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.
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.
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.
Possibly the city's oldest watering hole, Springwater Supper Club & Lounge has been here so long that the current owner does not even know when it was first built. Just be glad it was, because there's no place like it in town. Nothing fancy about the interior, which consists of a large room with a good stage and bar. The crowd is interesting most nights, but not nearly as interesting as the music. Bands, from country to punk rock, take the stage every weekend. There is never a cover charge nor a dull moment here.
As one of Nashville's institutions, Santa's Pub's unconventional location is perhaps the least surprising part of this charming bar. Located on Bransford Avenue, Santa's is tucked away in a Christmas themed, graffiti-tagged double wide trailer. This cash only establishment is run by none other than Santa himself, also known as Denzel, and littered with Christmas decor, wood paneled walls and a man named Ichabod who's in charge of karaoke. The beer-only rule helps keep out the more rowdy patrons, helping to ensure Santa's Pub keeps up it zero fights streak. A colorful establishment to say the least, Santa's is a Nashville must visit.
Always filled with an eclectic crowd, Red Door Saloon's divey atmosphere, friendly bartenders, and specials offered throughout the week have made this place a Nashville favorite. The menu consists of the usual cold draft beer, tasty pub grub with gourmet hot dogs, wraps, sandwiches, and pizza, and creative cocktails like their pineapple infused vodka soda. While smoking is allowed in Nashville bars, the Red Door Saloon has a great outdoor patio for patrons to get some fresh air.
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.
Country music is native to Nashville and The Second Fiddle can be safely termed as a place which is reminiscent of humble, musical times gone by. The place is dimly lit and filled with music memorabilia like old radios, musical instruments, etc. The drinks menu is impressive here with variety of beers, cocktails and other spirits. All the bands which play here are excellent at their craft and ensure that they keep the crowd the going. The bartenders and staff here are very friendly, cheerful and always in a good mood. For those looking to shake a leg; the bar has a small dance floor too.
Bajo Sexto Taco situated inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a casual Mexican restaurant serving a wide range of homemade tacos, quesadillas, burritos, nachos and salads to people of all ages. The combination of the traditional recipe and locally sourced ingredients make the food here delicious. Apart from delectable food, diverse drinks are also available here at reasonable prices for those who wish to unwind. Treat yourself to authentic Mexican food and down some drinks with your friends at Bajo Sexto without having to shell out too much.
Bootleggers Inn is a modern pub with a rustic feel to it. The subdued lighting, wood paneling and hooks to hang coats or purses give the place an extra vintage look. What attracts one and all to this bar, is the interesting concert line-up featured almost every night and the wide selection of moonshine and cocktails at the bar. Open late, Bootleggers Inn offers good music, great entertainment and cool drinks for its patrons.
Ms. Kelli's Karaoke Bar gives you good ambiance, amazing selection of drinks, a Karaoke experience and also live music; this place is jack of all traits which ensures an eclectic mix of patrons frequent the bar. They have an all-time Karaoke; and the vibe here is always friendly. As the place is inexpensive for drinks, it is a great spot to meet up with friends and enjoy some Jello shots or try a game at the billiards table. At Ms.Kelli's let your hair down, sing your heart out and watch like it's nobody's business.