My former boss (Lance) had created this list :) I added my touch to it! If you're going to Nashville anytime soon, this list has everything you'll need. I am also currently working on another list that will highlight some of our local artists that have shows the weekend of November 9th, because I know SO many people will be going to Nashville that weekend to cheer on the Patriots. I will be in Nashville November 9th-15th! Let me know if you're going?! DM me on instagram!
Here is My Nashville To Do List! (In no particular order!)
1) The Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg, TN. It is 30-40 minutes off of I-24 but the tour itself is free and TOTALLY worth it! No reservations needed for just the tour, they run every few minutes from 9A-4:30P 7 days a week. A lot of people also like to have lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House, a southern-style restaurant that is on the property. That fills up several weeks in advance. Call for reservations at 931-759-7394.
2) Country Music Hall of Fame. Also inquire there about the Historic RCA Studio B tour on Music Row where more than 35,000 country songs have been recorded since 1958, including more than 200 Elvis Presley recordings.
3) Cool Places To Drink: Loser’s Bar and Winners Bar (Midtown) *Those two bars are next to each other and you'll most likely run into country artists there! Tinroof *Bars in the Downtown Area Jason Aldean's Bar, Luke Bryan's Bar, FGL House Tootsies
4) Bluebird Café (Green Hills), check their website for show information. This is a songwriter’s showcase bar and restaurant. There is sometimes a cover charge, usually a food/drink minimum, and ALWAYS insistent on quiet/respect for the performers while they are playing. It is a very small & intimate venue. No guarantees that you’ll see/hear someone famous – but you might. You are much more likely to hear a songwriter you’ve never heard of pull out their guitar and start playing hits that they’ve written for the stars that you have heard of.
5) Favorite Downtown Nashville non-country joint: The Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar. Overlooking Broadway above the Paradise Park Trailer Resort.
7)Nashville Pedal Tavern - SO MUCH FUN! Pedal/drink on the ultimate Nashville bar crawl! I suggest doing this later in the day, so you're not tipsy all day! ;)
8) Opryland Hotel – free admission, parking available at the hotel ($$) or at Opry Mills outlet mall free with a walk over to the hotel. Tour the hotel’s four award-winning garden areas including musical light/fountain shows, boat rides, guided tours, etc. Walk over to the Grand Ol’ Opry House and take the VIP Backstage Tour.
9) Loveless Café, as seen on Food Network and many other media worldwide, country cooking, about 20 minutes from downtown, gift shop. Call-ahead seating available, expect to wait for breakfast – especially on the weekends. 615-646-9700. While you’re there, hop on the historic Natchez Trace highway, drive down 3-4 miles to Highway 96 to see some magnificent scenery. Turn around and come back the way you came, or take Hwy. 96 to historic downtown Franklin.
10) BBQ: Jack’s BBQ (Downtown)
12) Good Eats (great places to go when you’re ready to get out of the “Nashville”/tourist-feeling stuff): Whiskey Kitchen (off Downtown), Tavern (Midtown), Bartaco (12 South area!! Jessica’s favorite!) Virago- a cool Sushi restaurant with a great roof deck! Barcelona-wine/small plates bar
13) Tour the Ryman Auditorium downtown to see where it all started.14) The Hermitage, former plantation home of President Andrew Jackson.
14) Top Golf
15) The Listening Room- Listening to singers/songwriters while enjoying a great meal! 618 4th Ave S
The picture below is from 2016!