What Are the Best Bars in Nashville?

It’s one of the most important questions to consider when visiting Music City, other than where to find the best music! Nashville nightlife is a highlight that you are sure to appreciate during your Music City, USA, vacation! Enjoy the best music, delicious food, and hand-crafted beverages at some of the best Nashville, TN, bars. For more information on what Nashville, TN, bars to visit during your time here, download our free Travel Guide. We help narrow down the selections for you so only the best of the best make their way to your itinerary!

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From Broadway and beyond, find your favorite bars glowing in neon lights or hidden around an alleyway. Here are just a few of the best bars in Nashville to visit during your stay with Playlist Properties.

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The Standouts

Bluebird Cafe

Watch songwriters work their magic at Bluebird Cafe. The songwriters’ haven is an iconic live music venue with great beer and wine lists as well. Heroes behind some of country music’s greatest hits perform their songs. You can also audition for an open mic night to show off your skills in the music capital.

Acme Feed & Seed

Discover a unique multilevel restaurant and bar when you take a trip to Acme Feed & Seed. This eclectic Southern eatery with live music, a rooftop patio, and delectable cocktails is one of our favorite hangouts. 

The space is divided by floor, offering ithe restaurant and bar on the first level, a sushi bar and sports lounge on the second, private events on the third, and a rooftop bar on the top level.

Robert’s Western World

Live country music, cold beer, and fried bologna sandwiches are all draws at this popular option of Nashville TN bars. Discover the home of traditional country music at Robert’s Western World. A big, bold fluorescent neon sign with a glowing guitar makes this destination hard to miss!

Skull’s Rainbow Room

The best Downtown Nashville, TN, bars include the popular Skull’s Rainbow Room. This Circa-1948 speakeasy-style lounge offers delectable American cuisine along with craft beers. But the real star here is the nightclub featuring burlesque. Dazzling dancers, live music, and sequin-studded entertainment await at this must-visit nightlife destination.

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge

Honky-tonk comes alive at one of the most popular live music venues for downtown Nashville, TN, nightlife. Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge is on the main stretch near Ryman Auditorium, and its orchid purple exterior is hard to miss. Famous acts such as Faron Young and Willie Nelson have played at Tootsie’s when they were still up-and-comers. You can check out Tootsie’s Wall of Fame while watching new up-and-comers take the stage and rise to stardom right before your eyes!  

Honky Tonk Central

Offering three stories of pub eats, delicious drinks, and entertainment space, Honky Tonk Central is one of the best Nashville bars with live music. You can enjoy this party scene during the day and night. Pair your good times with favorite classic appetizers like buffalo wings, chicken fingers, and nachos!

The Big Bang Dueling Pianos

Enjoy a rowdy, rockin’ singalong at The Big Bang Bar in Nashville. Request songs, and discover dueling pianos, the dance floor, and a fun night to remember. With two pianos and two performers, there is non-stop, totally wild fun!

Unique Bars in Nashville

Nashville Pedal Tavern

You’re on vacation, so we’re not counting calories, but that doesn’t mean you can’t burn them! Nashville Pedal Tavern is an unusual bar experience that takes place on wheels! Take the scenic route through downtown Nashville and pedal around with your party pals. As you make your way past Broadway’s legendary honky-tonks and Midtown’s Music Row, sip on your beer of choice! 

General Jackson Showboat

Now, you might think Nashville bars on wheels are unique, but we can one-up that with a bar on the water! The General Jackson Showboat is one of the best attractions for drinking and live music. And it’s on the Cumberland River aboard one of the largest showboats ever built! Enjoy a night of elegance, and feel like you’re part of the American Victorian era!

Nashville Blues Bars

Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar

Cajun and Creole cuisine, along with blues vibes, are offered seven nights a week at this premier selection of blues bars in Nashville. Soak in the Mardi Gras-themed surroundings at this New Orleans-themed bar in the heart of Music City, USA. The Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar features twinkling lights on wrought-iron balconies, craft cocktails, and Voodoo wings. It’s one of the best restaurants and bars in Nashville. 

BB King’s Blues Club

Two stages of musical performances awake at this popular destination of iconic bars in Nashville. BB King’s Blues Club lets the good times roll at one of the best places to eat in Nashville with Southern comfort foods, Memphis-style barbeque, and a unique venue. Discover local and national touring entertainment at this famous bar club within an intimate restaurant atmosphere.

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