Legendary Live Music Venues & Southern Dining
Explore the erratic world of Nashville nightlife. From sophisticated restaurants in Nashville such as the Watermark to rowdy honky-tonks, this city has it all. Use this list as a guide, or speak with our concierge for a more detailed list of area Nashville bars, restaurants and cafes.
The Bluebird Café
4101 Hillsboro Road (615) 383-1461 With a worldwide reputation for presenting the best original country and acoustic music, The Bluebird Café showcases up-and-coming songwriters. See the place where legendary musicians such as Kathy Mattea and Garth Brooks first started out their careers. They serve wine, beer, appetizers and sandwiches.
Tootsies Orchid Lounge
422 Broadway (422) 226-0463 No trip to Music City is complete without a stop at the world's most famous honky-tonk. Continuous live music.
2208 Elliston Place (615) 321-3340 A legendary venue that hosts big-name touring acts and local favorites in an intimate setting. A Music City landmark, Exit/In has welcomed artists including Emmylou Harris and the Donnas.
The Cannery Ballroom/Mercy Lounge
1 Cannery Row (615) 251-3020 These sister clubs inhabit the first two floors of Nashville’s Historic Cannery building. Built in 1883, the former flour mill and food processing center is now home to two of Nashville’s premier music venues.
120 2nd Avenue North, (615) 902-8200 Located on 2nd Avenue in downtown Nashville, the Wildhorse offers three floors of action-packed fun, 5 bars, award-winning southern dining and live entertainment 7 nights a week.
Elliston Place Soda Shop
2111 Elliston Pl (615) 327-1090. Little has changed at the Elliston Place Soda Shop --Nashville's oldest continuously operating restaurant in the same location--since it was opened by Lynn Chandler in 1939. (He has since sold it.) The fountain and grill serve up a typical pharmacy/soda shop menu of breakfast, burgers and fries, sundaes, shakes and banana splits; the kitchen serves up a daily changing repast of meat-and-three.
Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack
123 Ewing Drive, #3 (615) 226-9442. Some like it hot, and at Prince's, it's "beads-of-sweat-forming-on-the-brows-of-grown-men" hot. Inside, booths seat about 20 people and straw fans adorn the walls. There are four heat levels: mild is for those who like "spicy" food; for the neophyte, medium induces sweating; hot is a quasi-religious experience and extra-hot is fine if you have no plans for the next 12 hours. Sides of beans, slaw and potato salad are tasty heat extinguishers.
8400 Tennesee Hwy 100 (615) 646-9700. Serving Southern comfort fare to MusicCity's guests and locals with a charming country flair. Located at the Northern terminus of the Natchez Trace Parkway, this legendary haunt is a blend of successful tourist hot spot and local favorites.
911 20th Avenue S. (615) 321-3043 . Eclectic "global cuisine". Treat your taste buds to a culinary trip around the world without ever leaving your seat.
M Street at 11th and McGavock (615) 259-0050. The inspiration for our name derives from the historical Kayne switch yard, located directly across 11th Avenue. Although deeply rooted in the style of the great American steakhouse, Kayne Prime is a celebration of the now, featuring Chef Wilson’s modern interpretations of the classics, as well as market-driven fresh, farm-to-table creations.
The Midtown Café
102 19th Ave. S., (615) 320-7176. THE place for a power lunch or a romantic dinner. The food is modest, and unpretentious, but always well-executed and it doesn't get in the way of deals or dates.
1918 Broadway (615) 329-6674 and 4014 Hillsboro Circle (615) 269-3535 . New York-style deli imports a little piece of Big Apple heaven to Nashville.
2413 Elliston Place (615) 327-9892. Legendary, no-frills diner serves some of Nashville's best burgers.
1904 Broadway (615) 320-8580. Located in the heart of Nashville's midtown, Tavern offers an innovative menu and friendly, attentive service in a contemporary, inviting atmosphere. Rich, warm interior hues, expansive patios and multiple flat screens make Tavern the perfect backdrop to enjoy with friends all year long.
1811 Division St., (615) 320-5149. The fashionista set frequents this ultra-trendy restaurant and lounge. The menu features creative sushi rolls and tempting Asian fusion entrees.
507 12th Avenue South (615) 254-2000 . This elegant eatery was quick to emerge as one of Nashville's premier dining destinations. The menu is a seasonal celebration of the South's culinary heritage.