Best Nashville, TN Nightlife

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    10. Printer's Alley

    This famous little alley still hasn't lost it's charm with visitors, and continues to be a haven for those seeking nightlife and adventure. Big dreams might be started at Miss Kellie's Karaoke Bar or Lonnie's Western...

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    9. Winners/Losers

    From the outside these two side-by-side buildings don't look like much (and they don't inside either). But, for the live music and the non-stop fun, both are always packed late night with 20-30 something's (including...

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    8. SEEN Nashville

    Every night here is a different experience, from a socialite theme on Thursdays to a full-blown dance party on Saturdays. On Friday nights, the vibe is always changing, which is why those seeking diverse...

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    7. Sambuca

    In this 2-story restaurant and bar in the Gulch, evenings are set around live performances catering to those seeking a bit of escape from the country scene. Jazz, blues and a variety of popular dance music from top...

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    5. Soulshine Pizza/Slider House

    Since opening in late 2012, this duo set in the same building under co-management has completely shaken up the late night scene. On one side, a large, two-story specialty beer and pizza hang with live music every...

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    4. Patterson House

    Things here are private, perfect and well, past tense. The throwback to a prohibition era luxury speakeasy, this cocktail haven draws the most discriminating palettes for precise libations served in a classic...

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    3. Virago

    A little bit of Asian influence is what patrons are seeking for an elegant but lively night out in the city. With varied areas, the city's best patio and dozens of private gathering places, it really does offer...

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    1. Lower Broadway

    This isn't only where flocks of tourists come to see the heart of country music in downtown Nashville, but where locals take their friends to get a true feel of what the city is all about: music, hospitality and fun....

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About Nashville, TN Nightlife

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.


About Joseph K. Hall Jr.

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 as a...  Read more »

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