“My favorite bar/club would be Tequila Cowboy because it has 2 different floors with an extra room that varies from hip hop to pop to latin music on different nights. It caters to different tastes and has a mechanical bull!”
“South. bcause it isn’t Southern.”
“Paradise Park-chicken fingers (and I love live music)”
“Holland House; awesome happy hour and great drinks”
“Tin Roof, the music is usually awesome.”
“Big Bang --> dueling piano bar, need I say more”
“I've really enjoyed The Stage downtown -- they frequently bring in great bands, there's often room to dance, etc.”
“Craft Brew Tasting Room has great beers rotated daily, and has friendly people and a casual environment."
"Patterson House - really good drinks!”
“I really like grabbing a pint at Corsair's taproom especially on Tuesday and Wednesday for 2-for-1 pints. They're in the historic Nashville Motorworks building, and feature a selection of regional craft beers.”
“Patterson House (classy mixed drinks), Flying Saucer (huge beer selection), Bosco's (in-house brew)”
“Flying Saucer - I love beer and the hate loud music”
“HonkyTonk Central. I don't remember why.”
A small club that offers a hip restaurant and a lively venue for various bands. Check out the awesome art displays. If you’re seeing a big name act, call ahead and reserve a table. A creative, dessert-centered martini list includes a Pomegranatini and a Wildberry cosmo.
114 12th Ave. N.
This bar and restaurant has good food and a great beer selection. The beer menu is filled with microbrews and imports. Live music is featured most weeknights, and drink specials are common. Check out the website for specials and events.
*$1 off house wines & draft beers: Mon-Fri 4-7pm & Sat 4-10pm*
2312 12th Ave. S.
This club features good blues and rock bands like the local Wooten Brothers. Every night includes two shows. Bands such as Jump Little Children and Cracker have performed here. Make sure to get there early to find a table. Beware: the stage setup here is in a L shape, meaning there aren’t many good sightlines.
*Mon-Fri 2-6pm: $2 domestic beers; $3 imported beers; 2 for 1 well drinks*
816 3rd Ave. S.
Keyword: Music Venue
One of East Nashville’s hottest venues, the 5 Spot is a vibrant with dancing and live music throughout the week. Motown Mondays is definitely a favorite. The 5 spot is also known to throw themed parties, such a 90s parties. The crowd tends to be a bit older. The club is surrounded by several bars, including the Red Door.
1006 Forrest Ave
A spacious, two-story bar with an open air deck that is usually uncrowded, Bailey’s is a great place to hit up after a Predators game, to play some pool, or just watch a game with your bros. The only downside is that you’ll probably have to pay for parking.
*Mon-Fri 3-7pm: $2.50 Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Lite; $3 long island iced teas, margaritas; $4 Bacardi, Absolut*
Keyword: Irish Pub, Sportsbar
Spoiler alert - this place has lots of beer. Self-described as having 50 draft beers, 100 bottled beers, and 1 bitchin jukebox. With delicious mini corn dogs, Cajun popcorn chicken, and fried macaroni on the menu your body will thank you that night and hate you in the morning. You may have to pay a $5.00 cover.
*$1 off draft beers: Mon-Fri 2-7pm*
107 Church St.
Keyword: Beer, Jukebox
This dueling piano bar is usually packed on the weekends, but during the week days and random nights its seats will be almost empty. Along with the Stage and Paradise Park, it is one of the Downtown Big Three that are equally popular with medical students and Vandy undergrads. The music is loud enough to entertain but still quiet enough for conversation. Bring money for tipping if you want them to play your classic rock or country favorites Personally, I recommend Sweet Caroline. There is often a cover ($6), but it’s well worth it for the non-stop music.
411 Broadway Suite 201 (Upstairs)
Keyword: Dueling Pianos, Awesome
The Bluebird is a venue that truly is all about the music. You are asked to remain quiet during a set, but this is so everyone can appreciate the original country and acoustic music being performed. This venue has gained worldwide recognition for being THE place for the original songwriters to perform their own hits. Garth Brooks and Kathy Mattea got their starts here, and the film A Thing Called Love is set here. Writers’ Night on Sundays is particularly popular.
