The collection of music venues and watering holes on Broadway and surrounding blocks drowned the sorrows and launched the careers of many music stars. Bars like Tootsie's Orchid Lounge became a sort of "backstage" for up-and-coming performers like Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline and Waylon Jennings, making the "37 steps" in the alley between Tootsie's and the Ryman Auditorium famous. More favorites are Robert's Western World, The Stage and Legends Corner; the honky-tonks in Printers Alley, just a few blocks away; and Station Inn in the Gulch.
Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, 422 Broadway, 615-726-0463
Robert's Western World, 416B Broadway, 615-244-9552
The Stage on Broadway, 412 Broadway, 615-726-0504
Legends Corner, 428 Broadway, 615-248-6334
Printers Alley, Between 3rd & 4th Aves., from Union St. to Church St.
Station Inn, 402 Twelfth Ave. S., 615-255-3307