By Expedia, on December 20, 2018

Where to find the best live music in Nashville

When you’re looking for places to stay in Nashville, you might want to make sure you’re close to the city’s legendary music venues. This, after all, is the place that launched some of the biggest rock and country stars of all time. So, slip on those blue suede shoes and get set for the best live music in Nashville.

East Nashville

With its artsy, bohemian feel, this Nashville neighborhood is a must-see. On streets studded with cool coffee shops, hip restaurants, and independent shops, you’ll mingle with local creatives and dip into music venues hosting unsigned and newly signed artists. With so many cultural attractions nearby, East Nashville is a great place to stay and a perfect jumping-off point for your musical adventures.

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Green Hills

Foodies, shopaholics, and music lovers alike will love Green Hills. This upscale area, known for its chic boutiques and sprawling mall, boasts unique music and culinary venues serving up hearty, Southern dishes. The Bluebird Café is a beloved local venue where singer-songwriters perform acoustic sets and tell personal stories in an intimate space which famously features in the hit TV show Nashville.

Bluebird Cafe Live Music Nashville
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The heart of Nashville is also the heart of the city’s legendary nightlife, where the sounds of country and rock erupt from the bars making up the Honky Tonk Highway. It’s a walkable warren of bustling restaurants and venues offering some of the best live music in Nashville. Find a place to stay near the historic Ryman Auditorium, where Johnny Cash met June Carter, and the huge Bridgestone Arena.

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Best Live Music in Nashville
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Packed with picturesque Victorian buildings, Germantown has an atmosphere all of its own. Amid the revamped, historic landmarks you’ll find some of the best places to eat in Nashville, including tongue-tingling hot chicken joints. It’s also home to a much-loved farmers’ market selling the best local produce.  And as for music? Check out the Back Corner, where a lively night is guaranteed.

Midtown and Vanderbilt

The local institution of Vanderbilt University gives this swathe of the city a fun, college town vibe. And, as you might expect, there are restaurants and live music venues aplenty. This part of Nashville will also put you close to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, where you can catch everything from Broadway shows to live music across the genres.

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Music Row

The real nerve center of Nashville, Music Row is a trailblazing hub of record company offices and recording studios, including the very places where the likes of Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton made their names. Some of the best live music in Nashville can also be found around these parts. The Tin Roof, a pub hosting all kinds of live music, is a quintessential Nashville favorite. It’s central position in Nashville’s musical culture also makes it a great location for accommodations.

Ready to experience Music City? There are more venues in Nashville than you can shake a guitar at, so get set to settle into one of the neighborhoods and soak up the sounds. If you’d like something more planned, you could always book a Nashville Music Scene Tour!