- TOOTSIE'S ORCHID LOUNGE
The place to be in the early '60s, Opry stars would steal across the
alley from the Ryman and throw back a few while between shows.
Why? Owner "Tootsie" Bess had a soft spot for struggling writers, and
nurtured the stomachs—and bar tabs—of greats like Roger Miller, Kris
Kristofferson and Willie Nelson. More recently, Terri Clark and Eric
Heatherly cut their teeth here before finding chart success. Today,
the purple facade anchors Lower Broadway's colorful past, and the
interior walls are suffocated with publicity stills of the greats, the
hopefuls and never-wills who came to town chasing dreams.