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The owner calls himself Santa, but you won't find any milk and cookies here. He prefers beer and cigarettes.
Instead of a workshop in the North Pole, you'll find this Santa sitting in a single wide turned into a bar and painted with a one of a kind mural.
"It's Santa on a Harley," he says. "Santa with a beer in his hands. It's pretty unique."
Santa's real name is Denzel Irwin. He bought the bar almost two years ago and decorated it with all things Christmas.
He spent the first few weeks sitting inside alone, but soon enough, the unique Christmas theme and nightly karaoke drew a small following.
Then all of a sudden, Santa's Pub exploded on social media and went national, with blurbs in the New York Times and Rolling Stone.
Irwin says he had no idea he had one of the most hip places in Music City until his regulars told him.
And then that list of regulars started to grow both in size and in notoriety...
"Wanda Jackson, Sixpence None the Richer, Desmond Child," Irwin said.
And one night, Nashville's own Mumford and Sons walked through the door.
"It's sort of fascinating because the first time they came they sold out downtown, the Ryman," Irwin said. "They heard about the bar and they left there, they came here and they set up and played free the rest of the night."
Now, Santa's pub draws so many performers, Santa himself can't even keep up.
"I had this girl come up, blonde girl come up and want to play with my beard," Irwin said.
He let her and the girl went off to her friends, Irwin said. A customer then came up and told him he'd just talked to pop star Kesha.
"I still didn't know who she was," Irwin said.
Santa's Pub is located on Bransford Avenue. You can find out more about it by visiting the Fox Links section of this website.
Monday, December 24 2012, 06:48 PM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (AP) -- The Governor's Highway Safety Office plans to announce its "Click It or Ticket" campaign on Friday.
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Nationally, statistics show seat belt use increased significantly in 2012 as compared to 2011 among drivers, right-front passengers and backseat occupants.
However, officials say more than 400 of Tennessee's crash fatalities last year involved unrestrained drivers or passengers.
The Governor's Highway Safety Office urges all motorists to buckle up.
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