Nashville has long been the pinnacle of the country music business, but there's more than just country music to be found: live bluegrass, hillbilly, jazz and more can be uncovered in unassuming clubs and bars. Here, we've selected a sampling of Nashville's must-visit nightlife hot spots.
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The Station Inn could easily be mistaken for a run-of-the-mill dive bar tucked in the midst of South Nashville's trendy new lounges. But upon entering the space, you'll find yourself in the midst of Nashville's most iconic bluegrass venue. For more than 30 years, Station Inn has offered nightly performances from bluegrass stars and up-and-comers, including Bill Monroe and The Grascals. Reservations are not accepted, no advance tickets are sold, and entry to the Inn is on a first-come, first-served basis. So plan to arrive early for all shows. Check the website for schedules and ticket prices.