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The Ultimate Nashville Travel Guide

The Ultimate Nashville Travel Guide

For those who've never been to Nashville before, #Nashvegas has a lot more to offer it's visitors besides a Platinum Package/Group Tour of the Country Music Hall Of Fame. Without a doubt the bar scene on Broadway Street is the place to be for anyone looking to get loose, but in more recent years, Nashville has become a haven for crafty little creatives as well.

Music City has fully embraced hipster-esk type places ya'll! Wandering around Nashville you'll stumble upon chic restaurants, awesome boutique shops, dive bars, scenic beer gardens, and a decent amount of gourmet taco spots. So depending on who you are and what it is you're looking to do, have no fear #SEVCITIES is here to help you start plotting your next big adventure to one of the coolest (and most underrated) cities in America.


 

FIRST THINGS FIRST...

 

WHO ARE YOU? Nashville is known by many as Music City or the Las Vegas of the South, so it should come as no surprise that the majority of people that go to visit are either trying to pursue a music career or party. If you've already retired the walk of shame life and all that jazz the previous night leading up to it, then you're in luck! Unlike Sin City, Music City has a lot of really unique places scattered around different neighborhoods to fulfill almost anyone's travel wants and needs. So if you're still thinking to yourself, "ehh, but I don't do country music" then go on and have yourself a little scroll... 

 

 
 

 

-  STAY  -

 

Downtown/SoBro ...If You Want To Stay Somewhere In Walking Distance To Broadway Street Bars & Flocks Of Bachelorette Parties

 

Midtown...If You Want To Stay Somewhere That's Walking Distance To Less Touristy Bars, Restaurants, & Places

 

The Gulch...If You Want To Stay In A Hip Area That's In Between Touristy Areas Like Music Row and Downtown

  • The 404 Hotel ($$$$) - 5 Room Boutique Hotel In A Former Auto Shop, Very Cool Modern Vibe,  No Front Desk (Key Code)
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites ($$) - Free Golf Cart Service Around The Gulch, Complimentary Wifi, Rooftop Lounge

 

12 South...If You're More Of An Airbnb Person & Your Focus On The Trip Is To Do Foodie Things & Explore Hip Shops

  • 12th Ave South Urban Oasis ($$$) - Accommodates 2 People, Conveniently Located Right On 12th. 10 Minutes Away From Downtown (20 Mins From The Airport) 
  • Nashville 12South Cottage ($$) - Accommodates 2 People, Less Than 10 Minutes From Downtown (15 Mins From The Airport)
The Omni - Downtown

The Omni - Downtown

The Hutton Hotel - Midtown

The Hutton Hotel - Midtown

The 404 Hotel & Restaurant  - The Gulch

The 404 Hotel & Restaurant  - The Gulch

 

More Awesome Neighborhoods, Rentals & Places To Stay...

 

La Sirena - East Nashville

La Sirena - East Nashville


-  EAT  -

The best way to describe Nashville's food scene? Lots of great options -- not enough time.

CREMA  |  Downtown 

What's Good? Cuban Coffee, Avocado Toast

MENU N/A


FIVE DAUGHTERS BAKERY  |  12 South  

What's Good? Maple Glaze, King Kong (Maple/Bacon)

MENU

Five Daughters Bakery
Five Daughters Bakery
Five Daughters Bakery

Five Daughters Bakery


FIVE POINTS PIZZA  |  East End

What's Good? Garlic Knots, Dave's Pie, T-Rex

MENU


GABBY’S BURGERS  |  South Nashville

What's Good? The Seamus (A Classic Burger), The Bacon Swiss Burger, 

MENU


HATTIE B’S CHICKEN  |  Various Locations

What's Good? The "Damn Hot" Chicken, Black Eyed Pea Salad 

MENU


I DREAM OF WEENIE  |  East End (Near Five Points)

What's Good? Rebel Yelp, Hashbrown Casserole Weenie

MENU


MARTIN’S BAR-B-QUE JOINT  |  Various Locations (Downtown location has as a nice outdoor patio)

What's Good? Redneck Tacos,  Peg Leg Porker, Hush Puppies, Cornbread

MENU


MAS TACOS  |  Greenwood

What's Good? Chicken Tortilla Soup, Plantains, Pulled Pork

MENU N/A (SEE PHOTO)

