Best live music venues in Nashville, Tennessee

The 7 Best Live Music Venues In Nashville

Nashville is known as “Music City” with good reason. It’s been home to the best country musicians for decades and continues to be.

Visit these live music venues in Nashville to see great shows.

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1. Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry is one of the two most iconic live music venues in Nashville. The massive complex includes the Opry Hotel with its many atriums too. Take the tour to stand on the stage before catching a live recording or an incredible country artist playing a show.

Best Live Music Venues in Nashville

2. Ryman Auditorium

The Ryman Auditorium might be the only Nashville music venues that could rival the Opry. This is actually the original home of the Grand Ole Opry and where so many legendary acts played in the peak early days of “Music City.” Book a tour, but definitely don’t pass up the opportunity to see a performance here.

Best live music venues in Nashville

3. The Nashville Palace

Located across the street from the present-day Grand Ole Opry, The Nashville Palace is known for its post-Opry acts. Many musicians will ventures across the street after playing the Opry to play the Palace for fun and still do today. Admission is always free. So get there early, and try to get a table toward the front.

Best live music venues in Nashville

4. The Bluebird Cafe

Acts at the Bluebird Cafe are known to make it big at some point in their career. It’s the breeding grounds for up-and-coming singer-songwriter musicians–as well as experienced acts. Remember this place is tiny. So get a ticket early.

5. The Station Inn

The Station Inn has been around since 1974 and is known to be a great place to catch roots, Americana, bluegrass and country music. Seats are first-come, first-served. So, get there early any night of the week.

6. Cannery Ballroom

One of the most modern venues in our list, Cannery Ballroom is a great music venue for more alternative acts or music beyond country. The space is small and intimate, and the acts are usually good lesser-known artists.

7. Mercy Lounge

Located in the Gulch, this artsy space is intimate for small touring shows as well as some great local acts. The lounge and bar hosts music nearly every night.

Molly Harris

Molly Harris is a freelance travel journalist dividing her time between the United States and the Western Balkans.

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