In a city filled with auditoriums and concert venues, it’s the unassuming Bluebird Cafe that best captures the spirit of Nashville. For the last 32 years, the Bluebird has been showcasing some of the Music City’s most significant and recognizable talent. Many country superstars, like Garth Brooks, LeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban, and Taylor Swift—as well as the songwriters who made them famous—got their start in this small café.
The Bluebird Cafe features live music—and perhaps the next big thing—every day and night. There’s also an occasional open-mic night that often features special guests. As the Bluebird has become one of the most popular destinations in all of Tennessee, it can be tough to secure seats. In addition to hosting shows, the café serves food and drink, and operates as an acoustic music listening room. Tours of the filming locations for the hit ABC show Nashville include a Bluebird visit, as do some Nashville city sightseeing tours.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Performance tickets can be reserved about a week in advance.
- Most shows have no cover charge, but there is a $10 food and drink minimum per guest.
- Sunday and Monday night shows are first come, first served. As such, lines are famously long on these days.
- Though the Bluebird Cafe serves alcohol, guests of all ages are welcome.
How to Get There
The Bluebird Cafe is located just outside downtown Nashville. There is parking directly in front of the café.
When to Get There
Most shows take place in the evening. If you plan to wait in line for tickets, arrive two to three hours before a show starts.
Other Must-See Music Spots in Nashville
Beyond the Bluebird, Music City’s other most famous venues include the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry—both of which are a must-see for country-music fans. These sights can be visited and toured during the day, so for the ultimate Nashville experience, check them out before attending an evening show at the Bluebird.