If you are a Country music fan, Nashville is a great place to visit. Even if you don’t enjoy Country music, can’t imagine that you still wouldn’t enjoy Nashville and the surrounding area as there is alot to do that doesn’t involve music. Broadway is the main street that runs along downtown Nashville. The street is lined with restaurants, bars and stores. Many bartenders and performers work off tips so be mindful of that when you patronize the bars.
The bars are fantastic but 3 really stood out. The Wildhorse Saloon is a favorite. It is located just off Broadway on 120 2nd Ave. It’s a massive place with live music that changes every couple of hours. They offer free line dancing lessons and the floor is packed. The $6 cover charge is well worth it.
Tootsies is another favorite. It is a multi-level bar located on Broadway in the middle of the action. It is very close to both the Ryman auditorium and Bridgestone arena and performers have been known to drop by after concerts for a beverage. The roof top bar is great if you get good weather. Try to get a table that overlooks Broadway. Lots to see from that vantage point. This bar seems to be crowded all day and evening.
Third favorite bar is Nudies also located along Broadway diagonally across from Tootsies. Nudie designed performance costumes/clothing for popular country music stars like johnny Cash. The bar is decorated with many of the costumes Nudie designed and actually has a convertible hanging vertically behind the stage. The bar is alot of fun with engaging performers who get people involved in the show.
Pedal bar tours are popular and can be seen and heard driving along the main streets. They stop at various locations for patrons to spend time at a few bars. The tour lasts about 2 hours. Nissan stadium is located on the east bank of the Cumberland River directly across from downtown. Its an easy walk over the bridge to travel between Broadway and the stadium. It hosts the Tennessee titans. The Bridgestone arena is located on Broadway and hosts the Nashville Predators. The arena is also used for concerts, gymnastic and figure skating competitions as well as religious gatherings.
Lastly, make some time to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. It is located just off Broadway and costs about $25. Give yourself about 3 hours to tour. The museum chronicles country music for about the last 100 years and there are displays of memorabilia from both the early days and current performers. There is something for everyone to enjoy.