Planning to host a Nashville area event? This list of 20 event venues represents the best locations Music City has to offer.
Choosing the right event venue can be difficult. Especially in a city like Nashville where there are so many incredible and historic buildings ready to host your next gathering. How do you choose the perfect space?
This list will help you hone in on the right venue for your next event. Whether you're looking for an intimate space, a historic estate, or a mega-structure able to host the largest of events, you'll find what you need in this article.
So without further ado, let's take a look at the top event venues in the beautiful Music City!
Source: Ryman Auditorium
There aren't any Nashville event venues that have as rich and storied a past as the Ryman Auditorium in downtown. Construction on the building began in the late 1800s. Since then, countless celebrities and world-famous musicians have graced its hallowed stage. Now, your next event can become a part of this incredible building's unique history. From corporate meetings and benefit concerts, to on-stage dinners, the Ryman will deliver an event experience your guests won't soon forget.
Source: Country Music Hall of Fame
Capacity: 450 - 900
Nashville and country music go together like peanut butter and jelly. So it's no surprise that the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum planted roots in downtown. This unique event venue is really 13 spaces in one; each steeped in honky-tonk lore. Treat guests at your business gathering or social event to a docent-led walk through of America's musical history or an entertaining scavenger hunt. The Hall can also hire professional musicians (some of the best in the world live in Nashville) to entertain attendees during your event. Whatever you need, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a fantastic venue and can accommodate.
Source: Opryland Hotel
Location: Pennington Bend
Capacity: 16 - 10,000
Owned and operated by Marriott Hotels, the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center is the largest non-gaming exhibit space in the world. Composed of one giant meeting hall, six ballrooms, and 106 conference rooms, Opryland has the space to meet your event strategy needs. But there's a lot more to this venue than its capacity. Each rental also comes with full AV equipment, high speed internet, and access to caterers. Hosting out of town guests? This venue is just minutes from Nashville's international airport and has nearly 3,000 rooms available to book.
Source: Losers Bar & Grill
Location: Music Row
Capacity: 30 - 500
Loser's is a Nashville staple and known for helping to organize some of the best events in Music City. Whether you plan to throw a professional or corporate event, or a full-on rowdy, late-night party, this bar and grill is up to the task of hosting. A wide variety of food options are available to feed your hungry guests and the full bar will make sure they never get thirsty. Entertainment options include live music (there's a lot of that in this town) and more. Who knows? You may even see a celebrity waltz through; the bar is known for hosting world-class musicians.
Location: East Bank
Capacity: 68 - 2,200
Topgolf Nashville promises a ton of fun, no matter your event type. An accomplished executive chef will serve your guests a delicious meal after they've worked up their appetites playing a variety of golf-themed games. And don't worry if your attendees aren't golfers. Topgolf games are unique and fun for people of all athletic levels. WiFi is included in each of the four individual spaces, but unless you need it for some kind of business presentation, we imagine your guests will be enjoying themselves too much to even think about connecting.
By day, InDo is the city's coolest co-working spaces, complete with private suites and songwriting rooms. But at night and on the weekends, it transforms into a unique event venue perfect for your next cocktail party, business meeting, or holiday bash. The building has three glass, roll-up doors that can be opened (weather permitting) to give your gathering a stunning view of the downtown skyline. The wet bar and couches will keep your guests comfortable and can be arranged to your requirements. All in all, there's a lot to get excited about at InDo.
Source: Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint
Capacity: 40 - 110
The Tennessee whole-hog BBQ tradition is alive and well at Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint. This eatery has been featured on The Food Network and the Today Show, and in publications like Bon Appetit and Esquire. The food is that good. So why not host your dinner party, sales presentation, or charity event here? Private events can be held in the Rutledge Room, an elegant space with exposed brick walls and 85 year old wood floors. Invite your guests, wow them with mouth-watering food, and throw a spectacular event.
Source: The Estate at Cherokee Dock
Location: Lebanon, TN
Best known as the former home of award-winning country musician, actor, and author, Reba McEntire, the Estate at Cherokee Dock is now an exquisite event venue ready to welcome your guests. The 13 acre, waterfront property is a gorgeous setting for company retreats, fundraiser galas, and weddings. Besides the views, each rental is also equipped with custom catering options, AV services, and valet parking. Technically this venue is in Lebanon, about a half hour outside of Nashville. But your guests won't mind the short drive once they set foot on this jaw-dropping estate.
Location: Northwest Nashville
What used to be the CAO Cigar Headquarters has quickly become "Nashville's best kept secret" regarding event venues. Beautiful contemporary art pieces line the walls and there's plenty of wide open space to accommodate large events. From concerts with national touring bands (they've hosted both Lady Antebellum and Florida Georgia Line) to business Christmas parties, this non-profit event venue is a unique and flexible option you should definitely consider.
Source: Cheekwood Gardens
Location: Belle Meade
Capacity: 35 - 400
Cheekwood Gardens prides themselves on making the event planning process easy, enjoyable even, for anyone hosting a get-together — whether it's a large trade expo or an intimate corporate gathering. Their event planning staff is helpful and experienced. Most of their spaces include built-in AV equipment. And every one of your attendees will also receive free admission into the botanical gardens and museum. At Cheekwood, you don't need to break your back to host an incredible party. Enjoy the event-planning process by partnering with this experienced, non-profit organization.
