Nashville might be best known as the Music City, but the southeastern city has a lot more to offer visitors and locals. Amongst the more popular attractions is Nashville’s famous Broadway sector. Much like New Orleans’ Bourbon Street, Nashville’s HonkyTonk Highway is the city’s undisputed nightlife epicenter. As we will discuss below, many of the famous local haunts of Nashville are located along Broadway in the city center. This makes for a perfect tourist attraction and nightlife scene for locals alike.
We are proud to host SCALE 2020 in the heart of downtown Nashville just a few blocks from Broadway and the Honky Tonk Highway. The Symposium for Cosmetic Advances and Laser Education is celebrating its 15th year in 2020. Join us to meet industry peers, learn more about your field, or just to have a great time in the Music City!
**Note, as of the writing of this article, SCALE 2020 has not been postponed or canceled. We are carefully monitoring ongoing events including recommendations/guidance from the U.S. CDC and the World Health Organization.**
What is Nashville’s Honky Tonk Highway?
The famed Honky Tonk Highway of downtown Nashville “is a row of honky tonks pumping live music into the streets from 10 am to 3 am. One of the best parts: it doesn’t cost a thing. Meaning no cover charge. Meaning save your money for more important things like the tip jar! Because in Music City we understand music should be shared to all.” For the uninitiated, a honky tonk is a “usually tawdry nightclub or dance hall…especially one that features country music.”
In other words, Nashville’s Honky Tonk Highway on Broadway is a country music block party featuring live music, great drinks, and great times! Nashville legends including Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson frequented this strip of venues early in their careers. Local and touring acts put on live performances every night.
Broadway on Nashville
As mentioned above, Nashville’s Honky Tonk Highway is located on Broadway, a historic thoroughfare that cuts through the heart of the city. Broadway is famous for its honky tonk bars, nightlife, and rowdy nights. Yet there is much more to this famed district. The Lower Broadway district is also home to the legendary Ryman Auditorium (one-time home of the Grand Ole Opry), the Johnny Cash Museum, The Patsy Cline Museum, and much more.
During daytime hours, the district boasts a lively shopping and art scene, restaurants, and hotel amenities. At night, the area transforms into the Honky Tonk Highway with loud and rowdy music echoing through the streets. Broadway is family-friendly while the sun is up, but turns into the premiere nightlife location in the Greater Nashville area when the sun goes down!
Bars, Restaurants, and Nightlife of Honky Tonk Highway
Acme Feed & Seed
A longtime Broadway staple, Acme Feed & Seed is known for its mix of high-end culinary offerings and their raucous honky tonk live musical performances. Located at a historic 1890 building, Acme Feed & Seed is one of the premier honky tonks in America. Acme Radio live broadcasts the venue’s musical shows for the world to hear.
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge is about as “Nashville” as it gets. A self-proclaimed watering hole, Tootsie’s is located just across the street from the Ryman Auditorium. Featuring tons of musical memorabilia and local history, Tootsie’s features the best local and national acts. If you want a genuine honky tonk experience, this is a can’t-miss.
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
A more modern addition to Honky Tonk Highway, Margaritaville Restaurant on Broadway offers a more laid-back alternative to the traditional Nashville honky tonk. This is also a more family-friendly experience for larger groups.
Continuing the theme of questionable liquor choices, Tequila Cowboy features nightly live acts, upscale bar food, and a modern country atmosphere. Tequila Cowboy is famous for hosting perhaps more bachelorette parties than anywhere in the city. For those looking for a memorable night on the town, Tequila Cowboy has it all.
SCALE 2020 is the Party of the Year!
To learn more about cutting edge cosmetic procedures, laser tech, esthetic dermatology and much more, join us from July 22-25, 2020 for our annual Music City Scale Conference! SCALE is the premier multidisciplinary meeting for aesthetic medicine, surgery and dermatology in the United States. Join other industry professionals to discuss industry trends, emerging technologies, and more!
While our list is always expanding, click here to view our current exhibitors and sponsors for 2020. To register, follow this link. We look forward to seeing you this summer for the cosmetics industry event of the year!
2020 Exhibitors & Sponsors
Elite sponsors: Allergan & Galderma
Platinum sponsors: Body by BTL, Crown Aesthetics, Cynosure, Merz Aesthetics, Ortho Dermatologics, Solta Medical
Gold sponsors: AbbVie, Crystal Clear, DefenAge, Evolus, SkinCeuticals, Sun Pharma