Nashville is a city of nightlife, music legends, and history. And sometimes, a combination of all three. This is the case for a small street located just 2 blocks from Broadway downtown Nashville, called Printer’s Alley.
Printer’s Alley boasts a rich history that is evident in the cobbled stone streets today. This area full of bars and restaurants dates back to the 1940s. Originally, the location of a very successful printing industry that was home to newspapers and publishing houses, Printer’s Alley takes its namesake from its literary beginnings. The area eventually evolved to its full height years later where it was home to entertainment, that continued to sell alcohol, even while the state of Tennessee was dry, up until 1968. The alley itself attracted famous musicians to play at the clubs lining this romantic portion of downtown Nashville.
Today you can find live bands, burlesque and drag shows, karaoke establishments, as well as sports and jazz rooms. This small section of Nashville’s downtown is a juxtaposition to the wild country themed bars just blocks away on Broadway street. Printer’s Alley has a speakeasy vibe that is unrivaled by its boisterous competitor. Belt out some tunes at Ms. Kelli’s Karaoke bar, or take in a burlesque show at Skulls Rainbow room. This is one part of Nashville, not even the locals want to miss out on.