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The Ryman is hosting Umphrey's McGee. A 2,362-seat venue, best known for being the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. It joined the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and designated a National Historic Landmark on June 25, 2001. More details.
Honky Tonk Central is hosting One Punch after show on March 30th. Honky Tonk Central is a massive three story bar in the Lower Broadway area, not far from The Ryman. $20 dollars cash at the door until the show's sold out, "cuz that’s punk rock!"
1201 Porter Rd, Nashville, TN 37206
(629) 203-7159 / https://www.southerngristbrewing.com/
Brewery with some unique flavors, like Blueberry Cobbler, a vanilla/blueberry/blackberry sour, a key lime pie gose....adventurous beer or for any beer drinker.
1711 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 636-7724 / https://www.thepattersonnashville.com/
Old school craft cocktails in a speakeasy style setup. Near Belmont Terrace and Vanderbilt, a bit southwest of downtown. Kris Myers recommended.
429 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 244-7477 / http://www.rippysbarandgrill.com/
This place is very close to the venue and but might not make for a good pre-game spot if it is packed. Likely to have country music any evening during the week. The food is apparently very underwhelming, so make sure to stick to drinks.
422 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 726-0463 / http://www.tootsies.net/
Historical, overcrowded, right next to the venue as well. This bar opened in 1960 and has been hosting a lively time ever since with a steady string of music. According to Tootsie's website, Willie Nelson's first big gig came after someone saw him singing at Tootsies. There's even a documentary: "Tootsie's Orchid Lounge: Where the Music Began", that will give you some info regarding this infamous honky tonk bar.
Robert’s Western World
416 Broadway B, Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 244-9552 / https://robertswesternworld.com/
Another honky tonk bar in line with Tootsies. Always packed, cheap PBRs and daily live music.
412 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 726-0504 / https://www.thestageonbroadway.com/
Jackalope Brewing Company - The Den
701 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 873-4313 / https://jackalopebrew.com/about-us/the-den/
The original Jackalope brewing spot, The Den now features smaller craft selections and barrel aged goodness from the brewer. An excellent spot to stop in for a few flights, Between The Gultch and Pie Town, nearish Music Row.
Rudy's Jazz Room
809 Gleaves St, Nashville, TN 37203
615-988-2458 / www.rudysjazzroom.com
Live jazz in Music City, Rudy's Jazz Room is has two separate venues and music nearly all the time. According to their website, there is a $20 all you can eat live music brunch on Sundays, 11am - 2pm, which has been given strong reviews. The venue itself is Kris Myers recommended, didn't say anything about the brunch though.
Yazoo Brewing Company
910 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 891-4649 / https://yazoobrew.com/
One of Nashville's original craft breweries and one of the largest too. Traditional flavored beers with lots of sessionable options.
7300 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 861-9842 / https://www.tailgatebeer.com/
Tailgate takes the art of brewing seriously. Not only do they have a wide variety of artistic craft brews, but they also have a full time artist on staff designing their cans which makes for some excellent drinkable pieces. Hazy IPAs permeate this brewers tap menu, but there is an excellent number of kolschs, saisons and sours to balance out the pale ales.
Tennessee Brew Works
809 Ewing Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 436-0050 / https://www.tnbrew.com/
TN Brew Works has a very traditional looking lineup - one of each flavor. There are occasionally a few brews that are aged in George Dickel No. 12 barrels, which gives a darker, fuller taste to these brews. Located nearish Yazoo and Peg Leg Porker.
431 11th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 729-4445 / http://mlrose.com/food/
Bustling bar with tons of burger options (veggie patty can be subbed if you're vegetarian) with a Capitol View location right inside the North Gulch. Highlighting 90 different craft beer from all over the region, ML Rose may not brew their own, but they'll definitely have a brew you'll like. Kris Myers recommended.
Nelson's Green Brier Distillery
1414 Clinton St, Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 913-8800 / https://greenbrierdistillery.com/
Crafters of Tennessee whiskey for the past ten years. In the Fang neighborhood just north of North Gulch, not far from the capitol and Fisk University. If you like whiskey, these guys do it the old fashioned way, and they'll happily take you on a tour or let you sip their fancy product.
114 2nd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 784-3494 / https://www.hq-nashville.com
New Heights Brewing Company
928 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 490-6901 / https://www.newheightsbrewing.com/
Checking the current brew lineup at New Heights reveals nothing for the session drinker. Each one of the beers appears to be either heavy, hazy, bitter or flavorful. If you're looking for a wheat, you'll have to hope for an available specialty brew, of which there appears to be several.
