City now home to Boot Barn Hall and Bourbon Brothers Smokehouse and Tavern

North Georgia’s newest music venue Boot Barn Hall and its sister restaurant Bourbon Brothers Smokehouse and Tavern have a formula for success. Created by Notes Live, based in Colorado Springs, the Gainesville entertainment complex is the company’s first venture outside its home state.

“We are proud to have planted roots in Gainesville,” said JW Roth, chairman and CEO of Notes Live, a Colorado-based entertainment and hospitality company. “We chose Gainesville because it is a beautiful, vibrant and growing town that is attracting more visitors year after year. To top it all off, what really made the deal happen is the strong partnership with the city of Gainesville who has been with us every step of the way. The warm welcome we have received from the Gainesville community has really put the cherry on top of this expansion.”

Chad Reynolds standing by the audio/visual equipment.

Reynolds explains the in-house audio/visual setup.

Boot Barn Hall is a state-of-the-art medium-sized concert venue that can hold between 350 and 1,200 people, depending on the configuration, offering guest seating at high-top tables with a dance floor and standing-room concerts. Concerts are scheduled on most Friday and Saturday nights, with occasional events on Sundays and weeknights.

Shows range from local acts (Gainesville’s Fly Betty Band) to national performers (Ricky Skaggs and Ronnie Milsap.)

For events with reserved seating, patrons can arrive beginning at 5 p.m. for happy hour and food service. Music begins at 7 p.m. with an opening act, followed by headliner performers taking the stage at 8 p.m.

Bourbon barrels stacked under a stairway.

Bourbon barrels are part of the rustic decor at the entrance of the restaurant.

The concert venue features two bars and table service for seated shows on the main level. The interior’s natural wood walls and ceiling has a rustic feel.

Boot Barn Hall is adjacent to the company’s Bourbon Brothers Smokehouse & Tavern, an 18,000-square-foot full-service restaurant with a 7,800-square-foot patio where more intimate concerts take place. In addition to the patio that features fire pit grouped seating and two fireplaces, a roof-top patio provides a birds-eye view of downtown Gainesville.

Bourbon Brothers has two smaller rooms – The Club Room, which is available for private events, and the Bourbon Room upstairs bar.

The décor in the Club Room features scenes from Gainesville’s history and a selection of montage works by Gainesville artist Anne Brodie Hill.

On rooftop, a wall with arched, open windows shows city in background.

Two outdoor patios, including this rooftop section, are featured in the restaurant.

Its scratch kitchen serves American classics and Southern staples. The restaurant’s waiting space includes repurposed pews from the historic First Methodist Church of Gainesville, curated through a partnership with The Arts Council.

Bourbon Brothers serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a weekend all-you-can-eat brunch buffet on Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information, to make reservations and to purchase concert tickets, visit For information about Bourbon Brothers Smokehouse & Tavern, visit

Photos: by Alan Hope