Discover the Top 8 Honky Tonks on Broadway for Unforgettable Live Music

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Are you ready to dive into the heart of Nashville's music scene? Broadway is the place to be, where the streets are alive with the sound of live performances from some of the best honky tonks in town. Here are the top 8 honky tonks on Broadway you simply can't miss.

Roberts Western World

Robert's Western World

Robert's Western World is a staple of Broadway and the ultimate destination for country music. It consistently wins the award for best country music on Broadway. You'll be blown away by the quality of musicians here—it's so much fun!

Even though the dance floor is small, you're welcome to dance. On my visit, I was lucky to catch a set by Jesse Lee Jones, who owns Robert's. Like Tootsies, the bar is smaller than others and always packed, so be patient with the busy servers.

A local favorite is the Recession Special: a Moonpie, fried bologna sandwich, chips, and a PBR Beer for just $6. The servers might hand a bucket around for tips, so be ready with some cash. You'll find Robert's feels less like a tourist trap than the larger venues, which adds to its charm. Catch Kelly's Hero's at 6:30 PM—they are fantastic!

Outside Tootsies Nashville

Tootsies Orchid Lounge

Tootsies Orchid Lounge is my favorite purely for its historical value. In the days when artists played at the Ryman next door, they would often perform at Tootsies before or after. The Wall of Fame immortalizes the greatest artists who have graced its stage. Despite being a smaller venue, it offers a unique experience of getting up close and personal with the bands. Tootsies has multiple levels connected by stairs, and at the top, a rooftop bar offers a fantastic view of Broadway and downtown Nashville. It's a must-visit for anyone seeking an authentic Nashville experience.

The Stage on Broadway

The Stage on Broadway is a hotspot for live music lovers and is the first bar I recommend after Tootsies and Roberts. Famous for its spacious dance floor and top-notch bands, The Stage always has a great vibe with people in a good mood. My sister-in-law worked here and shared some insider tips: bands play on every floor, the bathrooms are well maintained, and servers are quick even during busy times. A little-known tip is the backdoor entrance between The Stage and the Ryman, perfect for avoiding lines. The Stage offers a classic honky tonk vibe you won't want to miss.

Layla's Honky Tonk

Layla's Honky Tonk provides a diverse musical lineup, including country, rockabilly, Americana, and bluegrass. The intimate setting brings you close to the performers, and the quirky decor, like vintage license plates on the ceiling, adds to the charm. It's a welcoming space where great music thrives.

Legends Corner

Legends Corner is the perfect place to cap off a night out in Nashville. Known for its stellar live music and strong drinks, this honky tonk attracts a wide range of visitors. The mix of old-timers and partygoers creates a lively atmosphere that's hard to beat. Be prepared for a wait, but the experience is well worth it.

Honky Tonk Central

Taking up three stories on a prime corner of Broadway, Honky Tonk Central is a can't-miss venue. Each floor features a different live band, offering a variety of musical experiences under one roof. The large windows provide excellent views of Lower Broadway, making it a great spot to soak in the bustling energy of the city.

The Second Fiddle

If you're craving traditional country music, The Second Fiddle is your go-to spot. With live performances every day from local artists, it delivers an authentic honky tonk experience. The welcoming atmosphere makes it feel like a home away from home, perfect for those who love genuine country tunes.


Wildhorse Saloon

Just a short walk from Broadway, the Wildhorse Saloon offers a unique blend of live music and dance. The expansive dance floor and complimentary line dance lessons make it a favorite among visitors. Don't forget to try their exclusive single-barrel Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey for a special touch to your night out.

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