A honky tonk (noun) is a bar where live music, usually of the country and western variety, is regularly featured. To honky tonk (verb) is the act of going out in the evening to one or more of these establishments for the enjoyment of live music and maybe a bit of dancing as well.
Having a few beers or other alcoholic beverages while honky tonking is the perfect way to make the most of such bars and activity.
Honky tonks and honky tonking ain’t what they used to be, but the last bastion of hope for this 20th-century pastime still exists in downtown Nashville at the lower end of Broadway (just look for the neon glow). Known as Honky Tonk Row, the area is renowned for offering live music every night of the week. There’s plenty of great shopping and eating to be had on and near Broadway too.
Here’s a tried and true list of some of the best joints with the best bars to sidle up to where there’s never a cover charge (but you’re certainly welcome to tip the musicians!) and the beer’s always cold.