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Nashville for Nightlife Lovers

Night owls, rejoice! Whether you like your drinks with a side of line dancing or a fanciful garnish, Nashville's booming nightlife scene has it all.

Get started with our eclectic list of favorites, including everything from classic honky tonks to Southern speakeasies, and even a trailer park-themed stop for good measure.


Enjoy hand-crafted cocktails and martinis in a casual atmosphere at this hopping gay-friendly bar. The bar features nightly specials, DJ sets every weekend and a comfortable lounge. Belt along to your favorite musical on Showtunes Sundays. Open late daily.

Play Dance Bar

This vibrant, gay-friendly hotspot offers the best in female illusion with world-renowned guest performers. DJs mix it up with Top 40 hits, electronic dance music and more to make the dance floor—voted the best in Nashville for 12 consecutive years—come alive. VIP booths and tables for large parties are available.

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge

This bright purple Nashville institution offers live music on three floors from morning ’til, well, the next morning. This has been a celebrity hangout since its beginning over 50 years ago—first, Patsy and Hank (whose ghost allegedly still haunts the place) and later, U2 and the Clash.

The Stage on Broadway

The entrance to this honky-tonk is marked by an enormous neon guitar overhead. This popular Broadway stop boasts the largest stage, seating capacity and dance floor on Honky Tonk Row. Catch performances from some of the best musicians in the city. Live music daily 11 am-3 am. 21 and up after 6 pm.

The Patterson House

Uber-successful restaurateur brothers Benjamin and Max Goldberg are responsible for this cocktail paradise, known far and wide for its stunning, tasteful and creative drink menu.

The Valentine

This prohibition-era-style bar features four stories and an expansive rooftop patio. Nosh on small plates and sandwiches while you sip from mason jars and low ball glasses. Open M-F 11 am-2:30 am, Sa-Su 10 am-2:30 am.  

Paradise Park Trailer Resort

This greasiest of spoons is known for cheap eats and cheaper décor. The kitchen will be happy to smother any sandwich, regardless if it's a BLT or grilled Spam, with chili. There are burgers and hot dogs, tater tots and chicken tenders, and, for dessert, Moon Pies. Bands often rock out at night. Open 24 hours.

No. 308

Enjoy a laid-back vibe, mod decor and great cocktails at this hipster hotspot in the heart of East Nashville. Check the website or Facebook page to learn about weekly events, like $10 Tiki Tuesdays, themed dance parties and other special goings-on. Open daily from 5 pm-3 am.


This massive bar has three levels that feature live music, six custom bars, three stages, two outdoor patios and one of the best views of bustling Broadway. A full menu of sandwiches, melts, burgers, salads and cocktails is available to satisfy your hunger. Open daily from 11 am-3 am.

Tequila Cowboy

Across a massive 25,00 square feet, this honky tonk features five bars and a mechanical bull. There is a variety of theme rooms to please patrons, including a game room, the Rock Bar equipped with a stage for live music, and a Top 40-style dance club. Open daily 11 am-3 am.