4014 Hillsboro Rd.
Keyword: Music Venue, Songwriters, Authentic
With nearly constant live music, The Bluegrass Inn achieves a warm, saloon-like atmosphere in the heart of Broadway. This venue serves up a steady stream of bluegrass, rockabilly, and more traditional country, featuring talented local performers and the occasional out-of-town act. And there is plenty of dancing room by the stage in case the music takes control.
*$1 PBRs: Mon-Fri 2-6pm*
418 Broadway Ave.
Keyword: Bluegrass, Dive bar
A popular choice for b-day celebrations, you’ll enjoy a rotating menu of microbrewed beers while chowing on wood-fired oven pizza, pasta, or grilled foods at this Hillsboro Village hotspot. The food is tasty, but it comes with a hefty pricetag. Try their beer sampler: Large shots of 8 of their unique beers! (remember to ask for your Vandy student discount)
*Mon-Fri 3:30-6:30pm: $5 house wines; $1 off beers*
1805 21st Ave S.
Serving the largest martinis in town, this restaurant/bar is also a great place to take a date or to take your parents during move in. The bar stocks a dozen cigar selections and serves late night tapas, salads, and wood-grilled pizzas. But sadly there's no dollar menu here. Drinks and food are quite expensive, but the atmosphere is very classy. Reservations for groups recommended.
911 20th Ave. S.
Located in Downtown’s historic Printer’s Alley, this venue offers Cajun cooking and blues music. Features a “Mardi Gras in May” with a week of partying with music, street parades, Mardi Gras beads, and crawfish races. There isn’t too much space to dance and the crowd tends to be older, but it has a great New Orleans atmosphere and famous blues players somehow find their way to the stage. Note: there’s a cover charge.
220 Printers Alley
Keyword: New Orleans, Blues
In addition to hosting Predators and Kats games, the Bridgestone Arena hosts many of the biggest acts to come through Nashville. Past performers here include Elton John, AC/DC, and Bon Jovi. As you might guess, these are some of the most expensive tickets for concerts in the city.
Keyword: Sport and Concert Venue
Broadway Brewhouse is one of the larger bars in the midtown cluster of bars. The Bushwackers are divine (if you’ve never had one before, just order it, you won’t be disappointed) and the large patio area out back offers several dart boards and ring-toss. The adjoining Mojo Grill offers great Cajun food and is worth a visit just for a meal.
*$1 off draft beers: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm*
*Ladies Night: Thu 7pm-12am*
Keyword: Beer, Cajun
Occasional med student and undergrad hangout. With 26 pool tables, 3 dart boards, one snooker table, and foosball, this is the best place to play bar games downtown. They also specialize in single-malt scotch and single barrel liquors. They have lots of specials.
154 2nd Ave.
Keyword: Pool, Dive bar, Scotch
Cabana has an upscale aesthetic with moderate to high prices. The back of the restaurant is open-air which is refreshing in good weather. Cabana boasts great service, private booths, and popular trivia nights. The venue can get very crowded on the weekends.
*Every Day 4-7pm: $1 off bottled beers; $2 off liquors; $4 house wines; $5 - $6 martinis*
1910 Belcourt Ave.
Chuy’s is a new, fun, vibrant restaurant in midtown and already a favorite among the VMS IIs. Home of one of Nashville’s best happy hour specials, it’s everything Tex-Mex is supposed to be with its free chips, huge portions, and deliciously cheesy entrees. Very fun ambiance (very colorful, metal palms, makes you feel as if you’re on vacation...)
*Mon-Fri 4-7pm: $4.25 house margaritas; $2.75 domestic drinks; $7.25 Texas martinis*
1901 Broadway Ave
Keyword: TexMex, Happy Hour
A VMS favorite, McGuinness’s is a traditional Irish Pub with both a large central bar and secluded booths. It’s packed every weekend night with both locals and Vanderbilt students. A large outdoor patio and dance floor make for a fun dance locale. There’s often a skilled band that blasts your favorite classic rock songs, and occasionally a DJ with extremely danceable music.
