Start with Tootsies Orchid Lounge in Nashville

Music City has as many bars as any city of a similar size, the difference is in Nashville you can be guaranteed that along with your drinks you will get entertainment. No matter what your personal preference, there is a bar in Nashville that will make you very happy you came. Honky-tonking is part of any night out on the town in this music driven city.

Tootsies Orchid Lounge  If you are looking for a bar with history, Tootsies is the place to go. In 1960, entertainer Tootsie Bess bought a bar called Moms. The story goes that a painter added the orchid paint and the rest is history. This is one of the most famous bars in Nashville. Willie Nelson used to sing here, “A Coalminers Daughter” was filmed here and many famous country stars have been customers here including Patsy Cline, Waylon Jennings Roger Miller and recently Montgomery Gentry.

Expect to hear great music both upstairs and down, have lots of drink choices and huge crowds. It’s noisy, full of locals and tourists and this is one of the places to hear the hottest new talent. If you can afford it , you can rent the front booth and have a ring side seat to see any one famous who may come in. You may even have to share the booth with them.

Rumours Wine and Art Bar Voted Nashville’s number one bar, Rumours is as far from Tootsies as you can possibly get. Wine tastings are offered every other Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. and it is agreed by everyone, that there is nowhere in Nashville with a finer selection of wine.

Rumours is located in a renovated house in East Nashville where the art exhibits change continually and the artwork is borrowed from local galleries. The food menu changes daily to take advantage of the freshest in local ingredients.

The wine menu is extensive. There are fifty offerings in just the red wines. As you can imagine, the whites are offered in a very similar in number. For a wine lover this is as close to nirvana as you can get.

The outdoor space is one of the nicest in Nashville. The food here is terrific, it is creative and perfectly prepared and the staff are among the friendliest we have met anywhere in Nashville. Even if you don’t drink,  you will be welcomed here.

McFaddens Restaurant and Saloon This is a modern Irish pub with a fantastic 100 foot mahogany bar and a dance floor. There is live entertainment, DJ’s and plenty of drink and food specials. The crowds here are young, think college age and the $2 beers for college students may have something to do with that. They offer a $5.95 lunch menu and at night typical pub food of the American and the Irish variety.

Bluebird Cafe The Bluebird Cafe doesn’t look like much. When you see the nondescript location in a strip mall you will wonder what all the fuss is about.

Once you get inside you won’t be wondering any more. At the Bluebird, it is all about the entertainment. They take that very seriously at this cafe. Many stars got their start here and some even come back to perform. It is an intimate bar with a stiff cover charge and you may very well have to wait in line to get in. There is food available and you will be proud to wear one of their tee shirts. This is a personal favorite of this writer.

When you are looking for a bar in Nashville you won’t have to look far. There is a honky tonk on every corner and they all serve alcohol but if you want to try something a little special,  these four will get you started.