220 Printer’s Alley, Nashville, TN 37201 615-242-5837
Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar is in the heart of Printer’s Alley downtown. It is a New Orleans-themed bar, and the Blues music plays all day long. The wings, the gumbo, the alligator tails are all awesome.
Skull’s Rainbow Room
222 Printer’s Alley, Nashville, TN 37201 615-810-9631
Skull’s is also in Printer’s Alley, right next door to Bourbon Street. The food is extraordinary, and the cocktails are fabulous. And in the evening, you are entertained with Jazz music. This is a good place to go for your “nice” dinner.
2421 Music Valley Drive, Nashville, TN 37214 615-885-1540
Music is available nightly from 5pm to 9pm. The food is great, and you get a lot for your money. You might be the youngest one in there, but it is fun.
110 Lyle Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203 615-321-1224
The Row is a good place to get hot chicken, bbq, or a burger, so if you have friends with varying tastes, this might be a good stop for you. And their brunch is available seven days a week 8am until 3pm. They have live music every day starting at 6pm, and on Saturdays starting at 2pm. I hear they have a pretty good Bloody Mary bar as well.
2613 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203 615-327-4707
Located inside the Vanderbilt Holiday Inn, this hotel bar is open 5pm to 11pm and offers Writers’ Nights seven nights a week, and the food is good. It’s the same sort of experience as going to the Blue Bird Café but without the lines. Mainly, the only people who know about it are people staying at the hotel and locals.
2740 Old Lebanon Road, Nashville, TN 37214 615-885-7262
McNamara’s has live music Thursday through Saturday. I love the Steak and Guinness Pie and the Irish Stew.
2412 Music Valley Drive, Nashville, TN 37214 615-889-1541
If you are looking for a place to do line-dancing, this and the Wild Horse are probably your only options. They have a large dance floor and a second room that also has live music. Enjoy a burger and some tater tots.
3rd & Lindsley
818 3rd Avenue S., Nashville, TN 37210 615-259-9891
They have live music nearly every night. I highly recommend the Time Jumpers on Mondays. They are open for lunch from 11am to 2pm, and dinner from 6pm. They also have a happy hour Monday through Friday from 11am to 6pm ($3 domestics and $4 craft/imports).
3rd Avenue N., Nashville, TN 37201
Bowie’s is a dedicated rock bar located downtown, and is open Tuesday through Sunday. Enjoy Taco Tuesdays or Thirsty Thursdays. And did I mention that they have waffle fries? And if you are a vegetarian, they have the Impossible burger.