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The Essential Guide to Honky Tonks in Nashville

As the sun sets on Downtown Nashville, the ubiquitous neon lights that crown Broadway’s iconic honky tonks make themselves known. These bright lights—in the shape of guitars or boots or fiddles or pigs—buzz with the promise of late-night excitement. Passersby are drawn into these crowded, wood-clad spaces hoping to experience first-hand the music spilling from legendary stages and bourbon pouring from neighborly bars.

The possibility of celebrity sightings and promise of lowdown country culture give these dim-and-loud bars an almost irresistible mystique. What will the night bring? Will a surprise guest grace the stage? What kinds of stories will we be left with in the morning? No one can be sure. And so the night begins with boot stomps and beer bottles and moves on to sing-alongs and slow dances, until glasses clink one final time to welcome the rising sun.

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge

This bright purple Nashville institution offers live music on three floors from morning ’til, well, the next morning. This has been a celebrity hangout since its beginning over 50 years ago—first, Patsy and Hank (whose ghost allegedly still haunts the place) and later, U2 and the Clash.

The Stage on Broadway

The entrance to this honky-tonk is marked by an enormous neon guitar overhead. This popular Broadway stop boasts the largest stage, seating capacity and dance floor on Honky Tonk Row. Catch performances from some of the best musicians in the city. Live music daily 11 am-3 am. 21 and up after 6 pm.

Legends Corner

This music venue features some of downtown’s best live sets and one of the friendliest staffs in the city. The only thing you'll pay to attend a show is what you contribute to a jar that's passed to help support the musicians. Open 365 days a year, 10 am-3 am. 21+ after 6 pm.

The Second Fiddle

This country music bar bills itself as a “true honky-tonk.” Grand Ole Opry memorabilia fills the walls of this honky-tonk, which offers live music daily. Live music M-W 2 pm-3 am, Th-Su 11 am-3 am. 21 and up after 6 pm.

Robert's Western World

This tried-and-true honky tonk has old, scuffed-up hardwood floors, PBR in the can and autographed pictures on the wall. The big, red boot above the door marks the spot. Expect to hear traditional country music or Brazilbilly that keeps the party going into the night. 21 and up after 6 pm. Open late daily.

Layla's Bluegrass Inn

Listen to live bluegrass seated on red vinyl stools beneath Christmas lights strung along the ceiling at this hillbilly club. Live music plays into the night daily, and the kitchen provides food and drink to fuel the fun.

Nashville Crossroads

Enjoy talented bands, friendly bartenders and plenty of drinks at this fun neighborhood spot. It’s a classic honky-tonk bar that draws a diverse crowd. Cheap beer and a good crowd—doesn't get any better. Open late daily.


This massive bar has three levels that feature live music, six custom bars, three stages, two outdoor patios and one of the best views of bustling Broadway. A full menu of sandwiches, melts, burgers, salads and cocktails is available to satisfy your hunger. Open daily from 11 am-3 am.

Tequila Cowboy

Across a massive 25,00 square feet, this honky tonk features five bars and a mechanical bull. There is a variety of theme rooms to please patrons, including a game room, the Rock Bar equipped with a stage for live music, and a Top 40-style dance club. Open daily 11 am-3 am.

Honky Tonk Central

  The location of this three-story bar on Nashville’s legendary honky-tonk highway can’t be beat, and neither can the nightly live music and boot-stomping good times