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Mercy Lounge
Main Entrance for Mercy Lounge, The Cannery Ballroom and The High Watt
Address One Cannery Row
Location Nashville, Tennessee
Owner Todd Ohlhauser
Type Club
Capacity Mercy Lounge: 500
The Cannery Ballroom: 1,000
The High Watt: 225
Opened January 2003 (2003-01)

Mercy Lounge is a music venue in Nashville, Tennessee. Mercy Lounge resides in Nashville's Historic Cannery building, located between the thriving The Gulch neighborhood and downtown. The building also houses two other music venues operated by the Mercy Lounge staff: The Cannery Ballroom and The High Watt.[1]

Built in 1883, the Cannery was originally a flour mill and later a place to grind coffee. The building earned its name when the Dale Food company bought it in 1957 and began processing food such as jams, jellies, mustard, mayonnaise, and peanut butter. eventually opening a restaurant called "The Cannery" in the early 1970s. The building housed a country music theatre in the late 1970s and evolved into one of Nashville's primary music venues in the 1980s and early 1990s.[2] Jimmy Cliff, Jane's Addiction, Iggy Pop, Lenny Kravitz, Midnight Oil, Greg Allman, Robin Trower among other touring acts of the time played the Cannery. The Mercy Lounge is on the 2nd level of the structure with a standing room capacity of 500, a back bar featuring pool tables and classic pinball machines. The Mercy Lounge also features a luxury hospitality suite much like a Chicago or New York City warehouse district loft complete with kitchen and bathrooms.[3]


  1. ^ Rodgers, Patrick (10 January 2013). "Local venue Mercy Lounge celebrates 10 years with two nights of stacked shows". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "The History of Cannery Row". Cannery Row Nashville. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Gilmore, James. "Music Bars in Nashville". USA Today. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 

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