Do Nashville Bars Only Play Country Music?

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From the Author: I've lived in Nashville for 12 years, and my wife was born here. Alex worked downtown for five years. We love Broadway and know it well. If you have any questions, we respond quickly to comments!

No! Nashville bars play all genres of music. You shouldn't think of Nashville as being only about country music. Although many bars on Broadway are run by country artists, most have multiple floors featuring different genres of music on each floor. Also, check out Printers Alley, Nashville's hidden gem, where you'll find Blues and Jazz. Or take a ride up Broadway, where you'll find modern rock and DJs in the trendy neighborhood of Midtown.

Here is a list of bars that play music that isn't country:

Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row

While it's a honky-tonk at heart, Whiskey Row also features live performances of rock and pop, providing a dynamic music scene beyond just country.

The Ryman Auditorium Nashville

The Ryman Auditorium

The Ryman Auditorium hosts a diverse range of performances, including rock, pop, gospel, and classical music, making it a cultural hub for all music lovers.

Bourbon Street Blues Nashville

Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar.

Specializing in blues and jazz, Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar offers a rich lineup of live music that takes you straight to New Orleans.

Acme Feed and Seed Nashville

Acme Feed & Seed

Acme Feed & Seed delivers an eclectic mix of music genres, from rock and bluegrass to hip-hop, all set in a vibrant multi-level venue.

The Hampton Social

The Hampton Social focuses on acoustic pop and beachy vibes, offering a relaxed atmosphere with live performances that are far from the country norm.

3rd & Lindsley

Known for its wide range of music, 3rd & Lindsley features rock, blues, jazz, and more, making it a versatile venue for diverse musical tastes.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Schermerhorn Symphony Center is the place for classical music and orchestral performances, providing a sophisticated alternative to the country scene.


Exit/In is an iconic venue that showcases indie rock, punk, and alternative music, catering to fans of edgier, non-country sounds.

Whiskey Bent Saloon

Whiskey Bent Saloon may be known for its honky-tonk vibe, but it also features live rock and Southern rock bands, diversifying its musical offerings.

Kid Rock's Honky Tonk

Kid Rock's Honky Tonk blends country with rock and roll, ensuring a high-energy mix that appeals to rock enthusiasts.

Honky Tonk Central Row

Honky Tonk Central features three floors of live music with a mix of rock, pop, and classic hits, offering something for everyone beyond country.

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