- The Flipside
- Frothy Monkey
- Hillsboro Village for great eats and shopping
- Proper Sake Co
- Fido Coffee
- Edley's BBQ
- Marathon Motor Works
- Frist Center for the Visual Arts
- Country Music Hall of Fame
- High Garden Tea
- Wildhorse Saloon Line Dancing
- 5th Avenue of the Arts
- Predators NHL Game
- Tennessee Titans Game
- Stay at Hotel Noelle
- Hattie B's Chicken
- Three Brothers Coffee
- Bars on Broadway
- The Cookout
- Proper Bagel
- McDougal's Chicken
- Various Murals
- What Lifts You Mural at the Gulch
- Kung Fu Saloon
- Crazy Town
- *Secret Bar at Hotel Noelle read below for directions on how to get there
- MakeReady Nash
- Honky Tonk Central
- Pancake Pantry
- 12 South
- Pinewood Social
- Play Dance Bar
- Lonnie's Karaoke Western Room
- Ride the mechanical bull at Wild Beaver Saloon
Nash Bash commenced with being picked up at the BNA airport by my best friend from my hometown and her younger sister who attends Belmont University. Then we headed to The Flipside for a trivia dinner night in 12 South. I adored the ambience of this diner style restaurant and the fact we got to play trivia while having dinner was a lovely perk! I wanted to get the full southern diner experience and didn't hold back on ordering a giant strawberry milkshake while we split the tater nachos at the table. This milkshake had me saying YUMMMmmmmmmmaayyyyy it had real strawberries and was one of the most authentic milkshakes I've ever had but unfortunately it didn't bring all the boys to my yard because this was a girls trip! The Flipside and the 12 South area are destinations that need to be on your Nashville to-do-list. After dinner we took a drive through downtown where we first experienced #nashvegas being from Nevada originally, I see why they call it Nash Vegas with all the bars and glowing signs on Broadway. I felt right at home here. I also was low key singing Big & Rich lyrics to myself of "Riding up and down Broadway on my old stud Leroy and the girls say, save a horse..." you know the rest.
Waking up the next morning we decided to start our day with some caffeine at High Garden Tea which is a tea connoisseur's promise land then we decided to GOOO SHOPPINGGG on the fabulous 21st Ave in Hillsboro Village. My favorite finds of the day here came from The Impeccable Pig and Dress Up. We worked up an appetite from shopping and were craving some southern comfort style grub which lead us to Edley's BBQ. We shared the chicken and the pulled pork sandwich with cornbread and baked beans on the side. Winner winner chicken dinner here! The chicken was to die for and the beans really were magical.
As we were walking out of Edley's we noticed that the TV Show Nashville was filming right around the corner and we actually saw Charles Easton who plays Deacon Claybourne which we were pretty ecstatic about because we had made a Nashville bucket list and seeing someone famous was on it so we checked that right off! Also right around the corner from Edley's is a couple of great mural photo opportunities. The stripes from the store Draper James by Reese Witherspoon and the I Believe in Nashville Murals are both right there.
Marathon Motor Works was our next soiree and it is an old car factory that has been restored and turned into a shopping and food hot spot. We enjoyed wine tasting at Grinder's Switch inside Marathon Motor Works then we shopped at the Jack Daniels and Harley Davidson stores. What I love about this place is they have kept some of the original machinery inside and it is pretty neat to get a glimpse of what the factory was like in its booming era. For our evening events we went to Play Dance Bar where we had a blast tipping the amazing drag queens on stage. My favorite performance was to Twerkin' in the rain, yasssss honeyyyy check the music video here! After dancing with the queens we went downtown to Crazy Town on Broadyway and it really is Crazy Town in the best sense possible, saddle up because it's about to go down. We salsa, hip hop and country danced the night away. Our buck wild night caused us to get a late start the next morning but Hattie B's Chicken Sandwich gave us all life as it was the most extraordinary chicken sandwich I have ever indulged in. Once we put on our warmest attire due to the snowpocalypse that had just hit, we hightailed it over to Pinewood Social for a Hot Toddy and bowling to defrost from the frozen countryside.
The evening festivities kicked off at WildHorse Saloon, bring your cowboy boots because its time for some live country line dancing lessons at this bar in music city. Now that we were all warmed up from line dancing (and a couple drinks deep) we vamoosed over to Lonnie's Karaoke Western Room where we sang Spice Girl's Wannabe and not well on my part yet I am so glad I was forced to get up on that stage because my inner spice girl was released and I had a ball. On our way home we went thru The Cookout drive thru where I discovered the most delicious Oreo milkshake and fries ever. We don't have this on the west coast but I will definitely be going thru this drive thru anytime I find myself in a city that has a location as in my opinion calories don't count when you aren't in your own zip code.
