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48 Hours in Nashville: Travel Guide

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Busted Pockets set us unfastened on the streets of Nashville this fall and boy did we run amuck! From honky-tonks to a tree-house restaurant, we scoured America’s Music Metropolis for probably the most offbeat and unique “Nashville” experiences for you, our trustworthy BW readers. Comply with alongside on our 48-hour Nashville tour!

DAY 1

9:30 A.M. Breakfast at Simply Love Espresso & Eatery

It’s early, I do know, however begin your day without work proper with Artisan Waffles and drip espresso at Simply Love Espresso. Centrally situated on Music Row, Simply Love Espresso has all the products to get you going for the day. I’m speaking Nutella-stuffed waffles, S’mores waffles, omelets, and baked items (drool). Take pleasure in your breakfast on their patio and watch the town come to life! The menu within reason priced and the service is pleasant.

For instructions and a replica of the menu go to: justlovecoffee.com

10:30 A.M. Nashville Pedal Tavern Journey

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From Simply Love Espresso, take a leisurely stroll down the block to check-in on your Nashville Pedal Tavern expertise! Voted Nashville’s #1 Outside Exercise, Nashville Pedal Tavern provides 4 totally different routes via the town. Skilled drivers not solely get the social gathering began with enjoyable music and video games, however present an awesome guided tour via the town (shout out to our driver Matt Brown!). We booked the Midtown Tour, and would advocate that to any first-time customer to Nashville. The Midtown Tour took us down Music Row the place the highest nation artists document and to some superior offbeat bars. Our favourite bar that we stopped at was Clyde’s on Church. This distinctive bar not solely presents a few of the greatest candy-flavored photographs we now have ever had (attempt the Sugar-Daddy), however a bevy of different scrumptious alcoholic drinks to chill you down from peddling. If you wish to drink on the pedal bike, make sure you pack a number of chilly ones with you. Alcohol isn’t served on the bike, it’s BYOB.

Make your reservation for the Nashville Pedal Tavern right here: nashvillepedaltavern.com

1:00 P.M. Hattie B’s Scorching Hen & Gigi’s Cupcakes

Should you take the Midtown route on the Nashville Pedal Tavern, you’ll conveniently be dropped off about one block from Hattie B’s Scorching Hen. There might be a line; wait in it and you’ll be rewarded with one of the best scorching hen you’ll ever eat in your life. When you wait seize a cupcake from Gigi’s Cupcakes. Gigi’s handcrafted confections are a delight to take a look at and even higher to eat! With flavors like key lime and cookie butter, it is going to be robust to restrict your self to only one, however keep in mind the hot-chicken ready for you on the finish of the road! After about 40 minutes or so, you’ll attain Hattie B’s counter the place you possibly can order their well-known scorching hen and sides like pimento mac n’ cheese and peach cobbler. Ensure to seize a chilly candy tea, some honey, and plenty of napkins. Consuming at Hattie B’s is an existential expertise. Phrases can’t do it justice, so right here is a few food-porn…. Take pleasure in!

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2:30 P.M. Music in Centennial Park

A go to to Nashville isn’t full with no cease at Centennial Park. Situated by Vanderbilt College, Centennial Park is comprised of 132 lush acres. Lovely ponds, strolling trails, and a reproduction of the Parthenon await you! The primary attraction, nevertheless, is Musicians Nook. Musicians Nook offers free (sure, FREE) music in Centennial Park! Seize a spot underneath a shady tree, some grub from an area meals truck, and kick-back and take heed to tunes from native musicians. The calendar of artists rotates, so double verify the choices earlier than you go. Parking is usually a little bit of a problem, particularly on a pleasant day, so be affected person. We advise parking by the Parthenon and strolling right down to the occasion venue.