Source: Music City Center
We'll just say it: the Music City Center is massive. Planning an international conference or expo? How about a concert with a top-40 artist? The Center has the space, technology, and knowledgeable staff to handle it all. Located in the heart of downtown, this venue is also central to many of the city's best hotels, restaurants and entertainment options. Meaning your guests will be well taken care of both before, during, and after your meet-up. If you're looking for big Nashville event spaces, look no further.
12. WKND Hang Suite
Source: WKND Hang Suite
Capacity: 6 - 400
Since 2013, WKND Hang Suite has been catering to folks who love good music, tasty food and drinks, and great atmosphere, but don't enjoy the club scene. It's just a great place to spend the evening; whether that means a night out with a few close friends or a corporate gathering for your whole office. Rent the appropriate size suite (they have five different options and sizes) and throw a get-together your guests will love. It won't be hard considering the venue is equipped with full sound and AV capabilities, friendly service staff, and two outdoor decks.
13. Sycamore Farms
Source: Sycamore Farms
Location: Arrington, TN
Capacity: 100 - 400
Looking to host an event in the Nashville area but away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Sycamore Farms, where southern charm meets state of the art technology, might be the ideal location for your gathering. The property includes multiple indoor and outdoor spaces for rent including the main hall and two covered verandas. From small cocktail parties to fundraiser galas to company holiday festivals, Sycamore Farms will host your soiree with laid-back country style — and it’s only about a half hour outside of downtown Nashville, too.
Source: Channel to Channel
Channel to Channel is a progressive, contemporary art studio where the works of talented, local artist line the walls. It's also an intimate event space ready to host your next gathering. Every rental gets access to an on-site manager and free WiFi, there's plenty of street parking for all your guests, and the studio is handicap accessible. Best of all? Outside catering and alcohol are not only allowed, but encouraged. Host your next business meeting or management dinner in this unique and cozy venue.
15. The Bell Tower
Source: The Bell Tower
The Bell Tower has lived many lives since it was first built in 1874. What started as a church transitioned throughout the years into a nightclub, a warehouse, and the offices of an architectural company. Now it’s downtown Nashville's largest historic event space. Your guests will love the original exposed beams and lower level stonework, the natural light, and the upper level mezzanine overlooking the rest of the venue. Event planners will appreciate access to a professional event coordinator, full-service catering, and a complete bar as they plan out their event. Add a little history to your next meet-up and host it at the Bell Tower.
Source: Fat Bottom Brewing Company
Location: The Nations
Fat Bottom Brewing Company makes great beer for good people. They also host amazing events at their West Nashville location. The party space, nicknamed “The Reserve”, offers contemporary architectural elements like locally reclaimed wood floors, high ceilings, and four custom chandeliers. Can't imagine your executives meeting or client lunch being held exclusively between four walls? Then you'll be happy to know you'll also have access to Fat Bottom's covered and heated patio that overlooks their beautiful biergarten. When you want clean and classy (and some of the best drinks in town) go to Fattom Bottom Brewing Company.
17. The Smith House
Source: The Smith House
Checking in as the second oldest venue on our list (the building was originally erected in the 1840s and is the only remaining grand townhouse in downtown Nashville), the Smith House is now home to an award winning restaurant and private club. Whether you're looking to throw a corporate function, private party, or rehearsal dinner, you'll find this venue charming and accommodating. Host a historically good event, one your guests will talk about for ages, at the Smith House.
18. ACME Feed & Seed
Source: ACME Feed & Seed
ACME Feed & Seed is conveniently located on lower Broadway in the heart of Nashville. The first floor houses a restaurant serving eclectic southern fare, the second floor is home to a social lounge and sushi bar, and the third level, known as the “Hatchery”, is a flexible event space ready to host your next get together. While it's perhaps best known for hosting live music shows, the venue is also available for other gatherings such as corporate holiday parties and private dinners. The space offers unparalleled charm and an open floor plan that you can customize to your heart's delight. If that sounds good to you, book your next event at ACME.
19. The Ruby
Source: The Ruby
Location: Hillsboro Village
The Ruby is a boutique Nashville event venue, owned by the Cook family, founders of multiple critically acclaimed party spaces in town. What makes the Ruby worthy of your next get together? The historic building features an open-truss ceiling, custom mahogany 12 foot doors, and real plaster walls. The three outdoor spaces are just as enticing, each offering views of beautiful Dragon Park. Party planners also have access to a full sound system, video projection equipment, and decorative lighting — everything you need to host a comfortable and stylish event.
Source: The Riverwood Mansion
The Riverwood Mansion is ready to host your next celebration. Towering magnolias will welcome your guests as they drive onto the property. Once inside the venue, marble fireplaces and opulent chandeliers will let them relax in luxury. Event planners can relax too. The venue's all inclusive event packages make it easy to host great gatherings and include food and drinks, tables and chairs, AV equipment, and more. This space has been been a part of countless good memories since it was first built in the late 1790's. Host your next event here and add to that rich history.
Finding Your Nashville Event Venue
When it comes to event venues in Tennessee, Nashville has some of the absolute best options. Use this curated list to hone in on the perfect location for your next gathering. You won't be disappointed in any of these world-class spaces!
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After you've selected your event venue, don't forget to invest in event management software. This important tool will make the party planning duties much less stressful and help you host the event of your dreams.