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On almost every corner in Nashville, there’s a bar filled with hopeful musicians trying to make it in Music City. Yes, in some that means there is someone with a tear in his or her beer (and trying to write about it), but it also means that those aspiring singers are drinking alongside agents, bachelorettes and tourists taking it all in. While the list is vast, there are a few that really stand out as favorites for a consistent atmosphere and a unique draw of regulars as well as visitors.
Whether you like a fine-crafted cocktail, with artisan ice cubes (yes, that's a thing) or just a cold beer and a hot dance floor, these are a few places across town that shouldn't be missed.
There's one Music City Golden Rule that holds true, no matter where you drink: If the hat is passed to collect money for the band playing at the bar, don't skimp as you add your tip. Those are the folks who make the city sound great.