Welcome to Nashville! The capital of Tennessee and home to legendary country music. This city is known for food, entertainment and performing arts, parks and gardens, and a whole lot of history. It’s also a place that’s home to famous hotels like Union Station Hotel, popular attractions like Country Music Hall of Fame, and structures like The Parthenon. There’s plenty to do and there might be a tour for almost anything - city, food, nightlife, show and concert tour, parks, music, etc. You can even take cultural tours and bar/pub tours. Some views are better at night, with fewer people on the streets, while some attractions come to life at night. There are also plenty of non-touristy things to do like experiencing a Full Moon Pickin’ Party with the locals. Nashville is packed with so much to do, you will surely want to maximize your stay even at night. There are also tiny Airbnb houses available for your accommodation needs. To get you started, we listed some of the best things to do in Nashville at night.
This vibrant city in Tennessee can be best enjoyed with a traditional trolley tour. This two-hour journey can allow tourists to explore the top sights of Nashville while they admire the stunning city lights. To make it more memorable, you can enjoy photo opportunities in some of the top-visited destinations in the city, such as The Parthenon and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. This tour comes with a knowledgeable guide, so you can be ensured a fun yet educational experience.
Nashville at Night-Time Trolley Tour with Photo Stops
Duration: 2 hours
Have you ever wanted to go on a thrilling ghost tour? You can do just that in Nashville with this one-hour tour through the downtown area. Discover the rich history of the area as well as its different historic locations known for paranormal sightings. Through this guided journey, you can uncover some of the vibrant city’s secrets. You can visit several attractions such as the famous bar where the ghost of Hank Williams Jr. is sighted and Ryman Auditorium, which is said to be haunted by “The Grey Man.”
Nashville: Haunted Ghost Tour
Duration: 1 hour
Want to experience Nashville’s vibrant nightlife scene? You can enjoy a two-hour, all-inclusive pub crawl when you join this exciting tour. Enjoy a walking tour through some of the most popular bars in the downtown area, like Whiskey Bent Saloon, and sample several local craft beers. You can even try some specialty brews through this tour. Each stop comes with a refreshing cocktail that can surely delight the guests.
Night-Time Nashville All-Inclusive Pub Crawl
Duration: 2 hours
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If you want to appreciate the skyline of downtown Nashville from a different perspective, consider booking this sunset helicopter tour that can last for 15 minutes. As it is a private ride, this activity is perfect for couples who want to enjoy a unique experience. Offering seven stops, this tour can allow you to admire some of the top-visited attractions in the city from up above, such as The Parthenon and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It can accommodate a maximum of three guests, so the tour can also be enjoyed by small families or groups of friends.
Evening, Sunset, or Night Helicopter Tour of Downtown Nashville (15-Minutes)
Duration: 15 minutes
Make your trip to Nashville extra savory by indulging in rich Southern cuisine. There’s no better way to do this than by booking Arkeisha’s Southern wine and dine experience. Gather your friends or family around her dining table and dig into a heavy dinner. Enjoy smoked chicken barbecue, macaroni and cheese, rolls, and pound cake. You will also be served three different wines to taste. If you cannot make it to either lunch or dinner, your host can arrange for a brunch set up with shrimp and grits, eggs, bacon, sausage patties, fresh fruits, pastries, and pita bread with a spinach dip. With over 60 years of Southern cuisine history in their family recipes, you will surely cherish this authentic wine and dine experience.
Southern Wine & Dine
Duration: 1 hour
Your visit to Nashville won’t be complete without experiencing what this city is known for: music and parties! Meet new people when you join this private bar crawl where you’ll drink and party at three to five of the best bars Broadway has to offer. Don’t worry if you are traveling alone or with a small group and you don’t know much about the city - the hosts have you covered. The best part is that you don’t have to wait in lines since you’ll enjoy express access. Just relax and let them take you to where fun is. You’ll experience various party scenes, even the ones that offer the famous mechanical bull!
