Honky-tonks are an essential part of the downtown Nashville scene and, love them or hate them, you’ll probably end up at one sometime soon. While all honky-tonks by definition involve drinks and live country music, these 20 spots offer even more.
Must-Visit Honky-Tonks in Nashville
Robert’s Western World
This classic Lower Broadway honky-tonk previously housed a steel guitar manufacturer and a boot and apparel store, both of which still have a presence at Robert’s today. Live country music is played from open to close, and Western boots line the walls. Indulge your inner hillbilly and grab a fried bologna sandwich and a cold beer!
Honky Tonk Central
Considering it takes up three stories and a full corner of prime downtown real estate, it’s hard to miss Honky Tonk Central as you’re cruising down Broadway. This place also stands out by offering a different live band on each floor, incredible views of Lower Broadway, and electric energy from top to bottom. (If you need more convincing, it’s Kathie Lee and Hoda–approved!)
Nudie’s lays claim to the longest bar in Nashville—it’s 100 feet long and decorated with thousands of silver dollars—but this honky-tonk’s bragging rights don’t stop there. Grab a drink and gawk at millions of dollars of country music memorabilia made by Nudie Cohn, who dressed megastars like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and Elvis Presley.
You might see a famous face or two at The Stage—Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, and many more have popped up under the spotlights here. Even if your visit nets zero “real” celebrity sightings, the mural of country stars painted on the back wall sort of counts, right?
Tootsies Orchid Lounge
Tootsies is almost as iconic as its across-the-alley neighbor, the Ryman Auditorium, and much rowdier. Since opening in the 1960s, it’s steadily been a go-to for music lovers and now even features a trendy rooftop bar. You can also get a taste of Tootsies at the Nashville airport.
Luke’s 32 Bridge
Luke’s 32 Bridge, owned by country music singer-songwriter Luke Bryan, is a 30,000 square foot multi-level bar, restaurant, and live music destination. There are six levels, eight bars, four stages, and one of the largest rooftop patios on Broadway! If you’re in the mood for a bite to eat make sure to try Luke’s Elk Burger with Red Dragon Cheese.
One of the more family-friendly honky-tonks, Rippy’s is often a bit quieter than other places on Broadway. There’s still much fun and food to be had, however, especially when it involves their signature ribs and Honky Tonk Tea.
This place is small, but there’s always enough room for swing dancing! If you prefer to sit, there’s plenty of beer and whiskey on hand to keep you entertained. No matter where you land at Whiskey Bent, don’t be alarmed by the giant stuffed bear overlooking the floor—he’s harmless.
Some of the best nights out in Nashville end at Legends Corner. Maybe it’s the stiff drinks, maybe it’s the exceptional live music, maybe it’s the mix of old-timers and bachelorette parties existing in harmony. If there’s a line, it’s worth the wait.
Paradise Park is one of the most beloved spots on Broadway by both locals and tourists. Visitors can expect astroturf, live music, $6 pitchers of beer, and guaranteed good time. This trailer-park-themed honk-tonk will have you coming back for more!
Kid Rock’s Big Honky Tonk and Rock n’ Roll Steakhouse
Kid Rock’s Big Honky Tonk and Rock n’ Roll Steakhouse, owned by country music singer-songwriter Kid Rock, is one of the largest honky-tonks on Broadway. This popular bar & restaurant can accommodate up to 2,000 people and features a two-story main stage, six bars, and a rooftop patio. If you’re hungry order their delicious signature 36oz Tomahawk Ribeye!
Ole Red, owned by country music star Blake Shelton, is a two-story bar and restaurant located on Broadway. The rooftop level, The Lookout, offers some of the best views of downtown Nashville. Drop by for the Redneck Nachos, signature cocktails, live music, and a ton of fun!
If you’re looking to party in red, white, and blue all-year-round then Redneck Riviera is the spot for you. This patriotic honky-tonk, created by country music singer-songwriter John Rich, offers military veterans, active duty, and first responders 2-for-1 on all domestic beers! They also serve up some delicious bar-b-que.
Famous Saloon is a multi-level honky-tonk located off of Broadway on 2nd avenue. Stop in and experience breathtaking views from one of the tallest rooftops in town and daily performances from Nashville’s top new artists!
AJ’s Good Time Bar
AJ’s Good Time Bar, the name says it all. Alan Jackson’s Lower Broadway bar has been voted the number one honky-tonk in Nashville by Billboard Magazine. The three-story hot spot offers something different on each level; a sports bar, karaoke bar, and rooftop bar. Oh, and of course live music!
If you’re looking to line dance on Downtown’s largest dance floor then the Wildhorse Saloon is the place for you. The iconic Nashville destination, located on 2nd avenue off of Broadway, offers daily live music, complimentary line dance lessons, and select menu options featuring Wildhorse Saloon’s exclusive single-barrel Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey.
Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar
Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar, owned by country music singer-songwriter Jason Aldean, includes four levels, southern food, local craft beer, daily live music from local and national artists, two giant video walls, a spacious rooftop patio and more! This Broadway bar has so much to offer you’ll never want to leave.
Expect to hear a bit of everything coming from Layla’s stage: country, rockabilly, Western, Americana, bluegrass, and more. The crowds here are even more eclectic, as evidenced by the license plates the owners have collected and hung all over the bar. Bring in your old one and get a beer on the house!
The Second Fiddle
The Second Fiddle, where great country music and friendly folks come together. This honky-tonk, located on lower Broadway, is all about tradition and offers live country music seven-days-a-week from local Nashville artists. When you visit The Second Fiddle, you’ll feel right at home.
Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, owned by country music singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley, is located on Lower Broadway. The three-story concept includes a rooftop patio with amazing views of Downtown and a close-up of the iconic Batman building, multiple bars, and award-winning food and drinks. When weather permits, reserve brunch on the rooftop; their chicken and waffles are a ten-out-of-ten!