Play

 
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Everyone's friendly, everyone's welcome
This dance club has regular drag shows, occasional special guest stars (Boy George once stopped by), and theatrical productions.

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    • Good place
      Nice place, full of people. A saxy bar tender and nice music.

    • holley89
      holley89 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      If you want to have a great time and party with great ppl this is the place.

    • alexia719
      alexia719 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      My favorite place to go
      I love this place. The staff are hottt, the drag show is out of this world and it is the only place to dance in Nashville. If you never have been you are in for a treat.

    • eddie88
      eddie88 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      nice!
      I live in Los Angeles and was just there visiting, I was very impress, very nice club and good cheap drinks, comparing with the average of $12 I pay for a cocktail in west Hollywood

    • BreionFierce
      BreionFierce Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Play I Love
      I Love going to Play..Its a place you can go and feel free and yourself!!

    • mixndj
      mixndj Over a year ago
      Hates it

      The Only Review You Will Need!
      I will attempt to give a "fair & Balanced" review of this popular nightspot in Nashville. I have visited this venue about 5 times in the past month and this is what I have to offer you... Starting with the location and atmosphere, this club is located in the downtown area, it is also sister to TRIBE which is next door. Being the hotspots in the area sometimes parking can be difficult. But there is parking within a block most anytime. The owners of this club have spared no expense, in fact they are progressively remodeling the entire club, and its pretty nice. The club is host to 2 different venues in one, a cabaret that features a house cast of talent and they do shows almost every night. The other half of the club (or 2/3 of it) is the dance club portion. It is a very large mostly open space with a high-end FX show, several big screen projectors and a live video DJ that plays a variety of top 40 style dance. There are about 7-8 bar stations, some seating areas and the place is all black and white decor. The club also has very roomy, large and clean restrooms, as well as a heated outdoor smoking area. As for the atmosphere... The clubgoers are a very young crowd, ranging from 18-50 (however the average is probably about 20) The crowd is VERY young. For the older crowd >30 this you will probably find the crowd very pretensious and obnoxious, and even at 30 you will feel like the SSI check is on the way. The staff is pretty much the same, very young and often pretensious, if your a cute twink its ok you will be taken good care of. As for the remainder of the crowd, it is often filled with young straight girls (aka fruit flies), and some straight guys. (or so they say) Now for the real skinny! All these wonderful things come at a cost, and it is definitly passed on to the customers. Starting at the door, they generally have a pretty stiff cover charge (around $10) and the drinks prices are equivilent to Chicago or New York (Wells are about $6) and the pours are pretty weak (I am guessing 1oz) a top shelf will set you back $10 or more. Aside from the fact that the prices are a bit stiff by comparison you may also want to be sure to come with cash, and plenty of it. Should you decide to use a credit card be prepared to be hit with a $3 service charge, to go with you $20 minimum. This to me is the biggest bunch of crap I have seen in a long time (not to mention against their card processing rules) but peolple pay it so they are going not going to remove it. They also utilize analog cash registers and card terminals, unlike their sister bar with state of the art point of sale terminals. Those in the business probably can understand why there is a a good reason to push people to use cash and not have all that technology. All in all this is a great club, If I was 21 still I probably would rate it 5 stars, and at my age I should rate it 1 star, but the honest reality is that for most it will either be a 5 start or a 1 star, it all depends what your looking for. As a general guideline, if your older than 30 your probably not going to think this is a 5 star location. If your looking for decent drag queens, this is about the only place, same is for a dance floor and a DJ in a club environment, this is it. You probably will not find a cleaner more elegant bar in Nashville either, my hats off to the owners, who obviously filled a niche market and are doing well keeping competition out of their market.

    • jase37206
      jase37206 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      it's nice
      With the remodels there is a bit more room than before but still gets really cramped, ESP in the drag room. Usually a much younger crowd and tons of attitude but hell I can have fun anywhere. The dance floor is great!

    • kunal
      kunal Over a year ago
      Loves it

      love it
      This is a great place to be on saturday. I like the crowd here. Music is awesome, feels even better with those large video screen. Lights are awesome. Bartenders are nice. Drag shows are of top grade. Only problem, they close around 3 am. Always had great, when I was there.

    • str8upme
      str8upme Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great club great night!
      Had a blast! My partner and I had a blast. There drag show is top notch. Younger crowd but nice.

    • Alleena
      Alleena Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Not a Chance
      We are coming to Nashville and looking for a good club to have fun. But after reading that last artical about being to old, which we are, this club can forget us coming..

    • Drewboy227
      Drewboy227 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Fun Fun Fun
      Went there for my birthday. Had freakin a blast. Great drag show. Love the club. Little crowded as the night went on. Thats what happens when you get older I guess.

    • JoshandCody
      JoshandCody Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Saturday nights are fun at PLAY - good DJs and friendly staff
      Nashville is quite lucky in some ways - while we don't have a "lot" of gay clubs to choose from, and PLAY is really the only one to go dancing at, we're so lucky to have three great DJ's on staff there. Lately DJ stretch has been a favorite of ours, creating some pretty amazing mixes live on the floor. DJ Ron and DJ Lenny are also great guys and you can have a lot of fun no matter which is spinning. It's an 18+ club so the crowd can vary a lot depending on the night - sometimes GREAT energy, sometimes just so. There's a drag show in the other room of the bar so Bachelorette parties tend to be there a lot. So more of a mixed space than an "all gay" club, but a fun place. The bar staff is friendly. Tell Dennis in the dance bar that Josh and Cody sent you!

    • seizetheday_77
      seizetheday_77 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Highly Impressed
      Loved this place. Went Nashville from memphis, Since they closed down backstreet in Memphis. Boy the club is something like Splash or Rush of NY. Did not expect a club in Tennessee would be that cool, should have visited Nashville much earlier. Love the lights. Guys are quite hot. Totally classy place. And the music was awesome.

    • kgb_boi
      kgb_boi Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Wasn't impressed
      I believe something VERY strongly, if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all. But there are times when you need to speak the truth to people. First off, I love Nashville, always have. But Nashville is NOT Miami, it's NOT New York City, Toronto, San Francisco or even Montreal. That means this center of the universe attitude that some of the people in Nashville have, needs to be taken down two or three or even four notches. The club Play is an example of Nashville thinking too much of itself. Of course some of the bartenders are cute and the crowd is as well, but the attitude is not appropriate. I read some of the comments below and to be honest, there were too many straight girls, too many gay boys playing up the attitude, anyone who wasn't a gay white twink or a gaggle of girls hagging for one, seemed out of place. I was made to feel out of place. The only two upsides were that 1. They had pretty good music and 2. When you could get a bartender away from cruising a twink or gossiping with a nelly girl, the drinks were pretty good.

    • edd.cockrell
      edd.cockrell Over a year ago

      Its amazing. I loved the dancing and the show. It curtailed to gay people but totally awesome. Thursday night is lesbian night but they can be fun too

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