Yes we have finally become that disgustingly adorable couple you see in the rom-coms. Anyways, we had a blast riding bulls, eating southern comfort food, and relaxing by the pool. The best way for us to explore Nashville and get our adrenaline rush flowing was by scooter. We used the Lyft scooters because it connected with our app. "Nashvegas" is a common term when referring to Nashville. There are boatloads of bachelorette parties on the weekends (apparently more than Vegas!) which makes the city very lively. People are singing on the streets and having a care-free time. The main strip is on Broadway. Although it is fun to check out, it is quite busy and touristy, especially on the weekends. We were lucky enough to arrive on a Wednesday, so it was still busy but not too crowded. It is very hard to move around in the streets of Broadway on the weekends. The best part of my trip was seeing my family and friends I haven't seen in a very long time. Scroll down for my favorite restaurants, bars, and activities to do in "Nashvegas".
Favorite Touristy Activity
Ok, sometimes touristy things are fun! I fulfilled this guilty pleasure by booking a Tavern Tour with Nashville Pedal Tavern.
My friend Lauren, the beautiful bombshell featured on my Cape Cod Cellars posting, highly suggested doing it and I am so glad I did! It was the most fun I had in a long time. It is between $40-50 per person, BYOB. Your experience includes cycling, touring the town, singing with some soon-to-be friends and bar hopping. The guide/driver was super fun and got us all singing. We even played drinking games. Such a fun experience.
Favorite Brunch Spot
The Gulch is a very chic part of Nashville with adorable shops and great brunch spots. My favorite was Biscuit Love. A line out the door is common, but don't be alarmed it goes by quick. They're biscuits are to DIE for. Their biscuit fried chicken sandwich is pretty legendary, as we were told.
They even have an adorable outdoor patio.
Favorite Beer Spot
Hops & Crafts is a hipster bar located in the Gulch serving USA craft beers. "Hops & Crafts first opened its doors on 12th Ave on July 4, 2013 featuring 36 rotating taps of local and regional craft beer selections along with pint sales, growler fills and an assortment of shareable pub fare." They also had board games to play!
We ventured to the Grand Ole Opry! Check out the musicians to see in any spark your interest in seeing.
Favorite Dinner Restaurant
Dinner at Sea Salt was unbelievable. It was our first stop in Nashville. I ordered the Scallops & Grits and it is my favorite seafood dish I have had in a very long time. The scallops are topped with a bacon jam and accented in chimichurri sauce. Matt ordered the Rainbow Trout which is locally sourced. For an appetizer we tried the Hot Seafood Chowder which was to die for. The ambiance is elegant and service is professional with a hint of southern charm. Although this meal was sponsored, I only write honest reviews. Being from New England I eat a decent amount of seafood. I highly recommend indulging in this cuisine when you visit Nashville.
Favorite Honky Tonk Bar
Nudie's Honky Tonk located on Broadway was our favorite honky tonk / rooftop.Matt and I danced the night away. It is a multi-level bar with different live music on each level.
"Kelsey Montague is an artist that is very interested in exploring how public art, interactive art and social media intersect. Her murals specifically invite people into a piece and then invite people to share their experience online. She believes that art should not be separated from the human experience."
Located around the corner from Biscuit Love in the Gulch.
Favorite Live Music Spot
The Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar was my favorite live music spot. Definitely a more chill vibe than Broadway with really good gator bites. Broadway is known for bars with different bands performing on every floor. We bopped around the first few days and then went off the beaten path to find this gem on Printers Alley. The Musician we saw was Hector Tellez Jr., very talented.
Favorite "Country" Activity
OK I was in Nashville, I definitely went mechanical bull riding! We went to the Wild Beaver Saloon. It was such a fun experience, especially seeing my gay bestie Mikael Amore literally take the bull by the horns and flip in the air. Check out my instagram highlights for a recap.
My family met Matt for the first time. :)
If you're looking for a cool speakeasy I suggest making the trip to east Nashville and visiting Attaboy. It has a very cool ambiance. All the drinks are handcrafted with special liquors and syrups. There is no drink menu. You tell the waiter what type of drink you are in the mood for and the bartender creates a delicious concoction. Pure magic, hands down the best drinks in Nashville.