Nashville's Best Bars with Live Music

3rd August

Nashville's Best Bars with Live Music

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 Adrienne.

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 Claire Somers

Personal Travel Planner

Favourite Destination: Nashville

I first visited ‘Music City’ Nashville 15 years ago and having been back a few times over the last couple of years I cannot believe how much it has changed! I love all the music history to be found in Nashville, the lively nightlife and the historical sites. There is lots of new development in Nashville as it is a real up and coming destination but all the development harks back to the city’s history with lots of speakeasy bars and honky tonks to keep the original look and feel of the city.