes a lot, in 2018, to surprise me.
But here we are, and Nashville’s new House of Cards has my jaw dropped.
The new “dining and entertainment” experience opens on April 9, 2018 at 119 3rd Avenue South downtown (the lower level of The Johnny Cash Museum), and judging by the photos and concept alone, I feel confident saying we’re all about to be wowed.
How House of Cards Nashville stacks up
Stocked with rare art and antiques that trace back as far as the 1700s, the 9500-square-foot House of Cards space is accessed via “secret tunnel,” accented by lightning storm special effects — which, as you dig deeper into what the owners have created, makes bizarre and perfect sense.
The intent was to create a place to “celebrate the art of magic,” an effort that carries from magician stations throughout the restaurant’s main floor into a showroom, featuring performances all diners are invited to partake in.
To accentuate the vibe, a lot of the art and antiquities come from the world of magic: handcuffs Harry Houdini owned and used, playing cards from the late 1400s, vintage magic posters and more.
The House of Cards Nashville website describes the result of their four years of design and planning as “an authentic speakeasy ambience reminiscent of the 1930s,” and the photos definitely seem to back that up.
Eating, drinking and playing at House of Cards
The House of Cards dinner menu is mostly upscale and uncomplicated — roast chicken with root vegetables, kobe beef burgers — but the cocktail menu brings in some magical inspiration: a “Black Cat” with gin and squid ink, a “Quick Escape” with tequila and absinthe.
Beyond, the experience certainly sounds a far trip from a basic sit-down dinner-and-cocktails experience — folks are invited to wander the space to explore the treasures and take in magicians showing off tricks and illusions throughout. And there’s no rumpled khakis in this mix: The House of Cards dress code asks for “fashionable evening attire,” like sports coats and cocktail dresses.
Fun post-script to what threatens to be one of the most Instagrammable places in Nashville as of 2018: House of Cards has a strict no-photography policy, so a) it’s forcing us to actually be in the moment instead of capturing the moment, and b) it looks like the only peeks we’re getting into the place, prior to our reservations, are the ones they’re dealing up to us at hocnashville.com and on the House of Cards Nashville Facebook page.
Make your House of Cards Nashville reservations
Intrigued? Reservations are required, and you can make them by calling House of Cards, or through Open Table. Remarkably, when I looked as I was putting this post up, you could still find spaces during opening week. But I’ll venture to guess that won’t last long.
I’m nothing special when it comes to card tricks, but I have been known to work magic when it comes to Nashville real estate. If you’re looking for a home in the Nashville area, I’d love to help: Call or email TJ Anderson Homes.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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