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Our Favorite Nashville Bars for a Fun Night Out

If you’ve never been to Nashville, Tennessee, you’ve been missing out! This city is known to create stars out of musicians, host wild bachelorette/bachelor parties, and fill the stomachs of thousands of visitors with delicious Tennessee barbecues.

toasting champagne glasses at bars in Nashville Tennessee

Even more, the bar scene is one of the top scenes in the nation, so you’d be remiss not to stop by some of the fantastic nightlife the Music City has to offer.

Check out my list of the best bars in Nashville, Tennessee.


8 Mcferrin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Phone: (615) 490-6502
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Attaboy is a low-key yet highly innovative cocktail bar with an industrial-chic look.

Located in the Maxwell neighborhood near Edley’s Bar-B-Que, this is the perfect spot to get a Manhattan, Ramos Gin Fizz, or a special custom drink.

Honky Tonk Central

329 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201
Phone: (615) 742-9095
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Honky Tonk Central is a massive, supremely lively honkey tonk bar with three levels and consistent live country music.

It’s across the street from Margaritaville, and I love coming here when bar hopping with my friends to grab a Budweiser (or two) and dance to country jams.

Skull’s Rainbow Room

222 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Phone: (615) 810-9631
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Skull’s Rainbow Room, near Nashville Public Square Park, is one of the best bars in Nashville, Tennessee, for a speakeasy-style vibe.

Since 1948, this bar has been treating happy customers with craft cocktails, delicious food (get the lobster bisque), and highly entertaining Burlesque shows, which is what I love the most!

Tootsies Orchid Lounge

422 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 726-0463
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Tootsies Orchid Lounge is one of the most popular live music bars in town and is a great bar to visit after strolling through the Walk of Fame Park nearby.

It is one of the best representations of Nashville because of its iconic history, all the live music it offers — with three stages on three different floors, and its lively, bustling atmosphere.

AJ’s Good Time Bar

421 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 678-4808
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AJ’s Good Time Bar is appropriately named because I always have an incredible time when I’m there! It’s located near Tootsie’s, so I like to stop by before or after when I’m bar-hopping on Broadway.

Like Tootsie’s, AJ’s also has three floors and plenty of honky tonk music but also has a more modern feel and a rooftop bar. I like grabbing a pour of Jack Daniel’s, especially on Karaoke nights!

Earnest Bar & Hideaway (formerly Hemingway’s)

438 Houston St #160, Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 915-1715
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Earnest Bar & Hideaway, near Dudley Park, has a more upscale, elegant feel that I appreciate for quieter nights or dates in the city.

Earnest Bar has an extensive list of bourbons and an impressive food menu as well. Their Korean fried chicken is to die for.

Green Hour Cocktail & Absinthe Lounge

1201 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
Phone: (615) 454-5432
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Green Hour is a small, intimate, and cozy bar north of Downtown, near the Tennessee State Museum.

I like to go here when I want to get away from the louder parties and enjoy a craft cocktail or absinthe mixed beverage in a speakeasy-style setting.


2023 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 340-6378
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When I first walked into Henley, I assumed it would have excellent drinks and food just by its intentional, modern, stylish design.

But this bar near Bishops Common exceeded my expectations by offering an even more inventive menu than I imagined. Their espresso martinis are incredible, and I recommend pairing them with their duck meatloaf — yum!

Layla’s Honky Tonk

418 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 726-2799
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If you haven’t figured it out by now, Honky Tonks are big in Nashville — especially on the famous street Broadway.

Layla’s leans into the old-school, “hill billy” feel and is a place where true country folks take pride in their love of beer and bluegrass.

Legends Corner

428 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 248-6334
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If you want to experience more of a “dive bar” in Nashville, Legends Corner — near the National Museum of African American Music — is the place for you.

It’s a great bar to start the night off because it gets more crowded and lively as the night goes on. I tend to order their pizza along with classic mixed drinks or domestic beer.

Never Never

413 Houston St, Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 649-8475
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Never Never is another more relaxed bar compared to all the massive honky tonks. Located on the southern end of Dudley Park, I love the local feel in this bar, which used to be a welding shop, and the wine options.

Even if you think this isn’t the bar for you, never say never!

Pearl Diver

1008 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Phone: (615) 988-2265
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Pearl Diver is an eclectic, funky bar in the Greenwood neighborhood. It attracts folks looking for a friendly, cool atmosphere and creatively-styled drinks.

The creativity isn’t just about the taste of their cocktails but also their fun, colorful presentations.

Redneck Riviera Bar & BBQ

208 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201
Phone: (615) 436-4070
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Redneck Riviera, owned by country music legend John Rich, is one of the newest bars on Broadway. Military members feel especially supported and welcomed here.

It has a more relaxed holiday feel than the other honky tonks and even has a cheery rooftop bar! I recommend coming here for their whiskey, bourbon, and John Rich’s fine cigar.

Robert’s Western World

416 Broadway # B, Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 244-9552
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Robert’s Western World, right next to Ryman Auditorium, is an interesting place where you can buy cowboy boots during the day, then dance your heart out to live music in the evenings.

In addition to serving ice-cold beer, Robert’s Western World is known for its tasty fried bologna sandwiches.

Santa’s Pub

2225 Bransford Ave, Nashville, TN 37204
Phone: (615) 593-1872
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Do you love Christmas so much that you don’t mind celebrating it all year long? If so, go to Santa’s Pub in Russwurm Heights, near the Fair Park Dog Park!

I love the casual, judgment-free karaoke nights at this Christmas-themed, cash-only dive bar. They only serve beer and cider, but that’s sometimes all I want for a great night!

The Centennial

5115 Centennial Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209
Phone: (615) 679-9746
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The Centennial, located in The Nations neighborhood near West Park, is one of the most no-frills bars in the city, which I greatly appreciate.

You can go during the day to grab a cold beer, eat some tacos, watch sports on the TV, play arcade games, or just catch up with friends.

The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club

2905B Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216
Phone: (615) 678-6541
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The Fox Bar is one of my favorite cocktail bars due to its dark, moody, and upscale design, as well as its elevated cocktails.

I appreciate that the cocktail menu is seasonal, so I get to try something new every time I visit. It’s located in Inglewood, near the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center & Greenway.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re hitting up the Nashville bar scene for a bachelor/bachelorette party, a fun-filled date night, or even to get your talent noticed, there’s a bar waiting for you to discover it!

Broadway is a popular spot for the music and tourist scene, but there’s so much to explore around it as well.

How do you like my list of the best bars in Nashville, Tennessee? Let me know in the comments below.

Best Bars in Nashville

  1. Attaboy
  2. Honky Tonk Central
  3. Skull’s Rainbow Room
  4. Tootsies Orchid Lounge
  5. AJ’s Good Time Bar
  6. Earnest Bar & Hideaway (formerly Hemingway’s)
  7. Green Hour Cocktail & Absinthe Lounge
  8. Henley
  9. Layla’s Honky Tonk
  10. Legends Corner
  11. Never Never
  12. Pearl Diver
  13. Redneck Riviera Bar & BBQ
  14. Robert’s Western World
  15. Santa’s Pub
  16. The Centennial
  17. The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club
Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

Written by Rocco

Rocco is a Florida State University alumnus with years of bartending and hospitality experience. From slinging hundreds of vodka sodas a night in jam-packed college bars to serving carefully crafted cocktails in upscale restaurants, there’s not much he hasn’t done behind a bar. Now, Rocco shares his knowledge and passion for all things alcohol-related here on My Bartender for bibulous readers everywhere to enjoy.

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