For instructions and a calendar of occasions, go right here: https://www.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Parks/Centennial-Park.aspx

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four:30 P.M. Purchasing in 5-Factors

The subsequent a part of our journey took us to the neighborhood of 5-Factors in East Nashville. In case you are in buying on the native artwork galleries, remember to make it to 5-Factors earlier than 5:00 pm as most outlets shut at 6:00 pm. 5-Factors is among the most eclectic and fascinating neighborhoods in Nashville. The structure is a feast for the eyes, and the outlets supply every little thing from classic Gibson guitars (shout out to our hometown, Kalamazoo) and tomato artwork (sure, you learn that appropriately) featured in 5-Factors annual Tomato Artwork Pageant. We advocate poking your head in the Artwork & Invention Gallery on Woodland Road after which taking a brief stroll across the block to Fanny’s Home of Music on Holly Road. Fanny’s Home of Music is probably probably the most distinctive guitar store / thrift retailer I’ve ever been in! In case you are fortunate, an area musician shall be strumming away on a guitar when you store as they take a break from the legendary Woodland Studios.

6:30 P.M. Cocktails and Dinner at The Treehouse

Nashville-18Buying full, head again to 5-Factors to The Treehouse for dinner. This was hands-down top-of-the-line and most original eating experiences of my life! This gem of a restaurant is located in a really unassuming home close to the middle of 5-Factors. The Treehouse gives craft cocktails, an ever altering farm-to-table dinner menu, and late-night eats. Most gadgets on the menu could be made vegetarian, vegan, and/or gluten-free. As its namesake suggests, the yard boasts a two-story treehouse with the primary flooring as a bar and the second as a personal eating space. The service was impeccable and the meals was bar-none one of the best we had in Nashville.

Remember to make your reservation at the least two days in advance right here: treehousenashville.com

 

DAY 2

9:00 A.M. Breakfast at Biscuit Love

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Flaky, buttery, salty, scrumptious biscuits! Consolation meals at its greatest, you can’t go to Nashville with out consuming biscuits. Our favourite biscuit joint in Nashville is Biscuit Love situated in The Gulch. Biscuit Love serves up flakey, buttery biscuit dishes from candy to savory. I attempted Biscuit Love’s well-known Bonuts – biscuit donuts – served with lemon mascarpone and blueberry compote. It was Nirvana! In case you are of the savory persuasion, you can’t go improper with biscuits and sausage gravy, a real Southern basic. If you’d like the complete Nashville expertise, ask for the off-the-menu specialty referred to as “The Nasty Princess” and prepare to be handled with biscuits, gravy and Nashville fashion scorching hen. Wash down your biscuits with a mimosa or bloody mary and you’re prepared on your subsequent journey!

For instructions to Biscuit Love and a menu go to: biscuitlove.com

10:00 A.M. Purchasing on the Manufacturing unit at Franklin

Franklin, TN is an enthralling little city located about 30 minutes south of Nashville. The Manufacturing unit at Franklin is, as its identify suggests, a manufacturing unit transformed to deal with native artists, eating places, vintage outlets, and farmers’ markets. You may spend hours wandering by way of the outlets at The Manufacturing unit.  When you’ve had your fill of buying, seize some lunch at Funk Seoul Brother for a singular tackle Korean and Japanese road meals. If this isn’t your jam, take a look at Saffire for eclectic dishes that includes regionally grown produce.

For extra info, together with a calendar of occasions and instructions, go to the Manufacturing unit at Franklin on-line right here: factoryatfranklin.com

2:30 P.M. Let the Bar Hopping Start!

Too early for bar hopping? Not in Nashville! Hopefully you’re rested and refueled after vising The Manufacturing unit, as a result of the actual enjoyable is about to start out!  Park close to the nook of seventh and Broadway, lace up your strolling footwear, and get your recreation face on since you are in for an extended day / night time!

It will be inconceivable for us to regale our complete bar-hopping journey for you, so here’s a listing of the highest 4 must-see bars!

Tootsies

A Nashville establishment, Tootsies has three flooring of the most effective reside music in the town. Get there early to keep away from strains, seize a beer, and begin on the prime! We have been completely blown away by the expertise of the musicians enjoying at Tootsies. In case you are fortunate, you may even see a star or two hanging out in Tootsies’ VIP part. As you make your approach via every flooring, you’ll want to admire Tootsies’ superb assortment of music memorabilia. This was a troublesome bar to go away!

