The ultimate guide of where to eat in Nashville

You know when you head to a new city and it just feels right? That was Nashville for me and it has been such a long time since that last happened. Nashville is welcoming, it is laid-back yet something is always happening, even at 10 am you will be sure to find a live band somewhere. I fell for Nashville head over heels, so much so that I am already attempting to plan a trip back.

Alongside the live music scene, Nashville has a massive food scene, so if all-American dining is your thing than Nashville is for you too.

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Where to find the best places to eat in Nashville

Acme  – Broadway

Acme was described to us as 4-floors of live music, great drinks and hot chicken, so it pretty much sold itself. Each floor sells different food, from a more laid back self-serve American menu on the ground floor to table service Sushi on the third, it does get busy so I would suggest arriving early to bag yourself a table, especially when the bands are on. The fourth floor is a rooftop bar which looks over the whole of Broadway and is especially perfect for when they host free concerts on the street below.
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Sun Diner – 3rd Ave, just off-Broadway

I will rave about this place until the cows come home, make sure you eat here at least once while in Nashville. The Sun Diner is a 24- hour breakfast joint themed on the infamous Sun Records, the decor is beautiful, the staff are wonderful and you eat incredible food while listening to the likes of Elvis and Johnny Cash. The portions are Huge though, so ensure you are hungry when you visit.
sun diner breakfast nashville

Merchants – Broadway 

We picked this place on a whim after a few beers but thankfully we chose right. It is pretty expensive, so is more of a treat meal, but if you pick the baked Pimento cheese starter along with the Mac’n’Cheese main I can guarantee you will not regret paying out a bit more.
Mac'n'cheese at the merchant in Nashville

Hattie B’s – 19th Ave S

We actually did not make it here, but it was recommended to us by our Air B’n’B host and apparently it is pretty famous in Nashville for serving hot chicken. I believe there may also be a few of these dotted across the city, so if hot chicken is your thing then be sure to find your closest one.

Pharmacy Burger – Mcferrin Ave

Located slightly out of the main area of Nashville but is worth the drive / Uber trip over, DJ is a massive burger fan and ranked it within the top three burgers he has ever had in his life (FYI, number one is still BurgerMeister in Berlin). Pharmacy Burger was packed with locals, always a good sign, and as well as food, they also have a fairy lit garden perfect for drinks afterwards. My tip: Make sure you choose Tator Tots as your side.
pharmacy burger nashville

Taco Mamacita – Villa Place

Another recommendation from our wonderful Air B’n’B hosts, if you get tired of American food (Trust me, it happens eventually) you can head here for Mexican food and margaritas – perfect to cool down on a warm Nashville day.

Pinewood Social Peabody St

If you are looking for a few hours of chill time after sightseeing I really recommend Pinewood Social, as well as food and cocktails they also have a 1950’s style bowling alley. It works out at $40 an hour, so will obviously work out most cost-effective if there is a bigger group of you, however you stay on for as long as you want, without warning, so be sure to keep an eye on the time to ensure you do not end up with a big bill.
pinewood social bowling alley nashville

Where to get drinks in Nashville

Acme –  Broadway

As I previously mentioned Acme has a large rooftop bar space which is perfect for a sunny Nashville evening, on the cold days head to the ground floor for craft beer and a live band.
drinking on rooftop bars in nashville

Tootsie’s – Broadway

Another rooftop bar but this time situated on the other end of Broadway, so head here for a different view and another band. Seriously, rooftop bars in Nashville are a thing that need to be done.
roof top bars to drink in nashville

Old Glory – Villa Place

After indulging in Tacos at Taco Mamacita make your way down the road to Old Glory, if you can find it, as it is a secret bar. What was once a 1920s boiler room is now a cool cocktail bar with a real industrial feel.

Looking for somewhere to stay in Nashville?

We stayed at an awesome Air B’n’B situated on Music Row , it was a slight distance from the Broadway area but still in walking distance or by Uber for roughly $12. The hosts were great and gave us many suggestions of what to do while in Nashville, it was actually my first Air B’n’B experience, but I may now be converted for group trips.

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I hope my love of Nashville has come across in this post, as well its effortless ability to be a cool laid-back city, as far as tourist attractions go, unless you are really into country music, there is not too much to do, so use your time to relax and take it all in.

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2 Comments

  1. April 18, 2018 / 4:22 pm

    I can vouch for Hattie B’s for Nashville hot chicken. I had to wait for almost an hour to place my order (there’s always a line) but it was delicious and I loved that you could order from a range of spiciness. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to handle somewhere like Prince’s so getting the medium hot was right up my alley.

    I also liked Robert’s Western World if you want some cheap drinks. $2.50 PBRs and you could get a $5 deal which consisted of a grilled bologna sandwich, a bag of chips and a PBR. Proper honky tonk. 😛

    • Sam
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      April 19, 2018 / 12:09 pm

      I am slightly upset that we never made it there!
      We actually went to Robert’s Western World briefly for a drink but didn’t dine there, seemed a lot more local than the others on Broadway!

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