A February 2005 trip
to Nashville by Red Mezz
Quote: Good Southern food, a great atmosphere, and music on every street corner, come feel the rhythm of Tennessee's Music City...
I did recognize the name, though, as soon as I stumbled on to the purple painted building on Broadway. After having been in a few other bars and clubs, and listening to a lot of local music (both in the bars and on the street) we ended up at the place that rang bells and I remember hearing it was a place worth stopping.
And that was absolutely the case. The atmosphere for a smoky Nashville honky tonk couldn't be set up any better than it is at Tootsies. The place is always packed, and as it's not a big place it is usually very crowded. But that adds to the atmosphere, and the unbeatable good time you get listening to what is arguably the best live music performances you can see in Nashville. The history here is hard to beat, as the photos of country stars on the walls who have performed there over the years quickly prove. Every time you go to Tootsies (and you should certainly pop in more than once while in Nashville) you get the feeling your being welcomed into your old home town bar on a hot weekend night when the local boys are playing.
The service isn't the best you'll find in Nashville, but that kind of goes hand in hand with the relaxed home town feel, and the fact that they are always heaving. And the drinks are quite pricey (but then they are in most Nashville bars) but for pure atmosphere, fun, and excellent music it's hard to top the time you'll certainly have at the Orchid Lounge.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 23, 2006
Tootsie's Orchid Lounge
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
If Tootsie's Orchid Lounge is the hometown bar with the intimate feel of a personal venue full of old friends, then The Wildhorse Saloon is the big time where you go when the big pay check comes in and you’re ready to spend it well. For any first timer's to Nashville, if you're not interested in country music, not really wanting to drink, and don't care much about nightlife (then you probably should have chosen another destination) but if this is the case and you just want to see a bit of Nashville, the Wildhorse is still somewhere that shouldn't be missed. Have a walk around it in the afternoon when it's still virtually empty, it's the very essence of what's great and unique about Nashville, and more than likely you'll want to come back for some of the fun later on.
But if you are in Nashville for precisely the kinds of things the Wildhorse promises, you won't be disappointed. The atmosphere is fantastic here, and the award winning restaurant is top notch (have some of the BBQ) and are open from 11am to midnight. There really is a little bit of something for everyone here. The place itself is stunning, and rather huge. Some of the murals on the walls are breathtaking. It's impossible not to get full into the honky tonk spirit of Nashville here at the Wildhorse, and should be one of your first stops.
There's dancing and live music, including some very big names such from time to time. The Wildhorse's line dancing has long been telecast on CMT for those who watch it. And there are even dance lessons available starting at 6pm and running for an hour.
It's at a great spot in the centre of Nashville, right on the great Second Avenue and hard to miss. On a side note, if your only in Nashville for a night or an afternoon, and want the purest, best way to get a sample of the city in a short time, wander down Second Avenue and then stop in the Wildhorse. Order the fried pickle appetizers and soak it all up. It's the best all over taste of Nashville you can get, and after a small sample will bring you back again and again.
120 2nd Ave. North
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 24, 2006
Grand Ole Opry
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
Unless you are an avid record collector, or have some other reason for wanting to visit this shop, in many ways it's just a technicality. Pop in for a look around and to say that you've been. But such little moments contribute to the joy of travelling, and if you do have the time, I would suggest doing it, for exactly those reasons.
There is a great selection of country music here to look through, and you can't possibly miss it when walking down Broadway in Nashville. But like I said, unless you're going to look for some obscure country music album that you can't seem to find anywhere online, the place doesn't have a lot to offer entertainment wise. But that doesn't mean it's not worth stopping in, having a browse, getting a good, rich wallow in the history and the soul of the place, and maybe picking up something as a souvenir. And with everything else in Nashville, you never know who you might run into!
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 28, 2006
Ernest Tubb Record Shop
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Inverness, United Kingdom