A Local's Guide to the Music Bars on Broadway in Nashville

Unveiling the heartbeat of Nashville's iconic Broadway, where every note tells a tale.

Date Updated: November 10, 2023

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A large crowd packed inside Tootsies Orchid Lounge

Tootsies Orchid Lounge is a Nashville staple on Broadway

Nashville’s famous music strip Broadway is the home of many iconic “honky tonk” music venues such as Robert’s Western World, Tootsies and The Stage known for featuring live music 16+ hours a day, 365 days a year. All these venues are located in the same five block area and whether it’s classic country or new country, Lower Broadway surely has something for you. Most all the bars on Broadway are 21 and up and on most nights completely packed full of people in their best southern style. This is the premier place to go if you are visiting Nashville from out of town and want to have a good time.

Table of Contents:

Places displayed in random order

  • 1. Robert's Western World
  • 2. Tootsies Orchid Lounge
  • 3. The Stage
  • 4. Layla's
  • 5. Legends Corner
  • 6. Jason Aldean's
  • 7. Kid Rock's Honky Tonk
  • 8. Miranda Lambert's Casa Rosa
  • 9. Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row
  • 10. FGL House
  • 11. Luke Bryan's 32 Bridge
  • 12. Blake Shelton's Ole Red
  • 13. AJ's Good Time Bar
  • 14. Acme Feed & Seed
  • 15. Nashville Underground
  • 16. Rippy's Bar and Grill
  • 17. Honky Tonk Central
  • 18. The Valentine
  • 19. Nudie's

The Classics

Robert's view of bar from back
A band with a violinist at Robert's Western World
Robert's Western World

Robert's is one of Nashville's very best honky tonk's and is known as the preserver of traditional country music on Broadway's main strip. In addition to featuring a number of Nashville's top musicians and bands, Robert's also serves one of Nashville's most famous meals, the infamous 'recession special' which is just $6 and will get you a fried bologna sandwich, a bag of chips, a Moon Pie and a cold PBR. This has long been considered the best deal in Nashville.

Tootsies Orchid Lounge

Tootsies is a country music institution and world famous honky tonk located right across the alley from the Ryman on Broadway's main strip. Tootsies has four stages and three bars that host live local talent each night usually performing a mix of originals, modern and classic country. Past performers at Tootsies include Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and many others. Tootsie's Wall of Fame' includes hundreds of photos and other memorabilia.

The Stage

The Stage is a popular dive bar with a long history on Nashville’s main strip featuring great country music and a large dance floor. The interior features an original oil painting of The Highwaymen that hangs over the front door. This painting once belonged to Waylon Jennings and hung in his Nashville home.

Layla's

Layla’s is Broadway’s bluegrass bar! Founded by Layla Vartanian in 1997, vintage license plates cover the ceiling and Vartinian’s band Yesterday’s Makeup still plays here many a Sunday afternoon. Layla’s is the only female, independently owned bar on Lower Broadway.

Legends Corner

Legends Corner is a Broadway bar on the corner of 5th Avenue that offers great country music and a classic dive bar experience. Legends is known not just for featuring fantastic bands but also for its mural of country music legends thats painted on their west-facing outdoor wall. Controversially, Taylor Swift was once on the mural but was painted over for Brad Paisley.

Stars' Places

Jason Aldean's

Jason Aldean’s opened on Lower Broadway in the Summer of 2018. The Three-Time ACM Entertainer of the Year welcomes guests inside four levels of good times, southern food and live entertainment. Aldean's main restaurant level features a large bar with a 1961 4020 John Deer tractor. “My Kinda Party” is the largest rooftop patio on Broadway and is dedicated to an all day and night party with live entertainment, dancing and panoramic views of Broadway.

Kid Rock's Honky Tonk

Located on the corner of 3rd Avenue and Broadway, Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk & Rock ‘n’ Roll Steakhouse is one of Nashville’s biggest and baddest honky tonks. With five floors, four stages, and six bars, the well designed space can accommodate almost two thousand people and has a reputation for being Nashville's loudest and rowdiest bar.

