World-famous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge was named after Tootsie Bess, a singer/comedienne, who purchased it in 1960. A hangout for Nashville's country music crowd, famous early customers were Kris Kristofferson, Faron Young, Willie Nelson, Tom T. Hall, Hank Cochran, Mel Tillis, Roger Miller, Webb Pierce, Waylon Jennings, Patsy Cline and many more.
Today, the purple facade anchors Lower Broadway's colorful past, and the interior walls are crowded with publicity stills of the greats, the hopefuls and never-wills who came to Music City chasing dreams. Ultimately, this is the place locals insist on taking visitors when touring Nashville's nightlife.
Be sure to go upstairs to see the back bar and the back door. This is how the Opry stars came in.
Fun Fact: Elvis' songs can be heard booming from within Tootsie's on a regular basis.
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