Ernest Tubb Record Shop
417 Broadway, Downtown
The Ernest Tubb Record Shop, with its vast array of blue-grass and classic country music, also hosts a live WSM-AM radio show each Saturday night—a Midnight Jamboree—at its other location at 2416 Music Drive.
Robert’s Western World
416B Broadway, Downtown
Our favorite place for honky-tonk dancing, this low-key bar has live music every night, bringing couples young and old out to showcase their skills on the dance floor. It’s a great place to go on weeknights since it gets rowdier on the weekend as it is located right on the main strip. You can also buy cowboy boots here; one of the walls is lined in shelves full of pairs in every shape and size imaginable.
116 Fifth Ave., Downtown
The Ryman was founded as a church in 1892, which explains the stained glass windows and church pew seating. In the mid-20th century it came to house the legendary Johnny Cash television show and the weekly Grand Ole Opry concert and radio show, which was broadcast on WSM-AM. The Opry and the radio show have since moved house, but the Ryman remains a must-experience concert venue for its spectacular acoustics. Definitely try to get tickets to a show there and skip the daytime museum tour: You can kill two birds with one stone and check out the display cases while you’re at the concert.
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge
422 Broadway, Downtown
The lovely Reese Witherspoon, a born and bred Nashville girl, gave us a list of some of the places she likes: At the top, the orchid-hued Tootsies, which is apparently the #1 honky-tonk bar in the world!
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