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Most major American cities have nighttime activities you can enjoy; but some cities just do it better than others. Of those, Nashville knows how to make nighttime the right time for everyone who visits with plenty to do and see by the light of the moon. We hope you enjoy these choice picks for your Nashville nighttime adventure!
If you’re lucky enough to find yourself on an evening out in Music City, then you might as well get right down to it!
“They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway.” While those song lyrics reference Broadway in New York City, the electricity and excitement coming off the street applies to Lower Broadway in Nashville as well. The Honky Tonk Highway, the nickname for this legendary strip, is the epicenter of live music in town and everything that surrounds it. C’mon in and experience a Nashville institution, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, and have a ‘holler and a swaller’ as you dance the night away in the same place luminaries like Willie Nelson used to jam out back in the day! Take a peek inside the Ernest Tubb Record Shop, named after the famed country music pioneer, and dig through their extensive collection of vinyl, CDs and DVDs. It’s open 24 hours! Lower Broadway is where every Nashville adventure should begin!
OLD TOWN TROLLEY’S SOUL OF MUSIC CITY TOUR
Speaking of Lower Broadway, here’s a cool way to get it in and then some on this fun tour of Nashville! The Soul of Music Tour gets you right in the mix of some of the city’s most talked about and documented venues! Get ready to pass by places with a rich history like Printers Alley, the Ryman Auditorium (where the legendary Grand Ole Opry originated), and the Musicians Hall of Fame! Grab a seat at and enjoy a complimentary cocktail as you drink in the sights and sounds of Nashville nightlife.
GO TO A NASHVILLE PREDATORS HOCKEY GAME
Located on the 500 block of Lower Broadway is the Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators National Hockey League (NHL) team. This NHL club made its way to the Stanley Cup Finals as recently as 2017. Spend a night out on the ice and marvel at the precision skating of top NHL talents as they shred through the competition and find the back of the opponent’s goal!
GEORGE JONES ROOFTOP BAR
As grandiose and marvelous as the best-selling country music giant it’s named after, this is the next-level rooftop bar you want to visit on your Nashville nighttime experience. This venue is not only big on fun and entertainment, it’s just plain BIG! Along with great live music and grub, there are unobstructed views of the Cumberland River, Nissan Park, home of the Tennessee Titans football team, the “Ghost Ballet for the East Machineworks” art sculpture on the river, and Riverfront Park. If you want the definitive downtown Nashville treatment, you can hardly find a better nighttime activity!
JOHN SEIGENTHALER PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE
A truly gorgeous walkway over the Cumberland River when crossing between East Nashville and Downtown, this bridge is a great nighttime spot to capture the city skyline. ABC’s “Nashville” even featured it against a radiant sunset in a previous episode. The iconic AT&T building, also known as the Batman building by the locals, is the centerpiece of this attractive urban vista overlooking the water. By the way, if you’re coming from downtown and you want a quick pick-me-up, make sure to stop at Crema for a delicious cup of Joe!
LOVE CIRCLE PARK
This park is a nice little nighttime getaway without having to venture far from the city center. Located near Vanderbilt between Natchez Trace and West End, the view from here is enhanced by the natural beauty of the trees that play wonderfully against the luminescence of Nashville’s skyline. From this overlook, you can also see the home of country music singer-songwriter John Rich! Hint: It’s the really big one!
Music City is a nighttime city with much to offer visitors and locals alike looking to cut loose at a honky tonk or take a laid-back stroll as the magic of the city unfolds before them. With all the exciting things to do at night here, this won’t be your last visit to Nashville!