Nashville: The capital of Tennessee, and also the birthplace of country music. People call it the Music City, so it’s no surprise that it’s home to a honky-tonk culture all its own. From stores to shows to dance clubs to bars, honky-tonk appears everywhere in this city; and if you’re a real fan of it, there’ll be no shortage of places and activities to keep you entertained. Looking for a great honky-tonk bar in Nashville? Here are four outstanding honky-tonk joints where you can dance, drink, or just enjoy the music.
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge
This is the classic place when it comes to honky-tonks in Nashville. Legend has it that the best of the Grand Ole Opry has frequented this bar, especially since it backs up to Ryman Auditorium, former home of the Opry. The bar gets crowded, but braving the pack is worth it. The front room features a cover band playing country songs, and the upstairs back room has more new, original songs from up-and-coming Nashville bands.
Do you want to go to a honky-tonk spot that doesn’t feel dark or divey? If so, the Wildhorse Saloon might just be the place in Nashville for you. The Wildhorse is a newer honky-tonk in the city, and it has great dance facilities that includes the lighting and sound system. Visit Wildhorse for line dancing, or enjoy some of the world-class barbecue it serves. The crowd here is young and rowdy, so come prepared!
Robert’s Western World
Want somewhere that feels authentically country? You can’t do any better than Robert’s Western World; and you can even buy cowboy boots there by day. At night, hop on into Robert’s to enjoy cold beer and bar food. It plays mostly rockabilly music, and the crowd is a little more relaxed there than some of the other honky-tonk joints. This is the place to be at if you want a night where you can sit back and enjoy the music – also the place to go if you want a new pair of boots!
This is the first bar you see when you walk down famous Lower Broadway in Nashville, and hence it’s also one of the most popular bars in the city. It stands in the shadow of Ryman Auditorium, and it has soaked up some of the country western glory. Come to Legends for a crowd; it’s where you can dance, drink and meet other country lovers. If you want something quieter, find another place down the street. The acts here are more popular and well-known than some of the other spots on the street. (Keith Urban recently played at this bar.) A night at Legends Corner is guaranteed to end up as a boot-scootin’ good time.