How to do a Nashville Girls Trip
Last weekend was more than necessary. I took Friday off and used it for a girls trip! It had been over one year since the last time I saw my college friends. We are all spread all over the USA, and Nashville seemed like the perfect 'middle-ish' spot for us to have our girls reunion. We're celebrating ten years of friendship (OMG!!!)
We booked a small apartment via Airbnb and relied on Ubers and Lyfts to take us around town. A great city to explore with friends, plenty of bars and restaurants, and A TON of live music.
Here is a suggested 3-day itinerary and recommended spots for a great trip in the city of Nashville, TN!
DRINKS & DINNER
Arrive in Nashville, drop off your bags, and get ready for some drinks and dinner! We went to Bastion cocktail bar in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood. They have a nice cocktail menu and I was ultimately impressed with the quality and presentation of the signature cocktails as well as the decor of the bar itself. It has a very mid-century modern vibe, which stems from its assortment of arcade games, artwork, and music selection, which is played via record player. Also, from the reviews I read on Yelp, they also seem to have excellent food selections. A great spot for a Thursday night because it wasn't crowded and the bartender was friendly and he recommended great local beers. Some other great bars for drinks: Peninsula, Bar No. 308, Urban Cowboy Public House, Attaboy, Rolf & Daughters, The Green Hour, Black Rabbit, Pinewood Social, and Husk.
Just down the street, we headed to Hemingway's Bar and Hideaway to have some dinner! I had read great things about this restaurants so I was excited to try it. The staff and the food were superb. Since it was a Thursday night it wasn't too busy, so that was nice. This neighborhood It is a little off the beaten path of the rest of the busy city but incredibly worth it. We ordered beef tartare, crispy Brussel sprouts (spicy cranberry glaze, peanuts, onion & parmesan SO GOOD) and chicken dumplings (braised chicken, mirepoix, black pepper dumplings & creme fraiche) It was all very delicious. They also have a very nice cocktail menu with a great wine selection. A very nice spot for a cute date!
I was a bit overwhelmed with how many breakfast and brunch spots there were in Nashville. I will list the ones that were highly recommended: Biscuit Love, Loveless Cafe, Pancake Pantry, Monnell's Dining, Puckett's Grocery, Butcher & bee. We ended up at Pancake Pantry in between Vanderbilt and Belmont universities. We think because there were so many Spring breakers, there was a line essentially at any breakfast place. We had to wait a bit for our food but it was still yummy. Our waitress kept refilling our cups with coffee so that was a plus! The place is homey and the prices are great. A good spot overall!
WALK IN THE PARK
To work off breakfast (I ordered the banana bread pancakes) make your way to the beautiful Centennial Park. I really wanted to check out the Parthenon. Who knew there were two Parthenon's? The park is quite beautiful and it was a few walking trails that loop around a lake. The Parthenon is quite impressive! Fun fact for you, early in the city's history, Nashville acquired the nickname "Athens of the West," because of the emphasis on education, especially a classical education, which included studies in Greek and Latin.
BAR HOPPING DOWNTOWN
Of course, a trip to Nashville would not be complete if you don't make it to Broadway Street downtown Nashville. There is a ton of bars in Downtown that are perfect for a bar crawl. They offer plenty of drinks, a fun atmosphere, and live music. First stop could be Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge: With its prime location behind The Ryman, it’s easy to see why Tootsie’s is a must-see during your bar hopping experience in Nashville. Then there's also Legend's Corner, another fun spot for live music. The bands don't seem to play original songs, but they take song requests for $20 each. Out of the many bars we went to, I think my favorite was Nudie's Honkey Tonk. I loved this place because of all its decorations and the set u of the bars with the stages. Nudie's is in a 100-year-old historic three-story building housing rare country music memorabilia and stage costumes. Nudie's also has a stunning rooftop deck for some awesome views of the city.
I can't stress enough the dinner options around this city. There are A LOT of options! Here are some suggestions: Josephine, Gray & Dudley, Henrietta Red, Henley, Rolf & Daughters, Silo, The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden. It was a bit difficult to choose where to go and since we had a group of 5, we decided to make a reservation at City Fire in the Gulch neighborhood. We had excellent service and the food was very delicious. I think we all ended up getting tacos. I went with the fish tacos and they were AMAZING, a bit spicy but SO good.
BREAKFAST LIKE THE LOCALS
When you don't want to choose where to go eat again, our go-to plan was to ask our awesome Uber driver. He recommended 417 Union. We got very lucky and we didn't even have to wait more than five minutes. 417 union is a classic southern American place with great dishes. I had the Fried Green Tomato BLT and it was very yummy!
Nashville is filled with little pockets of cool stuff everywhere. We wanted to check out Reese Whiterspoon's store, Draper James in the 12 South neighborhood also wanted to check out the "I Believe in Nashville" mural, so we took a great group photo there. Some great stores down 12th Ave. are Frothy Monkey, Serendipity, White's Mercantile, Emerson Grace, Two Old Hippies, and Jeni's Ice Cream.
Nashville offers really great beer options and we got lucky to tour spots at Tennesse Brew Works. Our guide was super friendly and gave us a nice tour! The brewery itself isn't super massive so we got the tour done in about 30 minutes. We even got a free pint of our choice at the end of the tour! I ordered the Wildwood Flower and it was sooo good! They have a nice dining area upstairs and the menu looked delicious. We ordered the cheese platter and it did not disappoint. Check out these other great brewery options: Yazoo Brewing Company, Blackstone brewing company, Fat bottom brewery, Southern Grist Brewing Company, and Jackalope Brewing Company.
BBQ FOR DINNER
Barbecue is a must when you're in Tennesse so even though I wasn't feeling my best, I made it a point to eat some BBQ! We chose to go to Edley's Bar-B-Que (12th Ave. South) Location. Because it was around 9 PM, they had run out of ribs and brisket, so I ordered a pulled pork sandwich and it did not disappoint! I loved their BBQ sauce!!! So good. I must confess...Tennessee bbq is better than in the Carolinas...There are many many barbecue spots all around the city. These are some other great recommendations: Mission BBQ, Martin's Bar B Que Joint, Jacks, Hog Heaven, Loveless Cafe, and Bar-B-Cutie.
I was so happy to find there were so many bands playing live on Broadway street when we went. I had read about Station Inn and I am so happy we checked it out! The venue was packed so we had to wait a bit to sit down. The bluegrass band, Sister Sadie, was performing and they were so so good!
PLACES TO VISIT
While we didn't get a chance to visit all the spots we wanted to while in Nashville, I wanted to share some other worthy spots. RCA Studio B (recording studio for Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, and the Everly Brothers), Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash Museum,
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, The Grand Ole Opry, Belle Meade Plantation, and Ryman Auditorium
I recommend Nashville as a fun city with lots of activities to enjoy with a group of friends! Tell me in the comments if you've tried any of these spots or if you have a favorite!
Thansk for reading!