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Guidebook for Nashville

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Guidebook for Nashville

Food Scene
The food scene in Nashville has exploded these past few years. When I first moved here from Atlanta, which is a real foodie town, I was extremely underwhelmed by what the Nashville food scene had to offer, but man have they upped the ante in recent years!! We now have an eclectic mix of great spots, many of the best ones right here on the east side. I am frequently updating this list because it seems like a new awesome place opens up almost weekly! There are too many to name really, but here is a selection of some of our very favs.
For a coffee experience you'll never forget, check out Barista Parlor!!! It's truly one of a kind and they have amazing coffee!! Try their breakfast too.
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Barista Parlor
519 Gallatin Avenue
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For a coffee experience you'll never forget, check out Barista Parlor!!! It's truly one of a kind and they have amazing coffee!! Try their breakfast too.
This is a newer addition to the east side and a welcomed one. Their coffee is legit!!! They have extra parking in a parking lot behind there if you can't find a place out front.
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Retrograde Coffee
1305 Dickerson Pike
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This is a newer addition to the east side and a welcomed one. Their coffee is legit!!! They have extra parking in a parking lot behind there if you can't find a place out front.
We LOVE Rosepepper!!! They actual trend quite a bit on social media with their ridiculously clever ever-changing marquee. It's a great spot for mexican food and they have margaritas that are, well, strong to say the least!! The food is inexpensive and delicious. Their kids menu is the cheapest I've every seen. They are located in a great and super walkable part of East Nashville. Check out the shops and Jenis ice cream across the street afterward.
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Rosepepper Cantina
1907 Eastland Avenue
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We LOVE Rosepepper!!! They actual trend quite a bit on social media with their ridiculously clever ever-changing marquee. It's a great spot for mexican food and they have margaritas that are, well, strong to say the least!! The food is inexpensive and delicious. Their kids menu is the cheapest I've every seen. They are located in a great and super walkable part of East Nashville. Check out the shops and Jenis ice cream across the street afterward.
If you want delicious and fast to-go Italian, look no further than Nicoletto's. Their food is amazing!!! And it's a great grab and go place. We seriously have loved everything we have ever ordered there.
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Nicoletto's Italian Kitchen
2905 Gallatin Pike
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If you want delicious and fast to-go Italian, look no further than Nicoletto's. Their food is amazing!!! And it's a great grab and go place. We seriously have loved everything we have ever ordered there.
They have GREAT coffee and muffins, but also are a board game cafe!! We love a good board game and they have a huge selection of fun games and serve beer and even staff a barista that doubles as their "game master." They help teach you the games if you come at night and want to learn something new or they help you pick a game that is right for your mood/group if you find yourself overwhelmed by the selection. BTW: if you are traveling with kids, this is a great spot for you!!! We like taking our two youngins there bc they have a huge selection of kid's games as well. It's located in 5 Points which is arguably the most popular part of East Nashville, so be sure to walk around before or after and see why it's such a great section of East Nash!
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Bongo East
107 South 11th Street
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They have GREAT coffee and muffins, but also are a board game cafe!! We love a good board game and they have a huge selection of fun games and serve beer and even staff a barista that doubles as their "game master." They help teach you the games if you come at night and want to learn something new or they help you pick a game that is right for your mood/group if you find yourself overwhelmed by the selection. BTW: if you are traveling with kids, this is a great spot for you!!! We like taking our two youngins there bc they have a huge selection of kid's games as well. It's located in 5 Points which is arguably the most popular part of East Nashville, so be sure to walk around before or after and see why it's such a great section of East Nash!
Hands down our favorite pizza place. NY Style and delicious!! They can get pretty busy, so call ahead. Dine in or pick up (no deliveries through them but probably can through UberEats, etc.) They have a walk up window open at night. So if you're chillin at the bars in 5 Points and get hungry, you know where to go!
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Five Points Pizza East
1012 Woodland Street
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Hands down our favorite pizza place. NY Style and delicious!! They can get pretty busy, so call ahead. Dine in or pick up (no deliveries through them but probably can through UberEats, etc.) They have a walk up window open at night. So if you're chillin at the bars in 5 Points and get hungry, you know where to go!
This place is like East Nashville's best kept secret because it's tucked away and not near a main drag. They have the best french fries I've ever had!!! Seriously. They are so good! The burgers and wings are great too. Call ahead for take out. Keep trying if it's busy because they get popular at peak times. They don't have any indoor seating. So if you plan to go there to eat rather than take out, make sure it's a picnic table friendly day. (They do have a few tables that are in a screened in area). We like to grab it to-go and take it just down the street to Shelby Park for a perfect picnic. Make sure you ask to try all their fun dipping sauces for the fries.
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Grillshack Fries and Burgers
1000 Riverside Drive
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This place is like East Nashville's best kept secret because it's tucked away and not near a main drag. They have the best french fries I've ever had!!! Seriously. They are so good! The burgers and wings are great too. Call ahead for take out. Keep trying if it's busy because they get popular at peak times. They don't have any indoor seating. So if you plan to go there to eat rather than take out, make sure it's a picnic table friendly day. (They do have a few tables that are in a screened in area). We like to grab it to-go and take it just down the street to Shelby Park for a perfect picnic. Make sure you ask to try all their fun dipping sauces for the fries.
Okay, fair warning...the wait here can get extreme so call ahead and ask how long, but man oh man is it worth it!! They have AMAZING burgers and the coolest beer garden backyard seating. Make sure you ask to sit outside. If you can swing it, go during an off-peak time, like early dinner to avoid the longer wait.
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The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden
731 Mcferrin Avenue
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Okay, fair warning...the wait here can get extreme so call ahead and ask how long, but man oh man is it worth it!! They have AMAZING burgers and the coolest beer garden backyard seating. Make sure you ask to sit outside. If you can swing it, go during an off-peak time, like early dinner to avoid the longer wait.
For an awesome coffee and wine bar experience, be sure to go to Dose. It's located in another super cute part of East Nashville, Riverside Village, and they have GREAT coffee and wine and a pretty great food menu to boot. They have happy hours and trivia nights so check out the website. Plan to go to one of the restaurants there in Riverside Village and maybe here for dessert and wine or vice versa, dinner here and then check out Village Pub a couple doors down.
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Dose
1400 McGavock Pk
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For an awesome coffee and wine bar experience, be sure to go to Dose. It's located in another super cute part of East Nashville, Riverside Village, and they have GREAT coffee and wine and a pretty great food menu to boot. They have happy hours and trivia nights so check out the website. Plan to go to one of the restaurants there in Riverside Village and maybe here for dessert and wine or vice versa, dinner here and then check out Village Pub a couple doors down.
Don't miss Jeni's while you're here for the BEST local ice cream. They have a few different locations, but this is the one closest to our house. The coffee flavor is probably my fav but it's hard to choose. We like to get the trio and share (which they say is 3 half-scoops, but they feel like whole scoops to me)!
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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
1892 Eastland Avenue
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Don't miss Jeni's while you're here for the BEST local ice cream. They have a few different locations, but this is the one closest to our house. The coffee flavor is probably my fav but it's hard to choose. We like to get the trio and share (which they say is 3 half-scoops, but they feel like whole scoops to me)!
We love Tower for quick bites because they are right at the end of our neighborhood. They have a huge menu and breakfast all day as well as local coffee from one of my favs, Bongo Java. The breakfast burrito with chorizo is so so good!! I find myself randomly craving it. Lol!! This is our favorite place to grab a quick breakfast before taking visiting friends/family around town when we are being tour guides. They also have a small but well-stocked grocery selection -- so run up here for things to stock the fridge with during your stay.
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Tower Market and Deli
1305 Gallatin Ave
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We love Tower for quick bites because they are right at the end of our neighborhood. They have a huge menu and breakfast all day as well as local coffee from one of my favs, Bongo Java. The breakfast burrito with chorizo is so so good!! I find myself randomly craving it. Lol!! This is our favorite place to grab a quick breakfast before taking visiting friends/family around town when we are being tour guides. They also have a small but well-stocked grocery selection -- so run up here for things to stock the fridge with during your stay.
