Touring Music City: 7 of the Best Venues in Nashville

Music City may be most famous for its country scene, but the city has something to offer everyone in terms of live music. A recent influx of talented musicians from a variety of genres in the past few years has created an incredibly diverse music scene. Some important things to know before hitting up the bars and honky-tonks of Nashville: The bands work for tips, so ditch the extra cocktail in favor of showing some love to the musicians; bands playing on Broadway encourage requests, so brush up on your favorite country tunes old and new; and many bars in the city allow smoking, so if that’s going to bum you out you might want to check with the venue beforehand.



Bluebird Cafe

If you want to snag a seat at Nashville’s legendary songwriters mecca, the Bluebird Cafe, you better get your tickets for the 90-seat venue early, as they sell out even when unknowns are playing. That’s because the club has cultivated a reputation of being the place to catch whoever is set to become the next big singer-songwriter. In order to get a seat, you must either use the venue’s online reservation system or just arrive early and cross your fingers. The Bluebird is also known for featuring surprise star performers. There is a quiet policy at the venue, as it typically features a small group of songwriters playing acoustic instruments. The focus here is the music. If you’re looking for someplace loud and rowdy, don’t go to the Bluebird expecting to find a honky-tonk.