Saddle up y'all because the next day's outing was The Country Music Hall of Fame Museum! Taking a walk down memory lane with the Shania Twain exhibit gave me all the feels. Shania was my first ever concert when I was six years old and her exhibit was like taking a walk thru her life story, I will forever have a soft spot for her because man she makes me feel like a woman. The museum is very interactive and I really felt connected to artists such as Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley as we saw many of their belongings, quotes and filmed shows throughout. My other favorite exhibit was of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and their power couple life together. The mirror that Tim asked Faith to marry him on, is on display as well as her wedding dress which makes you feel like you're a part of their love story. Coming from someone who isn't the biggest country fan, I still say if you go to Nashville you have to go to the Country Music Hall of Fame. There is so much of our country's history involved that walking through there seems like you are walking through our country's roots and connecting with artists that have now become legends. "Watching you perform is like going to the world series everyday" -Tug Mcgraw (Tim Mcgraw's Father and MLB player).
This evenings celebrations took place at the luxurious brand new Hotel Noelle. We enjoyed fancy drinks paired with charcuterie, steak and chicken for dinner at MakeReady Liberations & Libations inside Hotel Noelle. The steak and chicken were expensive but also heavenly. This hotel has a modern mixed with old school New York glamour vibe that makes you want to wear your furs with your most posh squad. Think Sex in the City feels for this up and coming hot spot that has refurbished a 1930's hotel just in time for this century's rendition of the roaring 20s! Who else is ready to bring Gatsby, flappers, and jazz back with a modern flavor? Hotel Noelle didn't forget about honoring the prohibition era either because they have a speakeasy hidden inside the hotel. *To get to the secret bar you must go to the bottom LL floor that is on the same level as the MakeReady restaurant. When you get off the elevator you would go left to go to the restaurant but you turn right towards a giant mirror instead. To the left of the mirror is what appears to be a storage closet that actually opens up to the Noel Speakeasy. As far as libations here, I highly recommend the Purple Haze as you get a drink and a show when you order this Jimi Hendrix tribute in true music city fashion. "Excuse me while I kiss the sky" -Jimi Hendrix.
The night transformed from classy AF to completely hogwild or should I say bull-wild? We left the hotel and first walked down Printer's Alley and 5th Avenue of the arts for some photo ops. Then we entered the urban jungle known as Wild Beaver Saloon. Karaoke, bull riders, and rodeo goers rejoice, this is your paradise. It wasn't my typical cup of tea but I decided to take it all in anyways, I mean when in Rome...or Nashville it is better to just GIN and bear it or literally grab the bull by the horns to get the most out of the experience. Ladies keep your guard up here as drunk and disorderly goes hand in hand with extra grabby but as long as you go with your squad and stay with your squad this place knows how to turn up honky tonk style.
Sunday Funday was the last day of our incredible trip! Of course we started with our morning coffee and tea at Three Brothers Coffee that also has an adorable mural that is totally Instagram worthy. But the main attraction of the day was The Frist Center for Visual Arts that has 3 different exhibits in a grand building that is historical and original. The building was originally constructed in the 1930s as a post office. The fantastic staff informed us that when they acquired the building, it hadn't been occupied in years and there was so much black soot that you couldn't see the ceiling or walls. After cleaning it up they were ecstatic to find the authentic architecture of white stars aligning the ceiling and decided to keep everything that is original in the building and just bring back its luster to show off what it was like in its heyday. The current three exhibits are as follows: World War I, Nick Cave and Art Quest. The faculty suggested that we start at WWI then Nick Cave and end at Art Quest. I understand why now because the WWI exhibit felt rather dark like the clouds were closing in and you didn't know when the sunshine would return. I imagine this is what it really felt like for the world during this time in our history because I felt it immediately just walking thru the art that exemplified very well the various artists' reactions to the happenings revolved around WWI. I literally got the chills because I felt like I was actually taking a walk in these artists shoes. Luckily, stepping into the Nick Cave exhibit immediately brought the sunshine back into my life. Just like the roarin' 20s did in our history. Nick Cave was filled with bright colors, unique shapes and one giant awe-inspiring art piece that filled the room with bubbly personality. Lastly, Art Quest was an unforgettable interactive display that allowed you to become the artist. Frist should be at the top of your Nashville bucket list which is why we saved the best for last. Overall NASH is a TENN in my book, when will you have your own #nashbash?