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The Absolute Best Bars in Nashville

The Absolute Best Bars in Nashville

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Updated: 11 January 2017
Nashville, Tennessee, also known as the Music City, is renowned for its honky-tonks and stellar music venues that attract all sorts of artists, and not just country musicians. From the most historic honky-tonks to the friendly dives and creative cocktail bars, we’ve searched Nashville for the absolute best.

Tootsies Orchid Lounge

A historic honky-tonk in downtown Nashville, Tootsies Orchid Lounge was originally called Mom’s when Tootsie Bess bought it in 1960. It was also named after an orchid because of the color the painter had chosen. Some of its very first customers include Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson, and today Tootsies still attracts plenty of live music. With three floors, they’re known to have a live band playing on each one, living up to Nashville’s title Music City.

Price: Mid-range

Watch out for: Live music

Hours: Every day 10 am-3 pm

Address & phone number: 422 Broadway Nashville, TN USA +1 615-726-0463

Mercy Lounge

A relatively new Nashville bar and music venue open since 2003, Mercy Lounge is cozy rock club in an industrial-looking red brick building on Cannery Row that attracts both local bands and nationally renowned musicians. They’ve hosted artists from Katy Perry and the White Stripes to Iron & Wine and Andrew Bird. It’s a decent sized venue, with 500 person standing capacity, and the alcohol is reasonably priced.

Price: Mid-range

Watch out for: Local bands and nationally recognized artists playing.

Address & phone number: 1 Cannery Row Nashville, TN USA +1 615-251-3020

Beyond the Edge

A 125 beer sports bar, Beyond the Edge has a friendly, high energy atmosphere. They’ve got 25 beers on tap and plenty of craft beers in bottles, both American brewed and international. They’ve also got a menu of all kinds of delicious comfort food and pub grub, including their ‘Wings’ with a variety of sauces to coat them in, quesadillas, flatbread pizza, and vegetarian options.

Price: Mid-range

Watch out for: 125 beers

Hours: 11 am-2:30 am

Address & phone number: 112 S 11th St Nashville, TN USA +1 615-226-3343

Tin Roof

With a variety of draft and bottled beers, plus tasty comfort food to sate the munchies, Tin Roof is a nce and causal shotgun house bar in Nashville to go if you’re on Broadway. They offer signature cocktails like the ‘Blue Chair Mule’ with Blue Chair Bay White Rum, ginger beer, and fresh lime and the ‘Tenn Lizzy’ with Strawberry Vodka, Peach Schnapps, sour, cranberry, and Sprite. Their food includes ‘Chicken & Waffle Nuggets’ that are served with Benton’s bacon maple syrup, and ‘Loaded Hot Tots’ with ranch, bacon, scallions, and cheddar cheese. They usually have some event going on most any day of the week, from all kinds of live music – often country – to Sunday Football watching.

Price: Mid-range

Watch out for: Cocktails and comfort food

Hours: Every day 11 am-3 am

Address & phone number: 1516 Demonbreun St Nashville, TN USA +1 615-313-7103

Wildhorse Saloon

A 66,000 square foot bar, restaurant, music venue, and dance floor, Wildhorse Saloon has hosted big stars like Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, and Etta James. Known for their juicy burgers and fried pickles with buttermilk Wildhorse spice blend, Wildhorse is the largest per capita restaurant in Tennessee. At their bar, you can find delicious drinks like the Wildhorse Thoroughbred Ale brewed right in Nashville at the Blackstone Brewery, and cocktails like the ‘Southern Hospitality’ with Jack Daniel’s, raspberry liqueur, orange juice, and sour mix.

Price: Fine-dining

Watch out for: Free line dancing lessons

Hours: Mon 4:30 pm- 12 am, Tue-Thurs 11 am-12 am, Fri-Sun 11 am-3 am

Address & phone number: 120 2nd Ave N Nashville, TN USA +1 615-902-8200

Robert’s Western World

Selling fried bologna sandwiches and 100 percent angus beef burgers at their Honkey-Tonk Grill and attracting live bands to their venue, Robert’s Western World is a great place to go for a night of live music and dancing if you’re on Broadway. It’s a classic honky-tonk, with local Music City bands and their own house band playing at Robert’s Western World. They play a lot of blues and country here, so it’s a very Nashville experience.

Price: Budget

Watch out for: Live country and blues, live music 7 days per week from 11am to 3am.

Hours: Every day 11 am- 3 am

Address & phone number: 416 Broadway Nashville, TN USA +1 615-244-9552

Legends Corner

Yet another excellent honky-tonk on Broadway, Legends attracts live music and serves cold, refreshing beer every night of the week. You can mosey out on their dance floor and kick up your new cowboy boot clad heels. This music venue has attracted big names like Big Kenny, Toby Keith, and Eric Church.

Price: Mid-range

Watch out for: Dance floor and live music

Hours: 10 am-3 am

Address & phone number: 428 Broadway Nashville, TN USA +1 615-248-6334

Lipstick Lounge

A friendly, welcoming bar in Nashville, Lipstick Lounge now offers brunch, including delicious Bloody Marys. On Wednesdays, they host a Cards Against Humanity game night and on Tuesdays there is trivia. If you’re a bit tired of all the music venues, Lipstick Lounge is a great place to hang out for a drink and some fun. Their Tex Mex brunches and dinners are popular here; you can order tasty pork tacos and ‘Huevocatos’ Huevos Racheros with avocados.

Price: Budget

Watch out for: Brunch

Hours: Tue-Fri 5 pm-1 am, Sat-Sun 10 am-3 am

Happy Hour: Tuesday-Friday

Address & phone number: 1400 Woodland St Nashville, TN USA +1 615-226-6343

The Patterson House

A classy place to go for a drink with waiters in suit vests and the lights dimmed low, the Patterson House is a charming Nashville bar. You can find signature drinks like the ‘Bacon Old Fashioned’ and rum based ‘Bananas and Jammies.’ It’s definitely a watering hole different than the honky-tonks of Broadway, and instead has a speak-easy vibe. You can still order food, with culinary curiosities like mini-burgers and s’mores desserts.

Price: Mid-range

Watch out for: Cocktails

Hours: Every day 5 pm-3 am

Address & phone number: 1711 Division St Nashville, TN USA +1 615-636-7724

3 Crow Bar

Serving several varieties of beers on tap, refreshing cocktails, and food like grass-fed beef burgers and PBR battered chicken tenders and onion rings, 3 Crow Bar is a lively pub with trivia nights, TVs for sports watching and all sorts of social events. One of their signature drinks is the ‘Bushwacker,’ a bourbon milkshake, and they also serve tasty Bloody Marys. It’s a causal place to drink in Tennessee and a great place to stop by while bar hopping.

Price: Budget

Watch out for: their ‘Bushwacker’

Hours: Every day 11 am-3 am

Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 11 am-7 pm

Address & phone number: 1024 Woodland St Nashville, TN USA +1 615-262-3345