3 Crow Bar
1024 Woodland Street (615)-262-3345
Located in the Five Points area of East Nashville is the linchpin in a cluster of bars all within a stone's throw of one another: Red Door Saloon, which also has an outpost in midtown; The 5 Spot, a pleasant nonsmoking spot that often books local bands; Beyond the Edge, a large sports bar; the Alley Cat, a popular neighborhood hangout with good food selection; and more.
3RD & LINDSLEY BAR & GRILL
816 3RD AVE S., NASHVILLE TN 37210 (615) 259-9891
There's live music almost every night and the room usually fills up to hear the amazing Wooten Brothers (jazz and blues, and sometimes a Flecktone), or the Players (the A-list of studio session musicians). Check the listings for Jonell Mosser, a longtime local soul singer who packs the place every time. Park in the office park's lot and slip into a booth or table for angus burgers, chicken sandwiches, prime rib or pastas and stir-frys.
Bar 23 in the Gulch is where you'll go to be seen and to feel like you're, well, not in Nashville. Usually populated by girls in designer jeans and lots of young professionals trying to loosen their ties.
1008 WOODLAND STREET, NASHVILLE TN 37206 (615) 262-5888
1604 8th Avenue South (615)-254-8006
Intimate. Owner and man-around-town Mike Grimes books everything from country singer-songwriters to young noise bands. Above the venue is Grimey's, his record store that consistently is voted best independent record store in Nashville. A non-smoking, 21+ club.
BB KINGS BLUES CLUB
152 2ND AVE N, NASHVILLE TN 37201 (615) 256-2727
Here, you'll enjoy blues, Motown, classic rock and more. If you're hungry, try one of B.B. King Blues Club's menu items, featuring Cajun comfort foods. When you come into B.B. King Blues Club, you'll see that there are 2 stages for live music, 4 full-service bars, 12 television monitors, dining overlooking the Cumberland River and historic 1st Avenue, hand-painted table art, and more. Come in for a unique dining experience and specialty drinks, and listen to B.B. King Blues Club's house bands: The B.B. King's House Rockers, The B.B. King's Soul Brigade, Burning Las Vegas, and The Soul Searchers. "Let the good times roll" at B.B. Kings Blues Club.
The Beer Sellar
107 Church Street (615)-254-9464
Located downown this is a fun place; it sometimes has all-you-can-drink evenings for around $20. Go for their wide selection of beers.
142 BELLE FOREST CIRCLE, NASHVILLE, TN 37221 (615) 673-7206
BEYOND THE EDGE
112 S 11TH STREET, NASHVILLE TN 37206 (615) 266-3343
4104 HILLSBORO PIKE, NASHVILLE, TN 37215 (615) 383-1461
No other place in town is more closely associated with the struggles of Nashville songwriters than the Bluebird Cafe. This is where Kathy Mattea and Garth Brooks got their starts. The club owner holds auditions every four or five months for the coveted Sunday Writers' Night slots in search of the next big name. Most folks in the crowd are songwriters, too, although expect a handful of talent scouts and fans of acoustic music.
BLUESBORO RHYTHM & BLUES CO
217 2ND AVE S, NASHVILLE TN 37201 (615) 250-7832
BLUE SKY COURT
410 4TH AVE S, NASHVILLE TN 37201 (615) 242-6033
BOURBON STREET BLUES & BOOGIE BAR
220 PRINTERS ALLEY, NASHVILLE, TN 37201 (615) 242-5837
Printer's Alley was once Nashville's most thriving nightclub scene, and this raucous blues club helps keep that legacy alive. The bar, which aims to transport visitors to New Orleans with its Crescent City decor, also serves up New Orleans style Cajun cuisine. The kitchen stays open until midnight. The house band, Stacey Mitchhart and Blues U Can Use, plays several times a week, and their smoking set has attracted a wide following.
BROKEN SPOKE CAFE
1412 BRICK CHURCH PIKE, NASHVILLE, TN 37207 (615) 262-7524
154 SECOND AVENUE NORTH, NASHVILLE TN 37201 (615) 313-7665
This Western-themed joint has 24 regulation-sized pool tables, four foosball tables and six dart boards to entertain. Wild Wild West posters hang on the walls, while large windows afford views of Second Avenue. Not a whole lot of serious pool players frequent Buffalo Billiards. Rather, 20-somethings come out to shoot a game or two, drink a beer and have a good time. To complement brews, an appetizer menu offers buffalo wings, nachos and the like.
