“Out in the country past the city limits sign…” there’s Nashville, TN!  If you’re a fan of country music, or you’re just visiting Nashville for a few days, there’s no way you can make a trip to Music City without doing a little honky tonkin’!

Honky tonks are the bars that aspiring country music stars play at while working their way up in the music industry. Those who enjoy the soulful sounds of live music will be in a nonstop musical realm from the moment you step on downtown Nashville’s main strip, Broadway.

From the moment you enter a honky tonk, the immediate electricity from the guitar and drums will take over, there’s nothing else like it. All that’s left to do is grab a drink, sit back, relax and enjoy Nashville. If you’re a first timer, here are a few of the top honky tonks to visit as soon as you get in to town.  Pack your boots, because you’re in for an adventure!

Wildhorse Saloon

Wildhorse Saloon is as wild and Western as it sounds. If you’re looking to get a real Nashville experience with loud music, cold drinks and line dancing, Wildhorse Saloon is the perfect place to do a little boot stompin’.

Tootsies Orchid Lounge

Nashville wouldn’t be Nashville without Tootsies Orchid Lounge. Don’t believe us? Get this, they even have a preview (a mini) Tootsies at the Nashville airport! You can be honky tonkin’ right when your plane lands or before it takes off. This legendary Honky Tonk isn’t one to miss out on when you’re in town.

The Stage

Want to see some of the best musical acts and talent in Nashville?  The Stage is one of Nashville’s legendary live music venues where all the up and comers in the music scene perform. You can’t miss The Stage when walking up and down Broadway.

The Ryman

Opening in the 1800’s, The Ryman is the most famous music venue in town.

Not only is a landmark, but it’s also where the Grand Ole Opry was held and is the biggest name for country music venues in the country.

Robert’s Western World

Want to shop for new boots? Robert’s Western World is the place to go. Want to listen to the best live music that Nashville has to offer? Robert’s Western World is the place to go!  You read right, Robert’s is a gem that is a boots store that turns into an energetic honky tonk as soon as the sun goes down. This spot is worth a visit.

Have you been to a honky tonk in Nashville? Tell us about your experience!

Photos Courtesy Tootsies Orchid Lounge