Broadway Bar Crawl w/ Drinks & Bull Ride
Duration: 2.5 hours
Experience a day in the life of a professional recording artist with this music studio tour at the historic district of Music Row in Nashville. Start with a brief tour of the recording studio where hundreds of famous songs have been recorded. Accompanied by professional musicians, music engineers, and songwriters who actually work behind today’s hit songs, you’ll be given a chance to get involved and see for yourself how songs are conceived, developed, and recorded. Nothing is scripted - you’ll experience what actually occurs in the studio as they work on a song.
Live Recording Session - Music Row
Duration: 1 hour
8. Walk across the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge
Looking for things to do in Nashville at night? Those who love walking should take a stroll and pass by the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge. Build in 1907, this bridge spans the whole Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee. It is 960 meters (less than a mile) long but still one among the longest pedestrian bridges in the world. Go at night so you can see the views of the Cumberland River and the Nashville skyline and take a lot of pictures from every angle of Nashville. This can also be a good spot to catch the sunset with your loved ones.
John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge
Address: Nashville, TN 37213, USA
9. Explore Printer's Alley
Those who love books, history, and newspapers will love the historical buildings of Printer’s Alley. Although they don’t have the printing press anymore, this alley now hosts some great bars and karaoke (still alongside history). Travellers looking for places to go in Nashville at night will love walking in this hidden gem, especially in the evening when it is less crowded. Be sure to bring a lot of energy for a fun and lively night out in ‘NashVegas’.
Address: 363-499 1st Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201, United States
Website: Printer’s Alley
10. Take a tour at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge
Learn what ‘nightlife’ really means in Nashville and take a tour at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. Come on in and have a cold beer in this historic watering hole and honky-tonk (bar the provides country music for entertainment and style of music). Located just across the alley from Ryman, you’ll be intrigued with what’s going on inside the colourful and picturesque building. There are usually three different bands on three different floors (almost every night) and a rooftop outdoor venue to enjoy that you and your friends are sure to love spending the night here. Be prepared though as places like this are sure to be packed with people!
Tootsie's Orchid Lounge
Address: 422 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Website: Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge
Opening hours: 10 am - 3 pm
Price: 30 USD
11. Attend a Full Moon Pickin’ Party
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Ever heard of a Full Moon Pickin’ Party? Well in Nashville, Full Moon Pickin’ Parties are usually held monthly from certain months at certain areas of the city. Here, they throw parties with an entrance fee and a certain amount of drinks. Events can be family-friendly compared to going to pubs and clubs since people also bring their kids and dogs. Expect also a lot of food options ranging from barbecue to Korean street good and other food. But for the main act, enjoy some live bluegrass music as Pickin’ refers to banjo pickin’. There are also usually other musicians and other artists ready to perform. Be sure to bring some blankets and chairs (if you can) for a cosy night at the Full Moon Pickin’ Party. If you don’t know what to do in Nashville at night, you can’t go wrong with this activity!
Full Moon Pickin’ Party
Address: 2500 Old Hickory Blvd, Warner Park Stables, Nashville, TN 37221
Website: Full Moon Pickin’ Party
Opening hours: 7 pm - 11 pm
Price: 20 USD
12. Enjoy live country music at The Stage on Broadway
Your trip to Nashville isn’t complete without spending a night in one of the best music venues and bars in the city, The Stage on Broadway. Unlike some other venues in the area, The Stage is actually quite roomy and comfortable. It is located just in the tourism alley in with a large neon sign that says, “The Stage” - so it should be easy to find. Expect that they play live country music until 3’o clock in the morning so you and your friends can stay all night long. They also served affordable drinks and some snacks on the side.
