About Skull’s Rainbow Room
Skull’s Rainbow Room is a casual yet elegant tribute to David “Skull” Schulman and the former fine dining establishments of Nashville’s Historic Printers Alley.
Our critically acclaimed menu created by Executive Chef, Gannon M. Leary, showcases his continental twist on American classics. Premium handcrafted cocktails and an eclectic beer and wine list complement the award winning cuisine. We pay homage to the entertainment of yesteryear with burlesque and live music.
Schulman opened the Rainbow Room in the lower level of the landmark Southern Turf Building in 1948. During Skull’s five-decade tenure, the legendary venue transformed multiple times; jazz, burlesque, country, strip-tease, and rock ‘n’ roll all claim chapters in its history.
Etta James, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, Joni Mitchell, Jerry Lee Lewis, and comedian Andy Griffith have all graced our original checker-board stage. Today’s entertainers, including Brett Eldrege, Dierks Bentley, and Tim McGraw continue the legacy.
Sadly, in January of 1998, David “Skull” Schulman was murdered during a robbery in his beloved club. People from all walks of life mourned his passing. The iconic Rainbow Room closed shortly thereafter, staying shuttered for almost 17 years.
After an extensive three year renovation, we are proud and honored to once again open the doors of David Schulman’s World Famous SKULL’S RAINBOW ROOM.
“The Alley will always be here, I expect… and I’ll stay here with it.”
-David “Skull” Schulman