Get the Party Started: Nightlife in Nashville
Collected by Jennifer Justus, AFAR Local Expert
Nightlife in Nashville means music, of course. And you'll find some of the best in town at these venues, along with a few spots for just having a cocktail or beer.
407 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206, USA
This bar, along gritty Gallatin Avenue in East Nashville, serves expertly made cocktails like the Sam Malone with bourbon, rose vermouth, and cherry liqueur to a eclectic group of folks. The shotgun space has a long elevated bar on the right-hand...
2225 Bransford Ave, Nashville, TN 37204, USA
A guy they call Santa (see long white beard) owns this trailer painted in Christmas motif in an up-and-coming area just south of downtown. There’s karaoke every night and cheap beer for cash only. A house band plays every Sunday from 7 p.m. to 9...
818 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37210, USA
Tucked in a strip-mall space a few blocks from downtown, this spot named for its cross streets has hosted some big acts over the nearly 20 years it has been open. Guests at the venue can relax at tables too with full menu (appetizers, sandwiches,...
402 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
There are dozens of gigs, every night, in Nashville. But there's only one must-see. Not everyone knows about the Time Jumpers' regular Monday night slot at the Station Inn, but that's a good thing, because it's already a weekly sell out. They are...
416 Broadway B, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
Storied honky-tonk joints—and tourists—crowd lower Broadway. But the classic country feel of Robert’s Western World attracts locals, too. Two-step around the tiny dance floor to covers of songs by such favorites as Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and...
116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219, USA
After the Grand Ole Opry left the Ryman Auditorium and relocated, country legend Roy Acuff said the red brick building with its Gothic arches and stained-glass windows might as well be torn down. The Ryman had been home to...
1 Cannery Row, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
Lately, the sounds of Music City have trended toward rock and folk, especially in the Eighth Avenue South District. One Cannery Row offers three venues under one roof that have hosted the likes of the North Mississippi Allstars, She & Him, and the...
4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215, USA
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. At the 100-seat Bluebird Cafe, hear aspiring songwriters as well as chart-topping geniuses perform their original works. Featured on the TV series Nashville, the venue first gained acclaim as a testing...
626 Main St A, Nashville, TN 37206, USA
This funky spot in East Nashville is rock-and-roll-romantic with its hanging paper lanters and drooping strings of holiday lights. But you’ll also find some of the best musicians in town here on a regular basis. Don't miss the shepherd's pie...
900 20th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212, USA
This bar on the bottom floor of the Adelicia Condominiums in Midtown is the first outpost of The Tippler in New York City. You’ll find a gorgeous space filled with gorgeous people of varying types such as a few famous faces, maybe, who keep homes...
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