About a month ago, myself and four friends booked a trip to Nashville for New Years on a whim. We had no concrete plans for the weekend but knew that we wanted to eat, drink, enjoy live music, and see as much of the city as we could (which, I think, is exactly what you’re supposed to do in Nashville). It was my first time there and it’s one hundred percent on my list of places I can’t wait to get back to. The live music, cute streets, super good food, flowing drinks, and busy bars exceeded my expectations from everything I heard about the city prior to visiting. The overall vibe felt busy but relaxed at the same time - there were tons of people but it had a more laid-back feel compared to the hustle-bustle of a city like NYC. The best part? They are very casual in Nashville, meaning you can wear jeans and a t-shirt and not feel underdressed - right up my alley. Aside from the music scene, we found some super good food and drink spots complete with Instagrammable moments. Check out my restaurant and bar recommendations below, fitting for a crazy girls weekend or low-key trip for two.
Honky Tonk Central: Though we didn’t make it to every bar on Broadway, my favorite of the 7ish we did make it to was Honky Tonk Central. We stopped in during the day for beers and ended up staying for hours, posted up at a table with a heaping plate of nachos, listening to an amazing country band. I have a feeling that the night life might be a little more rowdy here, but the vibe during the day time was laid back and almost relaxing. Not to mention, the orange-y brick building is the perfect backdrop for a few pics.
Biscuit Love: Biscuit Love is a must-go-to for breakfast, lunch, or brunch with three locations in the Nashville area. The menu has a variety of options, many of which incorporate delicious homemade biscuits. The place is wait-in-line and order-at-the-counter style. Because Biscuit Love has become such a well-known spot, don’t get scared off if you see a line out the door. We waited about 30 minutes in line and got our food right away after ordering - worth every minute!
The Frothy Monkey: The Frothy Monkey is a cozy coffee shop with breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus (plus craft beer, wine, and cocktails). The original Frothy Monkey is located on 12th Avenue near Reese Witherspoon’s clothing store, Draper James and the iconic “I Believe in Nashville” mural. If you haven’t heard of Draper James, you’ll recognize the cute blue and white striped building (also a little too perfect for a photo-opt).
Tin Roof: Located on Demonbreun near the Music Row roundabout, Tin Roof’s upbeat environment makes it another great place to remember for food, drinks, and live music. There’s also a few other bars in this area that are super easy to hop around to.
Five Daughters Bakery: I don’t even know where to start with this one! Five Daughters is the cutest donut shop I’ve ever seen. The 100 Layer Donut was incredible (my mouth is watering just thinking about it), but if you’re not into a fluffy, filled donut they also have traditional glazed donut options, vegan donuts, and other pastries. Also on 12 South, Five Daughters in walking distance to The Frothy Monkey and Draper James.
Bartaco: With wicker pendant lights draping from the ceiling, wood furniture, exposed beams, blue and white striped throw pillows, and servers in preppy, checkered shirts, Bartaco has a very warm and inviting coastal feel. Aside from the aesthetic, the food is super fresh-tasting with lots of flavor, served family style on little, metal trays. The portions aren’t huge, so you could definitely do Bartaco for lunch, or save it for a casual dinner. This is another place on 12 South - can you tell I loved that area?
The Bobby Hotel: The Bobby is a beautiful boutique hotel in Nashville, offering a little more elevated eat and drink options with a restaurant, bar, and rooftop lounge. If you’re visiting in the winter, the rooftop lounge is filled with heated igloos, curling, and roaring fire pits. We didn’t reserve an igloo ourselves, but loved enjoying the rooftop experience next to a toasty warm fire.