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4 Kid Friendly Restaurants Nashville with Live Music!

Who says honky-tonking in Nashville is just for adults? Not us...or our kids!

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

Welcome to Wildhorse Saloon

Wildhorse Saloon Nashville

120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

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.

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Restaurants on Broadway in Nashville

Robert’s Western World

416 Broadway # B, Nashville, TN 37203

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.

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Honky Tonk Central

 329 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201

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).

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Famous Bars in Nashville

Bluebird Café

4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215

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.

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.

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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I am a busy mama with 3 delicious babies and a serious itch for travel and writing (when I am not bartending, that is)! After graduating from Cal State San Marcos with a B.A. in Communications, I decided to start a family and pursue a career in freelance writing. I created HotMamaTravel as an outlet to do what I love while sharing useful travel tips and inspiration with others. Our mission is to show parents how to master travel with kids, while keeping your Saturday-night selves. We call it "Family travel...with a twist".


  1. Kaylie |Happiness Travels Here Reply

    I can’t wait to try out some of these restaurants when we visit Nashville. What do you think is the best time of year to go?

    • The summer was hot, but we still had a great time. I’m sure spring would feel nice, but that is also tornado season.

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