Get wild in Nashville’s rowdiest honky-tonks
Nashville is synonymous with country music—and country fans sure know how to let loose and have fun. There’s nothing like a night out on Nashville’s Broadway: bar-hopping from rowdy honky-tonk to dingy dive bar, singing karaoke, and riding mechanical bulls.
Whether your stay in Nashville is business-related or strictly for pleasure, the centrally located Millennium Maxwell House Nashville is the perfect jumping off point for a glimpse of the South’s most unique and iconic night-life. So strap on your cowboy boots, and get ready for a wild night at these birthplaces of country music and culture.
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge
In the heart of Nashville’s Lower Broadway, at the tip of Honky Tonk Row, you’ll find Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. The unassuming little pink building might not seem like much, but it’s actually the pulse of Nashville’s nightlife. Tootsie’s has a deep-rooted history in the Nashville country scene, and in decades past, it wouldn’t be a surprise to run into the likes of Waylon Jennings, Patsy Cline, or Willie Nelson drinking in the honky tonk. Tootsie Bess, herself, was famous for her generosity to struggling musicians, and the club served as a starting point for many of country music’s greats.
Robert’s Western World
A few doors down from Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge is Robert’s Western World. By day, Robert’s is your go-to spot for cowboy boots—a must if you’re into country culture and fashion. By night, Robert’s is a hoppin’ honky tonk, featuring some of the best country acts in town. The hillbilly hot-spot used to house the Sho-Bud Steel Guitar Company, and it saw the likes of many famous guitarists throughout the decades.
A 5-minute cab ride from the Millennium Maxwell House Nashville will get you over to one of the best local-hangouts in town. Santa’s Pub is a karaoke bar like nowhere else in the world, and it is one of the best examples of Nashville’s nightlife and local tallent—it’s also the most fun you may ever have in a bar.
Upon arrival at Santa’s, you may think to yourself, “This is just a trailer in a car park.” While this is true, you’ll see some amazing talent performing karaoke every night, but don’t be intimidated to get up and sing—there are tone-deaf screechers here like everywhere else. On any given night, you’ll see the owner Santa—red shirt, white beard, and all—and experience the best of southern hospitality.
Heading over to the other side of Broadway, you’ll find Tequila Cowboy—one of the rowdiest bars in Nashville. Featuring full-band performances all day and night, it’s one of the loudest venues on Broadway. It’s also the only spot in town to ride a mechanical bull, making it a favourite destination for bachelorettes or those looking for the full experience of the South. Be wary, though, as the night gets late, the party at Tequila Cowboy gets wilder and rowdier by the minute.
Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar
A couple blocks off Broadway, you’ll find the famous and historic Printer's’ Alley—home of the Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar. Before Printer’s Alley was an entertainment district, it was a bustling publishing centre and home to a number of newspapers, print shops, and publishers. Nowadays it’s reminiscent of New Orleans’ bourbon street, with a number of bars and clubs lining the strip.
The Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar is a New Orleans themed little dive bar. It’s a favourite easy-going lounge for a mid-day drink and some hushpuppies—a New Orleans favourite—where you can watch some incredible country tallent take the stage. Once the sun sets, however, the Boogie Bar fills up fast and the party spills out onto the street.
Don’t forget to take some time away from the bustling nightlife to enjoy the many historic sites in Nashville. With the Country Music Hall of Fame and the historic venues like the Ryman Auditorium nearby, there’s much to see from your base at the Millennium Maxwell House Nashville.