The Stage on Broadway
Address: 412 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Website: The Stage on Broadway
Opening hours: 11 am - 3 am
13. Go on a night hike along Radnor Lake
Calling all nature lovers! If you’re looking for a new view of Nashville, you should go visit Radnor Lake. Take a night hike and enjoy the natural beauty of this area. This 1,368-acre (553.6 hectares) park is conserved and protected as a Class II Natural Area, meaning, its preservation and protection of natural resources are highly prioritized and all activities should be conducive to observing and research, including hiking. Those who plan on going hiking will follow the trails led by the Radnor staff. You can also choose from numerous programs that include wildflower walks, moonlight hikes, canoe floats, reptile programs, and birds of prey demonstrations.
Address: 1160 Otter Creek Rd, Nashville, TN 37220
Website: Radnor Lake
14. Watch a midnight movie at Belcourt Theatre
In for a late night movie run? At the Belcourt Theatre, you and your friends can now watch movies at midnight! In addition to the traditional independent films, moviegoers can buy their own alcohol (and food) there. The venue is clean, updated and really comfortable, while staff are professional and hospitable. You’ll also love their selection of midnight movies. Hurry as this popular place usually runs out of parking spaces so you should go there early!
Address: 2102 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212, Hillsboro West End
Website: Belcourt Theatre
15. Go to a Nashville Sounds game
Sports fans know that watching a game in Nashville Sounds Baseball Club is a must! For those with a free schedule and in need of things to do in downtown Nashville at night, see your favorite players and professional sports teams in action and have a fun time cheering for them from the benches! You can also buy t-shirts and other souvenirs to show your support. Watching a baseball game all evening? Count me in!
Nashville Sounds game
Address: 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville, TN 37219, Downtown
Website: Nashville Sounds
Joyride Nashville is a tour company that offers a number of fun tours around the city. Besides the sightseeing tour, you can also sign up for a brewery/distillery tour, a mural and Instagram tour, or the “Manager’s Special” tour. You’ll be going around the city on a golf cart led by an experienced tour guide. They’re open until 12 am from Mondays to Thursdays, and until 2 am from Fridays to Sundays, so you might be able to book an evening tour. The sightseeing tour lasts for less than two hours, but you’ll be checking out over 35 attractions and stopping for photos at some of the best spots in the city.
Nashville: Sightseeing Cart Tour
Duration: 1.5 hour
If you’re a super-fan of country music and curious about nightlife in Nashville, watching the Grand Ole Opry concert is a must! Learn the history and witness the performances of legendary country music artists all in one place. The venue is big and comfortable and just enough to give you a great view. They also serve food through local food stalls and trucks outside the venue. We also recommend you to go all in and take the backstage tour to get behind the scenes and see the dressing rooms, lobbies, and stages when performers walked in.
Grand Ole Opry
Address: 2804 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214
Website: Grand Ole Opry
Grand Ole Opry Admission Ticket Country Music Live on Stage
Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
Are you in Nashville on a Friday night and you’re looking for some fun and games? You’ve come to the right place! Book a game (or two) at The Escape Game Nashville! This popular game place features escape games that require you to solve for clues to make it out of the room - imagine Sherlock Holmes, etc. This is perfect for testing out your teamwork and skills as groups and/or individuals. After all, little puzzles and brain teasers won’t hurt! Be sure to choose themed rooms according to difficulty and number of people in the group. You can also have your team building activities here.
The Escape Game Nashville
Address: 510 E Iris Dr, Nashville, TN 37204, United States
Opening hours: 8 am - 11:45 pm
Price: 33 USD
Downtown Nashville Escape Room Admission
Duration: 1 hour
Have a night out in Nashville, Tennessee
When it comes to Nashville, spending the day out is not enough! You just have to go and enjoy the night out too. From strolling in bridges and parks, to drinking and dancing in fancy pubs/bars, to dining in vegetarian and seafood restaurants, to enjoying live country music and baseball games, one will never be bored in this city. Choose a thing or two from our list of things to do in Nashville at night to help you get started on your fun adventure!
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