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The Best Country Music Bars in Nashville
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The Best Country Music Bars in Nashville

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Updated: 7 December 2016
Officially coined the Music City, Nashville is unsurprisingly home to some of the best country music bars. With country music stars holding their roots in Nashville, this city has some of the best live talent you can check out live in the city’s bars.
Music City by night | © Thomas Hawk/Flickr
Music City by night | © Thomas Hawk/Flickr
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Tootsies Orchid Lounge

One venue, two bands

A little bit blues dive bar and a little honky-tonk, the Tootsies Orchid Lounge is the watering hole for an eclectic blend of live music. There’s usually two bands that play on separate levels, and big crowds are there for both. They’ve also got a storied food & drink menu; the drinks are a bit pricier, but the music makes it worth the money.

Price: Mid-range

Opening hours: 10 am-3 am

Watch out for: big crowds on weekend nights

Address & telephone number: Tootsies Orchid Lounge, 422 Broadway, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615-726-0463

Tootsies Orchid Lounge | © Thomas Hawk/Flickr
Tootsies Orchid Lounge | © Thomas Hawk/Flickr
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Legends Corner

Legendary live country music

Country albums covering the walls of the Legends Corner, this bar is one of the best for live country music. Legends Corner décor is somewhat dive-y, but its main genre would be honkey-tonk. The bartenders believe in Southern hospitality, and Legends Corner is known for some of the friendliest wait staff. Dancing is strongly encouraged.

Price: Budget

Opening hours: 10 am-3 am

Watch out for: the jukebox

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

Legends Corner | © Grant Wickes/Flickr
Legends Corner | © Grant Wickes/Flickr
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Wildhorse Saloon

Southern comfort & line dancing

The Wildhorse Saloon is a watering hole that serves Southern food – mostly barbecue, and offers free line dancing. It’s a tri-level structure that hosts multiple bars and live music. The Saloon’s drinks are on the pricier side, but there are good happy hour deals available. This is a little bit of a tourist attraction. Put ‘saloon’ on anything, and it’ll become a tourist attraction. However, it has some of the best live music in the area.

Price: Mid-range

Opening hours: 11 am-12 am

Watch out for: the fried pickles

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

Wildhorse Saloon neon sign | © SeeMidTN.com/Flickr
Wildhorse Saloon neon sign | © SeeMidTN.com/Flickr