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OK, yes, the city has creatively widened the sidewalks on popular Nashville destination Lower Broadway — but it still can get kinda crowded and crazy.

So how can you enjoy all the energy and people watch without getting jostled?

Think Michelle Obama: When they go low, you go high.

Nashville rooftop bars are springing up almost as fast as buildings. Those on Lower Broadway let people take a break from bumping into tourists, bachelorette parties and pedal taverns.

Rooftop bars at Tootsie’s and Rippey’s are only a couple of floors up, so they keep you closest to the action.

Acme Feed & Seed and the George Jones Museum offer slightly higher rooftops, so you get a little less noise and a little more skyline.

If you want to steer clear of Lower Broadway altogether — and you have a fat wallet — try the bars atop Nashville’s luxury hotels.

Most popular these days is the L.A. Jackson bar on top of the new Thompson Hotel in the Gulch.

The L27 on top of the new Westin Hotel Nashville is catching up fast.

Reach Brad Schmitt at brad@tennessean.com or at 615-259-8384 or on Twitter @bradschmitt.

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