Take a little time out of your next Nashville vacation to enjoy the sights, sounds, and culture of the city while aboard this fantastic 45-Minute Carriage Ride; breathing fresh air into the tours of the city, guests will be treated to a wonderful sightseeing excursion.
One of the most famous honky tonks in the city, Tooties Orchid Lounge is full of historic memorabilia and features some of the best live musical acts in Nashville.
Originally called Mom's, Tootsie Bess bought the bar in 1960 and after it was mistakenly painted an orchid color, the name was changed to Tootsies Orchid Lounge. Some of her first customers included Willie Nelson, Mel Tillis, Waylon Jennings, and Patsy Cline. It is also here than many performers get their first chance to shine. In fact, Willie Nelson got his first songwriting job after singing at Tootsies.
Tootsie loved music and helped the struggling artists who took the stage each night, often slipping money into their pockets. It is also said that she kept a cigar box behind the counter full of IOU's where she had given free food and drinks away to the down-on-their-luck performers. Each year members of the Grand Ole Opry would get together and pay off all the IOU's so Tootsie wouldn't loose any money.
Today, some of the best up-and-coming artists can be found at Tootsies. There are different stages located in the bar; one upstairs and one downstairs. Music begins when the doors open at about 10AM and continues until the early morning hours at around 2AM.
Tootsies Orchid Lounge is a true Nashville honky tonk. With its rich history, it continues to serve as a platform for artists on the rise and keeps the crowds entertained with true Nashville sound.