*Mon-Fri 3-6pm: $2.50 wines; $1.75 domestic beers*
*Wed 3pm-2:30am: $2.50 wines; $1.75 domestic beers; $3 well drinks*
1538 Demonbreun St.
Keyword: Irish Pub, Classic Rock, Club
This entertainment megaplex at Opry Mills offers a restaurant, bar, and massive arcade. The game fees are a bit steep, but if you decide to splurge, you could feel like a kid again. Think Chuck E Cheese with a bar!
540 Opry Mills Dr.
The Exit/In is a music city landmark. REM, The Ramones, and The Talking Heads all played here at some point. These days, the club features a variety of genres, but mostly rock and country. It has a smoky and gritty atmosphere. Tickets usually range from $10-20.
2208 Elliston Pl.
Keyword: Music Venue, Authentic
Live jazz every night in a nice lounge atmosphere. It’s a great place for after-dinner cocktails if you’ve got the money or perfect for a date if you’re looking to impress. The patrons are older and usually well-dressed. No cover, but go early because the music stops before midnight. A late night menu (after 9 pm) is available with half-price dishes.
2210 Crestmoor Rd.
Keyword: Jazz, Date spot
Tucked away in the old Union Station baggage building, this bar is decorated with a variety of saucers along its walls. They have 75 beers on tap and 140 bottles ranging from $2.50 to $12.00 a pint. If you think you’re up to it, attempt to drink all of their 200+ beers at least once and get a saucer with your name on the wall. One true American patriot has performed this heroic feat SEVEN times. They have trivia on Tuesdays, but Mondays are their big nights because most of their gargantuan beer collection is only $2.50 a pint.
111 10th Ave. S.
Keyword: Tons of beers on tap, Mondays
At the Gerst Haus you can get fishbowls of the namesake beer or sample any of their dozen-plus taps. They have a live polka band every Friday and Saturday night, and of course, they serve up delicious German classics, like bratwurst and schnitzel.
*$0.50 off mugs of beer: Mon-Fri 2-6pm*
301 Woodlawn St.
Recently subject to a major renovation, Gold Rush is no longer a dive. They even recruited chefs from Bound’ry and Trace. They offer a full late night menu as well. This is a good place to stop in for a beer before a show at Exit/In. Come in on the weekend for a tasty brunch.
*Weekends 11am-8pm & Mon-Fri 3-8pm: $2.50 PBRs, Miller High Life drafts & $4 well drinks, mimosa, bloody mary
2205 Elliston Pl.
Keyword: Food, Beer, Late night
Located near the Mall at Green Hills, this place is rather unique. Living up to its name, the bar is actually inside a working green house, plants and all. A good place to relax with friends over a couple of drinks, this place boasts a slightly older 20-something crowd if you are looking to get away from the undergrad hangouts.
*Every Day 5-7pm: $2.50 domestic beers; $3 imported beers; $4 wine*
2211 Brandywood Dr.
This establishment has four pool tables and serves a variety of beer. Also has some dartboards and a great jukebox.
*$2 domestic draft beers; $2.50 domestic bottled beers; $3.75 imported beers: Sun 12-3pm, Mon-Fri 4-7pm; Sat 12-6pm*
On 21st Ave. above Pizza Perfect
The Patterson House of East Nashville. Serves a variety of specialty cocktails. Classier than your average college bar.
935 W. Eastland Ave.
A favorite among Vandy med students, Honky Tonk Central has three full stories of live music (performed every day from from 11am-3am). This downtown venue also has a full menu, serving salads, sandwiches, and appetizers.
Keyword: Music, Food
One of the only salsa clubs in town. Great dancers and free lessons make this a great place to learn salsa. Don’t be discouraged by its location in a strip mall nor by the security guard patting you down as you enter. With cheap tequila and margaritas even the wallflowers will be dancing.
