Tootsie's World Famous Orchid Lounge

Tootsie's World Famous Orchid Lounge

Rock Club, Bar, and Music Venue
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  • Sam J.
    "Classic Honky Tonk, great time on the roof."(5 Tips)
    "their shows at the Ryman."(3 Tips)
    Carson W.
    "Tootsie's has a great rooftop experience with great live music!"(8 Tips)
    Brian M.
    "Great rooftop overlooking Broadway with live music"(15 Tips)
113 Tips and reviews
  • honky tonk
  • rooftop
  • music
  • ryman
  • anthony orio
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  • Al Q.
    Al QayoomOctober 8
    Packed with great music
  • Max W.
    Max WennekerSeptember 10
    Way too crowded and touristy.
  • Allen V.
    Live music on multiple floors with multiple bars. No wonder its "World Famous!"
  • Curtis J.
    Curtis J.July 18
    Three floors of live music
  • Briana B.
    Live music on multiple floors, friendly bouncers, great rooftop views.
  • Roshel A.
    Roof top bar is awesome! But beware. The cost of beers is the most expensive of the trip. Worth a visit.
  • Joy J.
    Roof top 👍
  • Trula R.
    Trula RockwellNovember 4, 2016
    Was so excited to FINALLY Mark this place off my Nashville checklist. Love the music most on the top floor.
  • Jean R.
    Jean RamserOctober 27, 2016
    It's great tunes, always packed anytime of the day or night!
  • Alberto M.
    Alberto MarquezOctober 14, 2016
    Don't enter from Broadway but go around the back through the alley.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BaxterSeptember 18, 2016
    The bathroom attendants are pushy.
  • Cameron G.
    Cameron GidariSeptember 5, 2016
    Live music lives up to the reputation. Go around back for a quicker entrance.
  • Allie C.
    Allie CrozierAugust 7, 2016
    The doorman is actually terrible.
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie VegelJuly 13, 2016
    Too many bachelorette parties. Otherwise it was cool.
  • Mili T.
    Mili ThakerJune 24, 2016
    Paid $20 to request a certain song... The guy said they know it- it's fine... The girl said no. End of story. Wasted $20.
  • Darla C.
    Darla CassidyJune 14, 2016
    Dirty but who cares, it's Tootsie's!
  • Gero G.
    Gero GJune 11, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Great music and great atmosphere.
  • Ken G.
    Ken GrossApril 13, 2016
    Always a must when in town. Go upstairs and music and atmosphere is the best.
  • Theresa R.
    Theresa RoldanApril 3, 2016
    Music on two floors. Be ready to tip! I enjoyed the vibe
  • Sam J.
    Sam JonesJanuary 2, 2016
    Classic Honky Tonk, great time on the roof.
  • Barry P.
    Barry ParkerDecember 31, 2015
    Music and atmosphere is great. 5 dollar beers hurt but no cover charge
  • Bobbie V.
    Bobbie VenturaDecember 5, 2015
    Everything great
  • Fred G.
    Fred GroenertNovember 22, 2015
    Live music, friendly crowd (dense too), many libations! Yahooo!
  • Milan P.
    Milan PatelNovember 7, 2015
    Not sure how you get away with charging $6 for a 12oz PBR...
  • Andy M.
    Andy MatticeOctober 9, 2015
    Roof deck!
  • Michael B.
    Michael BelluardoSeptember 7, 2015
    My First time in Nashville, and this was the first stop. Awesome atmosphere and great bands. Came back the next night
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SpearsAugust 30, 2015
    Sit out on the roof top
  • Edgar
    EdgarAugust 22, 2015
    Three levels. Two have live music. Middle bar is for smoking. Definitely a must to visit
  • Matt D.
    Matt DermodyJuly 22, 2015
    The new(ish) rooftop offers more modern country and a younger crowd than the authentic steel guitar worshiping lower floors.
  • Nicole
    NicoleMay 9, 2015
    Day scene 👌🏼 this place is plain awesome. Go to the deck.
  • Jim
    JimApril 14, 2015
    Tootsie's oozes history! My favorite honky tonk!
  • Martha
    MarthaMarch 31, 2015
    avoid this place like the plague on a Saturday night. WAY over-crowded and not fun. the roof is nice on a normal evening though.
  • Chris D.
    Chris DuncanMarch 13, 2015
    Kindly Myers is a great bartender! Even better that she's a caytes fan #bbn
  • Javier A.
    Javier AyalaFebruary 28, 2015
    Nice place with alive music
  • ASK Gwen C.
    ASK Gwen CashFebruary 8, 2015
    You can't go to Nashville without going to tootsies. Great bands performing daily
  • INtoxic8ing T.
    INtoxic8ing Trudy ThomasDecember 4, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
  • Marina
    MarinaDecember 2, 2014
    First time in Nashville and this place was wild! Had so much fun. My first ever honky tonk.
  • Mike V.
    Mike ViscontiNovember 21, 2014
    Live music and a great party. The bands are very talented and really get the crowd going.
  • Brian M.
    Brian McGOctober 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great rooftop overlooking Broadway with live music
  • Aaron R.
