BIG CITY BRIAN WRIGHT's

MUSIC CITY MUSTs

 

 

 You asked, I answered.  Now, lemme preface. Not everybody is gonna agree on this list or anybody else's list of what's the best itinerary or what to do while visiting the Music City.  Our city is super dynamic and every time I turn around there is something new and good. That's a great problem for our town to have. But, when folks ask me what to do, it's just never a short answer.  I usually end up having to ask you a lot of questions to help you develop a vacation plan. I'd love to be able to give personal advice for all your vacations, but I'd have to start charging. With that said, if you really want a travel planner, we can probably work something out.  Feel free to ask.

 This list is also tailored towards a "Music City" experience.  If something is available in every town, it is not a true local experience.  So, any chain or nationwide brand is not included on this list (Exceptions are some of the hotel brands, which are tailored to Nashville, but there are just not enough truly local options.  And, convenience was considered).  Always remember, ask a redneck a question and you might get a redneck answer.  

 

Hotels/Accommodations

 

The Hermitage Hotel

https://www.thehermitagehotel.com/the-hotel.htm

 

Union Station Hotel

http://www.unionstationhotelnashville.com/?_vsrefdom=unionstation-ppc&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI25-28bzt2gIVjMDACh0G0wsdEAAYASAAEgKBEPD_BwE

 

Gaylord Opryland Hotel

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bnago-gaylord-opryland-resort-and-convention-center/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2

 

Noelle, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel

https://noelle-nashville.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_JuwncDt2gIVAtvACh3JNAbdEAAYAiAAEgIYv_D_BwE

 

21C Museum Nashville

https://www.21cmuseumhotels.com/nashville/

 

Thompson Nashville

https://www.hotelsone.com/nashville-hotels-us/thompson-nashville.html?as=g&aid=146190119405&dsti=620918&dstt=8&akw=thompson%20nashville%20hotel&asrc=Search&ast=&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIuoHAgsHt2gIVULjACh2eMwtzEAAYASAAEgIeiPD_BwE

 

Omni Nashville

https://www.hotelsone.com/nashville-hotels-us/thompson-nashville.html?as=g&aid=146190119405&dsti=620918&dstt=8&akw=thompson%20nashville%20hotel&asrc=Search&ast=&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIuoHAgsHt2gIVULjACh2eMwtzEAAYASAAEgIeiPD_BwE

 

Loews Vanderbilt

https://www.loewshotels.com/vanderbilt-hotel

 

Hotel Indigo Nashville

https://www.hotels.com/ho314319/hotel-indigo-nashville-nashville-united-states-of-america/

 

The Timothy Demonbreun

https://tdhouse.com

 

The Fairfield Inn & Suites Downtown Nashville/The Gulch

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bnafn-fairfield-inn-and-suites-nashville-downtown-the-gulch/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2

 

The Westin Nashville

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=4059&SWAQ=958P

 

The Renaissance Nashville Hotel

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bnash-renaissance-nashville-hotel/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2

 

Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville

http://homewoodsuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/tennessee/homewood-suites-by-hilton-nashville-vanderbilt-tn-BNAVBHW/index.html

 

Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville

http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/tennessee/hampton-inn-and-suites-nashville-downtown-BNADTHX/index.html

 

Sites/Attractions

 

Adventure Science Center

http://www.adventuresci.org/

800 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203

 

The Belle Meade Plantation

https://bellemeadeplantation.com/

5025 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205

 

Country Music Hall of Fame

https://countrymusichalloffame.org/

222 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

 

Centennial Park Nashville

http://maps.nashville.gov/NashvilleParksFinder/default.htm?parkID=26

 

The Parthenon

http://www.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Parthenon.aspx

West End Ave and 25th Ave in Centennial Park, Nashville, TN

 

The Hermitage

https://thehermitage.com/

4580 Rachel’s Lane

Nashville, TN 37076



 

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

http://fristartmuseum.org/

919 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203

 

George Jones Museum

https://georgejones.com/museum/

128 2nd Ave North

Nashville, TN 37201

 

