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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

The Ryman

Downtown Nashville/sobro

3rd & Lindsley

Capacity: 400 seated, 625 standing
First Opened: February 1991
818 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37210; 3rdandlindsley.com

East Nashville

The 5 Spot

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

Downtown Nashville

12th & Porter

Capacity: 300
First Opened: 1990; Remodeled in 2015; Reopened in 2016
114 12th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203; 12andporter.com

midtown

Analog (at Hutton Hotel)

Capacity: 300
First Opened: December 2017
1808 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203; analogathuttonhotel.com

Downtown Nashville

Ascend Amphitheater

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

Downtown Nashville

B.B. King’s Blues Club  

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

Germantown

The Back Corner

Capacity: 200
First Opened: December 2016
1411 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208; thebackcorner.com

8th ave south/melrose

The Basement

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

East nashville

The Basement East

Capacity: 400
First Opened: April 2015
917 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206; thebasementnashville.com

Green Hills

Bluebird Café

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

Downtown Nashville

Bridgestone Arena

Capacity: 9,000-14,000, depending on concert layout
First Opened: December 1996
501 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203; bridgestonearena.com

Downtown Nashville/sobro

Cannery Ballroom

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

whites creek

Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater

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

sylvan park/charlotte

Clementine Hall

Capacity: 500
First Opened: May 1, 2018
4710 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209; clementinehall.com

Downtown Nashville

CMA Theater

Capacity: 776
First Opened: Chartered in 1964; moved to downtown Nashville in May 2000; renovated in 2014
222 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203; cmatheater.com

Downtown Nashville/sobro

City Winery

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

east nashville

The Cobra Nashville

Capacity: 70+
First Opened: October 2016
2511 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206; thecobranashville.com

West End

The Country

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

midtown

Exit/In

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

midtown

The End

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

East Nashville

Family Wash

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

Downtown Franklin

The Franklin Theatre

Capacity: 300
First Opened: 1937
 419 Main St, Franklin, TN 37064; franklintheatre.com 

East Nashville

Grand Ole Opry

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

Downtown Franklin

Gray’s on Main

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

Downtown Nashville/sobro

The High Watt

Capacity: 225
First Opened: 2012
1 Cannery Row, Nashville, TN 37203; thehighwatt.com

Franklin

Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor

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

Franklin

Liberty Hall

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

Downtown Nashville

Listening Room Café

Capacity: 350 in venue; 150 in bar; 100 on patio
First Opened: 2006 in Franklin; January 2013 in Nashville
618 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37210; listeningroomcafe.com

Downtown Nashville

Marathon Music Works

Capacity: 1,800 standing
First Opened: November 2011
1402 Clinton St, Nashville, TN 37203; marathonmusicworks.com

Downtown Nashville/sobro

Mercy Lounge

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

Downtown Nashville

Nashville Municipal Auditorium

Capacity: 9,654 seated
First Opened: October 1962
417 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201; nashvilleauditorium.com

East Nashville

Nashville Palace

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

Downtown Nashville/Downtown Franklin

Puckett’s Restaurant and Grocery

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

west nashville

Ray Stevens CabaRay Showroom

Capacity: 725
First Opened: Coming Soon
5724 River Rd, Nashville, TN 37209; raystevenscabaray.com

Downtown Nashville/sobro

Rocketown

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

Downtown Nashville

Ryman Auditorium

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

Downtown Nashville

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

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

Franklin

Sound Kitchen

Capacity: 125
First Opened: 1994
112 Seaboard Ln, Franklin, TN 37067; soundkitchen.com

The Gulch

The Station Inn

Capacity: 150
First Opened: 1974
402 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203; stationinn.com

8th ave south/melrose

The Sutler

Capacity: 130 in saloon; 90 in cellar
First Opened: 1976; reopened in 2014
2600 Franklin Pk, Nashville, TN 37204; thesutler.com

Downtown Nashville

TPAC's Andrew Jackson Hall

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

Downtown Nashville

TPAC's Polk Theater

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

Midtown/downtown nashville

Tin Roof

Capacity: 350; 400
First Opened: 2002; 2014
1516 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37203; theoriginaltinroof.com
316 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201; tinroofbroadway.com

Downtown Nashville

War Memorial Auditorium

Capacity: 1,661 theatrical; 2,044 open floor
First Opened: 1925
301 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37243; wmarocks.com

Downtown Nashville

Wildhorse Saloon

Capacity: 2,472
First Opened: June 1994
120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201; wildhorsesaloon.com

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