Wildhorse Saloon

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This article is about the Nashville area restaurant; Wildhorse Saloon can also be confused with the Nevada brothel Wild Horse Ranch.
Wildhorse Saloon
Location 120 2nd Ave S
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
Coordinates 36°9′45.4″N 86°46′31.6″W / 36.162611°N 86.775444°W / 36.162611; -86.775444Coordinates: 36°9′45.4″N 86°46′31.6″W / 36.162611°N 86.775444°W / 36.162611; -86.775444
Type Night club
Genre(s) Various
Opened June 1, 1994
Owner Ryman Hospitality Properties
Seating type Standing Room, Reserved
Capacity 2000
Website Official Site

The Wildhorse Saloon is a country/western-themed restaurant, live music venue, and dance club located in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. It is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (formerly known as Gaylord Entertainment Company). Originally opened on June 1, 1994 in a converted warehouse,[1] the Wildhorse initially capitalized on the line dancing craze of the early-to-mid-1990s. While it continues to enjoy success as a bar and line dance venue, it has become a successful concert venue in recent years for all genres of music. Because of its downtown location, open bar, large atrium, and permanent stage, the Wildhorse is also often used as a formal banquet hall.

The Wildhorse consists of three levels. The top two levels overlook the dance floor and stage.

In media[edit]

The Wildhorse once housed a full-service radio studio, formerly used by WSM-FM when the station was also under Gaylord ownership. The room has since been converted into a small video arcade. The venue formerly hosted the Wildhorse Saloon Dance Show on The Nashville Network hosted by Katie Haas in the mid-1990s. It also served as an audition site for the second season of American Idol. More recently, it has served as home of the Idol spin-off Can You Duet on CMT.

Wildhorse Saloon at Walt Disney World[edit]

A second Wildhorse was opened at Pleasure Island at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. It operated as a joint venture of Gaylord Entertainment and Levy Restaurants from 1998 to 2001.[2][3] Gaylord and Levy sold their interests in the building to Disney in 2001, which replaced it with a top 40 dance club called Motion. Motion closed alongside the rest of Pleasure Island in September of 2008, and its building was demolished in late 2010.

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