We love Cafe Roze for date nights!! They are open later than many of the restaurants on the east side and have great food and cocktails. The vibe is super cool too!
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Cafe Roze
1115 Porter Rd
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We love Cafe Roze for date nights!! They are open later than many of the restaurants on the east side and have great food and cocktails. The vibe is super cool too!
For Nashville's iconic hot chicken, go to the original home of hot chicken!!!! There is an ongoing debate in Nashville over who has the best hot chicken and I'm gonna go out on a limb and say it's Princes --- where it all began! They can get pretty crowded with lines out the door during peak times, so keep that in mind, but if you want hot chicken, they won't disappoint. Also, fair warning --- when they say hot, they mean it!!! We've had so many friends and family come to town and really want to go big or go home and go as hot as possible on the hot chicken and they always regret it!! Consider yourself warned. ;-) Unfortunately, their location that was closest to us recently had a fire and has closed permanently so you'll have to drive a bit to go to their south side location. I've heard they are opening another shack closer to us on the north side, but for now Nolensville Pike is where you'll have to go to check them out.
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Prince's Hot Chicken Shack South
5814 Nolensville Pike
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For Nashville's iconic hot chicken, go to the original home of hot chicken!!!! There is an ongoing debate in Nashville over who has the best hot chicken and I'm gonna go out on a limb and say it's Princes --- where it all began! They can get pretty crowded with lines out the door during peak times, so keep that in mind, but if you want hot chicken, they won't disappoint. Also, fair warning --- when they say hot, they mean it!!! We've had so many friends and family come to town and really want to go big or go home and go as hot as possible on the hot chicken and they always regret it!! Consider yourself warned. ;-) Unfortunately, their location that was closest to us recently had a fire and has closed permanently so you'll have to drive a bit to go to their south side location. I've heard they are opening another shack closer to us on the north side, but for now Nolensville Pike is where you'll have to go to check them out.
Okay, so if you aren't wanting to make the trek to my aforementioned fav hot chicken place, Prince's, Bolton's is a close 2nd!! And it is MUCH closer to here as well. Just down from us close to 5 Points and downtown they are located on Main St. Don't go too crazy on spicy level unless you want to look at your food instead of eat it!! ;-) Enjoy!
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Bolton's Spicy Chicken & Fish
624 Main Street
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Okay, so if you aren't wanting to make the trek to my aforementioned fav hot chicken place, Prince's, Bolton's is a close 2nd!! And it is MUCH closer to here as well. Just down from us close to 5 Points and downtown they are located on Main St. Don't go too crazy on spicy level unless you want to look at your food instead of eat it!! ;-) Enjoy!
So my final hot chicken recommendation is another dandy. Bonus is they have multiple locations, depending on where you want to go, but this Midtown location is the closest to us and where we usually take out of town guests. It's really close to Music Row which makes it a fun place to check out. Hattie B's has my favorite sides of all the hot chicken places we've tried. Warning, the lines get REALLY long!! So either call ahead for order pick up or be ready to wait and to fight for a table if you are dining in. We actually like picking an order up and then taking it to a nearby park to eat, Centennial Park being one that is fairly close and definitely worth checking out . Don't quote me on this, but I think they are one of the only hot chicken places that can do a gluten free option (which basically defeats the purpose of hot chicken, lol, but if you have someone with you who is gluten intolerant, call and ask them about this option.)
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Hattie B's
112 19th Avenue South
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So my final hot chicken recommendation is another dandy. Bonus is they have multiple locations, depending on where you want to go, but this Midtown location is the closest to us and where we usually take out of town guests. It's really close to Music Row which makes it a fun place to check out. Hattie B's has my favorite sides of all the hot chicken places we've tried. Warning, the lines get REALLY long!! So either call ahead for order pick up or be ready to wait and to fight for a table if you are dining in. We actually like picking an order up and then taking it to a nearby park to eat, Centennial Park being one that is fairly close and definitely worth checking out . Don't quote me on this, but I think they are one of the only hot chicken places that can do a gluten free option (which basically defeats the purpose of hot chicken, lol, but if you have someone with you who is gluten intolerant, call and ask them about this option.)
Marche' is an East Nashville gem! They are a European style cafe and have the most delicious brunch. Located on Main Street in the heart of East Nashville, Marche' is a perfect place to grab a bite and then walk around and enjoy what is arguably the most walkable section of our neighborhood, 5 Points. Note: Marche' doesn't take reservations and can get pretty busy on weekend mornings, but their website says that they are now on the app "Nowait," so check that out for a better idea of wait times and grab a spot in line digitally.
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Marché Artisan Foods
1000 Main Street
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Marche' is an East Nashville gem! They are a European style cafe and have the most delicious brunch. Located on Main Street in the heart of East Nashville, Marche' is a perfect place to grab a bite and then walk around and enjoy what is arguably the most walkable section of our neighborhood, 5 Points. Note: Marche' doesn't take reservations and can get pretty busy on weekend mornings, but their website says that they are now on the app "Nowait," so check that out for a better idea of wait times and grab a spot in line digitally.
Located in the heart of East Nashville's 5-points, I Dream of Weenie is known both for its quirky modified VW bus and yummy signature charcoal-grilled weenies. Grab a blanket to enjoy a picnic on the lawn. We love taking our kids here for weekend picnics! They even have a bin outside with picnic blankets and a few tables and chairs available as well. Or you can grab a hot dogs to-go and walk around 5 Points. All standard menu items such as the favorite "Rebel Yelp" and a rotating menu of creative Daily Dreams are served on a fresh-baked locally made artisan bun, and are available on your choice of a premium all-beef, turkey, or tofu weenie.
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I Dream Of Weenie
113 S 11th St
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Located in the heart of East Nashville's 5-points, I Dream of Weenie is known both for its quirky modified VW bus and yummy signature charcoal-grilled weenies. Grab a blanket to enjoy a picnic on the lawn. We love taking our kids here for weekend picnics! They even have a bin outside with picnic blankets and a few tables and chairs available as well. Or you can grab a hot dogs to-go and walk around 5 Points. All standard menu items such as the favorite "Rebel Yelp" and a rotating menu of creative Daily Dreams are served on a fresh-baked locally made artisan bun, and are available on your choice of a premium all-beef, turkey, or tofu weenie.
Featuring the best of modern Middle Eastern cuisine, Lyra is a delicious spot right down the street from us. You MUST try their hummus with all the add-ons. It's incredible! They make the pita fresh to order in their wood-fire grill, and it comes out as a hot and perfect pair for the hummus. Their drink menu is full of great choices as well, and you can catch some great deals during happy hour between 4 and 6.
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Lyra
935 W Eastland Ave
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Featuring the best of modern Middle Eastern cuisine, Lyra is a delicious spot right down the street from us. You MUST try their hummus with all the add-ons. It's incredible! They make the pita fresh to order in their wood-fire grill, and it comes out as a hot and perfect pair for the hummus. Their drink menu is full of great choices as well, and you can catch some great deals during happy hour between 4 and 6.
Featuring cuisine of the Iberian Peninsula in the heart of East Nashville. They serve tapas style Spanish and Portuguese fare accented with French techniques, and have a bar program that features a Spanish gin and tonic menu, Old World Wines, and thoughtfully crafted cocktails. If it's on the menu, DO NOT miss the tomato toast. It is delectable.
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Peninsula
1035 W Eastland Ave.
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Featuring cuisine of the Iberian Peninsula in the heart of East Nashville. They serve tapas style Spanish and Portuguese fare accented with French techniques, and have a bar program that features a Spanish gin and tonic menu, Old World Wines, and thoughtfully crafted cocktails. If it's on the menu, DO NOT miss the tomato toast. It is delectable.
This is one of our go-to date night spots and a place we love taking out of town visitors. They change the menu seasonally which keeps it fun and new and have a rotating selection of carefully sourced farm-to-table small plates which are perfect for sharing! Their flagship restaurant is actually in Charleston, but the East Nashville location boasts 70 seats, a great beer, wine and cocktail selection, and the same philosophy of carefully sourced ingredients and an ever changing menu, applied to a full-service restaurant setting. They're open for lunch, dinner and late-night, and their industrial space showcases work from a handful of local artisans, from furniture to signage to audio systems. They take walk-ins, but at peak times, I'd recommend that you make a reservation.
