Some popular activities in downtown Nashville are taking in live music performances, visiting historical sites, and enjoying the area's many shops and restaurants. Many bars and clubs are also available for those looking for nightlife.
Honky-tonks are a tradition in Nashville's live music scene, and many of these are located downtown, particularly on Honky Tonk Row near Broadway. Some popular examples are Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, B.B. King's Blues Club, The Stage and Rippy's Smokin' Bar and Grill. For a more formal country music performance, the Grand Ole Opry is a world-famous and long-running show held at Ryman Auditorium, which is close to Honky Tonk Row. Some of the biggest country stars in the world regularly perform at this venue. Some bars that regularly feature performances by songwriters include the Bluebird Cafe, the Listening Room Cafe and Puckett's.
Some cultural and historical sites to visit in downtown Nashville are Fort Nashborough, the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the replica of The Parthenon.
Some other popular bars downtown include Bar No 308, the Red Door Saloon, the Patterson House and Fran's East Side. Some unique restaurants in the downtown area include Frothy Monkey, Jack's Bar-B-Que and Puckett's Grocery and Restaurant.