Where the locals go in Nashville, Tennessee

The Local Music City Hot Spots You’ll Want to Visit

Your Nashville trip just got more memorable

As Nashville grows to new heights (literally), new restaurants, cafes and hangout spots have also cropped up. To help navigate the wealth of options here in Music City, Nashville Explorers Club has put together an itinerary of some of their favorite spots around town, so you don't miss out next time you're here.

Day 1

Germantown area in Nashville
Germantown area in Nashville

Germantown is one of my most favorite areas of town. Only two miles from the beloved Broadway, three miles from East Nashville, and right off the interstate, you can't go wrong by staying in Germantown. If you're looking to stay here, look no further than the Germantown Inn.

Germantown Inn room, Nashville
One of the rooms at Germantown Inn

The Germantown Inn is a six-room boutique hotel which was a recent renovation to a historic home. Each room contains pops of color and creativity as they celebrate unique presidential facts for which each room is named.

Patio space at Germantown Inn in Nashville
Patio space at Germantown Inn

Take a walk through Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park to learn even more of Tennessee's history.

Bearded Iris Brewing, Nashville
Bearded Iris Brewing

While you're getting settled in, we'd suggest spending a night exploring the neighborhood. If you're a fan of hops, head over to Bearded Iris for some of the best IPAs I've ever had. If not, hop across Jefferson, and check out Little Harpeth Brewing for a refreshing Chicken Scratch Pils.

Bearded Iris Brewing interior, Nashville
Bearded Iris Brewing decor

Craving a cocktail? Head over to the bar at Silo, and get one of the best old fashioned cocktails in town.

Silo in Nashville
Getting a crafted cocktail at Silo

Dinner is served up at City House, where they perfectly combine Italian and Southern cuisine. My recommendations are to share a pork belly pizza (be sure to add an egg!) and lamb sausage, while washing it down with a Solomon.

City House, Nashville
City House

After dinner is a unique nightlife. Just a block away is The Green Hour – a chocolate shop, Tempered, by day, which doubles as an absinthe bar on the weekend nights. Be sure to try the local absinthe by Corsair Distillery, Red.

The Green Hour in Nashville
The Green Hour

If you're looking for even more nightlife, look no further than The Back Corner, an extension of 5th & Taylor, to get some craft brews or cocktails in a chill dance party environment.

The Back Corner of 5th & Taylor
5th & Taylor, The Back Corner
Libations at 5th & Taylor
Libations at 5th & Taylor's The Back Corner

Day 2

Steadfast Coffee, Nashville
Steadfast Coffee

When you wake up, make your way to Steadfast Coffee and grab a Matchless Co. coffee soda and egg sandwich. Once you're energized, make friends with the folks at Foggy Bottom where they can hook you up with a canoe or kayak so you can spend your afternoon along the Harpeth River. Get there a little earlier to avoid the crowds; and be sure to bring you snacks and drinks.

Foggy Bottom Canoe and Kayak Rentals, Harpeth River
A great afternoon along the Harpeth River

On your way back to town, stop by Edley's Bar-B-Que West for a quick bite to eat. We'd recommend trying everything, and sharing, with a few bushwackers.

Edley's BBQ West, Nashville
Edley's Bar-B-Que

Once you get the river washed off and maybe a rest, head over to Jackalope Brewing for a second helping of the local brew. We love Thunder Ann and Lovebird.

Jackalope Brewing Company
Jackalope Brewing Company 
Jackalope Brewing Company, Nashville
Jackalope brews

After a beer, if you're still hungry, go north across Broadway to Chauhan Ale & Masala House for a dinner of Nashville's finest Indian cuisine. We recommend the Lamb Korma with chili cheese naan bread.

Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Nashville

Head back to the Gulch to the new Thompson Hotel. Walk straight past the front desk to the elevator, hit the R button in the elevator to be taken to L.A. Jackson, Nashville's finest rooftop bar. Here, we love sitting outside watching the sunset and watching the buildings glow as the sun disappears to the west.

LA Jackson, Nashville
LA Jackson, Nashville

After a cocktail and a perfect sunset, walk around the corner to The Station Inn to catch bluegrass music like you can't get anywhere else in the city. Try the Yazoo Daddy-O and the pimento cheese.

Still awake and looking for that nightcap? If you go to Edgehill Village, you’ll find Old Glory. Look for the first door with a yellow triangle around the door.

Old Glory , Nashville
Inside Old Glory

Day 3

If it's a Sunday, we recommend heading over to 5th & Taylor for brunch. We loved their duck hash, grits and quail wrapped dates.

Brunch at 5th & Taylor, Nashville
Brunch at 5th & Taylor

Make your morning even brighter with Barista Parlor for a bourbon vanilla latte and some excellent photo ops.

Barista Parlor, Nashville
Barista Parlor

It's time to burn some daily calories, so light activity at Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Natural Area is on the agenda. Rent a B-Cycle and make your way down the trail to Cornelia Fort Airpark, an abandoned airport that turned into a park.

Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Natural Area, Nashville
Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Natural Area

After a thrilling ride burning off brunch, head to Mas Tacos or Rose Pepper. Grab some tacos and a margarita.

Mas Tacos in Nashville
Mas Tacos

For a sweet treat, Five Daughters Bakery fits the bill with confection options a 100 Layer, Paleo, or even vegan doughnut.

Five Daughters Bakery, Nashville
Five Daughters Bakery
Donuts at Five Daughters Bakery, Nashville
Five Daughters Bakery donuts 

Time for some fun! Pinewood Social or Donelson Bowl offer hangs around the bowling alley while relaxing with your group.

For dinner, check out Butcher & the Bee for a farm to table meal we love to share with our friends. We recommend sharing all off the Mezze options along with the brisket meatballs.

Butcher & the Bee, Nashville TN
Butcher & the Bee, Nashville
Butcher & the Bee Mezze options, Nashville TN
Butcher & the Bee Mezze options

If you're down for another night in East Nashville, check out some of our favorites: Duke's, Dino's, No. 308, and Rosemary & Beauty Queen.

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