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Butcher & Bee - Nashville
902 Main St
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This is one of our go-to date night spots and a place we love taking out of town visitors. They change the menu seasonally which keeps it fun and new and have a rotating selection of carefully sourced farm-to-table small plates which are perfect for sharing! Their flagship restaurant is actually in Charleston, but the East Nashville location boasts 70 seats, a great beer, wine and cocktail selection, and the same philosophy of carefully sourced ingredients and an ever changing menu, applied to a full-service restaurant setting. They're open for lunch, dinner and late-night, and their industrial space showcases work from a handful of local artisans, from furniture to signage to audio systems. They take walk-ins, but at peak times, I'd recommend that you make a reservation.
Located in the heart of East, Hunters Station is a new food hall that offers a diverse mix of locally-based dining options for a variety of appetites. Home to The Grilled Cheeserie, Hugh-Baby’s BBQ & Burger Shop, Vui’s Kitchen, Tacos Aurora, The Picnic Tap, and Citizen Market, Hunters Station gathers some of Nashville’s favorite casual spots under one roof with plenty of dog-friendly outdoor seating, a bar stocked with local favorites, and dedicated parking, all within minutes of Downtown Nashville and just a few steps away from East Nashville’s Five Points.
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Hunters Station
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Located in the heart of East, Hunters Station is a new food hall that offers a diverse mix of locally-based dining options for a variety of appetites. Home to The Grilled Cheeserie, Hugh-Baby’s BBQ & Burger Shop, Vui’s Kitchen, Tacos Aurora, The Picnic Tap, and Citizen Market, Hunters Station gathers some of Nashville’s favorite casual spots under one roof with plenty of dog-friendly outdoor seating, a bar stocked with local favorites, and dedicated parking, all within minutes of Downtown Nashville and just a few steps away from East Nashville’s Five Points.
The highly-anticipated café offers all-day brunch, an all-natural wine bar, and a menu focused on sustainable, local ingredients. Lou’s concept ties together a European style with a present-day California vibe. Lou’s bright and eclectic menu features “healthy-ish” cuisine with vegetable-forward dishes and the use of select proteins. The meals are made with local, in-season ingredients. During brunch, guests can enjoy standouts such as the crispy rice and kale salad and roasted banana buckwheat pancakes. Dinner highlights include chilled salmon and pork belly with Chinese five spice caramel. Beverage options range from an iced Vietnamese coffee to a variety of all-natural wines. It can get really busy on the weekends, but they usually have room on their patio. Call ahead and ask about wait times or make a reservation. This place is super cool!!
lou
1304 McGavock Pike
The highly-anticipated café offers all-day brunch, an all-natural wine bar, and a menu focused on sustainable, local ingredients. Lou’s concept ties together a European style with a present-day California vibe. Lou’s bright and eclectic menu features “healthy-ish” cuisine with vegetable-forward dishes and the use of select proteins. The meals are made with local, in-season ingredients. During brunch, guests can enjoy standouts such as the crispy rice and kale salad and roasted banana buckwheat pancakes. Dinner highlights include chilled salmon and pork belly with Chinese five spice caramel. Beverage options range from an iced Vietnamese coffee to a variety of all-natural wines. It can get really busy on the weekends, but they usually have room on their patio. Call ahead and ask about wait times or make a reservation. This place is super cool!!
I was very happy to see that Nashville had not one, but TWO restaurants make Bon Appetit's list of top 50 Best New Restaurants. And as the Tennessean put it, it "turns out the Bon Appetit brass has love for Music City even beyond the two spots editors picked for the list..."Nashville is an essential stop every year on our search for the Hot 10. Even as the food scene there has blown up, it hasn't been watered down: There are still so many truly chef-driven restaurants opening each year that keep things interesting," Deputy Editor Julia Kramer said in a statement." I actually haven't tried Hathorne, but hope to make it a date night spot ASAP. It's a modern, local-veggie driven restaurant in West Nashville, which Bon Appetit described as a place "where farm-to-table feels fresh as ever." Yes, please! If you go, please let me know how great it is! I'm dying to try it.
Hathorne
4708 Charlotte Ave
I was very happy to see that Nashville had not one, but TWO restaurants make Bon Appetit's list of top 50 Best New Restaurants. And as the Tennessean put it, it "turns out the Bon Appetit brass has love for Music City even beyond the two spots editors picked for the list..."Nashville is an essential stop every year on our search for the Hot 10. Even as the food scene there has blown up, it hasn't been watered down: There are still so many truly chef-driven restaurants opening each year that keep things interesting," Deputy Editor Julia Kramer said in a statement." I actually haven't tried Hathorne, but hope to make it a date night spot ASAP. It's a modern, local-veggie driven restaurant in West Nashville, which Bon Appetit described as a place "where farm-to-table feels fresh as ever." Yes, please! If you go, please let me know how great it is! I'm dying to try it.
Tailor in East Nashville adjacent Germantown is another dandy of a restaurant featured on Bon Appetit's 2019 list of top 50 new restaurants AND made it to #7 on their coveted narrowed down "Hot 10" list. I am super anxious to try this one out!!! Tailor was described as a restaurant "where Gujarat meets the Deep South — in dinner party form." Tailor Chef Vivek Surti, a first generation Indian-American, leans heavily on foods from India's western state of Gujarat. Surti likes to call his food "South Asian American." Nom. Nom. Nom.
Tailor Nashville
1300B 3rd Ave N
Tailor in East Nashville adjacent Germantown is another dandy of a restaurant featured on Bon Appetit's 2019 list of top 50 new restaurants AND made it to #7 on their coveted narrowed down "Hot 10" list. I am super anxious to try this one out!!! Tailor was described as a restaurant "where Gujarat meets the Deep South — in dinner party form." Tailor Chef Vivek Surti, a first generation Indian-American, leans heavily on foods from India's western state of Gujarat. Surti likes to call his food "South Asian American." Nom. Nom. Nom.
Located in a super cute up and coming section of East Nashville called McFerrin Park, Folk is a passion project for chef/owner Philip Krajeck and was long in the making, providing him with an outlet to share his love of pizza. According to Eater.com "The space is quite simple compared to the majority of restaurants opening in Nashville these days, and that’s not on accident. Krajeck says that Folk is meant to be a functional neighborhood hangout, a place for repeat visits. Broken down between the main bar and dining room, two walls of windows allow plenty of natural light, with original brick walls and light wood adding to the pared down aesthetic. Seating ranges from first come first served at the bar to two and four-tops in the main dining room with a view of the open kitchen." Krajeck's vision was spot on -- this is a total hot spot for McFerrin Park residents and as it is tucked away in the neighborhood itself, it is off the beaten touristy path and definitely worth trying out!
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Folk
823 Meridian St
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Located in a super cute up and coming section of East Nashville called McFerrin Park, Folk is a passion project for chef/owner Philip Krajeck and was long in the making, providing him with an outlet to share his love of pizza. According to Eater.com "The space is quite simple compared to the majority of restaurants opening in Nashville these days, and that’s not on accident. Krajeck says that Folk is meant to be a functional neighborhood hangout, a place for repeat visits. Broken down between the main bar and dining room, two walls of windows allow plenty of natural light, with original brick walls and light wood adding to the pared down aesthetic. Seating ranges from first come first served at the bar to two and four-tops in the main dining room with a view of the open kitchen." Krajeck's vision was spot on -- this is a total hot spot for McFerrin Park residents and as it is tucked away in the neighborhood itself, it is off the beaten touristy path and definitely worth trying out!
Drinks & Nightlife
This place is a newer addition to the east side and has the coolest vibe!! They have a ton of fun cocktails and some good food as well. It's a very short ride from our place or you could even walk on a nice night! Be sure to check out their awesome outdoor seating. And on the last Sunday of every month they are doing a pig roast/ "local luau" where they have different local chefs come in and roast a whole pig! Then for $25 you get a drink, the roast plus sides, and a great luau experience with music and fun!
