We present to you the ultimate guide to Nashville! We’re lucky enough to travel the world for a living, becoming familiar with our desired destination. But, when we settle in a city and grow roots, we become experts in our local neighborhoods. Hillary Bridges, Nashville local and travel advisor of BE The Travel (an Epperly Travel affiliate) curated a guide featuring her favorite spots throughout the city. From coffee shops and hot chicken to karaoke and live music, Hillary covers it all.
Perfect for daytime in the city! Though it can be busier on the weekends, it is much easier to walk around and avoid the hustle and bustle of Downtown. Make this neighborhood your go-to for shopping and eats.
White’s Mercantile – A general store for the modern-day tastemaker, supporting local artisans. Every single thing in this store is adorable!
Josephine – How do you describe a genius combination of Southern soul food with French techniques made with seasonal ingredients? A dinner must.
Epice – If you’re looking for an intimate dinner for a date night, this bistro serves delicious traditional Lebanese food and imported wines.
South of Broadway aka SoBro
Also known as the ‘urban jungle,’ this Nashville neighborhood is the new up-and-coming place to be. With a ton of bars and restaurants, you’ll want to take some time wandering around this area. For country music fans, make a stop at the Country Music Hall of Fame!
Listening Room Cafe – A unique Nashville experience, this cafe showcases singer-songwriters while enjoying delicious food with locally sourced ingredients.
The Hampton Social – Bring your friends to this rooftop brunch, they’ll absolutely love it here. We’re talking frosé all day kind of vibe.
Pinewood Social – Bowling and drinks, need we say more?
Third Man Records – You can’t visit Nashville without stopping at a record shop! This record shop is also a record label, owned by the White Stripes legend Jack White. You can be confident that the selection here is supreme.
Midtown is Nashville’s bar-hopping mecca with some staying open until 3 am, and sprinkled with culinary treasures.
The Graduate – Pamper yourself at this eccentric hotel. Paying homage to the queen Dolly Parton, this hotel is decked out with pink details and floral trims. This stay is one you’ll never forget. Stop by the White Limonzee for rooftop cocktails and a view of the city.
Hattie B’s – As for Nashville’s famous hot chicken, this is the spot! Try their different spice levels and see how much heat you can take.
Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint – A roadhouse-style eatery known for its whole-hog pit-fired BBQ, with chicken, tacos & burgers. The carnivores in your life will love it here.
Built by German immigrants in the 1800s, this neighborhood exudes periodic charm. Take a stroll amongst the Victorian homes, brick sidewalks, and chic restaurants.
Von Elrod’s – German food, German Beer, Germantown… It’s fitting. Plus, there’s a sprawling beer garden and the housemade food is incredible.
Henrietta Red – This restaurant is airy and chic, offering elevated seafood options and a wide variety of oysters. Featured in many publications and top restaurant lists, you can trust this will be your new favorite seafood spot.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park – This 11-acre park tells the story of the state’s history through memorials, educational pathways, and guided tours. Time for some fresh air and to soak in Tennessee’s natural beauty.
Finally the neighborhood that is iconically known as “Nashvegas,” Downtown Nashville. There are over sixty bars and restaurants within walking distance and each with live music. Shop for some cowboy boots and Western-wear, take home some souvenirs, and visit the music stores. Here, you can truly indulge in the classic Nashville spirit. We can go on and on about the best spots in this area, but here are some highlights.
Broadway – The equivalent of the Strip in Vegas, Broadway is the main street of Downtown where you’ll find the majority of honky-tonks.
Skull’s Rainbow Room – Located in Printer’s Alley of Downtown, an area you will definitely want to explore! Skull’s Rainbow Room has featured infamous artists, such as Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Etta James, and Johnny Cash. Circa 1948 speakeasy-style lounge, with live jazz music nightly and burlesque performances. An atmosphere perfectly embodying the Nashville nightlife.
Prince’s Hot Chicken – Pro tip – this is the original Nashville hot chicken! Treat yourself!
Ms. Kelli’s Karaoke Bar – Feeling inspired by the local talent? It’s your turn to sing your heart out at this karaoke bar!
Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar – A hidden gem and highly recommended! It’s unlike the other Broadway honky-tonks, mixing it up for your night out. Relish in the Mardi Gras feel while savoring the delicious Cajun food and swaying to the sound of Blues.
The Ryman Auditorium – Another iconic Nashville must. Some of the most historical musical moments happened here. It’s where bluegrass was born, where country music thrived, where major record deals were made and signed on napkins. Catch a show here and experience history!
Musicians Hall of Fame Museum – Speaking of musical history, learn more about American music through artifacts and interactive experiences. Of course, there is a focus on Country music, it is Nashville afterall.
Bobby Hotel – Artistic, elevated, stylish. This hotel will make you feel like a VIP musical artist playing the Grand Ole Opry. We love a good rooftop bar, and this one takes it to the next level. Have a drink under the stars in this uniquely designed bar, with seating in the back of a retrofitted 1956 Scenicruiser.
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Nashville is one of those extraordinary places guaranteeing unforgettable memories. With live music humming throughout the city, the smell of barbecue at every corner, and the energetic nightlife. Are you ready to cross Nashville off your bucket list? Reach out to Hillary at email@example.com or book a consultation call through this link here.