The sheer number of wannabe songwriters gigging in Nashville means you can wander into any hole-in-the-wall club and see a gifted artist performing. Lower Broadway—a row of honky-tonks including Robert's Western World— is the best place to seek out one of these aspiring Johnny Cashes; a block away, at the Wildhorse Saloon on 2nd Avenue, you can even learn to line dance between sets. How to top one of these rowdy experiences? Visit Exit/In, the city's best-known and longest-going rock club (R.E.M. played early shows here), or the Demonbreun Street strip, where a beer-soaked college crowd likes to get its dirty dance on at a line of sports bars boasting wide-screen TVs and side stages in equal measure (only in Nashville, folks&). It takes a bit more planning (and possibly a reservation) to score a seat at the Grand Ole Opry and famed Bluebird Café—each located in relatively venue-less parts of town—but the sound quality, top-notch roster of entertainers, and historical significance make them both worth the trip.