Franklin, TN Nightlife & Music Scene

Franklin, TN's live music venues and bars give way to a growing nightlife scene.

Jessica Mozo
On Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 21:38

Williamson County residents used to drive to Nashville to soak up its vibrant nightlife scene, packed with live music joints and well-known bars. But that isn’t the case any more – several nightlife destinations in Williamson County are making a name for themselves, offering everything you’d find in Nashville and more.


Aloft Hotel's w xyz Bar

The hip new Aloft hotel opened in Cool Springs in 2008, and with it came the trendy w xyz bar, which is open to the public and quickly became a popular hangout with young professionals.

“We get a lot of bar guests in the 30 to 45 age range who live or work in Cool Springs,” says Aaron Hardison, assistant general manager at Aloft. “The bar is very colorful and has a great vibe, with a dimly lit atmosphere, live music on Wednesday nights, and four TV screens. And we have a whole menu of unusual drinks you won’t see anywhere else in town.”

Instead of the standard Dirty Martini, for example, the w xyz bar serves up a Filthy Martini with jalapenos. Then there’s the Cosmonot (a twist on the Cosmopolitan), The Wrangler (with bourbon and lemon juice) and several infusion drinks.

“One infusion drink we make ourselves is a cherry whiskey. It sits on the edge of the bar and is very inexpensive,” Hardison says. “We get a lot of people after work every day, and Wednesdays are busy because of the live acoustic music. We also do a $20 wine tasting the first Wednesday of every month, which is a lot of fun. It’s just a very cool, fun place that’s not at all stuffy.”


Bunganut Pig Pub & Eatery

Additional Franklin favorites for live music include Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, which regularly hosts famous Nashville singer/songwriters, and The Bunganut Pig Pub & Eatery, where you can dance the night away.

“Bunganut Pig is definitely the place to go if you want to dance,” says Amy Goodson, who owns the pub with her husband, Mark. “It has been in business 25 years and has always been known for great live music, with full bands on the weekends and nightly acoustic music. Plus we do poker on Monday nights and trivia on Tuesdays.”

The Goodsons, who have four children, left their corporate careers to buy The Bunganut Pig in 2005.

“My husband traveled a lot and wanted to work where he lived, and live where he worked,” Amy says. “We dreamed of doing something creative, and the live music drew us to the Pig. We used to come dance and listen to music here before we bought it.”

The couple expanded the pub’s offerings, adding a patio with an outdoor cornhole game, upstairs seating and a billiards room.

“It’s a nice atmosphere for families with kids to eat outside while the kids play cornhole,” Amy says. “Then later in the evening, it switches to adult entertainment. We get a mix of people from all ages and walks of life.”


JJ's Wine Bar 

In 2010, Franklin saw the opening of the new JJ’s Wine Bar on Main Street. It has an extensive wine selection with a menu of tasty appetizers and desserts (chocolate fondue, anyone?) to pair the wines with. 


Franklin Locations of Nashville Top Hotspots

Other late-night destinations in Williamson County include Dan McGuinness (an Irish pub), Brewhouse South and Tin Roof 2. All three bars originated in Nashville and opened additional locations in Cool Springs.

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Jessica Mozo is a freelance writer who lives in Nashville, Tenn. with her husband, Manuel, and two sons, Bryce and Brett.