*Ladies Free all night Thurs& Fri*
*Ladies Free before 10pm Sat*
*Free Salsa Lessions 9-10pm Thurs& Fri*
*$4 wells all night Wed*
*$1 tequila shots, $1 domestic beer, $1.50 import beer, & $2 wine 9-10pm Thurs-Sat
15128 Old Hickory Blvd.
Keyword: Salsa dancing, Tequila
Located in the heart of Hillsboro Village, Jackson’s serves Cajun and Creole food, and at night it’s a popular place for drinks (try their Bourbon Alexander). Its nicest feature is the huge outdoor patio, which is perfect for people-watching. Jackson’s has live music on Wednesday nights in the spring and summer. With plenty of seating, this is an excellent post-exam celebration location.
*1/2 price drinks: Mon& Wed-Fri 11am-6pm & Tues 10pm-2am*
*1/2 price bottles of wine: Sun 3pm-12am*
1800 21st Ave. S.
Keyword: Pregame, Group
Yet another honky-tonk on Broadway, Legend’s will hold some appeal for country fans, but you’re much more likely to find VMS students at The Stage.
428 Broadway Ave.
Keyword: Honkey-tonk, Broadway
This gay/straight bar is newly renovated. There is a very diverse clientele here, with people from all walks of life. Whether you are looking to throw some darts, shoot some pool, sing karaoke, or listen to live music, Lipstick Lounge has something for you. Due to its size, overcrowding can be a problem, but this club is rated highly by locals. Lipstick Lounge hosts Dirty Bingo on Wednesdays and trivia on Thursdays.
*2 for 1 drinks: Wed 6:30-10pm & Thu 6:30-9pm*
1400 Woodland St.
Keyword: Nightclub, Karaoke, Darts
Lonnie’s is a prime late night spot for both VMS students and undergrads. Open until 3 AM, expect to find live karaoke on the weekends, performed by you (and the famous Lonnie’s girls). Go with a group of friends, get a bucket of beer, and make it a good end to a night out in Nashville.
208 Printer’s Alley
Keyword: Karaoke, Printer’s Alley, Late night
Do you want beer, a place to drink it, and not much else? Losers may be the place for you. Offering live music, this dive is a fun place to visit. The bar itself is small, but there is a large patio to sit and relax in nice weather. Always a good time if you are looking for a sketchier crowd.
1911 Division St.
Keyword: Division, Divebar
Mafiaoza’s is one of Nashville’s newer hot spots. Located in the increasingly popular 12th South District, Mafiaoza’s serves up delicious New York style pizza as well as providing a great and spacious place to drink and schmooze. For a fun country twist on their Italian style, draft beer is served in Mason jars.
*2 for 1 beers: Wed-Fri 4-7pm*
*$5-$10 double liquors Tue 4-10pm*
2400 12th Ave South
Keyword: Pizza, Tuesdays, Pub
Located in Hilsboro Village a short walk from campus, this cozy shack offers the best chicken fingers and fries in town. The porch outside, 2-for1 beers offered 24/7, and free Dixie cup ice creams makes it a perfect spot for any time of day, including the evening.
2115 Belcourt Ave
Keyword: Fried Chicken & Beer
A member of the McFadden’s chain started in NYC, this trendy bar is a favorite for undergrads. The bar has several rooms for dancing and mingling and is always packed on weekends. McFadden's can be fun, but classmates have also had problems with belligerent and creepy customers here. They offer VIP parties a private room, but they don't stop others from crashing the "private" party. Cover varies.
*Mon-Fri 5-8pm: $3 domestic draft beers, well drinks, wines*
134 2nd Ave. N
Keyword: Irish Pub, Club, Crowded
Located just across 21st Ave. from the library, this is a great place to get some hearty, thick crust pizza. Although not the best pizza in the world (coming from a New Yorker), the amount and variety of toppings will hold your fix over until the end of the semester. One can also order for take away but they do not deliver.
*Mon-Thurs 3-8pm: 1/2 off draft beers; $1 off house wines, well drinks; $2 select domestic bottled beers*
212 21st Ave South
These two adjoining music venues/bars host some of the best musical acts as they pass through Music City. Tickets are usually relatively cheap ($10-20) and there isn’t a bad seat in the house (although they are both standing room only).
