Nashville Nightlife

Obviously there's a lot of music in Music City. The concentration of small, crowded honky-tonks on Lower Broadway downtown is a good place to start (Tootsie’s and Robert’s are always a good time!), and there are several big-name club brands (B.B. King’s, Hard Rock Café) for blues, rock, and country nearby. Downtown—the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, in particular—is also the center

for dance, opera, and theater performances by local and touring groups; the Schermerhorn Symphony Center stages orchestral and cabaret events. For clubs in all genres—but especially rock—head to venues in Sobro (south of Broadway), Elliston Place, and Marathon Village. For the trendiest clubs to see or be seen, the Gulch is presently the best bet. For a more low-key, neighborhood experience try one of the homegrown breweries in East Nashville that feature dynamite craft beers and local music on weekends.

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3rd & Lindsley

  • Music Clubs

A local favorite, 3rd & Lindsley hosts musical acts from around town and around the world. They serve good food, too. ...


  • Music Clubs

Exit/In showcases the most cutting-edge blues and rock bands from the United States and beyond. Groove to great music in an unpretentious...

Fat Bottom Brewing

  • Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

Tuesday night features a jazz jam, Wednesday is vinyl night, and Thursday through Saturday showcases local musicians at this friendly...

Grand Ole Opry

  • Music Clubs

The Grand Ole Opry has packed in the crowds on Friday and Saturday night since 1925. Show times are Tuesday at 7 pm, Friday at 8 pm,...

Hard Rock Cafe

  • Bars/Pubs

The Nashville branch of the Hard Rock Cafe is situated at the river end of Broadway and is packed with rock memorabilia from around Nashville...

Honky Tonk Central

  • Bars/Pubs

The balconies of this three-story club located on Broadway teem with revelers enjoying great live music, food, and beverages—that's...

Marathon Music Works

  • Music Clubs

This large open space hosts concerts and events in the trendy Marathon Village complex. Metal, rock, country, and hip-hop performers...

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

  • Themed Entertainment

The splendid home of the Nashville Symphony is a modern take on a great European concert hall. Free tours of the facility are offered...

Tennessee Brew Works

  • Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

An official Music City Live Music Venue, Tennessee Brew Works Tap Room features bands and solo acts Thursday through Saturday, and on...

The Bluebird Cafe

  • Music Clubs

At the famous The Bluebird Cafe, country singers try out their latest material. Reservations are required for the late shows (make them...