Things to Do
Walk around Centennial Park. This beautiful green space includes sculptures, the Parthenon (which houses a museum inside), and is right across from Vanderbilt University.
Check out all of the murals! Some of the most famous are: the Willie Nelson Mural on 378 Almond Street, the Octopus in East Nashville at 604 Gallatin Ave, I Believe in Nashville and Draper James Stripes in 12 South, Rolf and Daughters Mural in Germantown, the What Lifts You Wings on 302 11th St, and Jason Woodside Mural at 11th Ave and Laurel St to name a few!
Wander the 12th South Neighborhood. Here, you can find multiple murals, visit Reese Witherspoon's store, Draper James (they’ll give you sweet tea inside), buy flowers from a van, and eat or drink at delicious restaurants.
Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Wander Broadway. There’s tons of a famous bars, live music, and people.
Hop on a Pedal Tavern! These are especially popular with bachelorette parties or groups to drink and bike your way around the city.
Take a day trip to the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. While you’re there, go to Miss Mary Bobo’s -- you won’t regret eating at this family style restaurant in an old house.
Head to Pinewood Social. They’ve got a bar, bowling alley, coffee shop, outdoor games, and their pool is open during summer.
Visit Downtown Franklin. Hometown of Miley Cyrus, and you can find plenty of cute shops in this historic area.
Places to Eat
Bar Taco: Try the Pork Belly and Portobello taco, and get it with guac.
Barcelona: Cute tapas and wine bar.
Caviar and Bananas: Fast, casual sandwiches that also serves breakfast and salads. Complete with a coffee bar and froze, it’s super hip and trendy.
Edleys: A few locations to choose from, family friendly BBQ.
Frothy Monkey: One of Nashville’s most popular coffee houses. Tons of toast and omelette options for breakfast, or sandwiches and healthy bowls for lunch.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken: Arguably the best place to get Nashville’s famous hot chicken.
Jenni’s: Extremely popular ice cream shop, also featured in our Atlanta section.
Go to M Street (on McGavick in the Gultch): All the restaurants here are worth eating at. Whiskey Kitchen has bomb spinach artichoke dip (add on shrimp + bacon) and basil strawberry lemonade; Virago gives you rooftop views and great sushi; and St Anejo is a flavorful Mexican restaurant that’s perfect to grab a drink or appetizer if waiting on a table.
Tavern: Great Sunday brunch with a 2 for 1 special on all drinks.
The Grilled Cheeserie: You can’t really go wrong here if you love cheese and bread. Don’t forget to add on a decadent milkshake.
The Southern: Great steaks, oysters, and an overall fine dining experience.
Nada: A new Mexican place -- you can’t miss the queso or bottomless chips and salsa.
Places to Drink
ACME: Multiple floors featuring live music, a sushi bar, a rooftop, and more.
Crazy Town: Good old-fashioned fun.
Florida Georgia Line: FGL’s (the band) bar with an awesome rooftop.
Tootsie’s: Very famous and rowdy, almost always have live music.
Dino’s: Fun spot in East Nashville.
Kung Fu: Open-concept barcade with checkers, skee ball, Jenga, and more.
Santa’s Pub: The diviest bar in the city. It’s a karaoke bar where a man in a Santa suit will serve you ice-cold Bud Lights and Frito’s in a double wide
The Pharmacy: Craft sodas and brats in a beer garden.
Places to Stay
The Thompson: Luxury hotel in the Gulch pocket of Nashville. Incredible accommodations and well-known rooftop bar.
Uber will be the easiest way to get across town. If you’re near Broadway though, best to stretch your legs and walk around between bars.
If there’s live music, you’ll know it. The bars turn on their neon lights outside so you can mozy on in.
If you want to steer clear of super touristy places, stay away from Broadway at night and head to East Nashville - unless you want the rowdy, loud, environment that's conducive for Bachelorette and Bachelor parties.