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Cross Eyed Critters Re-Opens June 3rd!

Credit: Andrea Behrends

Positioned directly off the hotel lobby, Cross Eyed Critters is the brainchild of Marc Rose and Med Arbous of Call Mom, the exclusive food & beverage partners for Graduate Nashville. Marc and Med are also responsible for the bar that broke the internet, White Limozeen – which was just named one of the Best Bars in America by Esquire!

Truly one of the most unique watering holes to be found in Nashville, the karaoke and animatronic (yes, animatronic) bar is excited to swing open its doors once again after being open for a short period from January – March 2020 before the pandemic.

  • Cross Eyed Critters will be open on Thursday, June 3rd

  • Open Thursday – Saturday; 6pm-2am

  • No reservations – all guests will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis

  • Food & drink menus will be available shortly

  • For Covid safety measures, microphones will be wiped down between each use


Cross Eyed Critters is the first-ever animatronic karaoke bar, complete with a backup band of robotic musicians. The trio— a bear, pig, and foxwill keep guests and visitors singing on-tune, performing songs such as Sweet Child of Mine by Guns N’ Roses and Islands in the Stream by Kenny Rogers and lots of Dolly Parton. Bar offerings include renditions of nostalgic cocktails and shots, alongside plenty of cold beer and bar food. A nod to southern dive bars, the concept’s name takes inspiration from Eric Church’s Merle Haggard tribute song, Pledge Allegiance to the Hag.


The rustic walls of Cross-Eyed Critters are lined with black velvet paintings of country-western stars, while aged wooden floors create a gritty, worn-in feel. Mismatched vintage furniture completes the space on the painted green and pink floors. At the center of it all is a custom-made, three-piece animatronic band who take centerstage amongst the guests each night.

More on Marc and Med (also available for quote or interview):

Marc Rose & Med Abrous, spearhead an independent hospitality group that operates all of the food and beverage outlets at the Graduate Seattle, which includes The Mountaineering Club and Poindexter Coffee, and a basement restaurant due to open in 2021.The group teamed up with Graduate Hotels again at their Nashville property where they operate all of the food and beverage outlets, including White Limozeen (a highly acclaimed rooftop restaurant, pool, and bar), Cross-Eyed Critters Watering Hole (a karaoke bar featuring a trio of robotic musicians), and another Poindexter Coffee shop. In Los Angeles, they are known for their award-winning cocktail and gaming bar, The Spare Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt (which was recently awarded “Best Hotel Bar in America” by Tales of the Cocktail), Los Angeles icon Genghis Cohen on Fairfax, and all-day cafe concept, Winsome.

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