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Nashville's Best Places To See Live Music

It's no surprise to most that Music City comes alive with live music once the sun sets. There are plenty of ways to rock out to country, blues, pop and even classical in a city where music is its heart and soul, and here's your guide to doing so.

Whether you're looking for a honky-tonk on Broadway, an indie rock joint with up-and-coming names or an elegant concert hall where classical pieces resound, you're in luck.

Our local favorites include …

Ryman Auditorium

Dubbed “The Mother Church of Country Music,” Ryman Auditorium was a house of worship before it became home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. Today, the historic church-turned-concert hall is regarded as one of the best performance venues in the U.S. thanks to its nearly perfect acoustics.

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 Bluebird Cafe

You will not find a more genuine place to see honest-to-goodness acoustic singers and songwriters perfecting their craft than in this unassuming, 100-seat club, located in a suburban shopping plaza. It has become one of the nation’s premier venues for up-and-coming, as well as established, songwriters.

Grand Ole Opry

What began as a simple radio broadcast from Nashville 90 years ago is now an American entertainment icon and the world’s longest-running live radio show. Each performance of the world-famous Grand Ole Opry showcases the best in country music—from the hottest new superstars to all-time favorites.

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.

Acme Feed & Seed

A 200-year-old building on Nashville’s Historic Registry has become one of the city’s hottest dining and nightlife destinations. The large space features food, cocktails and live music throughout a downstairs “funkytonk,” a bar and a rooftop lounge.

The Station Inn

Catch true bluegrass picking and grinning at this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it club. The last bastion of old Nashville in the rapidly growing Gulch area, it’s all hillbilly all the time inside—and things go from howdy to hot in just a few plucks of the banjo. It’s a come-as-you-are setting, so wear whatever’s comfortable.

Mercy Lounge & The Cannery Ballroom

When a club can boast both Keith Urban and Frank Black as past performers, you know it’s diverse. The lounge is a seriously swank spot to kick back and listen to live tunes, as is its secondary space, the Cannery Ballroom. An outdoor summer concert series turns up the heat. Check website for show schedule.

Robert's Western World

This tried-and-true honky tonk has old, scuffed-up hardwood floors, PBR in the can and autographed pictures on the wall. The big, red boot above the door marks the spot. Expect to hear traditional country music or Brazilbilly that keeps the party going into the night. 21 and up after 6 pm. Open late daily.

Belcourt Taps

Stop here if you love beer, burgers and live music. Try one of five signature stuffed burgers or build your own. The patio is perfect for lounging and people watching. The live music schedule is jam-packed with up to several performances each day. Check website for show schedule. Open late daily.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Nashville Symphony's 1,872-seat, $120-million hall named for the symphony's late conductor, Kenneth Schermerhorn, opened in Sept. 2006. The symphony performs more than 100 classical, pop and special concert events each season.

The Sutler Saloon

This bar offers distinct experiences on its two levels. The main-level restaurant and bar features fresh cocktails, craft beer on tap, live music and southern pub food, while the cellar is a sultry speakeasy that harks back to the Prohibition era. Enjoy live music on the saloon level daily, and Bluegrass Brunch on Sa, Su.

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.