Johnny Cash Museum

https://www.johnnycashmuseum.com/

119 3rd Ave South

Nashville, TN 37201

 

Historic RCA B

https://studiob.org/

 

Lane Motor Museum

https://www.lanemotormuseum.org/

702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN, 37210

 

Musician’s Hall of Fame

https://www.musicianshalloffame.com/

401 Gay St, Nashville, TN  37219

 

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

https://www.nashvillezoo.org/

3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

 

Percy Warner Park

http://warnerparks.org/

50 Vaughn Rd, Nashville, TN 37221

 

John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge

https://www.nashvilledowntown.com/go/shelby-street-pedestrian-bridge

 

Radnor Lake

https://radnorlake.org/

1160 Otter Creek Rd, Nashville, TN 37220

 

Tennessee State Museum

http://www.tnmuseum.org/

505 Deaderick St, Nashville, TN 37243

 

Tennessee Brew Works

https://www.tnbrew.com/

809 Ewing Ave, Nashville, TN 37203


 

Music Venues

 

The Grand Ole Opry

https://www.opry.com/

2804 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

 

The Ryman Auditorium

https://www.ryman.com/

116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219

 

The Station Inn

http://stationinn.com/

402 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

 

Robert’s Western World

http://robertswesternworld.com/

416 Broadway B, Nashville, TN 37203

 

The Nashville Palace

https://www.nashville-palace.com/

2611 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

 

Douglas Corner Cafe

http://douglascorner.com/

2106 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204a

 

Brown’s Diner (good burger, too!)

http://www.brownsdiner.com/   

2102 Blair Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212

 

The Bluebird Cafe

http://www.bluebirdcafe.com/

4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215

 

AJ’s Good Time Bar

https://www.ajsgoodtimebar.com/

421 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

 

Legend’s Corner

https://www.legendscorner.com/

428 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

 

Music City Bar and Grill

https://www.musiccitybar.com/

2416 Music Valley Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

 

The Scoreboard

http://www.scoreboardbar.net/  

2408 Music Valley Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

 

The Family Wash

http://www.familywash.com/

626A Main St, Nashville, TN 37206

 

The Basement

https://thebasementnashville.com/

1604 8th Ave S #330, Nashville, TN 37203

 

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge (go once, check the box and never go back)

http://www.tootsies.net/

422 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

 

City Winery Nashville

https://citywinery.com/nashville/

609 Lafayette St, Nashville, TN 37203

 

The Franklin Theatre

http://www.franklintheatre.com/

419 Main St, Franklin, TN 37064

 

Restaurants

 

Coffee

 

Barista Parlor (3 locations)

https://baristaparlor.com/

 

Bongo Java

http://www.bongojava.com/

2007 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212

 

CREMA

https://crema-coffee.com/

15 Hermitage Ave, Nashville, TN 37204

 

Eighth and Roast

https://www.eighthandroast.com/

2108 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204


 

Frothy Monkey (multiple locations)

https://frothymonkey.com/

 

Fido (incl because of long waits at The Pancake Pantry - get Bongo Java coffee while you wait!)

1812 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

 

Slow Hand Coffee

300 10th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203


 

Breakfast

 

Pancake Pantry (highly recommend - go early, lines can be long)

https://www.thepancakepantry.com/

1796 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

 

The Pfunky Griddle (really fun for kids - warning, your clothes will smell afterwards)

https://www.thepfunkygriddle.com/

2800 Bransford Ave, Nashville, TN 37204

 

Monell’s Dining and Catering (2 locations - family style seating - highly recommend)

https://monellstn.com/

1235 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

 

The Nashville Biscuit House

http://nashvillebiscuithouse.com/

805 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

 

The Loveless Cafe (go early or late - lines get long, but shopping and smokehouse tour can kill time, great BBQ too)

https://www.lovelesscafe.com/

8400 TN-100, Nashville, TN 37221

Elliston Place Soda Shop (nothing fancy, convenient, good breakfast, not crowded, old fashioned diner)

http://www.ellistonplacesodashop.com/

2111 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN 37203

 

Healthy

 

Juice Bar (multiple locations - highly recommend)

http://ilovejuicebar.com/locations/tennessee/

1120 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

 