1143 COLUMBIA AVE, FRANKLIN TN 37067 (615) 794-4777
1602 W NORTHFIELD BLVD, MURFREESBORO TN (615) 893-7860
CABARET EPISODE II
833 MURFREESBORO ROAD, NASHVILLE TN 37217 (615) 367-1995
CADILLAC RANCH ROCK N COUNTRY BAR & GRILL
305 BROADWAY, NASHVILLE TN 37201 (615) 742-9078
Downtown saloon features country, rock and Top 40 music, a long drink list and a grill serving burgers and wings.
210 Louise Avenue (615)-321-2626
Isn't a bar, per se, but it does serve beer and remains open 24 hours every day. Expect to find studious Vandy kids, scene-making hipsters, and drunk everybody at night. Located just off Elliston behind the Exit/In.
Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre
8204 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221 (615) 646-9977
This 300-seat theater, located on the outskirts of Nashville, combines a dinner experience with a thespian one. With rustic decor resembling a country barn, the buffet opens at 6pm and serves everything from carved beef and baked salmon to veggie casseroles and fresh salads. The desserts occupy tables of their own. After dinner, diners sit on tiered levels around the stage's perimeter. Actors not currently appearing in a show serve as waitstaff.
Douglas Corner Cafe
2106 8th Avenue South (615)-298-1688
Another major venue for songwriters hoping to be discovered as well as established songwriters revisiting their old haunts. Open mic nights every week.
2219 Elliston Place (615)-321-4457
Located just across from Exit/In, it regularly books reliable indie rock bands, both local and nationally known.
2208 Elliston Place (615)-321-3340
A standby for mid-level touring bands of all varieties for decades. Check out the names of past performers over the bar.
2038 GREENWOOD AVE, NASHVILLE TN (615) 226-6070
F. SCOTT'S JAZZ CLUB
2210 CRESTMOOR ROAD, NASHVILLE, TN 37215 (615) 269-5861
At this sophisticated, yet comfortable, restaurant, you may start with a quailed stuffed appetizer, follwed by a Caesar salad, and, finally, a duck breast stuffed with Kumquat and Marcona Almonds. You may decide to compliment your meal with a glass of wine or have Citrus Crème Anglaise for dessert. Enjoy these and the many other tempting dining options of F. Scott's while listening to live jazz music; dine in style at F. Scott's Restaurant in Nashville.
FIDDLE & STEEL GUITAR BAR
210 PRINTERS ALLY, NASHVILLE, TN 37201 (615) 251-9002
Located on Nashville's infamous corridor, Printer's Alley, this bare-bones music saloon exudes an unrefined attitude that has made it a popular late-night haven. The interior is dimly lit, musty and warm. A small scattering of reclusive locals tend to occupy the place non-stop, favoring it over its trendier neighbors, and patrons are pleasantly surprised to find the music a cut above average. The drink selection is limited to basic domestic brews.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
1010 Demonbreun Street (615)-259-7468
Huge assortment of beers available here.
GRAHAM CENTRAL STATION
128 2ND AVE N., NASHVILLE TN 37201 (615) 251-9593
Clubbers hop from room to room in this cavernous space. Bell Bottoms Disco Club features music from the '70s, the Showcase offers live music and Starz lets patrons belt out their favorite tunes in its karaoke lounge. During the week, the clientele ranges from 18 to 30, while during weekends it's 21 and up. Drink specials like ladies night and service industry nights are available each evening.
HARD ROCK CAFÉ NASHVILLE
100 BROADWAY, NASHVILLE, TN 37201 (615) 742-9900
Treat yourself to a hearty Hard Rock Cafe meal as you gaze at Garth Brooks' hat, Jimi Hendrix's shirt, and other fantastic music memorabilia! Patsy Cline, Kitty Wells, Carlene Carter, Willie Nelson, Chet Atkins, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn and Lorrie Morgan all contributed to the "Nashville Sound," which made musical history.
1400 Woodland Street (615) 226-6343
Initially opened as a lesbian bar, the lipstick lounge now considers itself "a bar for humans."