Cannery Row off 8th Ave. South
Keyword: Band Venue, Rock Trivia
Ms. Kelli’s is another great karaoke bar in Nashville. Located in the historic Printers alley, it is less crowded and less collegial than Lonnie's. Ms. Kelli’s is usually filled with very talented locals. Especially on weekends, the talent here is unmatched anywhere downtown.
207 Printers Alley
Keyword: Karaoke, Dive bar
A Vandy staple for many years, this large bar and music venue offers what every medical student needs on a Saturday night: a release. The band plays loud rocking tunes that you are guaranteed to know and pump your fist to. The food out of the back tastes better and better as the night goes on.
Keyword: Trailer Park
Modeled after a speakeasy, The Patterson House has an innocuous appearance, but inside you’ll find a classy cocktail bar that serves a number of unique drinks made from an incredible assortment of exotic ingredients. Come here for a date night after dinner in Midtown, or for a nice drink before you hit up the Demonbreun bars. The food is pricey and all the drinks are $11, but they’re definitely worth the price.
This gay/straight bar is a new, trendy and often crowded dance club and bar downtown. It features one of the largest dance floors in Nashville and holds drag shows in the showbar area. Cover on the weekend is $10. Weekends are very crowded, especially during the drag shows at 11pm and 1am.
*Wed: College night (free admission with college ID until 11pm)*
*Thurs: Ladies night (free admission till 11pm)*
*Sun: Amateur Day night*
1519 Church Street
Keyword: Danceclub, Karaoke, Drag shows
Located in midtown, this divey bar can be a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the downtown scene. Although it’s sure to get packed on weekends, the porch is a nice hang out spot for a couple drinks and the shuffle board table on the side can be a nice distraction. Red Door has a second location in East Nashville by the 5 Spot.
1316 Division Street
Keyword: Dive Bar, Division
When it comes to honky tonk music the Broadway strip is not exactly lacking. Although it is easy to get saturated and lost in the shuffle, Roberts forever stands out as a beacon of authenticity. With live music playing round the clock and cheeseburgers sold late into the night, this is a sure fire place to get your dancing on and feel right at home in good ole Nashvegas.
Keyword: Honky-tonk, Rockabilly
This quaint remodeled house has a wine list with over 50 reds and whites and contains a revolving art exhibit that it borrows from the gallery next door. Located in the trendy 12th South district, they serve a delicious cheese plate which compliments the wine exquisitely, but both come with a hefty pricetag.
2304 12th Ave South
The “Mother Church” of music, the Ryman once served as a house of worship before being the long-time home of the Grand Ole Opry. A cozy venue with great acoustics, the Ryman still features pews as seats. Recent performers included Oasis, Ben Folds, and Kris Kristofferson. This impressive venue also hosts the CMAs each year.
116 5th Ave. North
Keyword: Band Venue, Country Music Awards
Afraid to travel more than a mile from your cozy study room, but still want to watch the game? Then Sam's is the perfect sportsbar for you. This Hillsboro hotspot is a big favorite with med students. With a spacious porch, big-screen TV, and a dozen flat screens, who needs comcast? Sam’s is also a popular undergrad hangout, and its Saturday karaoke and Wednesday trivia often frequented by our classmates.
*2 for 1 beers Sun 6pm-3am & Mon and Wed-Fri 3pm-7pm*
1803 21st Ave S
Keyword: Sportsbar, Trivia
South is a southern themed bar and restaurant. On weekend nights, there is usually a cover and a line to get inside.
1524 Demonbreun St
Located above South St. Crab Shack, this bar has tables that wrap around trees growing up through the floor and a truly open air atmosphere with large, open windows. Go early and grab a large table with some friends, and if you are hungry, you can order from the South St. menu during regular dinner hours.
*Mon-Fri 3-6pm: $1 off domestic bottled beers, house wines; $3 well drinks*
907 20th Ave. South
Keyword: Pregame, Cajun
This is one of the few sports bars that people go to for the food rather than the TV. Another popular undergrad hangout. Late night, the bar above the restaurant isn’t too crowded and is a good place to converse with friends, although it can get smokey.
