Whether you’re planning a bachelor/bachelorette party or just need a friend’s weekend getaway, Nashville seems to be the destination spot for groups these days! While we were there, we counted 35 bachelorette parties in 48 hours! Nashville reminded me of NOLA, Austin and Vegas combined. We even referred to it as NashVegas!
As promised, here are some of the spots we visited! As usual, you’ll first see my map of the spots we visited below. Interact with it – I’ve added some pretty cool vertical videos for your viewing pleasure so you can get a sneak peak of the honkytonk and blues vibes.
We stayed at the Omni Nashville. Smack dab in downtown Nashville, it seemed like everyone was staying there. It’s a huge hotel (14 floors), has a great swimming pool with lots of lounge chairs to post up, a spa, fitness center, several restaurants, and is a block from the main street, Broadway. I’d stay there again!
We didn’t stay at the Thompson Nashville right off of another popular street, 11th Ave. but we did check out their rooftop bar one night. I swear I thought I was in Vegas. Epic views, great music, and it’s huge! Check out my map for a video from the rooftop.
I’d heard that Nashville had a strong culinary scene and we saw it in action. I wish I had more meals there so I could have tried all the things! I went with a group of 8 ladies so reservations were hard to find given that a lot of them require pre fixes for a group that size. Plus we had 4 people who were vegetarians so we were limited a tad.
Chauhan Ale & Masala House
Make your reservation right now! The name may ring a bell – if you’re a Chopped fan like me, then you’ve seen Maneet Chauhan as a judge on many of the episodes. She has this gorgeous and delish restaurant right off 12th Ave. featuring flavors combining her Indian heritage with traditional southern dishes. Hello TANDOORI CHICKEN POUTINE <- mindblown after eating this! The fries that are in there have masala sprinkled on top! And the chicken was perfectly cooked.
Butcher & Bee
The perfect spot for brunch! If you go with a group of 8 or more, you’ll have to order from the pre-fixe menu but it’s worth it since it includes 2 beverages (mimosa and bloody mary) and what brunch is complete without at least one of those? Some standouts from our brunch were the Whipped Feta, Avocado Crispy Rice, and the Stuffed French Toast. I’ve got pictures and videos of all of the grub we devoured on my map up above.
This restaurant was gorgeous with a very modern and simple aesthetic! The food was excellent – if you’re a fan of Middle Eastern food – my favorite cuisine, then Lyra is a must! Start with the Hummus Collective (all three of the hummus options combined). We also ordered pretty much every dish on the menu – they’re meant for sharing. Try them all! The Beef Kibbeh was fantastic!
Five Daughter’s Bakery
With so many locations around Nashville, you’ve gotta stop in to at least one and try their 100 layered donut! Flakey like a croissant and not dense – I really loved these creations. The Blueberry Lemon was standout from the 6 different ones we tried – don’t worry, we shared!
E + Rose Wellness Cafe
If you’re like me, you try to stay on track as much as possible even when on vacation. Staying on track means consuming an acai bowl or two! E + Rose is like a JuiceLand and Blenders & Bowls combined – they’ve got a huge selection of acai bowls and plenty of wraps and salads in their grab-and-go section. Everything was amazing and I really liked the decor of their spot too.
We were hungry and had some time to wait out the rain our last afternoon in Nashville and Whiskey Kitchen was perfect! They’ve got a beautiful covered patio, quite a menu with southern classic and wood-fired pizza and a huge selection of whiskeys and other libations. I couldn’t leave Nashville without having some HOT chicken and they had some! Since we didn’t have a chance to make it out to Hattie B’s or Prince’s, Whiskey Kitchen had to do – and it was great!
So, Broadway between 1st and 5th Avenues is the place to take part in many a shenanigans in Nashville (I mean NashVegas). If you’re into crowds, drunk people, live music/cover bands, 4-story bars and honky tonk, then Broadway is for you. We went out the 1st night and perhaps I’m just too old now, but I was SHOCKED at some of the situations I was witness to. LOL…anyway, if you’re visiting, I think one night in that area is plenty.
The second night, we checked out some pretty cool places that I’d recommend.
ACME Farm Supply
It’s a HUGE place with 4 floors and plenty of space. I appreciated not feeling crowded, listening to great music with an entertaining band and FROSE!
BB King’s Club
I love me some blues music – probably the Louisiana gal in me – anyway, BB King’s truly was a delight! Tons of people there were eating what looked like some seriously tasty food too!
Do not skip out on Wildhorse! If you’re not in to line dancing, at least go inside and watch the pros! We spent 2 hours watching them show off some major footwork! If guys in tight-fitted jeans and boots or ladies in dresses and boots is your thing, then Wildhorse has you covered. They blew me away with their ability to line dance in their boots and make it seem so easy!
This upscale neighborhood has it all – fancy hotels, boutique shops, trendsetting restaurants and gorgeous buildings. The Thompson Hotel (where we went and had some drinks on the rooftop) is in the Gulch. You can spend hours shopping at boutiques and shops – similar to The Domain Austin or the 2nd Street District.
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I think 2 days is plenty for a weekend getaway to Nashville. It was a fun place to visit with girlfriends and we ate, drank and played! When I go back at some point, I’ll hit up all the other highly-acclaimed restaurants like Rolf & Daughter’s, Hattie B’s, The Henley and House of Cards – stay tuned here for updates when I make it back there!