Nashville is known as Music City! So naturally, we couldn’t visit without indulging in the Nashville music scene. Now, we were on an epic family road trip and had multiple generations to keep happy.
Needless to say, we weren’t looking for solely things to with kids in Nashville TN. We were looking for something that we could all enjoy. And for us, that meant experiencing honky tonk Nashville-style as a family. Who says a bar with live music can’t be kid friendly!?
Now, there are plenty of Nashville live music venues as well as good places to eat in Nashville. But being with kids, we needed a combination of both. Luckily, we ended up finding some rockin’ restaurants with live music!
So grab your boots, because we are going to show you where to “get your dance on” in Nashville with kids.
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Places to Eat Downtown Nashville
1. BB King’s Nashville
Want some live music that isn’t country? Check out a Nashville blues club, like BB King’s Blues Club. Not only is it one of the many Nashville restaurants with live music, but it is also one of the family friendly restaurants in Nashville too.
We actually went to the original BB King’s Blues Club while we were in Memphis. BB King’s always has such a lively atmosphere that rocks even if you are not traveling with kids. Luckily for us, the amazing band, Hi Jivers was playing the night we were in town and it was a blast. We love a good blues band and the kids love to dance, so this was a definite win-win for us. See photos & more on TripAdvisor.
2. Wildhorse Saloon Nashville
Now this is a great place to head if you are looking for a little Nashville family fun. We were on the hunt for a venue that not only had live music, but had a kicking dance floor. Wildhorse Saloon offers southern food, like famous hot chicken, live music nightly and line dancing Nashville style.
The kids, especially my son, loved learning the steps to famous line dances and then putting them to work with the music. The kids were seriously on the dance floor the whole night. I think of all the family activities in Nashville, learning to line dance at Wildhorse together was definitely a highlight. See photos & more on TripAdvisor
Restaurants on Broadway in Nashville
3. Robert’s Western World
Located on Broadway, Robert’s Western World was recently voted favorite local honky tonk bar Nashville. Don’t let the word “bar” scare you away as an option for things to do in Nashville with kids. The venue opens at 11:00am and is open to all ages until 6:00pm.
Live music plays from open to close every day! So grab the kids and get there for lunch. The menu features a ton of affordable items from the grill, making this a must if you are looking for fun places to eat in Nashville. See photos & more on TripAdvisor.
4. Honky Tonk Central
Another great option for family restaurants in Nashville is the Honky Tonk Central. Located on lower Broadway, this is often rated as one of the best honky tonks in Nashville. It has three full stories and arguably some of the best live music in Nashville as well.
What makes it even better for families is that it allows kids and even has a kids’ menu! Not only can parents have knee-slapping good time, so can the kids (and even grandpa and grandma). See photos & more on TripAdvisor.
Famous Bars in Nashville
5. Bluebird Café
This famous Nashville listening room opened in 1982, giving many country music legends their start. Some may also know it from the popular show “Nashville”. What makes this place unique is that the performers are not cover bands, but produce original material. In fact, this is where many songwriters share their work with the public in either a “in the round” or “in the row” format.
In that respect there is a “Shhh Policy” at the Bluebird Café, in which the audience is asked to be quiet while the songwriters are performing. This might be hard to do with kids, but they are allowed for all shows except at the bar seats. Also, there is no kids’ menu, but there is a wide selection of appetizers, salads and sandwiches. See photos & more on TripAdvisor.
Interestingly, the venue is actually not located near the other popular music row Nashville bars. Rather, the Bluebird Café is actually closer to Belle Meade, where we visited the Belle Meade Plantation earlier in the day. We actually stayed in Belle Meade at the Best Western Plus, which worked out great for our family.
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Bonus: Family-friendly Hotels in Nashville
If you are planning a visit to Nashville and looking for a family friendly hotel, these are our recommendations. You can check the best rates and reviews on TripAdvisor by following the links below.
- Hilton Nashville Downtown
- Hotel Indigo Nashville Downtown
- Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Downtown (comfortable choice for families)
- Holiday Inn Express Nashville Downtown (cost effective choice for families downtown)
That’s a Wrap!
So there you have it. If you are looking for family things to do in Nashville TN, think about going honky tonking with your kids. Luckily for families, many of the popular Nashville music venues are also kid-friendly restaurants. It is so important that families are having fun together during their travels, so don’t box yourself in limiting your itinerary to only Nashville attractions for kids. There is nothing wrong with getting their groove on with mama, daddy, grandpa and grandma.
Hope you enjoyed these tips to plan your family trip to Nashville. For more information on our road trip and how you can do it too, be sure to check out our awesome road trip map.
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