1008 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Unique Tiki Hut bar in Nashville that has a relaxed island theme. This laid back room almost has a diner feel with 50s seating and a retro bar. It has a great patio for warm days. Kris Myers recommended.
509 Houston St, Nashville, TN 37203
The Flamingo Cocktail Club combines two excellent substances: coffee and liquor. Featuring a seasonal cocktail menu that is expertly curated and coffee that has a deep flavor palette. Lots of design work, installation art and occasionally music throughout the week. Kris Myers recommended.
123 Ewing Dr, Nashville, TN 37207
615-226-9442 / https://www.facebook.com/PrincesHotChicken
This Nashville chicken chain is known for its large, delicious chicken wings. Despite the fact that this is often known as the alternative-to-the-line of Hattie B's, this place can get jammed up as well. Well off the beaten path.
Five Points Pizza
1012 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 915-4174 / fivepointspizza.com
Highly rated and recommended, winner of numerous TripAdvisor and reader awards.. The pies look excellent. A huge well rounded craft beer selection. Even has a vegan option (though no vegan slices, you'll need to order a full pie). Open until 3AM on Friday and Saturday. Kris Myers recommended.
150 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201
615-724-1762 / http://thesouthernnashville.com/menu/
Somewhat strange to find an oysteria in the midst of the landlocked south, but The Southern is infamous for menu items exotic to their locale, done in a southern flare.
Rolf and Daughters
700 Taylor St, Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 866-9897 / https://www.rolfanddaughters.com/
Communal tables, homemade pasta and inventive cocktails are the focus of this beautiful restaurant. The main space is large and open. The bar is well stocked and has a timeless feel. One of the best restaurants in America according to Bon Appetite Magazine.
1126 McGavock St, Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 254-1902 / https://www.mstreetnashville.com/virago
Asian fusion spot with sushi, cocktails, modern decor and an awesome a roof deck. Kris Myers recommended for the sushi.
1004 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 866-1620 / https://vonelrods.com/
Well loved German style beer dispensary, specializing in an array of sausages and brats. They even have a vegan option, the L&C Veggie. A mile walk towards the capital from the Ryman, will take about 20 minutes to get there from the venue.
The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden
731 McFerrin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
615-712-9517 / http://thepharmacynashville.com/
While this is a burger bar, the tots and sweet potato fries are highly recommended. Has a great beer garden to sit in on a sunny day. They also handcraft their own sodas made with sugar...no HFCS. Kris Myers recommended.
1907 Eastland Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 227-4777 / http://rosepepper.com/
A popular Mexican option in the East Nashville area, Rosepepper has been endearing locals for the past 18 years with their humorous marquees, gypsy-esque interior design, and infamous margaritas. Kris Myers recommends the margs.
Peg Leg Porker
903 Gleaves St, Nashville, TN 37203
615-829-6023 / https://www.peglegporker.com/
Well loved for their dry rubbed BBQ, Peg Leg Porker is considered some of the best in the city. Ribs and pulled pork are highly recommended. Not far outside downtown Nashville. There's even some strange stuff on the menu, like Kool Aid Pickles, which are supposedly quite good.
201 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
629-208-8440 / https://www.jwmarriottnashville.com/dining/bourbon-steak
360-degree views of the Nashville skyline from this Michael Mina restaurant. This is a very nice spot with a dress code and an expensive menu. Probably the "finest" dining on this list, be prepared for a bougie spot.
411 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
615-226-3566 / https://www.dinosnashville.com/
Dino's refers to itself as a dive bar...well, it is likely the best dive bar within the city. Very old school that has earned the love of many locals.
Hattie B's Hot Chicken
112 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 678-4794 / https://hattieb.com/
This fast growing fried chicken establishment has quickly become a favorite in the south. Whenever you discuss going to Nashville, Atlanta or Birmingham, the conversation will inevitably turn to Hattie B's. Hattie B's simplistic menu knows how to spotlight what's important, chicken served in four different levels of Hot, The desserts are also apparently quite delicious. Kris Myers recommended.
Arnold’s Country Kitchen
605 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 256-4455 / https://www.arnoldscountrykitchen.com/
Arnold's is a super oldschool home-cooked "Meat + 3" joint that has existed in Nashville for more than 30 years. Served from a steam table, Arnold's has a daily rotating menu of southern favorites, with roast beef maintaining a permanent spot in the mix. Very popular - offers delivery through Postmates.
73 White Bridge Rd #107, Nashville, TN 37205
615-353-9411 / lemongrassnashville.com
1110 Caruthers Ave, Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 490-6554 / https://fivedaughtersbakery.com
This doughnut shops has options for everyone, including several vegan doughnut options. Inside the Factory at Franklin, a hipster shopping center with loads of artistic shops (art work, guitars, music).