    Aaron ReignierOctober 2, 2014
    The best place on the strip. All the best bands play here.
  • Val Z.
    Val ZutejaOctober 1, 2014
    Music and fried pickles
  • Abby A.
    Abby AimesburyAugust 17, 2014
    Terrible service. Rude bartenders. Will never ever come here again.
  • Jean-Paul G.
    Jean-Paul GodmaireAugust 13, 2014
    I became a fan of Honky Tonk in this joint, the live music was amazing, wouldn't order any food tho
  • Brian M.
    Brian MAugust 11, 2014
    Great Live music on two stages!
  • Cory L.
    Cory LevinsonAugust 10, 2014
    No wifi which is silly, but fantastic limearitas!
  • Jeff A.
    Jeff AllenAugust 6, 2014
    A must see while in Music City
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    One of the most historical country bars in town, and the former hangout of the stars of the Opry, who would slip across the alleyway and into the back door of Tootsie’s after their shows at the Ryman. Read more
  • Carson W.
    Carson WhiteJuly 25, 2014
    Tootsie's has a great rooftop experience with great live music!
  • Mike K.
    Mike KJune 30, 2014
    Love Kelsey. If you don't. You are an asshole. Best bartender in Nashville..... Period.
  • Frank C.
    Frank CoughlinJune 3, 2014
    great atmosphere
  • Shauna W.
    Shauna WrightMay 28, 2014
    So fun, keep going up floors and listening to new bands. Fun fun!
  • Liz P.
    Liz ParkerMay 13, 2014
    Navigate to the 2nd/3rd floor to hear more great bands!
  • Stacey
    StaceyApril 22, 2014
    Very fun place, a must-see! Bring a sharpie (colored, or silver, or some white-out) to leave your mark on the table or walls! Different music on both sides!
  • Gwen M.
    Gwen MarieApril 21, 2014
    Never know who you will run into here! Go to the top floor, you can see all of Nashville from there! Great view! Fun atmosphere :)
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BarresiMarch 31, 2014
    The bar staff is extremely friendly and will have a beer in your hand as soon as you step through the door.
  • Cindy M.
    Cindy MorrisonFebruary 21, 2014
    You gotta check out the balcony & take a #selfie of #broadway in the background!
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  • Kellie F.
    Kellie FarrellJanuary 19, 2014
    Great Place!! Band upstairs was fantastic!! Really enjoyed it!
  • Edwin L.
    Edwin LapOctober 10, 2013
    Go upstairs for more great music
  • Brittany L.
    Brittany L.September 30, 2013
    Go for live music and some local beer. Bring your cowboy boots!
  • Brian
    BrianAugust 20, 2013
    Scott Collier is a great time! Must see!
  • Nathan J.
    Nathan JeffriesJuly 20, 2013
    Packed tighter than a pair of Wranglers. Always.
  • Brad W.
    Brad WiebersJune 9, 2013
    Left my mark.. Find it and ill buy you a beer! :)
  • Brian M.
    Brian MasiMay 28, 2013
    $2 for a cup of tap water, even when ordering drinks? Bullshit.
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BrownMay 27, 2013
    Go in the back, it's easier to get in.
  • Elesha V.
    Elesha Van ZeeMay 24, 2013
    Don't go on a Friday or Saturday buy all other times you don't have to be elbow to elbow
  • Jen D.
    Jen DarbyMay 8, 2013
    Awesome live music! Definitely stop in if you're in the area
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle C.April 29, 2013
    Great music but insanely crowded. Either go in the back door or expect a claustrophobic experience every time you go.
    Upvoted Oct 15
  • Mike R.
    Mike RobinsonApril 28, 2013
    The front is way better than the back. The guy playing in the back is terrible.
  • Stephanie K.
    Stephanie KohnApril 27, 2013
    Ms Julie the bartender is awesome. Manages a huge crowd with time for extra special touches like an orange in the Blue Moon. Don't stand near the men's room door. Smells like fart each door opens.
  • Hotel Indigo
    Hotel IndigoApril 24, 2013
    In the shadow of the Ryman Auditorium, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge has been a local landmark since 1960. Read more
  • Linda D.
    Linda DiGianno DaleyApril 21, 2013
    Great bands. And good atmosphere- Fun place to put down a few!
  • Nate E.
    Nate EApril 20, 2013
    Worst. Place. Ever. Avoid it at all cost.
  • Alexander F.
    Alexander FrostApril 13, 2013
    This place is definitely worth checking out- it is world famous, after all.
  • Glenn L.
    Glenn LaTerreMarch 14, 2013
    Two stages. One in back up the stairs. Backs upto the alley of The Ryman. A smokie dive. Seeing Tyler Stephens show case. Can be crowded.
  • Doris S.
    Doris SarasinMarch 9, 2013
    Great bands beware of becoming a sardine
    Reserve123.comFebruary 26, 2013
    If gets verrrry busy on the weekends! Plan to be in close quarters with everyone in the crowd.
  • Brent J.
    Brent JarreauFebruary 23, 2013
    Always come here if you like expensive drinks & amateur night, every night.
