I went to Nashville in January of 2018 for NYE – which was FREEZING! You would think that because you are in the south that it would have been warmer, but no.
We were only in Nashville for about 4 days, but I was able to cram in a lot. If you have never been to Nashville, here is a quick guide of what I did while I was there.
Biscuit Love– This place was AMAZING. There is a secret menu item called the “Nasty Princess” – a combination of their East Nasty and their Princess Sandwich. If you like hot chicken, I highly recommend this. I also tried the Bonuts (biscuit donut) which is pictured below. The line here is typically very long, however, I went on a Friday afternoon at around 1:30 pm and only waited 20 minutes. It is definitely worth the wait.
Frist Center for the Visual Arts– We stumbled upon this while walking towards Broadway and decided to pop in to see what it was all about. The Frist Center actually used to be the original Post Office that they transformed into an art gallery.
Honky Tonk Central– After the Frist Center, we walked down to the main strip on Broadway where all the bars are and made our way into Honky Tonk Central. This is a three story bar that has a different act on each level and the performances were amazing.
Crazy Town – Went here the first night. Great energy on the top floor. I definitely recommend checking this place out.
Three Brothers Coffee– This coffee place was right near where we are staying and my friend that went to Vanderbilt said this was her favorite coffee shop! I ordered an Ice Almond Milk Latte and the ham and cheese croissant for breakfast which was delicious. Also, it has a great instagram-worthy mural.
Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery– A great story behind this brand, a distillery tour and a tasting all for $11 per person! Plus, it is right down the road from the “I BELIEVE IN NASHVILLE” sign.
Jack’s Bar-B-Que– This is a local favorite. We asked every uber driver where the best BBQ is in Nashville and they all said this place so we HAD to go. Plus it is right in between all the bars on Broadway. The Texas Sweet Hot sauce was my favorite with the brisket. Definitely must go here.
Honky-Tonk Bus Tour– If you are going with a big group, I highly recommend this activity. It was a BYOB bus tour around the city for two hours. We were 24 people in total and it was so much fun!
Candy Kitchen– The bus dropped us right in front of Candy Kitchen, so obviously I had to stop in. I loved the Dark Chocolate covered Oreo’s!
Dinner @ The Southern – This was the best dinner place I went to down in Nashville. It is fancier than a BBQ place and I would definitely recommend making a reservation. The best things on the menu was the Steak Frites(the peppercorn aioli on the side was AMAZING!)
Loser’s Bar – We went out here on Saturday night – the live music was great. It is attached to the Winner’s Bar, but this bar is way more fun.
DAY 3 (NEW YEARS EVE)
Grand Ole Opry Tour– The Grand Ole Opry is about 30 minutes from downtown Nashville, but it is definitely worth it. Buy tickets in advance online. This is also right near the Gaylord Opryland Resor twhich is definitely worth checking out. It is incredible. There is also a mall called Opry Mills right across from the Opry, and we ate at Mission BBQ. I got the Brisket Sandwich which was so good and my favorite sauce was Tupelo Honey Heat. I am contemplating ordering a bottle to add on top of ALL of my meals going forward.
Country Music Hall of Fame– Definitely worth it if you are a country music fan. Highlights of this museum included the Shania Twain exhibit, Elvis Presley’s old car, and the Faith Hill/Tim McGraw exhibit.
NYE @ Wildhorse Saloon– Great venue & great performances by Whiskey Cash & Roses and Matte Grey Band. The lead singer from the Matte Grey band and the female vocal of Whiskey Cash & Roses are married and they did a joint performance that was amazing!
Sinema– This place was great for a large group bottomless brunch. It was buffet style and there was an omelette and crepe station and mimosas/bloody mary’s. They will accommodate large or small parties. Plus, the theme of this restaurant is old hollywood which was really cool.
Florida Georgia Line House– We went here after brunch in the middle of the day, so it was less crowded than it would be and there was no live band. However, I have heard great things about the night scene here and I would advise checking it out if you have the chance.
Nudies Honky Tonk – Because FGL House was too quiet, we decided to go to Nudie’s. This was also a massive venue (2 floors + Rooftop.) This was a good place to watch the football game and listen to music.
Demos’ – Went here for dinner… Honestly not even going to put the link for this because I would not recommend.
…Back to Loser’s Bar for the night.
DAY 5: New York bound. Goodbye land of the Chicken Fried and home of the Honky Tonks!
There were a few places that we didn’t get to hit, but I wanted to mention:
- Hattie B’s– Apparently has the BEST Hot Chicken, but long lines
- Jack Daniel’s Distillery– Didn’t get to go here because it is an hour and half outside the city, but it is really cool (Address: 133 Lynchburg Highway, Lynchburg TN)
- Rolf and Daughters – Nice American restaurant that locals love
- Loveless Cafe– Apparently the best biscuits that people line up for
- Pinewood Social– Bocce ball
- RCA Studio Tour
- Lane Motor Museum – 150 Rare Cars
- Mas Tacos in East Nashville (bring cash)
- LA Jackson (rooftop of the Thompson Hotel)
Another blogger rec’s: here
- We did not have a car, so we used Uber to get from place to place
- We also stayed in an AirBnB in a not-so-nice part of town, so I don’t have any recommendations on where to stay. However, I recommend checking out this new hotel startup that is making waves in the industry.