Downtown Nashville is the hub of the entertainment that defines Music City. Within mere city blocks, visitors can experience world-class art at the Frist Center for Visual Arts, catch a great Broadway play at the amazing Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), see world-class concerts and events at the Bridgestone Arena, and have a blast along Nashville's Honky Tonk Highway.
Don't forget to check out Nashville's SoBro district. It is a block away from Lower Broadway and offers plenty to see and do. Check it out.
There is not a single thing in this world quite like Nashville's Honky Tonk Highway. An entire road dedicated to bars playing your favorite tunes for free. These are the same bars legends like Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and more all got their start. Don't be shy while in Nashville, make sure you get the full experience and journey down to river's end to see the rest of the bars on Lower Broadway.
Please remember: while the cover is free, tips are always appreciated. If you are enjoying the tunes and night, tip the band.
Honky Tonk Highway & Lower Broadway:
Head down Lower Broadway and take a left on Second Avenue where the party continues at some fine establishments.
- B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant
- Benchmark Live Music and Sports Bar & Grill
- Big Shotz
- Dick's Last Resort
- Famous Saloon
- The George Jones
- Wildhorse Saloon
Couple blocks from the busy honky tonks is Printers Alley complete with some great bars to experience.
Not too far from the party on Lower Broadway is a diverse world of art that Music City holds dear. Head to Tennessee Performing Arts Center, or TPAC, to see our Nashville Ballet and Nashville Opera perform, or check the schedule to see when the next Broadway show will be featured at this amazing Nashville venue. 5th Avenue of the Arts is a street which is home to multiple galleries featuring art created by regional and local artists. Let's not forget about the Frist Center for the Visual Arts which offers new exhibits throughout the year. And make sure you check out our museums like the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, Tennessee State Museum, and more found throughout downtown.
Ask a local where to see a show and we guarantee Ryman Auditorium makes the list. Regarded as the "Mother Church of Country Music," Ryman Auditorium is a must for any music lover. The venue is renowned for its exceptional acoustics that has hosted musicians from Chris Isaak and James Brown to Patsy Cline and John Legend, as well as current and rising stars of all musical genres. So you know, this is the very place that housed the Grand Ole Opry for many years and the Johnny Cash Show. Of course, you can't go wrong with seeing some of the big acts touring the country at Bridgestone Arena, or stopping by Wildhorse Saloon for a good night of dancing with some live tunes.
- Bridgestone Arena
- Honky Tonk Highway & Lower Broadway
- Ryman Auditorium
- Tennessee Performing Arts Center
- War Memorial Auditorium
- Wildhorse Saloon
Heading to Music City with a group? Perfect. Nashville's downtown area offers a playland for any group whether you are looking for historic tours or to have fun on a pedal tavern. If you need help, ask our friends at Bach Nashville. They love planning Bachelorette trips and Bachelor trips!
Nashville has two professional teams worth cheering for in the downtown area! From October to April, Bridgestone Arena is Smashville as we cheer on the Nashville Predators. And from September to January, we get loud for the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. By the way, if you are in town and want to see your team play on TV, check out our sports bars.
By the way, the Music City Shop has some amazing items - in-store AND online. Stop by the Music City Shop at the Nashville Visitor Center to pick up some unique music-themed merchandise for your friends and family. Or feel free to journey to the Music City Marketplace at our Nashville Visitor Center located in the Regions Building. Each product has been hand-selected from local artisan boutiques and craftsmen to provide the perfect curated selection of Nashville goods.
If you are looking to explore every inch of this fantastic neighborhood then you need to stay in the neighborhood. See below for some great Music City hotels ready to welcome you with open arms.
- 21c Museum Hotel
- 506 Lofts
- The Capitol Hotel Downtown
- Clarion Hotel Nashville Downtown
- Courtyard by Marriott Nashville Downtown
- DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville - Downtown
- Fairlane Hotel
- Forte Vacations
- The Hermitage Hotel
- Holiday Inn Express Downtown
- Holston House Nashville
- Homewood Suites Nashville Downtown
- Music City Guest House