Any trip to Nashville should include a visit to the downtown Lower Broadway area.
Lower Broadway is a roughly 6 block area in the heart of downtown lined on each side with restaurants, bars, live music venues and various shopping boutiques.
Downtown Nashville is famous for the honky-tonks on Lower Broadway. Most of these bars do not charge a cover and drinks are reasonably priced. As you walk up and down Broadway exploring the sights and sounds you can pop in and out of these honky-tonks and hear some great live music. Some of the most popular of these hot spots include the world famous Tootsies, Roberts Western World, The Stage, and Bootleggers Inn.
The Downtown Nashville area is anchored by several major venues all of which are within several blocks of the Lower Broadway area.
First is Nissan Stadium which lies just a short walk over the three bridges that cross the Cumberland River and connect the East Bank to Downtown. The Stadium is home to the NFL Tennessee Titans, and is host of the annual Music City Bowl and several major concerts throughout the year.
Second is Bridgestone Arena which sits on the corner of 5th and Broadway and empties into the heart of the Downtown activity. The Arena provides seating of up to 20,000 and is home to the NHL Nashville Predators and host to many other live events.
Third is the Music City Center, Nashville's new convention center sits just a block away from the bars and restaurants Downtown. The Center covers 1.2 million square feet, and is host to some of the largest variety of conventions in the nation.
This area, also known as the Entertainment
District of Downtown Nashville runs down Broadway from 5th to 1st Avenue and includes dozens of
restaurants, bars, live music, and various shops.
It begins at 1st Ave next to the Cumberland River, travels up Broadway to 2nd Avenue, covers 2nd Ave approximately 3 blocks in either direction from Broadway and continues up Broadway to 5th Avenue.
This area includes X number of bars and live music venues, X number of restaurants and eateries, souvenier, gift and other retail outlets, Hard Rock Cafe, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, the world famous Tootsies, Ryman Auditorium, Johnny Cash Museum, breweries, Joe's Crab Shack.
Roberts Western World
Downtown Nashville, as few as 20 years ago, was nearly a ghost town littered with a few honky tonks and antique shops. Today, however, Nashville's downtown area provides some of the most dynamic live entertainment, restaurants and hotel options in the country.
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