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The Best Music Venues in Nashville

Nashville was built on live musical performances, from the Grand Ole Opry to Music City Roots. Here, we list the top spots in town for seeing the magic of music up close.

Written By:  Valerie Hammond

Photographers:  Supplied

3rd & Lindsley

Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
Capacity: 700
First Opened: May 1991
818 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37210; 3rdandlindsley.com

The 5 Spot

Neighborhood: East Nashville
Capacity: 180
First Opened: 2003
1006 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206; the5spot.club

12th & Porter

Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
Capacity: 300
First Opened: 1990; Remodeled in 2015
114 12th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203; 12andporter.com

Ascend Amphitheater

Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
Capacity: 2,300, fixed seating; 4,500 on the lawn
First Opened: July 2015
301 1st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201; ascendamphitheater.com

B.B. King’s Blues Club  

Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
Capacity: Seated, 700; Standing 1,000
First Opened: 2003
152 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201; bbkings.com/nashville

The Back Corner

Neighborhood: Germantown
Capacity: 160+
First Opened: December 2016
1411 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208; thebackcorner.com

The Basement

Neighborhood: Melrose
Capacity: 200
First Opened: 2005
1604 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203; thebasementnashville.com

The Basement East

Neighborhood: East Nashville
Capacity: 400
First Opened: March 2014
917 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206; thebasementnashville.com

Bluebird Café

Neighborhood: Green Hills
Capacity: 90
First Opened: 1982
4104 Hillsboro Pk, Nashville, TN 37215; bluebirdcafe.com 

Bridgestone Arena

Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
Capacity: 20,000
First Opened: December 18, 1996
501 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203; bridgestonearena.com

the Cannery Ballroom

Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
Capacity: 1,000 standing
First Opened: 1883 (originally a flour mill); venue in 2005
1 Cannery Row, Nashville, TN 37203; thecanneryballroom.com

Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater

Neighborhood: Whites Creek 
Capacity: 4,500
First Opened: 2010
4225 Whites Creek Pike, Whites Creek, TN 37189; fontanel.com

CMA Theater

Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
Capacity: 776
First Opened: 2014
222 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203; cmatheater.com

City Winery

Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
Capacity: 350 seated
First Opened: September 2014
609 Lafayette St, Nashville, TN 37203; citywinery.com/nashville

The Country

Neighborhood: West End
Capacity: 350
First Opened: September 2015
110 28th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203; thecountrynashville.com   

Exit/In

Neighborhood: West End
Capacity: 500
First Opened: 1971
2208 Elliston Pl, Nashville, TN 37203; exitin.com

The End

Neighborhood: West End
Capacity: 200
First Opened: 1999
2219 Elliston Pl, Nashville, TN 37203; endnashville.com

Family Wash

Neighborhood: East Nashville
Capacity: 175
First Opened: 2002; relocated in 2015
626A Main St, Nashville, TN 37206; familywash.com

The Franklin Theatre

Neighborhood: Downtown Franklin
Capacity: 322
First Opened: 1937
 419 Main St, Franklin, TN 37064; franklintheatre.com 

Grand Ole Opry

Neighborhood: East Nashville
Capacity: 4,404
First Opened: March 1974
2804 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214; opry.com

Gray’s on Main

Neighborhood: Downtown Franklin
Capacity: 150
First Opened: 1876 (Victorian landmark); restaurant in 2012
332 Main St, Franklin, TN 37064; graysonmain.com

The High Watt

Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
Capacity: 250
First Opened: January 2003
1 Cannery Row, Nashville, TN 37203; thehighwatt.com

Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor

Neighborhood: Franklin
Capacity: 100 inside; 100 on patio
First Opened: 2005; venue in 2007
214 S Margin St, Franklin, TN 37064; kimbroscafe.virb.com

Liberty Hall

Neighborhood: Franklin
Capacity: 950 seated; 1,400 standing
First Opened: 1929; Remodel in 2012
230 Franklin Rd, Franklin, TN 37064; factoryatfranklin.com

Listening Room Café

Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
Capacity: 350
First Opened: 2006 in Franklin; January 2013 in Nashville
618 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37210; listeningroomcafe.com

Marathon Music Works

Neighborhood: Marathon Village
Capacity: 1,500 standing
First Opened: November 2011
1402 Clinton St, Nashville, TN 37203; marathonmusicworks.com

Mercy Lounge

Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
Capacity: 500
First Opened: January 2003
1 Cannery Row, Nashville, TN 37203; thehighwatt.com

Nashville Municipal Auditorium

Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
Capacity: 9,700
First Opened: October 1962
417 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201; nashvilleauditorium.com

Nashville Palace

Neighborhood: East Nashville
Capacity: 725
First Opened: 1977
2611 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214; nashville-palace.com

Puckett’s Restaurant and Grocery

Neighborhood: Downtown Franklin; Downtown Nashville
Capacity: Franklin: 118; Nashville: 150
First Opened: Franklin, 2004; Nashville, 2010
120 4th Ave S, Franklin, TN 37064
500 Church St, Nashville, TN 37219; puckettsgro.com

Rocketown

Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
Capacity: 1,500
First Opened: 2003
601 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37210; rocketown.com

Ryman Auditorium

Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
Capacity: 2,362 seated
First Opened: 1892
116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219; ryman.com

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
Capacity: 1,860 seated
First Opened: September 9, 2006
1 Symphony Pl, Nashville, TN 37201; nashvillesymphony.org

The Station Inn

Neighborhood: The Gulch
Capacity: 175
First Opened: 1974
402 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203; stationinn.com 

The Sutler

Neighborhood: Melrose
Capacity: 115
First Opened: 1976; reopened in 2014
2600 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37204; thesutler.com

TPAC: Andrew Jackson Theater

Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
Capacity: 2,472 seated
First Opened: 1980
505 Deaderick St, Nashville, TN 37243; tpac.org

TPAC: Polk Theater

Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
Capacity: 1,075 seated
First Opened: 1980
505 Deaderick St, Nashville, TN 37243; tpac.org

Tin Roof demonbreun

Neighborhood: Midtown
Capacity: 550+
First Opened: 2002
1516 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37203; tinroofbroadway.com

Tin Roof Downtown

Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
Capacity: 300+
First Opened: May 2014
316 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201; theoriginaltinroof.com

War Memorial Auditorium

Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
Capacity: 2,044
First Opened: 1925
301 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37243; wmarocks.com

Wildhorse Saloon

Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
Capacity: 2,000
First Opened: June 1, 1994
120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201; wildhorsesaloon.com

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