 

MITCHELL DELICATESSEN  |  Inglewood

What's Good? Turkey Avocado, Asian Flank Steak

MENU


PANCAKE PANTRY  |  Hillsboro West End

What's Good? Sweet Potato Pancakes With Cinnamon Cream Syrup

MENU


PROPER BAGEL  |  Belmont/Hillsboro

What's Good? Gouda & Egg Bagel Sandwich, Tuna Melt, Greek Yogurt & Granola

MENU

Bagel Dog (8/10)

Bagel Dog (8/10)

Tuna Melt (8/10)

Tuna Melt (8/10)

Gouda & Egg Bagel Sandwich on Spinach Every Bagel  ( 7/10  )

Gouda & Egg Bagel Sandwich on Spinach Every Bagel  ( 7/10  )

Greek Yogurt & Granola  ( 10/10 )

Greek Yogurt & Granola  ( 10/10 )

Focaccia (Wouldn't Order Again)

Focaccia (Wouldn't Order Again)

Cinnamon Crunch Bagel with Lavender Honey Cream Cheese (3/10)

Cinnamon Crunch Bagel with Lavender Honey Cream Cheese (3/10)


THUNDERBIRD  |  Berry Hill

What's Good? Smoked Thighs

MENU


ARNOLD'S COUNTRY KITCHEN  |  The Gulch / Downtown

This cafeteria style cheap eatery won two James Beard Awards because...they've been serving quality (aaaand affordable) southern cooking for over 30 years. Don't let the long line outside scare you away, it takes very little time for visitors to order the classic "meat & 3" meal. 


AVO  |  Midtown

This place is going to make vegans really happy because...there's more than 2 items on the menu that they can actually eat. If you or someone you know constantly complains about not being able to go out to eat due to their practice of Veganism, then problem solved!


BAKERSFIELD NASHVILLE  | Sobro / Downtown

If you're in the mood for Mexican then...you're in for a real treat at Bakersfield. Order the Pork Belly Taco, Short Rib Taco, Pollo Rojo, and Queso. 


BIG AL'S DELI  |  Salemtown

You're guaranteed a budget-friendly epic experience here because...the classic southern cooking is usually being prepared by Big Al himself! Try the fried chicken, grits, smashed potatoes, or breakfast.   


GARDEN BRUNCH CAFE  |  Buena Vista

When you're craving a bangin' breakfast...you'll find almost all locals will recommend you try Garden Brunch Cafe. The no reservations restaurant makes a mean batch of bananas foster pancakes, phenommm french toast, and an eggcelent Eggs Benedict.  


LE SEL  |  Midtown / Music Row

If you're looking for a trendy-cute brunch spot...Le Sel is it. The stylish decor is an Insta-crazy, bloggers dream. Try the hashbrowns, beignets, or frites with garlic aioli sauce.  


MONELL’S  | Germantown

Is a unique dining experience because..guests are all seated at one big table for a family-style, southern, home cooked meal. The restaurant has a no cell phone rule to encourage guests to leave as friends. 


NICOLETTO’S  |  Gallatin Pike

Is a great option for late night grub because...you'll have zero regrets the next morning getting your drunk munchies from here. The late night menu is small, but stacked with four solid options (try the Italian Beef sandwich.)

Late Night Menu  -  Italian Poutine Fries (6.5/10)

Late Night Menu  -  Italian Poutine Fries (6.5/10)

Late Night Menu  -   Italian Beef Sub  ( 8/10 )

Late Night Menu  -   Italian Beef Sub  ( 8/10 )


ROLF AND DAUGHTERS  |  Germantown

If you're just searching for a nice sit down restaurant then...Rolf and Daughters really knows just how to keep small plates fun, fresh, and tasty. You can't go wrong ordering the Pork Ragout, Sweet Corn Agnolotti, or Sourdough with Seaweed Butter. Not that anyone would really need suggestions here, Bon Appétit named them the #3 Best New Restaurant In the Country back in 2013 for a reason. 


