Tootsie's Orchid Lounge

Honky-Tonk in Downtown & the Gulch

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The most venerated of the downtown honky-tonks, with music on three levels at any given moment, Tootsie's is a blessed dive oozing boot-stomping, hillbilly, beer-soaked grace. In the 1960s club owner and den mother 'Tootsie' Bess nurtured Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings when they were on the rise.

A rooftop stage hosts some of Broadway's best parties-with-views.