Our Favorite Nashville Honkey-Tonks

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Nashville has a lot of great things to see and do whether you stay in town or venture outside of the city for a day to explore. However, your visit to Nashville would not be complete without a walk along Broadway. There are dozens of Honkey-tonks all along Broadway and several within a block away that are just fun places to hang out, have a beverage of choice and listen to some great music. Oh, and don’t forget to tip the band, this is how many of these artists are making a living! They put on a good show for you, so show them you appreciate it. Many will take requests, especially if you write the request on a $20!

Legends Corner is always a stop for us. While this isn’t a big bar like some of the newer ones, it’s a classic. The music here is always great. This is one of our favorites for sure.

Legends Corner
Legends Corner
Honky Tonk Central

Next up is Honky Tonk Central. When we were here a few years ago, we spent a lot of time here. The music was great and this is a multi-level venue so you can go from floor to floor and hear different artists performing. They have the large windows on each floor that fold back so it’s like you are sitting outside. This place gets jam-packed with people but for good reason.

Just off of Broadway on 2nd Avenue is the Wildhorse Saloon. There are three floors to this place, but the main floor is generally for the public. The second and third floors are where they host events. There is a large dance floor here and stage for performers. Throughout the evening they will get the crowd up on the floor and teach them how to line dance. Brian and I had a great time here two-stepping’ around the dance floor. Though I’m still learning how he’s a great teacher with a lot of patience!

Wild Horse Saloon
Wild Horse Saloon

On our visit this year there were several new bars that had opened up. They are all multi-level venues with at least 3-5 floors and rooftop bars as well. The newer ones that we stopped at this year were:

Jason Aldean’s Kitchen; is a multi-level venue with a great rooftop bar. You can actually walk from Jason Aldean’s rooftop over to Luke Bryan’s and keep the party going.

Luke Bryant’s 32 Bridge. They are also multi-level and have plenty of room to move around. And they have a tractor on the main floor that has beer taps coming out of the engine. Very cool.

Luke Bryant

Blake Shelton’s Ole Red- they have an awesome rooftop bar, and do yourself a favor and take the elevator. You’ll thank me later.

Kid Rock’s Biss Ass Honky Tonk and Steakhouse. (great food here)

Kid Rock

Nudies is another great stop on the right side of Broadway when you are heading toward the river. They have a huge bar that stretches almost the entire length of the room and has over 10,000 coins under acrylic. They look like they are Indian head dollars of some sort. Very cool to see.

Nudies

And I must let you in on one of our favorite stops. About a block or so off of Broadway there is an alleyway called Printers Alley. As you walk along the short stretch you feel as though you have been transported to New Orleans, with the hanging lights stretching from building to building. There are several food vendors to grab a bite at, especially if you leave the venues a bit late and need some nourishment. Here you will also find Bourbon Street Blues Club! True authentic amazing Blues. We LOVE this place. It may not be for everyone, as it’s extremely small and they pack in a lot of people. There is a small upper floor with a balcony that overlooks the small stage and it is a level of loud that is hard to describe. Both times we have been there the artist has been Stacy Mitchhart and he’s great. He even walks through both floors while playing and just entertains you. (and collects tips of course, that are well deserved). If you like Blues, this is the place to be.

Sitting up stairs while Stacy makes his rounds!
Printers Alley

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