1 Cannery Row # 100 (Somewhat hard to find, on Cannery Row off 8th Ave. downtown.) (615) 251-3020
A welcome new addition to the bar scene. Its many red pool tables, large deck, friendly vibe, and live band karaoke nights add to its charm. Often hosts nationally-known indie bands.
MISS MARPLE'S MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
135 SECOND AVE N., NASHVILLE TN 37201 (615) 242-8000
Downtown dinner theatre shows interactive murder mysteries and offers a buffet of traditional favorites like prime rib and potatoes.
MULLIGAN'S PUB AND RESTAURANT
117 2ND AVE NORTH, NASHVILLE TN 37201 (615) 242-8010
This comfy Irish pub and grill sits right in the heart of the District. Downstairs, there's a full bar and small dining room where live Irish music entertains rowdy and loyal crowds on weekends. Upstairs is quieter, with board games, darts and a big-screen TV. Live music draws a crowd Thursday through Saturday nights. For a meal, there's fish-and-chips or corned beef and colcannon--an Irish peasant dish with buttery mashed potatoes and cabbage.
ON THE ROCKS
1530 DEMONBREUN, NASHVILLE, TN 37208 (615) 252-6670
A bunch of guys with a taste for wings and other fine Southern fried foods, huge drinks and about as much fun as you can pack between four walls. Check out our calendar for dates and times for Karaoke and Live Rock Music.
PIRANHA'S BAR & GRILL
113 2ND AVE. N., NASHVILLE TN 37201 (615) 248-4375
RIPPY'S SMOKIN' BAR & GRILL
429 BROADWAY, NASHVILLE, TN 37203 (615) 244-7477
Sit down and have a cold beer, fill your tummy with baby back rips or pulled pork, or enjoy live music. Be sure to get your seat at Rippy's Smokin' Bar & Grill if you visit right before a Gaylord event when the place is really smokin' with a crowd. Across from Rippy's Smokin' Bar & Grill, Honky Tonk Row gives you more opportunity to experience Nashville. You're always welcome to visit Rippy's Bar & Grill for cold drinks, appetizing food, live music, and no cover charge.
115 27th Avenue North (615) 320-0345
Located next to Centennial Park, this is one of Nashville's most reliable dive bars and often hosts underground and noisy local and touring bands. Once a speakeasy, later a hangout for Jimmy Hoffa, now host to a strange mix of local drunks, slumming Vandy kids, and musicians. Pool table, arcade games, good jukebox, good booker, a cheap beer-only bar, and a large screened-in cement block porch. Don't miss its regular Working Stiffs Jamboree.
412 Broadway (615) 726-0504
Good music nightly on the stage at this spacious two-floor honky tonk in the center of downtown Nashville.
402 12th Avenue South (615) 255-3307
A bit of a time warp, especially located in the middle of the now trendy Gulch area of 12th Ave. Its excellent bluegrass and old-time Americana shows have drawn loyal patrons for decades.
THIRSTY TURTLE INC
427 S COLLEGE ST, LEBANON, TN 37087 (615) 444-2494
Tootsie's Orchid Lounge
422 Broadway (Corner of Broadway and 2nd Street) (615) 726-0463
Tootsie's is one of the few denizens of lower Broad that looks like it's been there for half a century - and it has. An old honkytonk where many major country stars got their starts.
TWO DOORS DOWN
1524 DEMONBREUM STREET, NASHVILLE TN 37203 (615) 780-0020
Wild Horse Saloon
120 2nd Avenue North (615) 902-8200
Located downtown, it offers line-dancing lessons during the day. It is conveniently located near quite a few other bars and clubs aimed at country music fans and tourists downtown, most of which tend to be bustling on weekends. Home to contemporary music and dancing, the Wildhorse Saloon is rooted deep in Country music traditions. Find the latest name act entertainment throughout the year.
Windows on the Cumberland
112 2nd Avenue North (615) 251-0097
Offering a good beer selection, a great view of the river, and even better live bands, especially jazz.
ZANIES COMEDY SHOWPLACE
2025 8TH AVE S, NASHVILLE, TN 37204 (615) 269-0221
This comedy club's walls are lined with head shots of comedians who've played the venue since it opened in 1983.
Hours: Box office phone hours:, Mon-Tue 10am-5pm, Wed-Thu 10am-9:30pm, Fri 10am-11:45pm, Sat 1pm-12:45am, Sun 3pm-9:30pm