Honky Tonk Bar opens near Coffee County line

Published 1:18 am Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Crestview resident Welton Calhoun is bringing the Honky Tonk Bar to the old Adam’s Package building on Ala., Hwy. 52.

Calhoun said that his dream has always been to own a bar.

“My brothers have owned bars here in Florida,” Calhoun said. “So I have always wanted to be a bar owner. I just enjoy the atmosphere, the people and the music.”

Since his hometown is Geneva, Calhoun wanted the new bar to be closer to home.

“I didn’t want to bring another bar to Geneva, because there is already enough there,” Calhoun said. “I came across this one in Opp and figured that it would be a perfect place.”

Calhoun said that getting everything ready for the grand opening has been a process, but everything is going well.

“It has been a long process,” Calhoun said. “With the background checks and all of that, but the ABC board has really helped out a lot with everything. We have been getting everything ready for about two to three months now.”

He hopes to have a good mix of ages in his bar, having the age to enter 19 and the age to drink 21.

“We plan on mixing it up,” Calhoun said. “If we see that the clientele is a little younger then we will play some of the newer music, but if we see that there is an older crowd we will play some of the older music. We want to cater to everyone that comes in.”

Calhoun said that they are hoping for a good turnout for their grand opening on Sat., April 13.

“We plan to have a lot of free food and entertainment,” Calhoun said. “We have a band coming up from Crestview called Deep South Express and we also have a local boy, Daniel Mock, to sing for us. We hope people will come out and have a good time.”

Calhoun wants the atmosphere of the Honky Tonk to be fun and family-oriented.

“I want people to feel like it’s a place to have a good time,” Calhoun said. “Where they don’t have to worry about any trouble, because we are going to weed the bad people out quick. We just want it to be a fun kind of family oriented atmosphere.”

The Honky Tonk Bar will have its grand opening on Sat., April 13, at 2 p.m. It is located right before the racetrack on the Coffee and Covington County line, at 17759 Ala., Hwy. 52, Opp.

The hours for the Honky Tonk Bar are Tuesday through Thursday: 2 p.m., until midnight, and Friday and Saturday: 2 p.m., until 2 a.m.

For more information, call 334-764-6434.