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Pearl Diver
1008 Gallatin Ave
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This place is a newer addition to the east side and has the coolest vibe!! They have a ton of fun cocktails and some good food as well. It's a very short ride from our place or you could even walk on a nice night! Be sure to check out their awesome outdoor seating. And on the last Sunday of every month they are doing a pig roast/ "local luau" where they have different local chefs come in and roast a whole pig! Then for $25 you get a drink, the roast plus sides, and a great luau experience with music and fun!
This is a great place to grab a drink and some light food before heading down to Broadway. It's not far up the road and they have some great cocktails and small plates! Note: they have a paid parking lot, but free options nearby and it's reasonably priced.
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Walden Bar
2909 Gallatin Pike
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This is a great place to grab a drink and some light food before heading down to Broadway. It's not far up the road and they have some great cocktails and small plates! Note: they have a paid parking lot, but free options nearby and it's reasonably priced.
For a classic speakeasy experience, don't miss Attaboy!! They are not well marked and off an alley, but google will help you find them. Best for smaller groups and they usually have a wait, but you knock, they'll take down how many are in your party and then call you when they have room. There are plenty of other bars walking distance that you can hang at while you're waiting and trust me, it's worth the wait!!! The bartenders will ask you a few questions and then make you a custom drink! The drinks are a little more than other places, but so worth it for the experience and they are crazy good!!
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Attaboy
8 Mcferrin Ave
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For a classic speakeasy experience, don't miss Attaboy!! They are not well marked and off an alley, but google will help you find them. Best for smaller groups and they usually have a wait, but you knock, they'll take down how many are in your party and then call you when they have room. There are plenty of other bars walking distance that you can hang at while you're waiting and trust me, it's worth the wait!!! The bartenders will ask you a few questions and then make you a custom drink! The drinks are a little more than other places, but so worth it for the experience and they are crazy good!!
If you're up for a little drive, check out Arrington Vineyards!! The wine is great and you can bring a picnic and enjoy the gorgeous view or buy a bottle and walk through the grapevines. They have live music on weekends certain months of the year and allow you bring in your own food (but not your own alcohol). It's family friendly and a great place to kill time. Check out their website for info on wine tastings and exclusive events. Opt for the longer drive through Nollensville if you have time. It's an adorable and fast growing town south of us. The drive is really super charming and worth it!
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Arrington Vineyards
6211 Patton Rd
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If you're up for a little drive, check out Arrington Vineyards!! The wine is great and you can bring a picnic and enjoy the gorgeous view or buy a bottle and walk through the grapevines. They have live music on weekends certain months of the year and allow you bring in your own food (but not your own alcohol). It's family friendly and a great place to kill time. Check out their website for info on wine tastings and exclusive events. Opt for the longer drive through Nollensville if you have time. It's an adorable and fast growing town south of us. The drive is really super charming and worth it!
We miss Fat Bottom!! They used to be on the east side, but moved. Anyway, if local brews are your thing, this is one good option.
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Fat Bottom Brewing Co.
800 44th Avenue North
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We miss Fat Bottom!! They used to be on the east side, but moved. Anyway, if local brews are your thing, this is one good option.
For a local brewery right around the corner, check out East Nashville Beer Works. They have some GREAT beers on tap that change frequently and a really great food menu to boot. This is a great local hang and super close to our place.
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East Nashville Beer Works
320 E Trinity Ln
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For a local brewery right around the corner, check out East Nashville Beer Works. They have some GREAT beers on tap that change frequently and a really great food menu to boot. This is a great local hang and super close to our place.
Okay, nerd alert --- my husband and I love a good game bar!! This one is the best. They have a ton of old video games and board games as well. It's a great place to get your drink and game on. ;-)
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Two Bits
1520 Demonbreun Street
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Okay, nerd alert --- my husband and I love a good game bar!! This one is the best. They have a ton of old video games and board games as well. It's a great place to get your drink and game on. ;-)
If you're like me and you love a good dive bar, look no further than Dino's! It has been open for years and is a local fav. Don't just take my word for it, Conde Nast Traveller says "East Nashville's self-described "oldest dive bar" hasn't changed a thing about its dimly lit interior, sticky floors, and #backyardvibes. Throw in a busted brick storefront and signage straight from the '80s, and you've got a low-key place to hang out and smoke cigarettes after your meal. You can go anywhere in Nashville and run into a musician/songwriter/Lyft driver (often one and the same), and Dino's is packed with them. This is where the cool kids hang out with big dreams and small wallets. It can get loud inside." The drink menu is pretty small but still more than adequate for your late night booze fix. But the bar food is why this place is a hot spot!!! I love East Nashville because you'll find your classic greasy bar food but with the "farm to table" flair. Take this place for example, which apparently serves grass fed beef, a rather unexpected choice in their divey atmosphere. You HAVE to get their Basket of Fries with the "add ons!" They are a delicious spin off of In and Out Burger's famous "animal style" fries if you are familiar, and they are basically the stuff dreams are made of!! If there was a quintessential drunk food, these fries would be it. ;-) Be sure to check out their small patio out back. It's the best place to sit and enjoy your food/booze.
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Dino's Bar
411 Gallatin Avenue
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If you're like me and you love a good dive bar, look no further than Dino's! It has been open for years and is a local fav. Don't just take my word for it, Conde Nast Traveller says "East Nashville's self-described "oldest dive bar" hasn't changed a thing about its dimly lit interior, sticky floors, and #backyardvibes. Throw in a busted brick storefront and signage straight from the '80s, and you've got a low-key place to hang out and smoke cigarettes after your meal. You can go anywhere in Nashville and run into a musician/songwriter/Lyft driver (often one and the same), and Dino's is packed with them. This is where the cool kids hang out with big dreams and small wallets. It can get loud inside." The drink menu is pretty small but still more than adequate for your late night booze fix. But the bar food is why this place is a hot spot!!! I love East Nashville because you'll find your classic greasy bar food but with the "farm to table" flair. Take this place for example, which apparently serves grass fed beef, a rather unexpected choice in their divey atmosphere. You HAVE to get their Basket of Fries with the "add ons!" They are a delicious spin off of In and Out Burger's famous "animal style" fries if you are familiar, and they are basically the stuff dreams are made of!! If there was a quintessential drunk food, these fries would be it. ;-) Be sure to check out their small patio out back. It's the best place to sit and enjoy your food/booze.
Tiki bars seem to be all the rage right now and this one lives up to the hype. The decor is super cool and the drink menu doesn't disappoint. Ask them about the drink that that is served on fire, literally! As Nashville Guru says, everything about Chopper is highly customized, from the booth upholstery to the stereo system to the woodwork to the menu’s layout. Robots are a key element throughout, including the bar’s whimsical décor and its elaborate, fictional story of Island X and its artifacts. The artifacts, which are sprinkled throughout the space, range from custom robot masks on the walls to antique tiki glasses to the massive “Golden Robo Uno” robot over the bar area. Seating includes numerous booths and 20 stationary stools at the bar.
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Chopper
1100 Stratton Ave
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Tiki bars seem to be all the rage right now and this one lives up to the hype. The decor is super cool and the drink menu doesn't disappoint. Ask them about the drink that that is served on fire, literally! As Nashville Guru says, everything about Chopper is highly customized, from the booth upholstery to the stereo system to the woodwork to the menu’s layout. Robots are a key element throughout, including the bar’s whimsical décor and its elaborate, fictional story of Island X and its artifacts. The artifacts, which are sprinkled throughout the space, range from custom robot masks on the walls to antique tiki glasses to the massive “Golden Robo Uno” robot over the bar area. Seating includes numerous booths and 20 stationary stools at the bar.
Their website puts it best I think: "Whether you’re celebrating a hard day’s work or putting the finishing touches on a long day of play, when you’re in the mood for something different there’s only one place to head: to the roof. Draft cocktails and uncaged spirits abound in this colorful airborne bar scene overlooking downtown Nashville." This place has unrivaled views!!! It's located in the Noelle hotel. I went with a group of friends on a kind of overcast, rainy night and it was still beautiful and they had a covered area for us to hang. The hotel also has a nice lobby bar where we hung out at the end of the night. It's a gorgeous hotel and both bars are top notch.
