Great venue, good beer, bad Mylie Cyrus fans, lol.
My wife and I went to the Wildhorse for a Billy Ray Cyrus concert last night. Being from out of town and first time folks, we didn't know what to expect. We had "VIP" seating which means a reserved seat at a table on the main floor. We were one row back from the stage as well. The whole first floor is "VIP" so don't let that fool you. The second and third floors are standing room only and hence not "VIP". It was a good show with a couple decent opening acts that sounded good. Food was a bit pricey and with the doors opening at 6pm and the show not starting until several hours later they are sure to get you to buy something (Cheeseburger w/ fries = $12). The beer is resonably priced though at 4.50 for a pint of local draft.
As it was Billy Ray Cyrus "with special guest", rumors were swirling that Mylie would be there so there were almost as many of her fans (and their parents) there as his. Sure enough just before he came on, the whole Cyrus family came out from back stage and sat at the table next to us. Even with 2 uniformed police officers and 3 Wildhorse security guys they were a bit overwhlemed. I helped out by sitting in one of the aisles to their table and blocking it (for which the security guys rewarded me with a couple beers - thanks!) The family and the security guys handled it like pros other than being a bit undermanned. Too many rude folks wanted to walk up to the table and get in their face to take pictures, etc. and a bunch of kids kept trying to get people to pass them notes, etc. Eventually Mylie went on stage to perform with her dad which calmed it down a lot but then security was having to pull people off of the stage. It was kind of funny even it is was kind of a pain.
The concert was great. I went up stairs at one point and the view/seats there weren't bad either. I'd go back again but I'd eat before I went. I might avoid a Mylie Cyrus concert there though. Billy rocked and I loved that he had her and his son come do songs with him.
The most entertaining dinner in town.
We ate dinner at the Wildhorse recently and had a blast! It's not just a restaurant. They offer free line dance lessons throughout the night on the biggest dance floor I have ever seen. It was great fun. The live music was awesome too. They even had free pool tables on the third floor. Dinner was awesome too. You have to get the Fried Pickles. Yumbo! The ribs are fantastic and the key lime pie is to die for.
It's just plain fun!
bad service, bland food. ok i know we all go here to see the show that was good. but the food and service was awful. If you have a show going on and pretty much sold out you should bring in more waiters, not have one guy run for 80 people at once! The food was over priced and didnt taste good at all to salty, two hours later was in bathroom with bad stomach pains.
Line Dancing. I absolutely love line dancing and find Wildhorse a perfect place to go on a Saturday night to have fun. Personally, I love how they teach a new line dance every hour. The only frustrating thing is that sometimes they have concerts or parties and block off the dance floor. So make sure that if you go, you check that they aren't having such an event. I haven't actually eaten here, but if you just want to have fun for free, going for the dancing is worth it. I go to Vandy and a lot of my friends like to go when we need something exciting to do. Usually, there are a couple really good line dancers on the floor that can teach you a couple of tricks too! It's awesome. They have sorta random hours so I'd check on a website like Sneaky Sunday if you are planning on going. They can let you know when they are open. (Believe me, you don't want to get stuck looking for a parking space downtown and then realize that the place is closed!) :)
Terrible Service. I just finished lunch at Wildhorse, while the food was good, the service was awful. After being seated, we waited for about 10 minutes before our server came to the table. Our drink and food order was taken at that time. Server brought back one incorrect drink and didn't bring the coffee ordered. When the correct drink was brought back (still no coffee), the food arrived 5 minutes afterwards. Food was really good. The server finally brought the coffee after our meals came and we never saw her again. Finished lunch and waited 10-15 minutes before we found someone to ask to find her and bring our checks. She never apologized, said thank you or anything! The people next to us got their drink orders when their food came out. Terrible service and will never go back. I work downtown and will be sure to spread the word!
Not a place to dance.
This is James Westborn.
I am going to be hitting every country, dance or entertainment club in the Nashville area thru 2008.
I will be writing reviews on all of them.
The Wildhorse was my first stop:
I arrived at 8:30 and the older guy at the door was great. he tried hard to find us a discount, like having your Krogger card. I think we paid $5.00 each/my wife and I.
