"Printers' Alley" Nashville Things to Do Tip by Ewingjr98

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Printers' Alley is located between Third and Fourth Avenues stretching from Union to Church Streets. This location originally gained fame as the home of Nashville's early Publishing Companies. This industry attracted numerous cafes, saloons, and gambling halls to support the workers. When the twin influences of country music and prohibition arrived in Nashville in the 1920s and 1930s, Printers' Alley became the hotbed for both. Luckily local politicians liked both booze and music, so the bars and clubs remained in operation. By the 1960s the alley became seedy and run down, but was cleaned up in 1997. Today Printers' Alley retains it seedy side with strip clubs, but also flaunts its country music background with a few live music joints.

Hotspots include the Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar, Lonnie's Western Room, Fiddle And Steel, and the Brass Stables.

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  • Updated Jun 5, 2009
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