Nashville, Tennesee, is known for being the home of country music. Everywhere you go in town you can hear live music playing in bars at any time of the day. Because Nashville’s bars take pride in the music and artist they select, you know that no matter what place you go to, you will surely have a great show. Here are the top 5 bars you must visit to experience the best live music Nashville has to offer.
McNamara’s Irish Pub
When you think of Nashville, you don’t think of going to an Irish Pub for great music, but McNamara’s Irish Pub is an exception. McNamara’s Irish Pub is stepping out of the trend of country music to play the best Irish music around. The pub is known for hosting the talented Nosey Flynn band. Nosey Flynn has amazing vocal harmonies and a sound of Ireland that will make you feel like you are there. So next time you want to listen to live music, try something different and go to McNamara’s Irish Pub.
Tin Roof Broadway
Tin Roof Broadway is known in Nashville for the amazing live music they have at their bar. With not one, but two stages on separate floors, you will surely find a musician you like! This bar not only features musicians during the night but also during the day, so you can have entertainment during lunch. Tin Roof Broadway loves live music so much that they book their shows months in advance.
Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge
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Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge is one of the most well-known honkey-tonks in Nashville. This lounge has three stages that host local talent every night since the 1960s. Though this place doesn’t have a modern decor look, you can feel the soul and history of country music once you walk into the door. Make sure to stop by Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge to see the finest local performers Nashville has to offer.
The Bluebird Café has been open since the 1980s and is known for a place where musicians can be found. Country and bluegrass singer Kathy Mattea, Grammy-winning songwriter Don Schlitz, and megastar Taylor Swift have all been found by executives in the Bluebird Café. This club may be tiny but is legendary when it comes to topnotch performers.
Mercy Lounge started out as a cozy little club for musicians to play at, but now is a place for national touring bands. With the additions Mercy Lounge has added of the Cannery Ballroom to this once small club, it can now host much larger national acts. So if you are looking for an intimate setting to watch an amazing live show you want to go to the Mercy Lounge.