Juice Nashville

https://www.juicenashville.com/

1106 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203

 

The Wild Cow

http://thewildcow.com/

1896 Eastland Ave, Nashville, TN 37206


 

AVO

https://www.eatavo.com/

3 City Ave #200, Nashville, TN 37209

 

Hot Chicken (Nashville invented Hot Chicken)

 

Prince’s Hot Chicken (2 locations - The Original Hot Chicken)

https://princeshotchicken.com/

 

Hattie B’s (3 locations)

http://hattieb.com/

 

Slow Burn Hot Chicken

https://www.slowburnhotchicken.com/

495 Myatt Dr, Madison, TN 37115

 

Party Fowl

https://www.partyfowl.com/

719 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

 

Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish

https://www.boltonsspicy.com/

624 Main St, Nashville, TN 37206

 

Pepperfire Hot Chicken

https://www.pepperfirehotchicken.com/

1000 Gallatin Ave C, Nashville, TN 37206

 

BBQ

 

Peg Leg Porker

https://www.peglegporker.com/

903 Gleaves St, Nashville, TN 37203

 

Martin’s BBQ Joint (4 locations)

https://www.martinsbbqjoint.com/

 

Edley’s Bar-B-Que (3 locations)

http://www.edleysbbq.com/

 

Hog Heaven BBQ

http://www.hogheavenbbq.com/

115 27th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203

 

Jack’s Bar-B-Que (3 locations)

http://jacksbarbque.com/


 

Jim N NIck’s (multiple locations in southeast - had to include because it’s too solid not to)

https://www.jimnnicks.com/

 

Steak

 

Kayne Prime

https://www.mstreetnashville.com/kayne-prime

1103 McGavock St, Nashville, TN 37203

 

Jeff Ruby’s (not just Nashville, but TOO GOOD not to include)

http://www.jeffruby.com/nashville/menus

300 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219

 

Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse

https://jimmykellys.com/

217 Louise Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

 

Morton’s Steakhouse

http://www.mortons.com/nashville/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5azen9j42gIVDEsNCh2n1AF7EAAYASAAEgITA_D_BwE

618 Church St, Nashville, TN 37219

 

Sperry’s Belle Meade

http://sperrys.com/belle-meade/

5109 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205

 

Union Common

http://www.unioncommon.com/

1929 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

 

American

 

The Southern Steak & Oyster

http://thesouthernnashville.com/

150 3rd Ave S #110, Nashville, TN 37201

 

Pinewood Social (where else can you bowl, drink and eat good food?!)

https://www.pinewoodsocial.com/

33 Peabody St, Nashville, TN 37210

 

Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant (multiple convenient locations - Leiper’s Fork is the best - 30 mins from downtown + music, drinks, shopping - ½ day fun)

https://puckettsgro.com/

500 Church St, Nashville, TN 37219

 

The Grilled Cheeserie

http://grilledcheeserie.com/

2003 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212


 

Butchertown Hall

http://www.butchertownhall.com/

1416 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

 

The Stillery (great food + live music)

http://www.stillerynashville.com/

113 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

 

Burgers

 

The Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden (highly recommend)

http://thepharmacynashville.com/

731 Mcferrin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

 

Burger Up (2 locations)

http://www.burger-up.com/

 

Burger Republic (2 locations)

http://burgerrepublic.com/

 

M.L. Rose Craft Beer and Burgers (3 locations)

https://mlrose.com/

 

Robert’s Western World (kill 2 birds with 1 stone - Burger + Real Country Music!)

http://robertswesternworld.com/

416 Broadway B, Nashville, TN 37203

 

Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint (not totally Nashville, but too good not to include + convenience to downtown)

https://www.jackbrownsjoint.com/

1123 3rd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

 

Rotier’s Restaurant (highly recommend)

http://www.rotiersrestaurant.com/

2413 Elliston Pl, Nashville, TN 37203

 

Sushi

 

Virago

https://www.mstreetnashville.com/virago/

1126 McGavock St, Nashville, TN 37203

 

