Nashville Recs

After living in Nashville from 2010-2019, these are my favorite things and suggestions on fun places to explore.

Broadway during the NFL Draft week, it isn’t always this crowded.

Neighborhoods to explore: 12 South, Gulch, Germantown, East, The Nations, Hillsboro Village, Broadway, Green Hills, Berry Hill, Midtown, Downtown Franklin

Amazing outdoor patio at 5th & Taylor

Brunch: Urban Grub, 5th & Taylor, Farmhouse, Butcher & Bee, Henrietta Red, Sinema, Earnest’s Bar & Hideaway, Fenwick’s 300

Taco spread at bartaco

Casual – Tacos: bartaco, Bakersfield, Mas Tacos, Baja Sexto, The Local Taco, Pancho and Lefty’s, Oscar’s Taco Shop, Don Juan Carniceria y Taqueria, Taqueria del sol

Dolce Vita’s giant pizza (pro tip: they deliver until 4am)

CasualPizza: Slim & Husky’s, 5 Points Pizza, Desano, Mafioza’s (open until 3am), Nicky’s Coal Fired, Dolce Vita, Folk

Hattie B’s hot chicken and mac and cheese

Casual – Hot Chicken: Hattie B’s, Pepperfire, Bolton’s, Party Fowl, Helen’s, Prince’s

Appetizer cheese and charcuterie board at The Stillery

Casual – misc.: ML Rose, Martin’s BBQ, Edley’s, Peg Leg Porker, Chaatable, Honeyfire BBQ, Hopsmith, The Stillery

Oysters at Marsh House

Seafood: Marsh House, Henrietta Red, Saltine, Urban Grub, O-ku, The Optimist

No cell phones allowed inside House of Cards so you can only take this picture by the sign.

Nicer dinner restaurants: barcelona, Virago, Rolf & Daughters, hathorne, Butchertown Hall, Mockingbird, Henley, House of Cards, Green Pheasant, Kayne Prime, The Continental, and most of the restaurants listed under brunch could be on this list as well

FGL House Rooftop Patio

Honky Tonks: The Stage, Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk, FGL House, Tootsie’s, Crazytown, Honky Tonk Central, and Luke Bryan’s

The Climax, the cocktail bar in the basement of the Dream Hotel

Downtown (not Broadway): Black Rabbit, Gray & Dudley (21C hotel), Dream Hotel, Printer’s Alley, Skull’s Rainbow Room

Sippin’ a frozen cocktail on the rooftop of Nashville Sporting Club

Rooftops: LA Jackson (Thompson Hotel), L27 (Westin), TENN on Top (Holston House), Nashville Underground, Rarebird (Noelle), UP (Fairfield Inn), Crazytown, Kid Rock’s, Bourbon Steak (JW Marriott – technically enclosed but great views), and Downtown Sporting Club

Tropical vibes at Flamingo

Vibe-y cocktails: Old Glory, The Fox, Gray & Dudley, Makeready (secret basement bar below this restaurant), Patterson House, Flamingo, Attaboy, Never Never, Rambler, Walden, and Red Door (more bar vibes than cocktails but a fun time)

One of the courses at The Rabbit Hole

Swanky Dinner Experiences (tasting menus): The Rabbit Hole (v v expensive but amazing), Bastion, Catbird Seat, Tailor, The Chef & I

During the tour of Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery

Wine and Beer: Arrington Vineyards, The Filling Station, Yazoo, Bearded Iris, City Winery, Nashville Urban Winery, Nashville Cocktail Festival, Food and Wine Festival, Nashville Rose Festival, Corsair Distillery, Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery, Diskin Cider, Bearded Iris Brewing, Tailgate Brewery, and Brew at the Zoo

Upstairs view of all the books at McKay

Book Related: McKay Used Books (massive warehouse with cheap books), Parnassus bookstore, and Southern Festival of Books (October)

A goat landscaping my friend’s yard

Random fun things: Hot chicken week, Burger week, Walking bridge downtown, The Escape Game, Local fairs (Williamson Co, Wilson Co, Tennessee State), Nashville Zoo, Ax throwing, Opryland Hotel at Christmastime, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens – esp. Halloween, Christmas, and Springtime, Wine on the Rails, Kayaking, Live On The Green, Way Late Play Date at Adventure Science Center, Goat Landscaping, and CMA Fest

Watching a Sounds game

Sports and Outdoor Activities: Sounds Games, Predators Games, Titans Games, Mural hunting, Kayaking, Waterfall Chasing, Goat Yoga, Radnor Lake, Percy Priest Lake, Centennial Park (Parthenon), Pedestrian bridge downtown, and Top Golf

Taylor Swift at Nissan Stadium

Music Venues: Ryman Auditorium, Ascend Amphitheater, Exit/In, Marathon Music Works, Cannery Ballroom/Mercy Lounge, Bridgestone Arena, The Cowan, The End, and TPAC

Cafe Makai

Coffee Shops: Frothy Monkey, Fido, Bongo Java, Cafe Makai, Crema, Red Bicycle, Barista Parlor, and Cafe Coco

The I Believe in Nashville mural in 12 South

Misc. Other Great Places: Loveless Cafe, Melrose Billiards, Ember’s for Shotskis, Dawg House on Sundays to see the Spazmatics, The Belcourt for indie movies, Savage Bingo at Headquarters, First saturday downtown art crawls, Five Daughters for amazing donuts, all the murals around the city, Farmer’s Market, and Amelia’s flower truck

Nashville is such a vibrant, fun city and I loved all the years spent there where I grew into the person that I am today. The city helped shaped me and I am so thankful! It will be crazy to go back and see how much it changes in the next few years!

If I am missing any categories on here that you are interested in, leave a comment or message me at I would be happy to give personalized recommendations!

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