Downtown Bristol 2018-06-27T10:00:30-04:00


Bristol has a proud heritage going back more than 150 years of being both a fun place to visit and a “Good Place to Live”. With so much to do and enjoy, everyone feels right at home in Downtown Bristol.

As a Certified Main Street Community, Downtown Bristol has more to offer every day – more activities, more shops, more homes, more offices and more life.


State Street presents a very unique atmosphere with two states but one state of mind. The state line between Virginia and Tennessee runs right down the main street of our Historic Downtown. Here you will find a plethora of options when it comes to shopping, dining, entertainment, and living. For those not yet ready to take up residence downtown, Bristol’s first boutique hotel, The Bristol Hotel, will be making its downtown debut in 2018, and the Sessions Hotel will be making its entrance shortly after! What better way to wine, dine, and play in two states at the same time than in our great downtown community?


Steeped in a rich history of cultural and musical landmarks, downtown Bristol continues to play an ever more influential hand in shaping the Arts in the region. The district features over 30 artisans in six downtown blocks. While taking pride in our country music roots, the Arts & Entertainment District aims to curate and cultivate all walks of the art world – from common to quirky. Already home to the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Border Bash, Art in Public Places and the PUSH! Film Festival, the Arts & Entertainment District continues to grow and cultivate Bristol’s creativity! 


Shopping in Downtown Bristol is a blossoming adventure in style. From antique to modern, shops big and small, Bristol shops offer so much more than your conventional box store. Upscale men’s and women’s clothing and shoes, designer home accessories, gourmet goodies, toys, bold original art, and dazzling jewelry from fine to far out. Seek the unique!


Going back more than 150 years, Bristol has a proud heritage of being both a fun place to visit and “A Good Place to Live”.   Bristol’s “Main Street” is called State Street as it is divided by the state lines of Virginia and Tennessee and is highlighted as The Birthplace of Country Music.   It was on State Street in 1927 that talent scout Ralph Peer made the very first commercially produced country music recordings with The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and others, for the Victor Talking Machine Company.  The recordings known as The Bristol Sessions are recognized internationally as the ‘Big Bang’ of country music.