22-Year-Old Man Found Dead at Dierks Bentley’s Nashville Bar

Police are investigating after a bar fight turned deadly.

Written by Chris Parton
22-Year-Old Man Found Dead at Dierks Bentley’s Nashville Bar
Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Lower Broadway is a renowned entertainment district for country music. Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee. Nashville is known as the country-music capital of the world. The city is also known for its culture and commerce and great bar scene; Photo credit: Denis Tangney Jr/Getty stock image

Police are investigating the death of a man at downtown Nashville honky tonk named after country star Dierks Bentley, after 22-year-old Dallas Jordan Barrett was involved in an altercation with bar security.

According to local reports, Metro police officers were called to the rooftop of Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row just before 11 p.m. on Monday night (August 16), after a fight had broken out at the popular Broadway bar and restaurant. Barrett was found unresponsive at the scene and pronounced dead after being taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and although a clear picture of what happened hasn’t yet formed, a few details have been released.

Bar staff told police that Barrett had become “unruly” and was asked to leave, but he refused. After that, he began fighting with Whiskey Row security, and when the Smyrna resident was pulled to the ground and restrained, he lost consciousness. Barrett’s death has been ruled a homicide and reports say the Nashville-area District Attorney’s office will be involved in the investigation, but no arrests have been made so far.

Riot Hospitality Group, the company behind Bentley’s Whiskey Row, said they are making efforts to find out how Barrett died.

“We are working with authorities and conducting an internal investigation to determine what happened,” said Lissa Druss, External Communications & Government Relations for Riot Hospitality Group.

Investigators are asking anyone with smart phone footage of the incident to come forward and contact the Metro Nashville Police Department at 615-862-7019.