After in, if you want to sit anywhere on the floor tables, you will have to order food. That means, if not eating you will be sitting at the bar, which there are several. The place looks wonderful and the stage is premier. The band plays for 40 minutes and then they spin songs for fill.
No one really knows how to dance there. The band played a simple two-step and not one couple got up to do it. Same for a Waltz, Cha-Cha, etc. They just start line dancing, whatever the first person does. The DJ does not call out the songs (Disappointing) so you have no clue what is next. The reason calling out dances is a plus is, then you know, I can go get such and such to dance on the next song or hey, I know that line dance...etc.
The sound system is awesome and that is something see/hear. Location is great/downtown/and we had fun. We did get up and do the Cha-Cha and that turned every head near the floor. So, if you want a place to stick out.......thats a possibility for you.
There are probably 50% tourists in there at one time, so they don't care too much about the politics of dancing, yet the club could easily double there income and have cameos by Celebs if they played the dancing game more than the food game. Country folk like to dance and a club that caters to dancers will be far above the rest.
So, that's James Westborn's review...who's next?
Silverado's Dance Hall prior to Easter 08.
As far as my credentials: I was a regular dancer on American Bandstand until it went off the air.
I am also a country artist, living just North of Nashville, relocated from Ca.
Making me un-biased
Don't go to their concerts. My husband and I bought tickets to see Credence Clearwater Revival. First of all, no where in the concert ad did it show that John Fogarty was no longer with the band. I guess if I had kept up with information on the band over the years I would know that but unfortunately I didn't (which is why I bought VIP tickets). The tickets said the show started at 7:00. We got there around 6:40. The music didn't start until 7:30 and unfortunately, it wasn't Credence. Once again, no where did it state there was a warm up band. To top it all off, it was a country band and we are not country music fans. We had to sit and listen to country music for two hours. The waiters and waitresses were obviously having a hard time getting food to people because we were constantly being asked if an order was ours. By the time Credence came on stage at 9:30 or so, we were hurting all over from sitting in those hard chairs and really didn't care what Credence sounded like. We just wanted out of there. We'll never go to another show there again. Like one reviewer said, if you like country you'll probably love it but never again for us. If you do go to a show, do your research on the bands.
OK for line dancers, but not for us real Country Western Dancers!. I guess I'm spoiled because where I learned to dance, which was Houston Texas, people know how to dance 2-Step, Triple Step, Waltz, Swing, Cotton Eyed Joe, Schottische, etc. I live near Indy now and there are great places to couples dance there too, such as Mike's Music & Dance Barn and 8 Seconds Saloon. But, Wildhorse Saloon is not a couples dance place! If you like line dancing, which is for people who don't know how to dance, then it will be great for you. It's amazing to me that in the Country Music Capital there is no good real County Western Dancing! I like the place otherwise, smoking is reduced to only at the bars and kids are allowed in, so that works good for my wife and I and our 10 year old twins. The food and service is great and the atmosphere is great with all the horse statues. But, we went to go dancing and were the only ones there that knew how to dance, so we felt out of place while everyone else was line dancing. They teach line dancing, but don't teach and dance etiquette, such as leaving room around the outside for us 2-Steppers.
Country music place. You probably have to be really into country music here to enjoy yourself. I'm not so the experience isn't on the top of my list nor is the food. But its a nice clean building and isn't kitschy. Nicely sized for concerts but too big to feel cozy if you are just hanging out. I've been here for events and the food is very average.
Poor Dance Club (to me). I used to dance at the Wildhorse back when they had the TV tapings and there actually was a LOT of country-western dancing going on there. Now days, the Wildhorse caters more to the tourists. I got tired of going and having the DJ's spend 30-40 minutes 'entertaining' the crowd before teach the lesson. I would go to the Wildhorse wanting to dance, and found myself sitting more than dancing throughout the evening. And, they allow TOO MANY kids to run around the floor while people are trying to dance. I'm rating it a '4' only because the food is good. I MISS THE OLD WILDHORSE DAYS! Also, I wish they would have their concerts begin at 9:00 llike in the past, instead of at 10:00.
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