Live music dominates Nashville's nightlife scene. Bars, clubs and performance venues across the city boast well-known bands, local favorites and rising stars almost every night of the week. More family-oriented spots are found in the Music Valley area, where the Grand Ole Opry is located. More up-beat and livelier, the District features renovated warehouses and old bars, such as popular Wildhorse Saloon and Graham Central Station, which offer top-quality live music and dancing. Further down 2nd Avenue, Fuel showcases rock music to counter the heavy country-western feel of downtown. The Elliston Place Rock Block caters to more alternative tastes with six of the loudest nightclubs in the city, including the legendary Exit/In. Honky-tonks like Tootsie's Orchid Lounge and Robert's are sprinkled throughout the city, and don't miss the famous Bluebird Café, a quieter place where up-and-coming songwriters (Garth Brooks and Kathy Mattea got their starts here!) try out their work. Trendy bars and dance clubs like Virago and Bound'ry provide great drinks, attractive crowds and welcome escapes from the work week. Nashville also prides itself on having alternatives to the live music and dancing scenes like sports bars, coffeehouses, and dinner theaters.
Joseph K. Hall, Jr. is an editor for 10Best, Inc. His travels have allowed him to sing for pints in Inistioge and eat octopus in Athens. He served as city editor on the 10Best Travel Guides for Atlanta, Dallas and Washington, DC. His work has also appeared in business and collegiate sports publications. In his spare time – when he has it – he serves... Read more »