Nashville's Best Bars with Live Music

3rd August 2017

For an unforgettable night make sure you know the best bars in Nashville with live music

Deemed “Music City”, there is no better place to experience the music of the south than with a trip to Nashville. This Tennessee town is lined with old-fashioned honky tonks, bars, and countless live music venues. To ensure you experience the very best of the Nashville music scene, here is a list of the best bars in Nashville with live music that are recommended by our travel expert Amanda.

Robert’s Western World

If you are looking for that true Tennessee honky tonk experience, there is no better place to go than Robert’s Western World. If you forgot your dancing shoes, they sell boots right inside the bar, so you have no choice but to join in on the dancing. Grab yourself a PBR and a fried bologna sandwich, and get ready for the live country music that makes this famous Nashville bar what it is. And, if this bar was not Southern enough, it also has a church service held every Sunday.

best bars in nashville with live music

Bluebird Café

As one of Nashville’s most famous bars, a reservation at Bluebird Café is a must, but the experience you will have will be well worth the pre-planning. Bluebird Café offers a different kind of music experience in Nashville. It is focused on songwriters, and people from all over come to hear these up and coming artist’s works. Garth Brooks used to show up at open mic night, so if you get the chance to visit Bluebird Café, you may be in the midst of the next country legend.

Legends Corner

Legends Corner is one of Nashville’s most famous honky tonks. Country records cover the walls around a 12-string signed by Johnny Cash, and the live music hosts some of the best acts in Nashville. Luke Bryan, Eric Church, and Darrius Rucker are a few country stars that have graced the stage of Legend’s Corner, but it also offers nightly music from local artists trying to make it in the industry. Legends Corner is filled with dancing and friendly people, so once you enter through the doors, you will feel welcomed.

best bars in nashville with live music

Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar

Nashville is well-known for its country music scene, but country music is certainly not all that Music City has to offer. The blues music at Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar is the best in Nashville, with acts like Rickey Godfrey and Stacey Mitchhart Band, as well as up and coming blues musicians. The music will attract you to this venue, but the Cajun food is what will make you feel like you are right in the middle of Bourbon Street in NOLA. Start with beer battered alligator bites then try the catfish sliders while listening to the amazing blues artists.

Tootsies Orchid Lounge

Tootsies Orchid Lounge is somewhere not to be missed while exploring the best bars in Nashville with live music. There are three floors to this bar, with traditional country on the first floor and more mainstream music on the top floor, which is a rooftop bar to view the city from. Tootsies is famous for being a spot where country music stars were born, and many believe it is where the country music culture in Nashville began. Willie Nelson even got his first songwriting gig after singing at Tootsies.

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By Amanda O'Brien

Travel Expert

Favourite Destination: Texas has to be one of my favourite places, take in vibrant cities, history, music and culture. Dallas has the Sixth Floor Museum and The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, great for the family. Make sure you take in the “dive bars” in Deep Ellum. Fort Worth, experience the Old West with the twice daily cattle drive in the Stockyards. Learn to line dance at Billy Bobs, the largest Honky Tonk, visit the Rodeo and enjoy a bottle of Buffalo Butt Beer. Austin, the live music capital of the world, take a sunset cruise on Lady Bird lake and see the world’s largest urban bat colony and then head over to 6th Street for some of that famous music.

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