“Don’t just be yourself. Be all of yourself. Don’t just live. Be that other thing connected to death. Be life. Live all of your life. Understand it, be it, appreciate it. And have fun. -Joss Whedon
I could pretend like I did something other than go to bars during my long weekend in Nashville, but I’d be lying. They’re filled with live music from the time they open to the time they close. Every single musician can play just about any request you throw their way and engage the crowd with a hilarious southern-charm vibe. Here were some of my favorites:
- Nudie’s Honkey Tonk
Basically, if I could live in this dark hole of a bar… I would. They had the best music at night, ranging from country to rock throwbacks. The performers walk all over the bar top and go into the audience. I saw the most AMAZING violinist here that literally took my phone and snap-chatted the audience from the stage. I ended every single night here without hesitation. Oh, and they have a car hanging from the wall.
- Bootleggers Inn
One word: MOONSHINE; order any flavor imaginable. Is it legal? Not sure, but do it anyways.
- Honkey Tonk Central
3 floors of sports TV, live music, and Bachelorette parties. The top floors give you an amazing view of the strip (see picture above).
This was an easy find and one of the first bars we went to when we got to Nashville. Right on the corner and featuring the best female vocalist I heard all weekend! I think she was there just about every night so hopefully you get a chance to check her out!
- Swinging Door Saloon
If you want to take a break from the craziness, check out Swinging Door. This little hole-in-the-wall had a chill vibe and seemed to house some of the locals. Plus, their food looked amazing.
- AJ’s Good Time Bar
If your a fan of old country, this is the place for you. It was pretty packed and you could tell that some of the audience was there to see the specific performers.
If you want to bar hop, get some exercise and have your own personal bartender on a BYOB adventure, buy a ticket for Country Music Crawler: a pedal bar that takes you over Lower Broadway. My leg muscles had to take one for the team, but it was a something I could say I’ve never done before.
If you want to take a break from drinking and actually venture around the city: check out some of the local art. It’s incredible.