Guide to a Perfect Girl’s Weekend: Nashville
Nashville Tennessee is currently one of the hottest destinations for a girl’s getaway, bachelorette, bachelor party or any kind of event that can be celebrated with a bit of debauchery. I recently went with a group to celebrate a birthday and was surprised at just how much there was to do. Broadway in Nashville is a non-stop party. From as early as 10 am the bars are open and bands are playing.
Nashville is an easy trip from most of the US. Direct three hour flights are available from Boston & NY and LA and San Francisco are only four hours on a direct flight. Not to mention being driving distance from most of the south east. Nashville is a great meet in the middle point for groups who are spread across the US. Once you land in the Nashville airport, downtown is a quick 15 minute drive via Taxi or Lyft and Uber. The latter are readily available everywhere in the city.
Where to Stay
The Nashville suburbs are undergoing amazing renovations. I would highly recommend staying in the Gulch or Edgehill neighborhoods just south of Broadway. This area has just been developed so everything is new construction. If you want to rent an AirBnB you will find plenty of what they call a “tall skinny,” a multi floor but skinny house. Often times they have terraces or roof decks with views of the Nashville sky line.
Where to Eat
Nashville is a food lovers paradise. There are too many good restaurants to even list, but I’ll try anyway.
One of the best restaurants we visited was Butcher & Bee. The restaurant offers a great ambiance coupled with craft cocktails and very unique menu items. The two best dishes we had were the grilled eggplant and the lamb meatballs; we ordered multiple rounds of both!
Another unique restaurant is Chahaun’s Ale & Masala House on Broadway. This is the restaurant of chef Maneet Chahaun from the show Chopped on the Food Network. They offer a blend of Indian and Southern dishes. Some of our favorite items were the gol guppa shots, Tandoori poutine fries, the fish tacos, and probably the best thing on their menu, the Chahaun Burger.
Where to Play
If you are looking for a bar with live music you can walk anywhere in the Broadway area and find something fun. We really enjoyed The Stillery in downtown. Cover bands played alternative/pop music while we enjoyed some pizzas, snacks and drinks. The dining area is small and you are seated right at the stage so you can really experience the music while having something to eat.
Across the street from the Stillery is Wildhorse Saloon. This is a much bigger venue which also has both dining and stage which hosts bigger acts. Check the schedule on their website they offer line dancing lessons on most days of the week.
Another fun way to see the city is on a party cycle. We were a large enough group we rented the whole 16 person cycle and rode up and down Broadway. Of course, Broadway on a weekend meant lots of traffic so more drinking less pedaling for us.
After a weekend of partying the best way to end the weekend is a long Sunday brunch at Pinewood Social. Featured on Anthony Boudrain’s show Pinewood social has a small bowling alley, a small swimming pool, lawn games, board games and just about any group games you might want to play after brunch. We ordered their shaved brussels sprout salad, avocado toast and some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever had!
Where not to play
If you are over 23 you may not want to go out on Broadway on a Saturday night. We tried to go to the legendary Tootsies Orchid Lounge to see some music and while we got in the door, we didn’t get much further. The place was wall to wall people pushing into each other. We quickly exited and back out on the street was not much better. The street was where all the too drunk people were spilling out onto and wobbling into everyone in every direction.
Overall Nashville is a great city. Try to stay away from some of the tourist traps and you will find awesome food, music and vibes everywhere else you go.