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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. There are so many fun places to eat in Nashville, Tennessee, many of which include the hot chicken which the city has become known for. But if the hot chicken is not your thing, there is no need to worry you will be spoilt for places to eat in Music City.
Nashville is the king of all American dining and you will never be short of places to eat.
Spending a few days in Nashville? Here are my top recommendations for things not to miss.
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.
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! So ensure you are hungry when you visit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fan of street art? Be sure to check out the best wall murals in Nashville
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.
If you are short on time in Nashville or feel like doing something a bit different, then I highly recommend joining a food tour of the city. Food tours give you a great opportunity to sample a wide array of food in a short time while also seeing a large amount of the city.
Below you can find a few different Nashville Food Tours. I trust Get Your Guide for all my attraction and tour bookings. I not only find them reliable with a simple booking process, usually, they also offer the most competitive prices:
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.
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 needs to be done.
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.
While in Nashville I really recommend taking a day trip to the Jack Daniel’s distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. It is a really humbling day with great insight into the world’s most famous Whiskey.