Nashville, Tennessee is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. Its charming southern hospitality, unmatched nightlife, new restaurants and boutiques are just a few reasons why travelers can’t get enough of this bustling city. I promise you will have an amazing time in Nashville. There is no doubt in my mind about that. So, without further ado, this list of 7 places not to be missed in Nashville will give you a few places to start your adventure (listed in no particular order).
First, its absolutely true, Broadway is famous for the incredible live music. However, I feel its important to point out that people watching on Broadway and at the Honky Tonks is a highly entertaining bonus. A few of my favorite bars were Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, Kid Rock’s Big Honky Tonk Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse, and Honky Tonk Central. Kid Rock’s bar doesn’t have a bad seat in the place, is 5 stories with live music on each level.
Did I mention there is no cover charge for any of the bars on Broadway? It’s true! But, please remember to add a few bucks to the tip buckets. For most of these artists, that’s how they earn a living!
Last, but certainly not least, is Tootsie’s. A fan favorite, but it is usually jammed packed due to its small walkways. [TIP: Get there early in the afternoon to get a seat on the first floor near the stage and restrooms]
Betty Boots – also located on Broadway. Everyone needs a pair of authentic cowgirl boots from Nashville, right?! This is the place to get ’em! They have the most gorgeous boots and booties. I must point out, the leather on these boots is incredibly soft like butter. In addition to boots, clothing and accessories are sold here too so be sure to bring those credit cards!!
Hot chicken — Nashville is known for hot chicken and Hattie B’s doesn’t disappoint! Because of this, the line at Hattie B’s is insanely long sometimes (ok, most of the time!) but it is so delicious and worth the wait. Not only is the chicken super flavorful, the creamy coleslaw is its perfect compliment. Plus, their fries are on point too! [TIP: Go 45 minutes before they open the doors and be one of the first in line. I guarantee you will appreciate doing so and will also get you a table]
Jack Daniel’s Distillery located in Lynchburg about 1-1/2 hours outside of Nashville. Touring this distillery is such a cool experience to see where the #1 whiskey in the World is made. You gotta do the tasting! Definitely worth the time and you will enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way.
Without a doubt, I recommend The Flight of Jack Daniels Tour. By far, the best $20.00 I’ve spent in a long time! Finally, finish up with samples of the following Jack Daniels whiskeys: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Gentleman Jack and Jack Daniel’s Rye.
12 South – located in a trendy residential area of Nashville was a new gem that we stumbled across on our latest trip to Nashville. At 12 South, you will find adorable quaint shops, fun bars, coffee and dessert treats and some delicious restaurants.
Number one on the list of my favorite boutiques on 12 South is Imogene + Willie. Seriously, the cutest store located in an old gas station – awesome clothes for both men and women!
Coming in second is White’s Mercantile. Undoubtedly, a must see located at the south end of 12 South. There is a little bit of everything in White’s clothing, home décor, candles, kitchen items, you name it they probably have it! And, just outside White’s Mercantile, you’ll usually find Amelia’s Flower Truck. Seriously, a rolling floral shop. How adorable is that!?!
After shopping in and out of these amazing stores, you have to take a time out and have a drink at The Filling Station. It’s just FUN, lots of great beers to choose from with outdoor seating to play some cards or just chill with your friends.
Make sure to do yourself a favor and grab a treat or two from Christie Cookie Co. It’ll be a tough choice to choose from over a dozen or more delicious cookies. They’re worth every calorie!
For dinner, check out Urban Grub. I suggest making a reservation here as it is a popular place. Delicious steak and seafood! Also, the patio area is especially beautiful and cozy. So, head out to the fire pits and outdoor heaters and enjoy an after dinner drink and conversation.
Don’t forget, the ever-popular red, white and blue I Believe In Nashville mural is located in 12 South. Check out a few other creative murals as you are strolling throughout 12 South.
Speaking of murals, the What Lifts You Wings mural in The Gulch is another must see area of Nashville. The Gulch, also an upscale trendy neighborhood, consists of boutiques, restaurants and bars and is closer to Broadway than 12 South.
Nightlife: The Station Inn
Hutton Hotel — Boutique hotel that does not disappoint. Incredible customer service, stunning lobby and upscale bar will surely check all the boxes off your hotel list. The color palette is timeless and the leather bar stools are a dream! I’ve gotta mention, one of the best showers I’ve ever had in my LIFE was at The Hutton! And, it’s just one block from Hattie B’s – win, win.
To be honest, I’m not surprised that hundreds are relocating to Nashville every single month. It’s charming, trendy, upscale and chill vibes can be witnessed throughout each one of the 7 areas that are mentioned above.
So what do you think, are you ready to book your trip to Nashville? First and foremost, I hope these ideas have been helpful in planning out a few spots to check out while you are there. If you don’t mind, share with me your favorite Nashville places and I’ll add them to my list.