Tootsies Orchid Lounge
'Mom's' was the original name of Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Tootsie Bess bought Mom's in 1960. She credits a painter with naming Tootsie's. She came in one day to find that he had painted her place orchid...thus the name Tootsie's Orchid Lounge.
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. Performers at the Opry would sometimes sneak out the side door and grab a drink at Tootsie’s between sets.
In 1992, local businessman Steve Smith reinvested in Tootsies and is credited for part of the revitalization of downtown Nashville. Today, Tootsies is an international destination visited by locals and tourists alike. Tootsie’s is known for having the best local musicians and as a haven for some the world’s most popular acts. You truly never know who you may see on one of Tootsie’s three stages or hanging out on the rooftop patio.
Hands down the best bar in Nashville. This 3 story bar offers live music from at least 3 stages. It's crowed but worth it. The roof top patio offers great views of Broadway. There a location in the airport too but that's not the same thing.
Great "old Nashville" bar with live music. Still the same footprint from 50 years ago, but now they've added more space up. This, sadly, was done to increase traffic. I've watched an iconic, niche little bar that only locals and dedicated tourists would endure the crowd and push their way into a Nashville experience change into a shadow of it's former glamour. To see Tootsies, stop by on a week night (off hours).
Do not go here unless you want your credit card charged more than what your bill was. I left a tip and I guess the bartender decided it was not enough. My card was billed more than what I left him. Not to mention I tried calling the number on my receipt and it says it is disconnected and I called the number on website about 20 times and it rings and rings with no answer. Thanks tootsies and I will not be back to your bar anytime, EVER!!!
What once was a legendary bar is now a piece of trash. While walking up the stairs, a bouncer yelled at me & approached me to tell me I needed to leave. I asked him what I did wrong & he said the man I was with was drunk & disorderly. I tried to explain that I wasn't with the drunken man, but the bouncer cut me off & said "You want to start a problem?" I said 'No sir! But I'm not...' (again I was cut off, but this time by a security officer) The security officer told me if I said another word, that he would put me in handcuffs and have me arrested. Clarification: I was literally leaving the restroom & heading upstairs to rejoin my friends. Apparently a guy in front of me was acting in a disrespectful, drunken manner & the officers automatically assumed I was with him because I was walking close to him. (I was trying to pass him b/c he was going slow.) Not only was I not allowed to defend myself, but I was wrongfully stereotyped, almost arrested for trying to clarify my position in the situation & I was separated from my friends, left alone to defend myself on the streets on Broadway at 2 AM. I was genuinely scared for my life & will not go here again. It's not worth the risk and horrible treatment.
Three floors of fun! Every floor has a band, with the least experienced (or least well known) on the top floor, which also seems to be the most raucous. There's also a large outdoor patio on the top floor, with a great view of Nashville downtown, and tables with umbrellas. I wouldn't call this a country bar - the music I heard on all three levels was a lot closer to rock than to country, but that line is a little blurry nowadays anyway.