Currently dreaming of my next weekend in Nashville, TN but for now will just have to re-live it through my Travel Chronicles!
I have been to Nashville twice: a girls weekend (3 of us) and a bachelorette (11 of us). Depending on your traveling vibe, it’s the perfect destination for a long weekend trip. There’s enough to keep you constantly busy or relaxed, partying, dancing. You can spend your time at museums, boat tours, or explore the city by listening to live music, visiting bars and local eateries.
Below you’ll find all of my tips on: NASHVILLE’S BEST ACCOMMODATIONS, FOOD, DRINKS/NIGHTLIFE, ACTIVITIES & SERVICES WE USED. ACCOMMODATIONS:
- Music Row, Nashville: Music Row was the perfect location for our girls trip. Our Airbnb (top picture below) was cozy, comfortable, and perfect for three people.
- East Nashville/Keeling Ave, Nashville: Stayed here for the bachelorette with 10 girls (bottom picture). Our Airbnb was spacious, affordable, and VERY accessible to downtown. Highly recommend.
- Hattie B’s Hot Chicken: YUMM. Hot Chicken is the pinnacle of the Nashville food experience. I got the large dark plate with southern greens & beans.
- Tennessee Brew Works: This place has a super cool vibe and it’s a cool place to just hang out. We ordered beers and food, hung out outside under the string lights, and listened to live music. The food was AMAZING. The 5 Beer Burger with seasoned fries was ridiculously good. Probably one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. It was messy, eggy, cheesy, and just beyond delicious.
- Pinewood Social: Bar? Bowling Alley? Super Chic Restaurant? Cafe/Bakery? Pinewood is everything combined and is the best atmosphere! We just went there for snacks and cocktails. We had the fried broccoli (best aioli ever), pita and hummus, and a very yummy to-go scone. It was filled will hipster millennials, locals, and tourists.
- Eastland Café: If there was one spot I would go over too again & again in Nashville, it would be Eastland Cafe. The waiter informs you right when you sit down that the portion sizes are smaller and are meant to be shared tapas style (even though, compared to New York’s tapas the portion size and price were outstanding!) We shared several apps: Tempura Tuna Nori Roll, Cheese Plate, Salt Roasted Meets, Marinated Olives, and Fried Green Tomatoes. Then my friend and I shared the Braised Lamb (grits, tomato jam, goat cheese) and Bouillabaisse (steamed scallops, shrimp, mussels, and white fish; tomatoes, leeks, onions, fennel, saffron, lobster stock)
- Marché Artisan Foods: Very cute and cozy place! We went here for brunch. I got eggs, bacon, roasted broccoli, lots of recovery coffee (LOL) and a Bloody Mary.
- Rumours East: The food was good here, but the service was ROUGH! If you chose to dine here, make sure you have plenty of time to spare. We came here on a Friday night and not only did the waiter never take our drink orders (we had to ask repeatedly) but they actually forgot my dinner order! On the other hand, I will say the food was good. We started with the Steak Wrapped Asparagus and Braised Pork served on a bed of mashed potatoes and Asian Mustard Greens. And, even though I enjoyed it at 2am, the Pork Chop (rosemary garlic grilled pork chop with roasted sweet potato wedges & pan roasted brussels sprouts) was delish!
- Cook Out: Late night burgers, fries & milkshakes. We went two nights in a row. Self explanatory.
- Honky Tonk Central: The quintessential bar of downtown Nashville. 3 floors, 3 bands, lots of people. The talent is good and there’s space for everyone to spread out. It definitely caters to the bachelor/bachelorette party crowd. Plus, their balcony has the best view of all of Broadway.
- Jackalope Brewing Company: We came here for a beer and trivia! Very fun place filled with games, good beer & good people. You can also bring in food from the surrounding restaurants which I’ve never seen before!
- Acme Feed & Seed: This place is huge! There’s live music on the first floor and an awesome rooftop! We stopped here for drinks after dinner, but the food looked delicious as well.
- Corsair Artisan Distillery: Artisan whiskey? Gin? Vodka? Corsair has it all for you to taste! We all did the vodka and whiskey tasting, where the bartenders teach you how to taste the liquors and the complexities of them. The bartenders are cool, drinks are good and atmosphere is relaxed. There are two separate bars, one with hard liquor and one with beer. They also offer tours if you have time!
- Yazoo Brewing Company: We came here on a Thursday afternoon and there was a chill crowd. My friends and I got the sampler which I highly recommend. I also wish I got the Beer Cheese Dip because it looked bangin’. Again, if you have time, they offer tours!
- Tequila Cowboy: This bar is right in the middle of all the action right on Broadway. I actually came here on both trips, not at night, but during the day! Both times, I sat up front to enjoy the music and grabbed some food. There’s nothing unique about the menu, it’s your typical bar bites. We ordered drinks, nachos, and mozzarella sticks.
- Kung Fu Saloon: This bar is in Midtown, not Broadway where most tourists usually go out. It was actually fun to get away from the big groups of bachelor/bachelorette groups for a little bit. The music was good, free skee-ball, quarter arcade games, outdoor lawn games with big Connect Four & cornhole.
- Wildhorse Saloon: Who doesn’t love some Line Dancing! I can’t say I was anywhere close to good, but we had a blast and had drinks in hand. There’s always going on depending on the time of day: Line Dancing Lessons, Full Band Acoustic Sets, Electric Sets or DJ Music.
- Oktoberfest: This year is the 38th annual Nashville Oktoberfest. I went in 2016 with my three girlfriends and over 300,000 people attended. It was a BLAST. The ‘fest‘ spans 10 city blocks, food stands for days (turkey legs, fried oreos, sausages), lederhosen, live music, dogs, beer, EVERYTHING. If you’re there in October, make sure to go!
- Nashville Pedal Tavern: I didn’t get a chance to do this, but all I hear is good reviews! You can rent seats on the big bike, bring your own music, and wine/beer. Exercise (let’s get all the credit we can on vacation)? Drinking? Music? Friends? Who could ask for more!
- Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: I’m not a HUGE country music fan, so the hall of fame was not on my list, but if you want to learn more about Country Music history and see great memorabilia, this would be the spot to visit!
- Bachelor Party Nashville: Ryan & his team are specialists in planning bachelor and bachelorette parties. We used his services over the weekend and not only did he make an itinerary for us (where everything fit our budget), but his company provides recommendations, transportation, and takes pictures throughout the weekend!