April 3, 2019
Nashville is the place to be for the 2019 NFL Draft happening on Lower Broadway and Nissan Stadium April 25-27. If you’re coming in for the Draft, you may want to explore a bit more of the city while you’re here. Browse below for where to sleep, eat and what to do during your time in Music City.
Where to Sleep in Nashville
Hotel Preston is located outside of downtown Nashville, but has a good list of in-room and hotel features including free parking, 24-hour room service, LCD flat panel televisions, Terra Pure bath products, organic coffee and teas, plush robes and comfortable, spacious rooms. They’re also pet-friendly in case you’re traveling with your dog.
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Nashville Downtown
The Doubletree is centrally located to the buzzing city. You’re a short walk away from all the excitement on Lower Broadway, and rideshare services are available if you want to explore the areas outside of downtown Nashville without having to worry about parking your car. Book a king bed and enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, premium bath products and an in-room selection of healthy treats, two bottles of water, snacks and candies replenished daily.
Book a stay at Noelle and not only do you get a great hotel room, but also an inside look at the uniqueness of Nashville. The hotel celebrates creators of all types through its decor, the hotel art gallery and the Keep Shop - a boutique filled with items from Nashville’s top fashion designers, artists and makers. Enjoy a drink in Noelle’s hidden bar, 24-hour room service and hydration stations on each floor. Rooms include HD flat screen smart TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, a hand-held steamer and Red Flower custom scented bath amenities.
Be close to the bright lights of Broadway but tucked away enough to get a good night’s sleep. At Bobby Hotel, you’ll find rooms decked out with eclectic trinkets and decor, rainfall showerheads in the bathrooms, fully-stocked minibars, luxurious bath amenities and several places to grab a bite on-site. Make your way to the rooftop lounge for a crafted cocktail and explore the 1956 retrofitted Scenicruiser. Cafe at Bobby welcomes you with a relaxed vibe where you can sip your morning or afternoon beverage of choice with a pastry, an omelet salad or burger.
Where to Eat in Nashville
Von Elrod's Beer Hall & Kitchen
More than 30 beers on tap on any given day, Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen is your beer haven in Nashville when taking in a sports event. Located on 4th Ave N. in downtown Nashville – in close proximity to First Tennessee Park, home to the Nashville Sounds minor league baseball team – world-class and hyper-local beers are all available for you to enjoy. Pair your drink with housemade pretzels and warm beer cheese, fried cheese curds, pulled pork quesadillas, wings, lamb meatballs or have a full meal with bratwurst served on a locally-baked bun with a side of house pickles.
Located on 3rd Ave. North, Sea Salt is warm and inviting with its use of rich wooden accents, gorgeous bar area and French-American cuisine. Stop in for a cocktail during happy hour, dinner – you’ll want to dig into shrimp and grits, crab stuffed trout or pork shanks - or even just dessert. You can start your day at Sea Salt to taste their amazing brunch offerings like biscuit beignets, Nashville hot chowder or banana French toast.
NashHouse Southern Spoon and Saloon
At NashHouse Southern Spoon and Saloon in the Cambria Hotel across from the Music City Center, you can catch a game on the 15-foot video screen or enjoy live music every night. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night menus are served. You can find dishes like the vegetarian-friendly Farmhouse Scramble; whole chicken dishes with biscuit stuffing and gravy; burgers including a quinoa and cauliflower patty with lettuce, tomato, tomato jam and onion; grilled catfish tacos and more. Top shelf whiskey, a long list of craft cocktails and 36 beers on tap can also be enjoyed.
Party Fowl serves up Nashville hot chicken and their signature “boozy slushies” in its sprawling 8th Ave. South location on the outskirts of downtown Nashville. Choose your heat from mild to “Pultrygeist” while enjoying a sports game on one of the 13 large screen TVs. Dance to live music and enjoy the convertible open air dining thanks to the garage doors on all sides of the restaurant.
Conveniently on the corner of Broadway and 4th Avenue, Merchant’s is a Nashville staple, being a part of the downtown community for more than 30 years. The multi-level restaurant offers a bistro of cocktails and comfort food like black bean burgers, grilled salmon, strawberry salad and man n’ cheese; the second floor offers an upscale dining experience with steaks, prime rib, lamb chops and lobster rolls; and the third floor is open for private dining experiences.
What to Do in Nashville
Head downtown April 25-27 to get immersed in the full NFL Draft experience. Register for your free ticket here. Besides seeing the NFL Draft for free, enjoy concerts from today’s top artists, get autographs from current and legend NFL players, and participate in football clinics and interactive games. You can snap your picture with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, shop exclusive NFL merchandise and chow down at the Taste of Tailgate featuring Nashville restaurants and Bud Light Bars. All activities are free and family-friendly.
Along with the concerts happening over the three-day NFL Draft event, Nashville’s Lower Broadway is filled with live music venues. Hop in and out of the venues to hear country music favorites at Robert’s Western World, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, The Stage and Ole Red Nashville; blues at BB King’s Blues Club, and even comedy at Gino’s East. You never know who may get on stage and be tomorrow’s biggest star.
Practice your golf swing at Topgolf Nashville while enjoying the full-service restaurant and bars, more than 200 HDTVs and even a concert venue that hosts artists like We Three, T-Pain, We Came as Romans, AJ Mitchell and The Maine. Play from a variety of games like TopScramble where you play team against team; TopScore, the farther the target that you hit, the more points you receive; and the classic TopGolf where you score points by hitting balls into any target.
Tennessee State Museum
Step into the Tennessee State Museum to see the new exhibit "Touchdown Titans! The NFL in Tennessee," a special exhibit on display April 23-May 5 in the museum's Grand Hall. Memorabilia includes a mahogany football used at the unveiling of the new Titans logo in 1998; a Titans game-worn helmet from 2000 signed by Titans superstars Eddie George, Steve McNair, Jevon Kearse, and head coach Jeff Fisher; and a program and ticket from the Jan. 8, 2000 game when the Titans faced the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. It was in this game, with 16 seconds left, the Titans called “Home Run Throwback,” a play that has since been termed the “Music City Miracle.”
Go behind the scenes at Yazoo Brewery to see how this Nashville original brews some of their best beers with an $8 tour. Then, go to the spacious taproom to sample them yourself. Pale, wheat and brown ales, porters and pilsners, IPAs and Hefeweizens can all be found on tap at Yazoo. Kick back and spend some time with family and friends at the taproom located on Division Street, about 10 minutes from downtown Nashville.
With so much to see and do, Nashville is the perfect place to have a memorable sports fan getaway.