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Rare Bird
200 4th Ave N
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Their website puts it best I think: "Whether you’re celebrating a hard day’s work or putting the finishing touches on a long day of play, when you’re in the mood for something different there’s only one place to head: to the roof. Draft cocktails and uncaged spirits abound in this colorful airborne bar scene overlooking downtown Nashville." This place has unrivaled views!!! It's located in the Noelle hotel. I went with a group of friends on a kind of overcast, rainy night and it was still beautiful and they had a covered area for us to hang. The hotel also has a nice lobby bar where we hung out at the end of the night. It's a gorgeous hotel and both bars are top notch.
Parks & Nature
This is our favorite local park. It's huge!! And it has an old railroad track up on a bridge that goes right over the park and is still active. It's also right off the river with many trails for biking and walking and lookout points for the river. The greenway is what you want for biking/hiking and it has entrances right off the park. They have 3 different playgrounds for kids, one of which is nature playground with sand, water, mud, rocks, all the stuff kids love most! :-) We spend so much of our time here as a family.
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Shelby Park
Shelby Avenue
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This is our favorite local park. It's huge!! And it has an old railroad track up on a bridge that goes right over the park and is still active. It's also right off the river with many trails for biking and walking and lookout points for the river. The greenway is what you want for biking/hiking and it has entrances right off the park. They have 3 different playgrounds for kids, one of which is nature playground with sand, water, mud, rocks, all the stuff kids love most! :-) We spend so much of our time here as a family.
If nature is your thing, take a short drive from us to Beaman Park. We like going in the back way (message me and I'll help you figure this out) and walking along or even in the creek. It always feels easily 10-15 degrees cooler there in the summers with a full canopy. You don't even need your sunscreen. My kids love how much wildlife we see when there --- snakes, crayfish, unique bugs, butterflies, etc. It's a great place to kill some time connecting with nature between your honky tonk fun. ;-) Oh and no $$ necessary, not even to park.
Beaman Park Trail
If nature is your thing, take a short drive from us to Beaman Park. We like going in the back way (message me and I'll help you figure this out) and walking along or even in the creek. It always feels easily 10-15 degrees cooler there in the summers with a full canopy. You don't even need your sunscreen. My kids love how much wildlife we see when there --- snakes, crayfish, unique bugs, butterflies, etc. It's a great place to kill some time connecting with nature between your honky tonk fun. ;-) Oh and no $$ necessary, not even to park.
Percy and Edwin Warner Parks span 3,200 acres of beautiful wooded hills,open meadows, and bubbling streams, and includes 16.75 miles of hiking trails. The list of things to see/do at these parks is massive. It is an excellent place to spend the day if you are an outdoorsy person. https://warnerparks.org/visit/things-see/
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Percy Warner Park
50 Tennessee 100
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Percy and Edwin Warner Parks span 3,200 acres of beautiful wooded hills,open meadows, and bubbling streams, and includes 16.75 miles of hiking trails. The list of things to see/do at these parks is massive. It is an excellent place to spend the day if you are an outdoorsy person. https://warnerparks.org/visit/things-see/
This is must see for families. There are several play areas at this little park for all ages/abilities. In the center of the park is a sculpture of a dragon that was built by Pedro Silva and decorated by local artists and Nashville volunteers. It is wonderful to climb on and great for family pictures. Fannie Mae Dees Park is often referred to as “Dragon Park,” thanks to Pedro Silva’s sea serpent which was erected in the 70s, and features hundreds of personal designs–including faces, birds, alien creatures, flowers and animals–all made of cut or chipped tiles painted by local artists. Over several months in 1999 (and once again restored recently), neighborhood volunteers gave the beloved reptile much-needed repairs and polish, making him as handsome–and climbable–as ever.
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Fannie Mae Dees Park
2400 Blakemore Avenue
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This is must see for families. There are several play areas at this little park for all ages/abilities. In the center of the park is a sculpture of a dragon that was built by Pedro Silva and decorated by local artists and Nashville volunteers. It is wonderful to climb on and great for family pictures. Fannie Mae Dees Park is often referred to as “Dragon Park,” thanks to Pedro Silva’s sea serpent which was erected in the 70s, and features hundreds of personal designs–including faces, birds, alien creatures, flowers and animals–all made of cut or chipped tiles painted by local artists. Over several months in 1999 (and once again restored recently), neighborhood volunteers gave the beloved reptile much-needed repairs and polish, making him as handsome–and climbable–as ever.
Sightseeing
Make sure you walk over the pedestrian bridge while you're visiting!! You'll find the absolute best view off Broadway and downtown, and the river. You can park at Nissan stadium for free most days and walk over the bridge, and let it dump you out just a block from Broadway. It's a great walk even on hot days because there always seems to be a good bit of wind to cool you down when you're on the bridge. Don't forget to take pics from the top of the bridge!!!
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John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge
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Make sure you walk over the pedestrian bridge while you're visiting!! You'll find the absolute best view off Broadway and downtown, and the river. You can park at Nissan stadium for free most days and walk over the bridge, and let it dump you out just a block from Broadway. It's a great walk even on hot days because there always seems to be a good bit of wind to cool you down when you're on the bridge. Don't forget to take pics from the top of the bridge!!!
Be sure to check out our famous downtown farmer's market, especially on the weekends when there are vendors aplenty. Parking here can be a problem, so factor that in, but they have an AWESOME food court with a ton of authentic food choices. And they are right off of Bicentennial Mall which is a great tourist spot to check out to learn about our local history.
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Nashville Farmers' Market
900 Rosa L Parks Boulevard
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Be sure to check out our famous downtown farmer's market, especially on the weekends when there are vendors aplenty. Parking here can be a problem, so factor that in, but they have an AWESOME food court with a ton of authentic food choices. And they are right off of Bicentennial Mall which is a great tourist spot to check out to learn about our local history.
Okay, why am I adding a hotel recommendation when you've chosen an airbnb??! Because the art at this hotel is so freaking rad! I always take my out of town friends and fam to check it out. The bottom three floors host something like 10,000 sq. ft. of art. The story goes that the owners started this small boutique chain of hotels because they apparently are billionaires of the Kentucky Bourbon persuasion and they had "too much" contemporary art and nowhere to store it. Oh, to be rich! ;-) Lol. Anyway, they carefully curate the art around quarterly themes and they feature very avant garde and sometimes rique' pieces. The owners feel that art should be more accessible to all, and therefore there is no charge for entry to their museums and all museum tours are FREE. The Nashville location offers a guided museum " Tuesday Tipsy Tour." Grab a discounted drink from the Tipsy Tour Menu (available Tuesdays from 6pm-7pm for tour guests only) at the bar in Gray & Dudley and join them in the lobby at 7pm to explore with a guided tour. They also have a regular tour on Thursdays at 5:30. Pro Tip: If you plan to explore downtown, parking can be CRAZY and expensive. If you valet at 21c before 5pm and grab a bite or drink at their restaurant, Gray+Dudley, (which is delicious btw and reasonably priced), they offer free valet and don't mind if you eat and then go explore downtown leaving your car.
21c Museum Hotel Nashville
221 2nd Ave N
Okay, why am I adding a hotel recommendation when you've chosen an airbnb??! Because the art at this hotel is so freaking rad! I always take my out of town friends and fam to check it out. The bottom three floors host something like 10,000 sq. ft. of art. The story goes that the owners started this small boutique chain of hotels because they apparently are billionaires of the Kentucky Bourbon persuasion and they had "too much" contemporary art and nowhere to store it. Oh, to be rich! ;-) Lol. Anyway, they carefully curate the art around quarterly themes and they feature very avant garde and sometimes rique' pieces. The owners feel that art should be more accessible to all, and therefore there is no charge for entry to their museums and all museum tours are FREE. The Nashville location offers a guided museum " Tuesday Tipsy Tour." Grab a discounted drink from the Tipsy Tour Menu (available Tuesdays from 6pm-7pm for tour guests only) at the bar in Gray & Dudley and join them in the lobby at 7pm to explore with a guided tour. They also have a regular tour on Thursdays at 5:30. Pro Tip: If you plan to explore downtown, parking can be CRAZY and expensive. If you valet at 21c before 5pm and grab a bite or drink at their restaurant, Gray+Dudley, (which is delicious btw and reasonably priced), they offer free valet and don't mind if you eat and then go explore downtown leaving your car.