Miranda Lambert's Casa Rosa

Miranda Lambert’s Casa Rosa is the first female artist’s bar and restaurant to open on Broadway’s Honky Tonk Highway in Nashville and provides a little taste of Texas in Music City. It is a four level complex that features Tex-Mex dining, three floors of live music and nightlife and a rooftop bar. Another highlight is Casa Rosa’s “Pink House” that features plenty of Miranda’s memorabilia.

The bar and a band playing on stage at Whiskey Row
The rooftop at Whiskey Row
Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row

Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row is a honky tonk and gastropub located in downtown Nashville on the corner of 3rd and Broadway. Whiskey Row is a three-story establishment. The main floor features a stage for live music and a large bar area. The second floor operates as a dance hall with a DJ Booth and is reservable. The top floor is a rooftop bar with panoramic views of Lower Broadway and downtown Nashville below.

FGL House

Located just off Broadway on 3rd Avenue but still making this list is Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley's multi-level restaurant and bar FGL House. This bars 'Cruise' rooftop is one of the largest that Nashville has to offer.

Luke Bryan's 32 Bridge

Luke Bryan’s 32 Bridge is a 30,000 square foot multi-level entertainment facility. It features 6 levels, 8 bars, 3 stages and 2 restaurants. The 'Nut House' is the nickname for the rooftop bar which is one of the largest downtown. The main restaurant here focuses on Southern and American cuisine while the rooftop serves Luke’s personal favorite, sushi.

Ole Red downstairs area
Ole Red exterior
Blake Shelton's Ole Red

Ole Red, founded by Blake Shelton, is a honky tonk for “music-lovers, food-lovers, drink-lovers, and a helluva-lot-of-fun-lovers”. Ole Red’s flagship location opened in Shelton’s hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma in September of 2017 and its Nashville iteration opened the following May. Ole Red features a large stage for live music, multiple levels and a rooftop bar.

AJ's Good Time Bar

Housed in the oldest building on Broadway that has in the past been used as a civil war hospital and Nashville’s first used record store, Alan Jackson keeps it country at AJ’s Good Time Bar. AJ’s features three floors of live country music and also has a rooftop bar.

Other Cool Spots

Acme Feed & Seed

Acme Feed & Seed is a four-story, multi-use, honky tonk and diner on the corner of First and Broadway. The first floor at Acme has a wooden framework and features live music from local bands. The second floor is a cocktail lounge and bar with games and TVs catering to large groups. The third floor is a concert hall and reservable event space. The fourth floor is Acme's huge rooftop patio that has a full bar. On the rooftop at Acme you're treated to one of the best views in Nashville. Facing west is all of Broadway, and facing east is the Cumberland River with Nissan Stadium directly across it.

Nashville Underground

This 40,000-square-foot honky tonk located near the end of Broadway close to the Cumberland River has four floors with bars, food, live music a mechanical bull and arcade games. Nashville Underground is one of the only bars on Broadway that kids can enjoy during the day.

Rippy's Bar and Grill

Rippy’s Bar and Grill is a honky tonk located on the corner of 5th and Broadway immediately across from Bridgestone Arena. Rippy’s main dining area focuses on barbecue-related food and hosts talented musicians. The east area features big screen TV's and is a great place to watch a game.

Honky Tonk Central

Honky Tonk Central is a 94,00 sq. foot bar on Lower Broadway featuring pub food and live country music. Opened in 2010, Honky Tonk is owned by the same group as the famous Tootsies Orchid Lounge across the street.

The Valentine

The Valentine is a prohibition-era themed multi level bar that features live music, light American eats and signature cocktails. It features multiple bookable spaces, perfect for parties or corporate events.

Nudie's

Nudie’s is named after renowned tailor Nudie Cohn whose iconic pop culture clothing is featured along with tons more rare country memorabilia at this three story live music establishment that also features the longest bar in Nashville. Nudie Cohn created costumes for the likes of Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Gene Autry, Johnny Cash, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Elton John and many others. The centerpiece of Nudie’s is Cohn’s custom pink Cadillac El Dorada that hangs on the wall above the main stage at the bars entrance.

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