TAVERN  |  Midtown / Music Row

When your group's searching for a fun boozy brunch spot...take them to Tavern for 2-for-1 brunch libations. An order of the White Trash Hash with a side of buy 1 get one free booze = a great start to the day. 


THE CATBIRD SEAT  |  Midtown / Music Row

Is a super pricey, but epic experience that is... apparently worth the hype. Diners often refer to they're 12+ course meal as the best place they've ever eaten in their entire lives, tough food critics never have negative things to say about their experience, and the restaurant recently got a serious stamp of approval from Anthony Bourdain himself. So if you're lucky enough to be one of the 32 people to snag a seat around the big open kitchen table, expect to try dishes like 72-hour slow-cooked Wagyu beef. 


THE PATERSON HOUSE  |  Midtown / Music Row

Is a hidden gem that is...perfect for someone that's searching for creative craft cocktails in a super cool atmosphere. The food menu is small so don't come too hungry. And FYI -- The PH has rules. Guys can't hit on girls, no phones or photos, and patrons are not allowed to talk to people outside of their group (which is probably the main reason celebrities frequent this place.) 

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS...

 

MOOD -

2 for 1 Margarita Wednesdays: Taco Mamacita

Beer Garden & Burgers: The Pharmacy

Breakfast/Brunch: Loveless Cafe

Coffee Shop: Barista Parlor Golden Sound

Cold Pressed Juice Bar: The Urban Juicer

Drink Specials: Bajo Sexto Taco Lounge

Gluten Free Restaurant: A Matter Of Taste Eatery

Hip Small Plates: Butcher & Bee

Margaritas & Mexican Food: Rosepepper Cantina

Wine Bar: Salt & Vine

 

FOOD -

Bonuts (Biscuit Donuts): Biscuit Love

Cookies: Christie Cookie

Damn Good Georgia Peaches: The Peach Truck

Gelato: Legato Gelato

Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup: The Grilled Cheeserie

Hot Chicken Bao Buns: Otaku Ramen

Ice Cream (Order The Brown Butter Almond Brittle): Jeni's

Pancake Stuffed French Toast: Sky Blue

Seasonal Iced Coffee: Three Brothers Coffee

Sushi Burritos or Poke: Funk Seoul Brother Korean Tacos

 

 

-  SHOP & EXPLORE  -

 

Beauty -

Local Honey 

Poppy & Monroe

Local Honey

Local Honey


Clothing - 

Abednego - Men & Women's Urban Outfitters-like Clothing Store

Draper James  - Reese Witherspoon's Store (Next To Infamous Nashville Mural)

Line to take a photo in front of the I believe In Nashville Mural (Next To Draper James)

Line to take a photo in front of the I believe In Nashville Mural (Next To Draper James)

Imogene + Willie  -  $$$ High-End Jeans

Imogene + Willie

Imogene + Willie

Imogen + Willie

Imogen + Willie

Imogene + Willie

Imogene + Willie

Kitty Nashville  -  $$$ Women's Clothing

Kitty Nashville

Kitty Nashville

Sisters of Nature   - $$$ Women's Clothing, Jewelry, Accessories 

Sisters Of Nature

Sisters Of Nature

Sisters Of Nature

Sisters Of Nature

Two Son  -  $$$ Women's & Men's Clothing


Children's Clothing  - 

Magpies Nashville - $$$


 

Handmade Skateboards  -

Salemtown Board Co.


Home Goods & Gifts - 

Castilleja 

Fuselage

Fuselage
White's Mercantile
White's Mercantile
White's Mercantile
Welcome Home

Welcome Home


Wander Around -   

Edgehill Village - Taco Mamacita, Legato Gelato, J-Crew Men's Shop, Castilleja, Warby Parker 

Nashville Farmers Market


 

-  NIGHTLIFE  -

 

Scene -  Wild

Acme Feed & Seed (The Best Rooftop Bar)

Honky Tonk Central (The Loudest Bar)

No. 308 (The Most Hipster Bar)

Tootsies (The Most Infamous Bar)

Santa’s Pub (The Most Divey Bar)

 

Could This Be The Best (& Easiest) Detox Ever?

Could This Be The Best (& Easiest) Detox Ever?

Monthly Music - September 2016

Monthly Music - September 2016

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