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Nashville Travel Guide: Where to Eat, Shop, and Honky Tonk

July 28, 2018

Happy Saturday Y'all! 

 

It's been a long time coming, but I'm sharing all things Nashville today! If you haven't been to Nashville yet, this post will make you want to hop on a plane and get down there ASAP. This city is probably my favorite, with so many quirky places to eat, things to do, and of course the city is overflowing with musical talent. Over spring break I did a girls trip with a few of my friends, and we had an absolute blast. So today I'm sharing my top picks!

 

Food:

  • Hi-Fi Clyde's - This restaurant/bar was recommended to me by my brother and it did not disappoint (thanks Dan!). With funky decor, games to play, and delicious entrees, you can't go wrong at Clyde's. Our pick is the Dirty Bird Sandwich, a breaded hot chicken sandwich drizzed in a honey hot sauce

  • Marty's BBQ - This was some of the best BBQ I've ever had, the pulled pork sandwich was amazing!

  • Acme Feed and Seed - This several story building on Broadway has a different vibe on each floor. On the ground floor you can order food while enjoying live music, and then you can make your way up to the roof to grab a drink and enjoy the view.

  • Biscuit Love - You WILL wait in line if you come here, but let me tell you it is absolutely worth it!! You have to try the biscuit donuts they are delicious. Plus the inside decor is instaworthy! 

  • Frothy Monkey - This cute little breakfast joint in the 12South neighborhood is too yummy! We went on a Sunday right after church so it was busy, but there is plenty of outdoor seating. Their coffee is also delicious!

  • 5 Daughters Bakery - This staple of the area has incredible donuts and a beautiful store front! You have to check it out and taste one of their 100-layer flavors.

  • Saint Anejo - Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it here during my trip, but I've heard from many people it has the best Mexican food. 

The nightlife in Nashville is unreal. There is a reason why it's nicknamed NashVegas, there are so many unique places to dance the night away while grabbing drinks with your friends. The two main areas to go out are on Broadway and in Midtown. Broadway is where country stars for years have found their fame, while Midtown is more where the locals like to hang.

 

Bars:

  • Tootsies - Perhaps the most famous of the Broadway bars, this is a must-see, but be forewarned that it is always packed. This stand-out lilac building has several floors of music and even an outdoor section on top. 

  • Tequila Cowboy, Honky Tonk Central, Alan Jackson's Bar, Whiskey Bent, Layla's, and Legend's Corner are also on Broadway and are so much fun!

  • The Florida Georgia Line House is down the street and around the corner from Broadway. It is a newer bar and pays a mix of country and more pop/hiphop than other bars we went to. I really loved this place for a change of pace.

  • In Midtown, Winners and Losers are two bars directly next to each other with a very fun vibe. We went on a night when Whiskey Jam, a music collective with shows at different bars every Monday with up and coming artists. We had a blast and I highly recommend venturing away from the Broadway tourist crowd to check Midtown out.  

Things to Do:

  • Go to the Grand Ole Opry - We were able to see Dustin Lynch, Lanco, and several other artists one of the nights at this historic radio show. It is so different than any other concert I have been to, and although it is outside the city you have to check out a show! You also need to visit the Opryland Hotel next door which is gorgeous!

  • Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame - I love museums, so this was a personal favorite. I loved being able to learn about the history of this city and the amazing musical talent that was born here. It's exhibits change, so even if you've been before you can always go back to something new.

  • Mural Tour - The famous #WhatLiftsYou wings, the floral wall on 12 South, the Draper James stripes, and the I Believe in Nashville flag are just a few of the murals you need to check out. Doing a mural tour is an easy way to snap some memorable pics, and create some (free) memories while seeing a lot of the city. 

  • Visit the Parthenon - Yes you read that right, there is an enormous replica of the Parthenon at Centennial Park, which is so cool to visit! We didn't go into the museum because of timing, but it was still nice to see the park and the structure from outside.

  • Shop 'Til you Drop - There is a ton of great shopping in Nashville! In the 12South neighborhood, Draper James, Reese Witherspoon's famous boutique greets you with sweet tea when you walk in. Also on 12South are Imogene + Willie, White's Mercantile, Amelia's Flower Truck, Vinnie Louise and many more! We also visited the Downtown Antique Mall (you know how I feel about antiques people) which was a really eclectic but cool place to see. My favorite store was Alexis and Bolt, they have the cutest clothing!

     

Nashville was honestly one of my favorite city's I've ever been to. There are so many places to see and the people are incredibly kind. That delicious southern BBQ and of course the musical talent are hard to come by in other cities. I know I can't wait to go back and visit again soon! Have you ever been to Nashville or are you going soon? What are you most looking forward to doing? Let me know in the comments!

 

XOXO,

 

Abigail Marie

 

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