316 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 490-9584 / https://biscuitlove.com/
An offshoot of its wildly popular Food Truck brother, Biscuit Love has moved into three permanent establishments, the closest one right in the Gulch. Lots of biscuits and pancakes of various glamorous styles. Options for vegetarians but nothing for vegans on the menu.
1812 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 777-3436 / https://www.bongojava.com/fido-cafe/
Once a pet shop, this converted stop features gourmet coffee drinks of all varieties. There are food options for both breakfast and lunch, this spot is sort of a brunch place.
8400 TN-100, Nashville, TN 37221
(615) 646-9700 / lovelesscafe.com
Not too far south outside of town (half hour from the Ryman) is a southern classic, the Loveless Cafe, which is considered to have some of the "best biscuits in the world". The restaurant opened in 1951. Served in a homey atmosphere, there are tons of southern classics here served in a traditional fashion. Kris Myers recommended.
513B Fisk St, Nashville, TN 37203
615-942-6978 / http://www.vege-licious.com/
Tons of southern comfort vegan foods. Very popular vegan brunch on Saturdays (10am - 2pm) with tons of amazing options.
212 Louise Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 321-4040 / https://www.veganrestaurantnashville.com/
Fresh looking vegan restaurant which has both faux meat and also raw greens.
3 City Ave #200, Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 329-2377 / https://www.eatavo.com/
This spot is a requirement for any vegan visiting Music City. The avocado margarita is infamous amongst the plant based community in Nashville. Other highly recommended dishes include the restaurants pasta dishes, many of which feature home made vegan cheeses. The menu is entirely kosher as well.
2414 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 358-8668 / http://bethehive.com/
A vegan deli with tons of vegan sandwiches, plant based deli slices, wraps, sausages to BBQ, seitan buffalo chicken wings, as well as some sweets like donuts and pastries.
The Southern V
1200 Buchanan St, Nashville, TN 37208
615-802-8136 / https://www.thesouthernv.com/
The vegan version of fried chicken. The extremely hot chicken (VERY SPICY!), as well as the jackfruit sliders, come highly recommended. There are tons of other vegan comfort food options on the menu. Breakfast is served on the weekends.
Places to Visit
2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
The "Athens of the South" features its very own full scale replica of the Parthenon. Located in Centennial Park, the Parthenon contains a huge 42 foot statue to Athena Parthenos, created to look exactly like the long lost original.
RCA Studio B
1611 Roy Acuff Pl, Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 416-2001 / https://studiob.org
The inception of the "Nashville Sound", which focused on adding harmonies and strings to country music, started at RCA Studios. Essential to anyone obsessed with music history, Elvis is known to have recorded 200 songs in this studio. This music studio has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2012.
Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge
Sure, it's just a bridge, but the view of the Nashville skyline are absolutely fantastic from here.
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 244-3340 / https://fristartmuseum.org/
An absolutely unique, encompassing museum in the old Nashville post office building. Current exhibits include a collection of paintings featuring Edgar Degas, Eugène Delacroix, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh.
Country Music Hall of Fame
222 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
615-416-2001 / countrymusichalloffame.org
Musicians Hall of Fame
401 Gay St, Nashville, TN 37219
615-244-3263 / www.musicianshalloffame.com
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe
119 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201
This near-Downtown park is full of jogging paths, grassy spots to chill, and a small lake for paddle boating. The park also contains the infamous re-creation of the Pantheon.
Riverfront Park/Ascend Amphitheater has hosted a couple Umphrey's shows in the past. Providing a scenic view of the Cumberland River which has played such a vital role to the development of the city, this park also has a cherished carousel, several cool pieces of art, relaxation/lounge swings, and a giant green space. For a view that includes the skyline, cross the bridge to the smaller "Cumberland Park" and look back east.
The epicenter of tourism in Nashville. The Ryman is located downtown, as are several of the city's cultural attractions like Tennessee Performing Arts Center, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
SoBro, the area south of Broadway and very near downtown, is full of bustling bars, brand new restaurants and the ever-present Nashville music scene. This is the neighborhood which hosts the Mercy Lounge where Doom Flamingo will be playing after show the first night.
Nashville's nightlife centers around the District. Home to many restored old school buildings turned southern style honky tonks, The District is where you'll find rows of bars and cover bands up and down the street.
The hipster home within Nashville, Once an empty warehouse district, now bustling with apartments, trendy shops and microbreweries. Any trip to the Gulch requires a stop at the infamous Station Inn, considered an iconic bluegrass venue.