Jeff Ruby’s (not just Nashville, but TOO GOOD not to include - also maybe best sushi in Nashville)

http://www.jeffruby.com/nashville/menus

300 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219

 

Nami

http://namasushibar.com/location.html

2300 Elliston Pl, Nashville, TN 37203

 

Koi Thai and Sushi

http://www.koisushithai.com/

923 Main St, Nashville, TN 37204

 

Umami

https://umaminashville.com/

6900 Lenox Village Dr Ste 28, Nashville, TN 37211

 

Seafood

 

Urban Grub

http://urbangrub.net/

2506 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

 

South Street

http://southstreetnash.com/

907 20th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

 

Henrietta Red

http://www.henriettared.com/

1200 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

 

Marsh House

http://www.marshhouserestaurant.com/

401 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

 

Fin and Pearl

https://finandpearl.com/

211 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

 

Batter’d and Fried

https://www.batteredandfried.com/

1008 A Woodland Street, Nashville, TN 37206

 

Mexican

 

Taco Mamacita

https://tacomamacita.com/

1200 Villa Pl, Nashville, TN 37212

 

Fogata’s Authentic Mexican Food

http://www.fogatasauthenticmexicanfood.com/

5560 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

 

Mas Taco’s

732 Mcferrin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

 

Saint Anejo (best margaritas + taco’s highly recommend)

https://www.mstreetnashville.com/saint-anejo/

1120 McGavock St, Nashville, TN 37203

 

La Hacienda Taqueria

http://www.lahanashville.com/

2615 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

 

Plaza Mariachi Music City (highly recommend)

https://plazamariachi.com/

3955 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

 

Asian

 

Thai Phooket Restaurant

http://thaiphooket.wixsite.com/thaiphooket

207 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37213

 

The Eastern Peak (2 locations)

https://www.theeasternpeak.com/

536 Thompson Ln, Nashville, TN 37211

 

Jimbo’s Sushi and Korean Food

7 Arcade, Nashville, TN 37219

 

Far East Nashville Vietnamese Cuisine

http://www.fareastnashville.com/

2922, 1008 Fatherland St, Nashville, TN 37206

 

Pizza

 

Manny’s House of Pizza (highly recommend)

http://www.mannyshouseofpizza.com/

15 Arcade Alley, Nashville, TN 37219

 

Joey’s House of Pizza (highly recommend - Manny’s brother)

http://www.joeyshouseofpizza.com/

897 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37210

 

Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria (3 locations)

http://www.slimandhuskys.com/

 

NY Pie (really good - does not serve alcohol)

http://nypienashville.com/

6800 Charlotte Pike #105, Nashville, TN 37209



 

Mafiaozo’s Pizzeria & Neighborhood Pub

https://www.mafiaozas.com/

2400 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204

 

Drinks

 

Salt and Vine (best wine + food pairings)

http://www.saltandvinenashville.com/

4001 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209

 

The Patterson House

http://thepattersonnashville.com/

1711 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203

 

HUSK

http://husknashville.com/

37 Rutledge St, Nashville, TN 37210

 

The Nashville Palace (cheapest drinks in town + real live country music + and great food - highly recommend)

https://www.nashville-palace.com/

2611 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

 

The Sutler (drinks + great live music)

https://www.thesutler.com/

2600 8th Ave S #109, Nashville, TN 37204

 

12th South Taproom & Grill

http://12southtaproom.com/

2318 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204

 

Desserts

 

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (multiple locations - not Nashville original but too good not to list)

https://jenis.com/

2312 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204

 

Five Daughters Bakery (multiple locations - highly recommend)

http://www.fivedaughtersbakery.com/

1110 Caruthers Ave, Nashville, TN 37204

 

Mike’s Ice Cream

http://mikesicecream.com/

129 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

 

Pied Piper Creamery

http://www.thepiedpipercreamery.com/

114 S 11th St, Nashville, TN 37206

 

Bobby’s Dairy Dip (old school, nothing fancy, just neat spot next to Hattie B’s Hot Chicken!)

5301 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209

 

Elliston Place Soda Shop (milk shake)

http://www.ellistonplacesodashop.com/

2111 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN 37203


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