*2 for 1 drinks: Mon & Wed-Sat 4pm-7pm*
1601 21st Ave. South
Keyword: Sportsbar, Pregame
Right next to Centennial Park, you might miss this small bar located between the McDonald’s and Hog Heaven. A true no-frills place — one of Nashville’s good dive bars if you are looking to get away from the 2nd Ave. spots.
*Sun 12-8pm & Mon-Sat 2-8pm: $2 domestic long necks; $2.50 Heineken; $7 pitchers of Yuengling; $1.50 PBRs*
115 27th Ave. N.
If med students dare to brave the downtown area, it’s a good bet that we can be found at The Stage. It has the largest stage and probably biggest dance floor on Broadway. The Stage has hosted events for stars such as Pat Green and Wynonna. Warning: most medical students prefer to be a few drinks deep before stepping foot in The Stage...
Keyword: Crowded Honky-tonk, Late Night Bar
This bluegrass venue is world-renowned and features many of the greats of the genre. You are assured a fine night of pickin’ when you visit. Doors open at 7pm and music starts at 9 pm. Reservations are not taken; admission is first-come, first-served. It is now a smoke-free establishment.
401 12th Ave South
Keywords: Bluegrass, Sit-down Bar
A popular hangout, this bar offers live music on their outdoor patio, as well as your typical indoor bar scene. Also popular with undergrads (read: fratstars), this place has a young crowd.
*Mon-Sat 2-7pm: $2 domestic draft beers; $3 premium draft beers*
1516 Demonbreun St.
Keywords: Band bar, Undergrads
Another uniquely Nashville spot, along the strip on Broadway with Robert’s and the Stage. Many country singers got their start at places like Tootsie’s, so check it out to see who is up and coming. Standing room only, this place is a guaranteed good time if you are looking for music in Nashville. Legendary customers include Roger Miller, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings.
Keywords: Country Music, Downtown, Honky-tonk
This gay/straight video bar is for a more professional crowd than Play. It has a stylish atmosphere, 3 separate bars, a patio, and ample seating. Whether you want the traditional bar, a lounge, or a restaurant bar, Tribe has it. If you like techno, pop, or 80’s music, this is the place for you. There is also a small dance floor if you don’t want to pay the cover to go dance next door at Play.
*Sun 5-10pm: $6 Michelob Light draft pitchers; $5 Long Island Teas*
*Mon 5pm-2am: $3 Michelob Light drafts*
*Mon 5-10pm: $3 Svedka Vodka & Flavors*
*Tue 5-10pm: $5 Absolut Vodka & Flavors; $7 Absolut Vodka martinis*
*Wed 5-8pm: $2 Smirnoff Vodka & Flavors; $3 well cocktails*
*Thu 5-10pm: $5 Long Island Teas, $3 Michelob Light drafts*
*Fri-Sat 5-8pm: $4 selected call cocktails*
1517 Church St
Keyword: Dance Club
A great late night spot right in the middle of Hillsboro village. It’s small, but just look across the street from the Pancake Pantry to find it. The cheap drafts and competitive foosball and darts make the Villager a favorite. Be warned, however, as this place is one of the smokier bars in Nashville.
*Mon-Fri 3-7pm: $0.25 off draft beers, bottled beers; $7 pitchers of Shiner*
1719 21st Ave South
A classic Nsahville experience. Free line dancing lessons are offered during the week 4-9pm, while on weekends you can often catch top country acts. This is a huge tourist attraction, so don’t be surprised to find lots of people wearing color coordinated cowboy boots, vests, and hats. Dollar nights during the summer. Usually a cover charge for the live band and a lot of folks of all ages studding the huge dance floor. Be brave and try at two-stepping, Nashville’s favorite pastime. Cover: usually steep ($10 or more).
120 2nd Ave North
Keyword: Line Dancing, Honkey-tonk, Club, Music Venue
Known more for its great music and great views of the river than for its beer. There are sometimes even surprise appearances by famous musicians.
515 2nd Ave North
Keyword: Music Venue
This new midtown bar is owned by the same people as Losers, but I guess they had more faith in this one. With a full service kitchen and a bar with specialty drafts, there seems to be something for everyone, even Karaoke Fridays!
1913 Division Street
Keyword: Karaoke, Division