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Plan your go to to Tootsies by visiting:  tootsies.internet 

Robert’s Western World

Robert’s Western World is only a hop, skip, and a bounce down the block from Tootsies’ and is touted as Nashville’s house of conventional nation music. Robert’s is the quintessential divey honky-tonk bar that you simply hope to seek out in Nashville. Seize a seat (should you can) and take heed to the tunes of Merle Haggard, Johnny Money, and Patsy Cline echo by way of the bar. Order up one in every of their well-known fried bologna sandwiches and a few yucca fries, sit back, and admire the nation music memorabilia hanging from flooring to ceiling.

Take a look at Robert’s Western World’s band schedule and meals menu by visiting: robertswesternworld.com

Paradise Park Trailer Resort

Kitty-corner from Robert’s Western World is among the most original bars on Broadway: Paradise Park Trailer Resort. Because the identify implies, the bar is adorned like a trailer park. One foot by means of the door and you’re greeted with crappy garden chairs, inexperienced astro turf flooring, and a chopped-up El Camino. The bands predictably play a mixture of Southern rock and nation and the bar serves beers in mini-pitchers. The menu boasts back-yard BBQ favorites and snacks like tater-tots and Moon Pies. One of the best half about Paradise Park, nevertheless, have been the opposite bar revelers! Most Paradise Park patrons got here dressed for the event in cut-off jean shorts, a lot of flannel, and mullets. The individuals watching was excellent! This bar was a blast!

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Get the complete low-down on Paradise Park Trailer Park right here: paradiseparkonline.com/

Alley Faucets

When you’ve taken in the bars on Broadway, sluggish issues down by taking a stroll to Printer’s Alley. Situated between third and 4th avenues, Printer’s Alley is a historic part of Nashville that homes a couple of selection bars. With a speak-easy vibe, Alley Faucets is a Printer’s Alley mainstay and a must-visit. Alley Faucets carries some very uncommon libations, utilized by their skilled bartenders to craft one in every of a sort cocktails. Attempt the Gimlet made with Victoria Pink Gin, you’ll not be disenchanted.

For extra details about Alley Faucets, together with instructions to Printer’s Alley, go to: alleytaps.com

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9:30 P.M. Dinner and a Burlesque Present at Skulls Rainbow Room

Nashville-28Your odyssey is nearly at an finish, and you’ll be rewarded. The final cease is Cranium’s Rainbow Room. Situated subsequent to Alley Faucets, Cranium’s Rainbow Room is darkish, decadent, and complicated. Make a reservation for a late dinner and you’ll not be dissatisfied. The meals is actually world class and the cocktails are merely exceptional. We advocate the Brass Rail or the Cranium Schulman to moist your urge for food. Then, savor the prime rib or New Zealand rack of lamb earlier than the burlesque present begins. Sure, that’s proper, Cranium’s Rainbow Room isn’t just well-known for its distinctive food and drinks; Cranium’s hosts Madam Hazel Jones’ Burlesque Revue each Friday and Saturday night time at 11:00 pm.  Set to a stay jazz band, Madam Hazel and her women dance, tease, and strip (partially) with the fashion and flare of 1920’s flappers.  With a late dinner reservation, you’ll get a front-row seat to probably the most distinctive and fanciful strip-tease present in Nashville. In the event you can’t get a reservation, there’s standing room solely. One of the best place to face for the present is alongside the rock wall dealing with the catwalk fashion stage!

Make your dinner reservations and take a look at their menu right here: skullsrainbowroom.com

Honorable Point out:

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When you’ve got a bit of additional time in Nashville, we advocate a go to to Corsair Distillery on Merritt Ave.  Taking an experimental strategy to distilling, Corsair breaks all the principles through the use of grains like quinoa, and distinctive processes like triple smoking their whiskey. The result’s an distinctive merchandise which have gained numerous awards. A go to to Corsair Distillery won’t solely offer you a glance into the distilling course of, however help you pattern their wide selection of spirits.

Plan your go to to Corsair Distillery right here: corsairdistillery.com

 

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