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1. Where To Find Live Music
Nashville is a major center for the music industry, especially country music and christian music and because of that, Nashville is commonly known as "Music City". That’s no how it got that name and there is a lot of debate around that which we aren’t going to get into.
There are things like the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, the Johnny Cash Museum but also live music, which I’m sure you’ve heard about
Potential singers and song writers flock to Nashville for a chance to make it big and you’ll find live music at all times of the day! The easiest place to find music is on Broadway but it will typically be loud and for sure more of a party scene. There were times we were listening at one bar and we could hear music from other bars in the background.
But if you are looking for live music in a more intimate setting with song writers you may know or who have written songs on the radio you’ll want to check out places like the Listening Room Cafe, Puckett’s, the Ryman, The Grand Ole Opry, or the Blue Bird.
2. Stay Downtown
This will put you in walking distance of almost anything you’ll want to do while in Nashville. Whether it is strollin’ up and down broadway, going to a Titans or Predators games or catching a giant concert at Bridgestone arena.
3. No Great Public Transportation
Other cities around the US have subway systems, light rail systems or are extremely walkable. If you stay downtown and your only goal is to hang out on Broadway and honestly do most of the top attractions you should be fine. But I typically try to explore more of the city and get out of the super touristy areas and we either had to walk long distances or catch an Uber.
4. Hot Chicken and Meat and 3
Nashville Hot Chicken is a staple and it is up for debate on where the best place to get it is. Some people prefer Prince’s and other Hattie’s Bs. We went to Hattie’s B’s and the line was crazy so we ordered online, went around the corner for a drink, and came back. I would recommend it!
A meat and 3 is another common thing you’ll see listed and it is just a serving of a meat of your choice with 3 sides. Arnold’s, Puckett’s, or Katie’s are all popular meat and three diners in Downtown Nashville. We went to Puckett’s and reserved a table when they were going to have live music.
5. Broadway is a Tourist Trap
Okay, that isn’t necessarily true but this is where all the tourist will be. Whether that is crowds of people coming into town for fun, bachelor or bachelorette parties, or just locals coming to rage. This is for sure where you’ll find the expensive drink, large crowds and all the souvenirs. It wasn’t really our scene for multiple nights but you have to check it out at least once!
6. You Can Buy Liquor on Sundays
Whether you heard about it or not there used to be a law that said you can’t buy packaged liquor on Sundays. That has since changed but you still can’t buy it on Christmas.
7. Celebrities Will Be in Brentwood, Franklin or Music Row
If you are hoping to bump elbows with celebrities the best time to see them is during the week since most tour Thursday - Sunday and in Brentwood or Franklin, TN. Whether that is at place like True Foods Kitchen, the grocery store or seeing them heading to a meeting on music row you’ll need to keep your eyes open.
8. There is a Parthenon
A few miles southwest of downtown Nashville is a full-scale replica of the ancient Greek Parthenon at Centennial Park. The Parthenon was built in 1897 as part of Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition. The idea was to replicate a monument that was considered the pinnacle of classical architecture. Random but at least I got to picture what it’d look like when since when I went to Athens it wasn’t the same.
9. The Best Places for Treats
Head to the Goo Goo Shop for a Goo Goo Cluster which was the first combination candy bar. It has is peanuts, caramel, and marshmallow and coated it in milk chocolate. It was invented in 1912 and they have their own store in the heart of downtown. I thought it was more about the experience and they do have ice cream which I thought was better.
5 Daughters Bakery is best known for their 100-layer donut–the combination of a donut and croissant is rolled in sugar, filled with cream, and glazed.
Legendairy Milkshake Bar is just that, legendary. They pile mason jars full of ice cream & toppings.
10. Best Bars Off Broadway
We had success finding bars in midtown that were still nice and not as rowdy as broadway. Bars like Winners, Losers, Red Door Saloon, or Tavern are great and we enjoy fancy cocktails and liked Patterson House. It’s a speakeasy that sits under a real fancy restaurant. You’ll need a seat to get in but you’ll enjoy snacks and custom crafted cocktails.
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