Nashville After Five: A Mix of Southern History and Country Music

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Nashville, or Nashvegas as it’s affectionately called, is one of the best cities to visit in the United States. With it’s mix of Southern history, Country Music and just plan ‘ole fun, it’s a perfect place for a business trip. When the work day is done, there’s plenty of things to do in Nashville at night.

As I note in my article The 7 Habits of the Highly Effective Business Traveler, the savvy business traveler always makes sure to check out the area he or she is visiting for work. And Nashville has no shortage of great things to do and see, and, of course, eat. Here are the best ideas of what to do in Nashville, after five, of course!

Go Bar Hoppin’ & Honky Tonkin’ on Broadway

They don’t call it Nashvegas for nothin’! Downtown Nashville’s Broadway Street is a music lover and bar hoppers paradise. If you’re looking for things to do in Nashville at night, Broadway Street is just what the doctor ordered. Bar after bar line the street all of them pumping country music out until the wee hours of the morning.

Broadway street is one of the big reasons why so many bachelor and bachelorette parties choose Nashville to celebrate the last throes of singleness. But on a weeknight you won’t find many of those but you will find great tunes, good drinks and a good time. Broadway Street is walking distance from many major downtown hotels making for easy access to some fun after five!

Make sure to visit the famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge which is known to have an impromptu performance by the occasional local mega star!

Grab some Hot Chicken at Hattie B’s

Hot Chicken is all the rage these days and Hattie B’s is one of the originals putting out tasty platters of hottest chicken you can handle. Located in downtown Nashville not far from Broadway street, Hattie B’s serves bone-in and boneless “hot chicken” with tasty Southern style sides like Pimento Mac N Cheese (my personal favorite!) and Red Skin Potato Salad.

Their Chicken’s “heat level” ranges from mild to “Shut the Cluck Up” which is just about right as it will knock your socks off. And don’t forget (seriously, don’t forget!) to try their banana cream pudding – a massive serving of soothing deliciousness which will help cool your burning lips.

Be prepared to stand in line for this must-eat foodie paradise as it’s always packed, but well worth the wait.

Location: 112 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN, 37203.

See a show at the Ryman

The famed Ryman Auditorium is a former tabernacle now used to host music events. It was the original location of the Grand ‘Ole Opry (which is now located elsewhere in Nasvhville) and hosts some of Country Music’s most famous stars.

The tickets may be a little steep, but the venue is historic and the shows are always good.

Location: 116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219

Drive to Downtown Franklin (especially during Christmas)

Franklin, TN is a quaint city 20-30 minutes south of Nashville. Anytime of the year, Franklin’s downtown area is an awesome place to visit, but if you get the chance to go during Christmas, take it!

Bustling with activity and beautifully decorated for Christmas, Franklin’s historic downtown area is full of old buildings, quaint shops, great bars (like 55 South) and an overall great vibe.

The annual Charles Dickins outdoor festival is a can’t miss activity and well worth the traffic that it brings.

Location: Franklin is 20-30 minutes south of Nashville on Interstate 65.

Catch some Tunes at the Bluebird Cafe

For a more authentic and personal music experience, the Bluebird Cafe is legendary for it’s great music acts. The 90-seat club hidden in an unpretentious strip mall is where Taylor Swift was discovered. The Bluebird regularly hosts established stars and new up and comers almost every night of the week.

Located south of Nashville (and not in the downtown area) it’s hard to get a seat at this historic club, but well worth the visit!

Location: 4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215

Final Thoughts on Things to Do in Nashville at Night

I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of fun things to do in Nashville at night! Nashville is truly one of the America’s greatest cities and the perfect place to combine business with some fun. So, the next time you are in Nashville for business get out and enjoy some of the great things to do in Nashville at night!

Special thanks to Michelle here at the Travel after Five team for the guest post opportunity. You might be interested in all of her Travel after Five guides including great cities like Dallas and Grand Rapids, MI.

Guest Writer

Jeremy Smith |

Author Bio: Jeremy Smith is a business travel blogger who travels way too often, flies Southwest, stays in Hilton’s and has spent a night in a Mexican jail! His blog the shares travel hacks, packing tips, healthy travel tips and other resources designed to help business travelers level up their travel game. Occasionally, he even shares travel blogging tips.

Nashville After Five: A Mix of Southern History and Country Music

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