What might be overlooked by most passers-by is the greatest bluegrass club in Nashville, maybe even the world. Bluegrass musicians all over come to the Station Inn to entertain die-hard bluegrass fans every night. Special guests have included Dolly Parton, Gillian Welch and Randy Travis, and you can always count on the sounds of these singers to take you back in time to an era of pure mountain music. Admission prices vary, depending on the performer.
Ever heard of Garth Brooks? That's right, his first performance was at the Bluebird. And it is this mystique that calls young singers and songwriters looking for their chance at stardom. Monday nights are open-mike, so take your chances with the unknown acts. This is a haven for the struggling artist and the established country star, making it a Nashville tradition for both locals and tourists.
Don't let the name fool you, you can't buy buckles or boots here, but you certainly should wear them when you come. A good-looking Stetson hat wouldn't hurt either. Robert's Western World is a Nashville country music legend and its popularity has revitalized the entire Broadway area. Crowded, smoke-filled and always noisy, this traditional honky tonk offers a cramped floor for two-stepping with your sweetheart and plenty of tables to relax with the coldest beer around, but be forewarned there is no line dancing here. Its strictly 21 years and over after 10p.
Long ago, when country music superstars were performing at the Grand Ole Opry, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge became famous for featuring those stars when the 'big show' was over. Fans still come here to see top-name performers and local artists alike, and the atmosphere hasn't changed a bit. The stage is small, but the sound is still huge. And country music lovers still ring up enormous bar tabs, just like in the old days.
Located in the historic Cannery building, Mercy Lounge has an interesting past. It began its journey in 1863 as a flour mill and later became a coffee grinding shop. In 1957, the Dale Company took over the building and manufactured processed food items, such as jams, peanut butter and jelly. In the early 1970s, a restaurant and theater sprang up in the building. Famous artists such as Jimmy Cliff, Iggy Pop, Lenny Kravitz and Robin Trouer have performed at this venue. The lounge has a seating capacity of 500 and an adjacent room that has pool tables and pinball machines. The Mercy Lounge opens its doors at 8 in the evening every day except Sunday.
The Exit has long been the source of live entertainment in the Elliston Square area, but over the course of its history it has suffered neglect. It is amazing that a club that was featured in movies and books, and even Rolling Stone magazine, could fall into such disrepair. Unwilling to see the club close down, Ned Horton stepped in and took over ownership. Today, after much renovation, including a new sound and lighting system, Horton has rebuilt the Exit's reputation as a premier music venue. Changing the name to Exit/In and booking a more eclectic mix of artists, Horton brought this little club, as well as the entire Elliston Square area, back to life.
While Nashville may not be considered as a party capital on first glance, NashHouse Southern Spoon & Saloon will definitely prove you wrong. Serving authentic Southern cuisine and American classics with a whiskey collection that'll make you swoon, there's something for everyone at this landmark restaurant. Witness the amazing music scene every night as you munch some delicious burgers and guzzle down some beer, or cheer for your favorite team as you watch the big game on a giant screen. The ambiance is electric and boisterous, matching the soul of a pub and a restaurant. High ceilings, colorful murals on the wall and red, comfy booths will have your fancy instantly.
TRUE Music Room and Bar provides the perfect setting for you to sip on well-crafted cocktails while enjoying live music by talented musicians. Bright red furniture contrasts the pale monochrome walls well and the large floor-to-ceiling windows allow ample of natural light to flood the room. The venue features a modest sized stage, has impressive acoustics and is dramatically lit to create an ambiance that perfectly complements the ongoing performances. An eclectic assemblage of live performances by renowned bands alongside amateur musicians, local performers, and aspiring songwriters grace the stage of TRUE Music Room and Bar.
The selection of beers here is simply amazing. There are over 70 brews on tap and over 150 different bottles available. There is live music most nights of the week. Bar food favorites like burgers are also available.
Open till 2a, Rippy's is the place to enjoy well-poured drinks in a lively atmosphere. With exposed-brick walls and dim lights, the place creates an old-world atmosphere. On certain evenings, the Rippy's is brought to life with live music, while happy hours keep patrons in high spirits. The terrace, overlooking the busy streets, is a perfect place for enjoying some pulled pork, fried chicken, rack of ribs and more. Rippy's is also extended for private events.
Legends Corner has the perfect location and the perfect vibe for a Nashville honky tonk. Covered with posters and country western memorabilia, Legends invites locals and tourists alike to kick back and join the party. With some of the best contemporary musicians on the Nashville scene, this downtown honky tonk provides guests with fabulous music, a great atmosphere, and affordable drinks. At night Legends is open only to a 21 and older crowd. Be ready to spot celebrities from time to time.