Guide to Free Live Music in Nashville

Nashville is known for its music scene, and the best part is that most music can be enjoyed for free.

That’s right, many Nashville venues offer free live music 365 days a year. No cover charge, just authentic and entertaining live music to enjoy. Even when the music is free, remember that tips to the band are always appreciated.

Where are you going?
Honky Tonk Highway

Let's talk about a thing called Honky Tonk Highway. Music City's honky tonks line both sides of Broadway and pump live music into the streets all day, every day. There's no cover charge but the tip jar gets passed around for those wanting to appreciate the musicians that make Nashville Music City. The music starts at 10am with the party lasting until 3 in the morning.

Free Music Venues: AJ's Good Time Bar | Bootleggers Inn | Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row | FGL House | Honky Tonk Central | Jason Aldean's Rooftop Kitchen + Bar | Layla's Bluegrass Inn | Legends CornerLuke's 32 Bridge Food + Drink | Miranda Lambert's Casa RosaOle Red Nashville | Redneck Riviera Bar & BBQRobert's Western World | Tequila CowboyTootsie's Orchid Lounge | Whiskey Bent Saloon

Lower Broadway

Towards the lower side of Broadway are unique Nashville joints playing the music and keeping the party going with excellent drink specials. The venues in this area have some of the best music ones can find for less than a penny.

Free Live Music Venues: Acme Feed & Seed | Hard Rock Cafe | Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville | Nashville Underground | Tequila Cowboy | Tin Roof Broadway

Printer's Alley

Just North of Broadway is 2nd Avenue and Printer's Alley where you'll find every genre of music from blues to rock 'n' roll. It's a street prepared for whatever the night might throw at it. They have the tunes, the dance floors, and they promise to keep the party going until the early morning.

Free Music Venues: Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar | Bowie'sFamous Nashville | Wildhorse Saloon


Behind the busy streets of Nashville's Broadway is the SoBro district with a handful of places that are all about FREE music. From a listening room with outstanding acoustics to a Nashville craft beer taproom that hosts rocking bands each weekend. The SoBro district is one of the best places to get a taste of what Nashville offers.

Free Music Venues: 6th and Peabody | BarlinesThe Listening Room Cafe | NashHouse Southern Spoon & Saloon | Tennessee Brew Works

The Gulch

Some of Nashville's oldest venues can be found in The Gulch. Inside this neighborhood is one awesome clothing store with a guitar room and stage plus eclectic restaurants hosting live music on a nightly basis. The Gulch is a full music experience with the added extras Nashville has come to love like fashion, food, and good times.

Free Music Venues: Party Fowl | W Hotel


Extending up Broadway is a neighborhood known as Midtown. This place is filled with FREE music spots just waiting to be discovered. Multiple bars with stages filled with artists aching to play a tune. A person can spend an entire day traveling from one place to the next and never have to worry about hearing a bad song.

Free Music Venues: Commodore Grille | The Row | Springwater Supper Club & Lounge

Music Row/Demonbreun

Along one street is a line of music venues and bars that will have you rocking until midnight. Stop on in for a songwriters' night or just listen to some groovy tunes along with the famous Demonbreun St.

Free Music Venues: Tin Roof Demonbreun