  • Thomas H.
    Thomas HendricksNovember 28, 2012
    Force your way through the crowds, up the stairs and perch somewhere near the cigarette machine to people watch, and get the best acoustics for the shows!
  • Patrick C.
    Patrick CusackNovember 12, 2012
    It was so neat to see this legendary place and a the signatures and pics of the stars
  • Kim H.
    Kim HoweNovember 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Go upstairs to the other bar. Not as crowded and seriously talented bands playing current country covers and some rock.
  • Rebecca G.
    Rebecca GosikOctober 20, 2012
    Anthony Orio is the best performer here! Super packed tho!!
  • J. K. C.
    J. K. ColtrainJune 26, 2012
    A must see if you are a tourist because of it's history but not my kinda place :) Way too crowded and too loud for conversation.
  • Dave G.
    Dave GeMay 5, 2012
    Great hot singer here!
  • Lindsey W.
    Lindsey WoodyMarch 31, 2012
    One of the best honkeytonk bars in NSH, many famous country artists have gotten their starts here (check out the walls and you'll see!).
  • Brad P.
    Brad PeralaMarch 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you have to pee walk over to the wheel. It's way easier to get to.
  • Douglas M.
    Douglas M.February 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Check your claustrophobia at the door..
  • Jake H.
    Jake HushonFebruary 5, 2012
    Don't try the "Special" her as they apparently don't honor the Special that is on Four Square
  • Brittany L.
    Brittany L.January 1, 2012
    Bring cash to tip the awesome performers & bartenders
  • James S.
    James SweetlandNovember 12, 2011
    Enter through the back if the downstairs is fill
  • Payton Taylor
    Payton TaylorOctober 24, 2011
    It's always great to watch the bands in the front room, but don't forget to check out the "Back Room Bands" as well... they need love too!! :-)
  • Sarah
    SarahSeptember 16, 2011
    It takes some pushing and squeezing to get in.. but its worth it! Try a week night for a less crowded scene.
  • Ke$ha
    Ke$haSeptember 8, 2011
    Ask for Humphrey and tell him to play “Old Flames.”
  • Henry Q.
    Henry QuinteroAugust 31, 2011
    If your with your wife or significant other...go head and skip...its nice they have live music but the place looks like a shit hole...good place to take your buddies and get a couple of drinks.
  • Nathan M.
    Nathan MillerAugust 16, 2011
    Fun little bar, great for up-close and personal performances. I hear legends drop by from time to time.
  • Douglas M.
    Douglas M.July 25, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Rock out with Anthony Orio and the Goodfellers.. They'll play just about any request and nail it! Always a good time!
  • Vivek S.
    Vivek SurtiJune 5, 2011
    Famous honkey tonk bar
  • Gabriel S.
    Gabriel SuitsMay 23, 2011
    This bar was out of control, packed from wall to wall, and near impossible to get a drink. However, I have never been into a bar where I could witness two cowboys dueling with their guitars across the Read more
  • Jeff G.
    Jeff G.May 1, 2011
    Great bar! Be prepared for the playlist being repeated every two hours or so (downstairs)...
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChmielFebruary 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    You can get in faster if you try the back door, during the weekends.
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 2, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Tootsie's has an upstairs and a downstairs bar. Each features live country music, but upstairs the music is better. Read more
  • Natalie
    NatalieAugust 23, 2010
    I love the historical aspect of this bar... but that's about it. It's always too crowded for you to really enjoy yourself, unless you like feeling like a sardine. The place is mostly hype, sadly.
  • MJ B.
    MJ BJuly 20, 2010
    Local Tip! If the line is moving slow at the front door... try the entry in the back- little to no lines- you enter at the "upstairs bar" everyone has posted about... have fun!
  • Mark L.
    Mark LestanJuly 11, 2010
    Not just for tourists! I usually start upstairs to avoid the crowd. If you sit or stand at the end of the bar nearest to the band you will get served faster.
  • Tina L.
    Tina LamanoJuly 7, 2010
    Honky Tonk, seems very popular cool atmosphere.
    HISTORYJuly 7, 2010
    Originally called Mom’s, it was renamed after Tootsie Bess bought the bar in 1960 & it was mistakenly painted orchid color. Willie Nelson, Mel Tillis, Waylon Jennings & Patsy Cline have been patrons.
  • Bryan K.
    Bryan KipkeJune 20, 2010
    A great place to watch music. Crowded? YES! Loud? YES! Good Beer? YES! It is all part of the experience, great party, great time! Don't miss it when you are in Nashville.
  • Tracy T.
    Tracy TaylorMay 1, 2010
    Too crowded
  • Cory G.
    Cory GowanApril 9, 2010
    Walk in the front, go upstairs, walk out the back, turn right, and go to Robert's.
  • jason A.
    jason A.March 27, 2010
    the place to go for country music fans. lots of people have filmed music videos here
  • Mia Y.
    Mia YoungMarch 27, 2010
    what's to say
  • Paul
    PaulJanuary 26, 2010
    For tourists.
  • Mia Y.
    Mia YoungJanuary 12, 2010
    fun times day or night
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