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Nashville's Best Honkey Tonk Bars

You can’t talk about music in Nashville without mentioning the honky tonks of Lower Broad.

Written By:  Heather Byrd

Photographers:  The Tennessean

Robert's Western World
Robert's Western World
Rippy's
Tootsie's Orchid Lounge
Layla's Bluegrass Inn
The Stage


You can’t talk about music in Nashville without mentioning the honky tonks of Lower Broad. This historic line of bars hang to the skirt of the mother church of country music, The Ryman Auditorium, and pump out some of the best music Nashville has to offer from sun up to long past sundown each and every day. It’s a place where out-of-towners, hometown tourists, dream-chasers far from home, and seasoned music veterans collide in astounding fashion. Simply put: There’s no place else on earth quite like it.

Start at the top of Broadway and 6th Avenue with the originals: Legend’s Corner, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Second Fiddle, Layla’s Bluegrass Inn, and Robert’s Western World where some of the finest pickers and players on the planet have cut their teeth. Move on down to The Stage and across the street to Honky Tonk Central, Nashville Crossroads, The Wheel, Full Moon Saloon, and Rippy’s where music literally spills out onto the sidewalks. For a glimpse at more mainstream acts, the Hard Rock Café is just a few blocks away.

For the most part, you’ll find no cover charges meaning you can move about freely until something catches your ear, but be sure to show up with a few spare dollars and never forget to tip the musicians. Their lives might very well depend on it.

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