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Tootsies Orchid Lounge Tours

Tootsies Orchid Lounge
Nashville is known for its eclectic music scene, live entertainment, and commitment to country. Nowhere is this more evident than at the world-famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. This Nashville institution has been a part of this dynamic city since the 1960s and boasts three stages that host live music performances.

The Basics
Live music is a staple just about every night at Tootsie’s, where you’re as likely to catch an up-and-coming local strumming a steel guitar as a big name musician like Taylor Swift. Visitors can opt to book tickets to a show (or two) and spend an entire evening here or visit on a honky-tonk hop through the country music capital. 

Many Nashville tours (including walking tours as well as trips on golf carts or horse-drawn carriages) will take you past this quirky and colorful music venue. Take a nighttime ghost tour to hear about the bar’s spectral guests.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The photo and memorabilia-lined walls make Tootsie’s a hit with history buffs.
  • There’s never a cover charge at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.
  • The bar is wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge is located at 422 Broadway behind the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. Metered parking near the bar is free after 6pm and on Sundays.

When to Get There
Tootsie’s is open daily from mid-morning until the wee hours of the following morning, but it’s best to visit in the evenings, when the top talent takes the stage. There’s live music every night of the week, but expect the biggest crowds on Friday and Saturday nights.

Tootsie and Orchid Purple
Hattie Louise “Tootsie” Bess was a signer and the proprietor of this honky tonk from 1960 to 1978. According to local lore, a painter she hired accidentally painted the building orchid purple, and Tootsie liked it so much that she made it her signature color. In fact, she loved the color so much that her family later buried her in an orchid gown, in an orchid-hued casket, with an orchid in her hands.
Address: 422 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee 37203, USA
Admission: Varies
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Explore the City of Nashville Tour by Golf CartPrivate and Luxury

Explore the City of Nashville Tour by Golf Cart

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Explore Nashville from a local's perspective on this city tour with a local guide. Aboard an open-air, low-speed vehicle, cruise through Nashville to see more than 35 landmarks and other sightseeing locations. Notable sights along this tour include Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium, Johnny Cash Museum, Germantown, The Gulch, Tootsies, and Music Row. Select a morning, afternoon, or evening tour when booking.
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Live Downtown Nashville Walking TourHistorical Tours

Live Downtown Nashville Walking Tour

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Explore Nashville’s honky-tonk history and most colorful characters on a walking tour of downtown with a storytelling guide. Find the city’s landmarks, from a pre-Prohibition saloon to the place where Andrew Jackson fought historic duels, and see the streets where musical legends were made.
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Taste of Nashville Walking Food Tour

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Introduce your taste buds to Nashville during this 2.5-hour walking tour through downtown Nashville. Over the course of a 1-mile (1.6-km) stroll, stop at five local food purveyors for tastings.
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Night-Time Ghost & History Walking Tour of Downtown NashvillePub Tours

Night-Time Ghost & History Walking Tour of Downtown Nashville

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Book Directly With Nashville Ghosts and save $5/person. Nashville Ghosts takes you on a haunted walking ghost tour to explore the sinister side of this electric city. Walk with us through Broadway’s active nightlife and find out the sinister secrets hidden in some of the area’s most popular locations. Learn about the bar where Hank Williams Sr. still grabs a drink or the storied history of the legendary Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry radio show. Listen to the tragic aftermath of the 2010 floods that devastated the area and added a deep psychic pain to the whole area. The city existed long before the music industry, and while that makes up a large portion of their modern identity, there is a rich history that adds to the depth of the area’s paranormal history. The stories on our tour will likely disturb and frighten you, but they will also provide a fascinating window into a version of the city as it was, and the version you will see today.
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Upstage Party Bus is not only the largest party bus in Nashville, but the largest in the world! The bus is designed to hold 41 people, but we give you a hightened experience by not filling our bus to the brim. This allows for tons of dance room, giving you the ability to walk to and from our bar with ease! No bouncing around on our bus, as we ride on an air ride suspension! We are the only bus to provide a QSC professional tuned concert stereo system, for the cleanest sound and bass. We have 8 professionally programmed concert lights and 2 fog machines to truly make you feel like you are sitting front row of your favorite concert, and changing the atmosphere with every song. Upstage Party Bus is the only party bus to have refrigeration on board, keeping your drinks ice cold! Our bartender will mix your favorite drinks as the DJ mixes your favorite tunes. Upstage is also the only bus with 7 TV's to display the music videos of each song! With us, you won't be Upstaged!
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Private Helicopter Tour of Downtown NashvillePrivate Sightseeing Tours

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Adrenaline starts the moment you step into the hanger, where all the aircraft are housed, waiting for your tour to begin. Once aboard the heliship, you will glide over world famous sites such as The Parthenon, the Tennessee State Capitol, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Vanderbilt University, Nissan Stadium, and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge along with the many honky-tonks of Broadway. This is a 15 minute tour.
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Nashville Open-Air Party Bus Tour (Private Tour) 4 Seasons - Stay Warm & Dry!

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Please Note: This is for up to 30 passengers (not 15). Upstage Party Bus is largest Party Bus in the world! The bus is designed to hold 41 people, but we give you a hightened experience by not filling our bus to the brim. This allows for tons of dance room, giving you the ability to walk to and from our bar with ease! No bouncing around on our bus, as we ride on an air ride suspension! We are the only bus to provide a QSC professional tuned concert stereo system, for the cleanest sound and bass. We have 8 professionally programmed concert lights and 2 fog machines to truly make you feel like you are sitting front row of your favorite concert, and changing the atmosphere with every song. Upstage Party Bus is the only party bus to have refrigeration on board! Our bartender will mix your favorite drinks as the DJ mixes your favorite tunes. Upstage is also the only bus with 7 TV's to display the music videos of each song! With us, you won't be Upstaged!
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  • Taking safety measures
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  • Taking safety measures

Helicopter Sightseeing Tour of Downtown Nashville Private Sightseeing Tours

Helicopter Sightseeing Tour of Downtown Nashville

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Adrenaline starts the moment you step into the hanger where all the aircraft are housed, waiting for your tour to begin. Once aboard the Heliship, you will glide over world famous sites such as The Parthenon, The Country Music Hall of Fame, Vanderbilt University & Stadium, Nissan Stadium, and Tootsies Orchid lounge along with the many honky-tonks of Broadway. Come fly with us and have one of the most exciting adventures found in Nashville where you will take home a lasting memory and some incredible photographs.
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