We have a wonderful little art museum on Broadway that is worth checking out even if you came to Nashville for the music scene rather than the art scene. The Frist is a bit on the small side as museums go, but I like that aspect because you can cover more ground in a shorter amount of time, making it a great place to explore if you find yourself with a couple unallocated tourist hours. Check out their website for a list of current exhibits: https://fristartmuseum.org/. Pro Tip: if you happen to find yourself here on the first full weekend of the month and are a Bank of America customer (credit card or checking), you simply show your BofA card at the box office and they waive your admission! This is true of many museums. Check out a full list here: https://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/what-guides-us/arts-and-culture/partners.html#fbid=vGzMwvFJmXE. Oh and families, there is a great section of this museum that is called ArtQuest and it is chock full of hands on art activities for the kiddos. Kids admissions are always free at the Frist and on Mondays they have family programming. This is a great spot to take the kids if you are traveling with yours.
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Frist Art Museum
919 Broadway
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We have a wonderful little art museum on Broadway that is worth checking out even if you came to Nashville for the music scene rather than the art scene. The Frist is a bit on the small side as museums go, but I like that aspect because you can cover more ground in a shorter amount of time, making it a great place to explore if you find yourself with a couple unallocated tourist hours. Check out their website for a list of current exhibits: https://fristartmuseum.org/. Pro Tip: if you happen to find yourself here on the first full weekend of the month and are a Bank of America customer (credit card or checking), you simply show your BofA card at the box office and they waive your admission! This is true of many museums. Check out a full list here: https://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/what-guides-us/arts-and-culture/partners.html#fbid=vGzMwvFJmXE. Oh and families, there is a great section of this museum that is called ArtQuest and it is chock full of hands on art activities for the kiddos. Kids admissions are always free at the Frist and on Mondays they have family programming. This is a great spot to take the kids if you are traveling with yours.
Printer's Alley is a famous alley in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, between Third and Fourth Avenues, running from Union Street to Commerce Street. The portion of the alley between Union and Church Street is the home of a nightclub district that dates back to the 1940s. At the beginning of the 20th century, Printer's Alley was home to a thriving publishing industry. The area was home to two large newspapers, ten print shops, and thirteen publishers. When Printer's Alley first became a nightclub and entertainment district, sale of liquor for on premise consumption was illegal in Nashville (and throughout Tennessee). Restaurants and clubs in the alley served liquor anyway, often claiming it had been "brown bagged" (brought in by customers). Law enforcement agencies normally looked the other way on such sales. Liquor sales in restaurants were finally legalized in 1968. One famous Printer's Alley club was Jimmy Hyde's Carousel Club, a jazz venue frequented by many Nashville musicians, among them a significant number of studio musicians who loved jazz despite spending their day backing country singers. These players would jam after the sessions were done and the music was often jazz. Among them were Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer, Boots Randolph, Bob Moore, Brenton Banks, Buddy Harman and Hank Garland. Later, Randolph purchased the Carousel. There is so much history over there! You can feel it oozing out of the brick-lined alleyways. I love walking this area and stopping to grab drinks at Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar.
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Printers Alley
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Printer's Alley is a famous alley in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, between Third and Fourth Avenues, running from Union Street to Commerce Street. The portion of the alley between Union and Church Street is the home of a nightclub district that dates back to the 1940s. At the beginning of the 20th century, Printer's Alley was home to a thriving publishing industry. The area was home to two large newspapers, ten print shops, and thirteen publishers. When Printer's Alley first became a nightclub and entertainment district, sale of liquor for on premise consumption was illegal in Nashville (and throughout Tennessee). Restaurants and clubs in the alley served liquor anyway, often claiming it had been "brown bagged" (brought in by customers). Law enforcement agencies normally looked the other way on such sales. Liquor sales in restaurants were finally legalized in 1968. One famous Printer's Alley club was Jimmy Hyde's Carousel Club, a jazz venue frequented by many Nashville musicians, among them a significant number of studio musicians who loved jazz despite spending their day backing country singers. These players would jam after the sessions were done and the music was often jazz. Among them were Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer, Boots Randolph, Bob Moore, Brenton Banks, Buddy Harman and Hank Garland. Later, Randolph purchased the Carousel. There is so much history over there! You can feel it oozing out of the brick-lined alleyways. I love walking this area and stopping to grab drinks at Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar.
Essentials
Just up the road from us. This is the larger of two krogers that we are tucked between. Find all your grocery needs here as well as inexpensive gas.
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Kroger
3410 Gallatin Pike
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Just up the road from us. This is the larger of two krogers that we are tucked between. Find all your grocery needs here as well as inexpensive gas.
This is the other kroger near us. It has been recently renovated and is much bigger and nicer now, but has a smaller pretty crowded parking lot compared to the other one. It is south of us, so closer to downtown/Broadway if you're headed that direction. They also have a gas station there.
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Kroger
711 Gallatin Ave
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This is the other kroger near us. It has been recently renovated and is much bigger and nicer now, but has a smaller pretty crowded parking lot compared to the other one. It is south of us, so closer to downtown/Broadway if you're headed that direction. They also have a gas station there.
This is a GREAT local grocery store not far from us. Almost everything they sell is organic which makes shopping consciously so much easier. They have a delicious hot bar for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and lots of tables if you want to eat it there. They have a great selection of local and/or authentic beer and wine. They are admittedly a bit on the pricey side for certain things --- think Whole Foods. But truly worth it. I love shopping there.
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The Turnip Truck
701 Woodland St
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This is a GREAT local grocery store not far from us. Almost everything they sell is organic which makes shopping consciously so much easier. They have a delicious hot bar for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and lots of tables if you want to eat it there. They have a great selection of local and/or authentic beer and wine. They are admittedly a bit on the pricey side for certain things --- think Whole Foods. But truly worth it. I love shopping there.
There is a 24 hour Walgreens right across the street from our neighborhood in case you have after hours needs.
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Walgreens
2500 Gallatin Avenue
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There is a 24 hour Walgreens right across the street from our neighborhood in case you have after hours needs.
This is a great, quick urgent care option really close to us! Hopefully you won't need a place like this while you're here, but just in case they are right up the street and have really good hours. We have taken our kids and ourselves there for various needs and have never had a bad experience.
Urgent Team - East Nashville/Inglewood
3024 Gallatin Pike
This is a great, quick urgent care option really close to us! Hopefully you won't need a place like this while you're here, but just in case they are right up the street and have really good hours. We have taken our kids and ourselves there for various needs and have never had a bad experience.
I recently had a guest ask for a nail salon rec so I thought I'd include this in our guidebook in case anyone else is in the mood for a little pampering. Note: They are closed on Tuesdays & Sundays.
CURED Nail Salon
813 Gallatin Ave
I recently had a guest ask for a nail salon rec so I thought I'd include this in our guidebook in case anyone else is in the mood for a little pampering. Note: They are closed on Tuesdays & Sundays.
If pampering is in store for your Nashville adventure, you HAVE to go to O'liv!!! This place is AWESOME. Anytime a holiday or bday rolls around, my hubby knows to just get me a gift card to here. Their site says: "O.liv's mission of customizing each and every treatment using essential oils, herbs and nourishing elixirs is based on catering to individual needs. Our services are designed with integrity, focusing on client comfort and treatments created for results. And, above all else, we add a dash of fun!" I have had some of the best massages of my life at this place. And they let you choose your own oil combo if you want. I've always wanted to make a day of it and go here with some girlfriends because their lounge areas are super bohemian and fun as well! Whether you are flying solo or want to relax with a partner/friends, O'liv will hook. you. up. Happy Relaxing!
