There’s no question that Nashville is known for its string of lively honky-tonks, bushwhacker alcoholic milkshakes, and of course, its infamous party bikes where guests pedal around town on a traveling tavern while taking shots with their best friends.
And unfortunately, you do have to be 21 to legally experience a handful of the things Music City has to offer... but we have good news! Nashville is home to SO many experiences and events that guests can take part in at ALL ages, 21 or not.
If you’re planning a bachelorette party and were thinking your little sister could tag along, then you thought right. We’re here with a list of places, activities, and experiences to do in Nashville if you aren’t 21. And the best part? Most of these are even included in our Hootenanni party packages.
We promise you won't even need a fake ID.
HIT THE BARS
You read that right! You can indeed visit some of the honky-tonks on Broadway if you aren’t 21 – you just have to pick the right ones and go at the right time of day. This is especially beneficial for groups that may have some guests over 21 and some under (the best of both worlds, you might say).
ALL AGES, ALL DAY
From Sunday to Thursday, this Nashville classic allows all ages, all day. The world famous Wildhorse Saloon is a 66,000-square foot live music and line dance destination where country favorites like Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, and Rascall Flatts have graced the stage. A Beatles member has even performed here!
DICK'S LAST RESORT
As their motto goes, “there’s always a reason to party at Dick’s”… and we agree! Dick’s is known for its outrageous, energetic, and sometimes sarcastic vibe, making it quite the entertaining place to stop in while barhopping.
ROCK BOTTOM RESTAURANT AND BREWERY
Another rooftop favorite, Rock Bottom features a great view and a great menu selection (in case you get hungry). And it’s right in the heart of all the honky tonks, so you definitely won’t miss out on any of the action.
SOULSHINE PIZZA FACTORY
This one isn’t on Broadway, but if you were hoping to get a (delicious) taste of Midtown, where many of the locals hang out, Soulshine is the place to be. It features an outdoor patio, live music, and the best part… pizza!
DON'T CARD UNTIL EVENING
Famous for its multi-floor, multi-bar layout, live music stage, and most importantly, the mechanical bull, Tequila Cowboy is a Nashville favorite you won’t want to miss. This venue doesn’t start carding until 10pm, so make sure to visit during the daytime or early evening!
HONKY TONK CENTRAL
With live music on every single floor, Honky Tonk Central can’t be beat. It’s the quintessential honky tonk (hence the name). Check this one off the list by 10pm when they start taking ID’s.
TOOTSIE'S WORLD FAMOUS ORCHID LOUNGE
Potentially the most iconic honky tonk in Nashville, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge features the best up-and-coming talent on their three stages (and it’s PURPLE!). Hit this one first because 1. It’s popular and gets crowded fast, and 2. They start carding early, at 7pm!
RIPPY'S BAR AND GRILL
Rippy’s has delicious BBQ and a prime location, making it a bar you don’t want to miss as you gallivant down Broadway. This one starts carding at 10:30pm, so consider arriving early evening to eat dinner on their open-air patio and explore the bar before heading to your next location.
SEE THE SIGHTS UNIQUE TO MUSIC CITY
Although Nashville’s bar scene is awesome, we have plenty of ideas in mind that DON'T involve mechanical bulls and crowded dance floors - everything from famous music venues to trendy neighborhoods. These are all the sights and scenes unique to music city and perfect to check out if you're under 21!
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
Put on your boots and step inside the renowned Country Music Hall of Fame. Walk through exhibits of world-class collections containing galleries and artifacts from some of the most cherished country stars of the past and present.
Want to get a bunch of Instagram likes? Head to the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge and snap a photo of the beautiful Nashville skyline. It’s free, it’s a good excuse to get outdoors, and it’s truly one of the best views of Music City.
TOUR THE RYMAN
If you’ve ever tapped your toes, appreciated a great story or hummed along with a favorite tune, you owe it to yourself to tour the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. Known as the Mother Church of Country Music, and it’s one of American music’s most treasured landmarks for a reason. Better yet, see a show here!
HOME OF THE STARS TOUR
Drive through some of the city's most scenic, upscale and secluded neighborhoods to see the homes of Nashville’s biggest stars! From Dolly Parton to Taylor Swift to Dierks Bentley, this is one tour you won't want to miss.
EXPLORE + SHOP IN 12 SOUTH
Explore one of Nashville’s most-quaint-yet-still-incredibly-trendy neighborhoods. Pick up coffee at Frothy Monkey, stop by Reese Witherspoon’s boutique Draper James, munch on a Sprinkles cupcake, and best of all, take a picture with all the iconic murals up and down the street. Then cool off with a Las Paletas popsicle – you’ll be glad you did.
BOWL AT PINEWOOD SOCIAL
Lace up your bowling shoes and bring your A game if strikes and spares are up your alley. This bowling alley pays tribute to the old-school vintage lanes of years past, but if bowling isn’t your thing, you can also grab coffee, play bocce ball, or go swimming at the trendsetting Pinewood Social.
THE ESCAPE GAME
Escape Game Nashville is an immersive, real-life puzzle with a simple goal - work together as a team while testing your wits and skills to escape from a locked room. Solve million dollar riddles, decode secret service missions, and navigate through prison passageways. You have sixty minutes.
BREWERIES + WINERIES
If your group has a few members under 21 but everyone else is dying to visit one of Nashville’s happening breweries (should we say HOPpening?) or scenic vineyards, have no fear! Even if you aren’t 21, breweries like Jackalope will allow you to tour; you just can’t do a tasting. And at vineyards like Arrington, you can enjoy the view and hang with your friends; you just can’t drink any wine (obvi).