4 Under-the-Radar Spots to Watch Music in Nashville

Posted by Super Admin on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 at 6:17pm.

Nashville isn't called "The Music City" for nothing. This town is known for it's storied musical history, the great artists that made their names here, and the great venues that keep that legacy alive.

And if you're looking to learn more about Nashville's best music venues, then read on!

Every night in Nashville, both locals and tourists pack out the local dives, cafes, saloons, honkey-tonks, and concert venues, all looking for that authentic bluegrass sound. But with such an overwhelming range of options, where do you go?

Well here I've decided to list four of the best, but less well-known venues. I really enjoyed those, I hope you do too.  Everyone's heard of Ryman Auditorium, The Grand Ol' Opry, Ascend Amphitheater, and the Bridgestone Arena...

But you're not looking for big crows or well-established acts. You want something else...

And maybe others have recommended some old classics, like Station Inn or Blue Bird Cafe. Great for their authenticity and great vibe, their much-deserved reputations can also mean that you'll be waiting a bit longer for a seat or a beer.


Man playing guitar


Layla's Honky Tonk

Okay - this place isn't exactly a "hidden" gem. But it's small(ish), cozy, and has a great reputation. If you're looking to cool off after the noise and excitement of Broadway, then head on over to Layla's. It's cute, colorful, and the music is good. Oh, and entry is free.

This one is nestled right in between Tootsies and Robert's on Broadway, so it should be easy to find.


A little more out of the way, off West End near Centennial Park, this place has that real dive-bar atmosphere. Lots of neon, a good ol' pool table, and uncomfortable furniture.

You'll probably see some talented musicians tucked away in the corner too.

The 5 Spot

Located in the Five Points area, this place is all about the music. The huge stage and great sound mean that you're going to get a good show - provided the acts bring their A-game. Luckily, this place doesn't disappoint with regular quality bands. Like most places in Nashville, the price is great, but the parking can be difficult - so arrive early, reserve a seat and grab a drink.


Friends at a bar


Bobby's Idle Hour

Good music, cheap beer. That's about it. Bobby's Idle Hour isn't going to be winning any awards for glitzy interior design or mixing the latest cocktail. This bar is about listening to music with good company.

Wednesdays are the go-to for live music at Bobby's. Stop by for "Sam's Jams" and take in some of the best starter acts and future talents in Nashville.

There's a lot to see in Nashville, and a tour of all the great blue grass venues could keep you busy for months. So I hope if you're in town you make a night of it and see what the town has to offer.

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