Oliv Body Bar
922 Main St
If pampering is in store for your Nashville adventure, you HAVE to go to O'liv!!! This place is AWESOME. Anytime a holiday or bday rolls around, my hubby knows to just get me a gift card to here. Their site says: "O.liv's mission of customizing each and every treatment using essential oils, herbs and nourishing elixirs is based on catering to individual needs. Our services are designed with integrity, focusing on client comfort and treatments created for results. And, above all else, we add a dash of fun!" I have had some of the best massages of my life at this place. And they let you choose your own oil combo if you want. I've always wanted to make a day of it and go here with some girlfriends because their lounge areas are super bohemian and fun as well! Whether you are flying solo or want to relax with a partner/friends, O'liv will hook. you. up. Happy Relaxing!
Shopping
Check out this little collective of shops in our popular 5 Points area! There are so many awesome little boutiques to choose from. The hours of each boutique varies and I've noticed most are closed on Sunday/Monday and sometimes even Tuesday so check websites before you go.
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The IDEA Hatchery
1108 Woodland St
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Check out this little collective of shops in our popular 5 Points area! There are so many awesome little boutiques to choose from. The hours of each boutique varies and I've noticed most are closed on Sunday/Monday and sometimes even Tuesday so check websites before you go.
Here's another of East Nashville's collection of awesome boutiques!! There are a ton of stores in this area to choose from. You'll find many great options for gifts to bring home to the fam or to spoil yourself with!!
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The Shoppes On Fatherland
1006 Fatherland Street
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Here's another of East Nashville's collection of awesome boutiques!! There are a ton of stores in this area to choose from. You'll find many great options for gifts to bring home to the fam or to spoil yourself with!!
We love wandering around in this little village!! There are tons of cute boutiques to check out as well as great restaurants and coffee shops. Take a couple hours to enjoy this little pocket. You want regret it. http://nashvilleguru.com/neighborhoods/hillsboro-village/shop
HIllsboro Village Mural
2013 Capers Ave
We love wandering around in this little village!! There are tons of cute boutiques to check out as well as great restaurants and coffee shops. Take a couple hours to enjoy this little pocket. You want regret it. http://nashvilleguru.com/neighborhoods/hillsboro-village/shop
Neighborhoods
Just over the river from us, you'll find a super hot spot of a neighborhood called Germantown. Named for the European immigrants who first settled here in the mid-19th century, Germantown is a historic community on the National Register of Historic Places located just a few blocks northwest of downtown Nashville. The area is home to the Tennessee State Museum and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, local boutiques and many of Nashville’s most critically-acclaimed restaurants making it a culinary destination in its own right.
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Germantown
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Just over the river from us, you'll find a super hot spot of a neighborhood called Germantown. Named for the European immigrants who first settled here in the mid-19th century, Germantown is a historic community on the National Register of Historic Places located just a few blocks northwest of downtown Nashville. The area is home to the Tennessee State Museum and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, local boutiques and many of Nashville’s most critically-acclaimed restaurants making it a culinary destination in its own right.
This neighborhood is considered the heart of Nashville's entertainment industry. Nestled within homes and buildings are the recording studios that brought you hundreds of your favorite songs. From Elvis to the Foo Fighters, some of the greatest artists spanning many genres have graced these sacred streets to network and record. You'll find a slew of publishing houses, record labels, studios, performance rights organizations, and other companies that make the wheels of our little music city mecca turn. You can feel the history oozing from the unassuming house fronts. If music is what brings you to Nashville for this visit, don't miss the chance to walk or drive in this historical section of town.
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Music Row
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This neighborhood is considered the heart of Nashville's entertainment industry. Nestled within homes and buildings are the recording studios that brought you hundreds of your favorite songs. From Elvis to the Foo Fighters, some of the greatest artists spanning many genres have graced these sacred streets to network and record. You'll find a slew of publishing houses, record labels, studios, performance rights organizations, and other companies that make the wheels of our little music city mecca turn. You can feel the history oozing from the unassuming house fronts. If music is what brings you to Nashville for this visit, don't miss the chance to walk or drive in this historical section of town.
"A leafy residential neighborhood known for its bungalow-style homes, 12 South also offers fine-dining restaurants, stylish designer boutiques and stores specializing in vintage guitars and quirky homewares. It's also home to the iconic “I Believe in Nashville” mural, a popular photo op for visitors. Built around an elegant antebellum mansion, Sevier Park has towering trees, picnic shelters and playgrounds."
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12 South
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"A leafy residential neighborhood known for its bungalow-style homes, 12 South also offers fine-dining restaurants, stylish designer boutiques and stores specializing in vintage guitars and quirky homewares. It's also home to the iconic “I Believe in Nashville” mural, a popular photo op for visitors. Built around an elegant antebellum mansion, Sevier Park has towering trees, picnic shelters and playgrounds."
"At first glance, Berry Hill looks like a purely residential neighborhood until you realize funky independent shops, restaurants, recording studios and music publishers occupy many of the homes. Technically its own city, Berry Hill is treated as a distinct neighborhood of Nashville and is located just south of Downtown beyond Eighth Avenue South." -visitmusiccity.com
Berry Hill
"At first glance, Berry Hill looks like a purely residential neighborhood until you realize funky independent shops, restaurants, recording studios and music publishers occupy many of the homes. Technically its own city, Berry Hill is treated as a distinct neighborhood of Nashville and is located just south of Downtown beyond Eighth Avenue South." -visitmusiccity.com
"The sound of Nashville reverberates from the city’s downtown core where visitors from all over the world converge with the business and government district. Running smack in the middle is Lower Broadway where Honky Tonks play world-class live music 365 days of the year and never charge a cover. In the area “North of Broadway” are historic buildings reimagined into music attractions, boutique hotels, art galleries, and chef-driven restaurants, and “South of Broadway” are newly constructed hotels, eateries, music venues, and attractions. Wherever you go, there is plenty of fun to be had around Nashville’s incredibly walkable downtown campus." -visitmusiccity.com
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Downtown
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"The sound of Nashville reverberates from the city’s downtown core where visitors from all over the world converge with the business and government district. Running smack in the middle is Lower Broadway where Honky Tonks play world-class live music 365 days of the year and never charge a cover. In the area “North of Broadway” are historic buildings reimagined into music attractions, boutique hotels, art galleries, and chef-driven restaurants, and “South of Broadway” are newly constructed hotels, eateries, music venues, and attractions. Wherever you go, there is plenty of fun to be had around Nashville’s incredibly walkable downtown campus." -visitmusiccity.com
"Southwest of downtown Nashville lies the quaint and quiet neighborhood of Sylvan Park, a largely residential area brimming with locally-owned restaurants, bars and shops that have stood the test of time. The neighborhood’s main thoroughfare is Murphy Road that ends at McCabe Park where locals and visitors alike enjoy McCabe Golf Course and the surrounding Richland Creek Greenway. The Nations and West End neighborhoods flank either side of Sylvan Park." -visitmusiccity.com
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Sylvan Park
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"Southwest of downtown Nashville lies the quaint and quiet neighborhood of Sylvan Park, a largely residential area brimming with locally-owned restaurants, bars and shops that have stood the test of time. The neighborhood’s main thoroughfare is Murphy Road that ends at McCabe Park where locals and visitors alike enjoy McCabe Golf Course and the surrounding Richland Creek Greenway. The Nations and West End neighborhoods flank either side of Sylvan Park." -visitmusiccity.com
"Considered one of the most desirable areas to live in Nashville, Green Hills is an affluent suburban enclave known for upscale brands and boutiques. Hidden within an inconspicuous strip mall is the famed Bluebird Cafe, home to both established and up-and-coming songwriters." -visitmusiccity.com
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Green Hills
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"Considered one of the most desirable areas to live in Nashville, Green Hills is an affluent suburban enclave known for upscale brands and boutiques. Hidden within an inconspicuous strip mall is the famed Bluebird Cafe, home to both established and up-and-coming songwriters." -visitmusiccity.com
"Nashville’s Wedgewood-Houston (or “WeHo”) neighborhood is located a few blocks south of downtown Nashville with borders defined by Houston Street to the north, Wedgewood Avenue to the south, Eighth Avenue South to the west and Fourth Avenue South/Nolensville Pike to the east. The proximity to downtown, relatively affordable rents and real estate prices, and the number of old warehouses, factories and garages have attracted artists, musicians and entrepreneurs to open restaurants, distilleries, breweries, galleries, studios and workshops in the area. Look for major growth in the years to come: Apple Music’s Nashville office and a SoHo House Hotel are slated to open here soon." -visitmusiccity.com
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Wedgewood-Houston
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"Nashville’s Wedgewood-Houston (or “WeHo”) neighborhood is located a few blocks south of downtown Nashville with borders defined by Houston Street to the north, Wedgewood Avenue to the south, Eighth Avenue South to the west and Fourth Avenue South/Nolensville Pike to the east. The proximity to downtown, relatively affordable rents and real estate prices, and the number of old warehouses, factories and garages have attracted artists, musicians and entrepreneurs to open restaurants, distilleries, breweries, galleries, studios and workshops in the area. Look for major growth in the years to come: Apple Music’s Nashville office and a SoHo House Hotel are slated to open here soon." -visitmusiccity.com
"Located across the Cumberland River from downtown Nashville is the stomping ground of Nashville’s creative class, attracted to the area’s culturally-diverse and eclectic vibe and historic homes dating back to the early 1900s. In the early aughts, East Nashville helped put Nashville on the map as a culinary destination with beloved restaurants like Margot Cafe & Bar and Marche Artisan Foods, a reputation the neighborhood maintains today. Locals frequent the many dive bars, craft cocktail joints, coffee shops, and vintage stores sprinkled throughout the neighborhood." -visitmusiccity.com
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East Nashville
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"Located across the Cumberland River from downtown Nashville is the stomping ground of Nashville’s creative class, attracted to the area’s culturally-diverse and eclectic vibe and historic homes dating back to the early 1900s. In the early aughts, East Nashville helped put Nashville on the map as a culinary destination with beloved restaurants like Margot Cafe & Bar and Marche Artisan Foods, a reputation the neighborhood maintains today. Locals frequent the many dive bars, craft cocktail joints, coffee shops, and vintage stores sprinkled throughout the neighborhood." -visitmusiccity.com
"In the area quite literally south of downtown Nashville’s Broadway is SoBro, a district that has undergone a major revitalization in recent years. Unlike its neighbor North of Broadway up the hill, this area is known for all things new – the city’s sprawling convention center, live music venues, major hotel brands, boutique properties, restaurants, bars, and even the just over 10-year-old Schermerhorn Symphony Center designed to look like it’s been there for decades. Nashville’s Music Mile connecting downtown with Music Row ends in South of Broadway, a mile-long stretch dotted with notable music attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Music City Walk of Fame Park, a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have contributed to the world through song." -visitmusiccity.com
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Sobro
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"In the area quite literally south of downtown Nashville’s Broadway is SoBro, a district that has undergone a major revitalization in recent years. Unlike its neighbor North of Broadway up the hill, this area is known for all things new – the city’s sprawling convention center, live music venues, major hotel brands, boutique properties, restaurants, bars, and even the just over 10-year-old Schermerhorn Symphony Center designed to look like it’s been there for decades. Nashville’s Music Mile connecting downtown with Music Row ends in South of Broadway, a mile-long stretch dotted with notable music attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Music City Walk of Fame Park, a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have contributed to the world through song." -visitmusiccity.com
"Sandwiched between downtown, Music Row, West End and Hillsboro Village is Midtown, an area adjacent to the prestigious Vanderbilt University. Here, students, music industry folks and business executives converge with visitors in the neighborhood’s many chef-driven restaurants and bustling bars. Its walkability, multitude of hotel options and proximity to both downtown and other unique neighborhoods make it an exceptionally convenient area to stay in Nashville. Adjacent to Midtown, find the epicenter of West End. Centennial Park located here is one of Nashville’s premier urban parks located adjacent to Vanderbilt University and home to a full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon. Just up the way is Elliston Place where some of the city’s most storied rock clubs can be located – hence the microneighborhood’s “Elliston Place Rock Block” nickname – as well as several eclectic dining options. Further south down West End is Belle Meade, a wealthy residential community known for its stately homes including two historic properties that can be toured by visitors: Belle Meade Plantation and Cheekwood Estate & Gardens." -visitmusiccity.com
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Midtown
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"Sandwiched between downtown, Music Row, West End and Hillsboro Village is Midtown, an area adjacent to the prestigious Vanderbilt University. Here, students, music industry folks and business executives converge with visitors in the neighborhood’s many chef-driven restaurants and bustling bars. Its walkability, multitude of hotel options and proximity to both downtown and other unique neighborhoods make it an exceptionally convenient area to stay in Nashville. Adjacent to Midtown, find the epicenter of West End. Centennial Park located here is one of Nashville’s premier urban parks located adjacent to Vanderbilt University and home to a full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon. Just up the way is Elliston Place where some of the city’s most storied rock clubs can be located – hence the microneighborhood’s “Elliston Place Rock Block” nickname – as well as several eclectic dining options. Further south down West End is Belle Meade, a wealthy residential community known for its stately homes including two historic properties that can be toured by visitors: Belle Meade Plantation and Cheekwood Estate & Gardens." -visitmusiccity.com
"Eighth Avenue and Melrose, just south of downtown and the Gulch, is home to some of the best antique shops in town. Refuel after digging for a one-of-a-kind find at one of the areas many budget-friendly corner cafes, chef-driven restaurants and family-friendly eateries." -visitmusiccity.com
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Melrose
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"Eighth Avenue and Melrose, just south of downtown and the Gulch, is home to some of the best antique shops in town. Refuel after digging for a one-of-a-kind find at one of the areas many budget-friendly corner cafes, chef-driven restaurants and family-friendly eateries." -visitmusiccity.com
"Conveniently located near Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities, Hillsboro Village is a collection of shops, boutiques, and restaurants perfect for a day’s stroll. Adjacent to Hillsboro Village is the Belmont area, which is home to Belmont University, historic homes, shops, and some great food." -visitmusiccity.com
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Belmont/Hillsboro
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"Conveniently located near Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities, Hillsboro Village is a collection of shops, boutiques, and restaurants perfect for a day’s stroll. Adjacent to Hillsboro Village is the Belmont area, which is home to Belmont University, historic homes, shops, and some great food." -visitmusiccity.com
"Just south of downtown lies this once-abandoned industrial area that's undergone an urban revitalization in recent years sparking an intoxicating new energy. The exceedingly walkable LEED-certified community is teeming with boutique hotels, high-rise condos, instagrammable murals, shops, live music venues, breweries, and diverse culinary offerings spanning everything from biscuits and Nashville Hot Chicken to Detroit-style pizza, traditional ramen, and Indian food." -visitmusiccity.com
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The Gulch
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"Just south of downtown lies this once-abandoned industrial area that's undergone an urban revitalization in recent years sparking an intoxicating new energy. The exceedingly walkable LEED-certified community is teeming with boutique hotels, high-rise condos, instagrammable murals, shops, live music venues, breweries, and diverse culinary offerings spanning everything from biscuits and Nashville Hot Chicken to Detroit-style pizza, traditional ramen, and Indian food." -visitmusiccity.com
"Just ten miles east of downtown and seven miles north of the Nashville International Airport is Music Valley where world-class country music entertainment, family-friendly dining establishments, and bargain shopping can be found. Fans of the legendary Grand Ole Opry, the world’s longest-running radio show, can watch it live at the Grand Ole Opry House, across the street from the Opry Mills shopping center and the 2,888-room Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Don’t miss SoundWaves, a new upscale indoor/outdoor upscale water experience at the property, and be sure to check out the other country-music themed attractions and restaurants in the surrounding area." -visitmusiccity.com
Music Valley
"Just ten miles east of downtown and seven miles north of the Nashville International Airport is Music Valley where world-class country music entertainment, family-friendly dining establishments, and bargain shopping can be found. Fans of the legendary Grand Ole Opry, the world’s longest-running radio show, can watch it live at the Grand Ole Opry House, across the street from the Opry Mills shopping center and the 2,888-room Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Don’t miss SoundWaves, a new upscale indoor/outdoor upscale water experience at the property, and be sure to check out the other country-music themed attractions and restaurants in the surrounding area." -visitmusiccity.com