There are many areas of town to explore while visiting Nashville. Each neighborhood has its own personality, projecting the nature of the people who frequent them. Some are quiet and reserved while others are hip and boisterous. They all suit their surroundings and welcome all walks of life.
One of Nashville’s newest neighborhoods, 12South is the up-and-coming place to live and socialize. With the city investing in sidewalks and street lighting, 12South has begun to take shape over the last several years. You can grab coffee, score some new guitar strings, stock up on garden mulch, and grab a bite to eat all in the course of an afternoon on foot.
Start a unique shopping adventure at Katy K’s Ranch Dressing, a one-of-a-kind boutique that offers great vintage finds such as Manuel suits and spangled gowns by Nudie’s of Hollywood. Crammed into this tiny store, customers can look through designer cowboy boots, belt buckles, cowboy hats, and Western shirts – all cleverly called “Ranch Dressing.” You know you are there when you see the shapely cowgirl cutout on the building’s stone façade.
Next, head to MODA Boutique, voted “Best Place to Buy Jeans” by the Nashville Scene. MODA is an eclectic, elegant boutique that features Modern, Original, Distinctive Apparel and Accessories. Stop by and see what all the buzz is about.
Just down the street, hit Imogene + Willie, Nashville’s first and only custom jeans store. Housed in an old gas station, Imogene + Willie has become a local hangout for visiting celebrities from Gwyneth Paltrow to ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons. Jeans are made on the premises, and when customers buy a pair of the signature five-pocket mid-rises, they can get their fit customized the same day.
Shop for trendy clothes and accessories at Serendipity Emporium or for music and music accessories at the Corner Music Store. After walking around this charming neighborhood, pamper yourself in one of the chic salons like Trim Classic Barber or Green Pea Salon.
Walk next door to tHE aRT hOUSE Gallery & Studio, a great source for local fine art. They offer monthly art exhibitions and a variety of studio art classes for adults as well as a selection of unique gift items. Or stroll down the street to Snow Gallery that features talented local artists and ever changing exhibits.
Mafiaoza’s Pizzeria & Neighborhood Pub is located in the heart of the 12South district, and it fits right into the bustling neighborhood. With the slogan “Welcome to the Family,” you know you’ll feel at home in this Godfather-themed restaurant.
Next door to Mafiaoza’s is 12South Taproom, the quintessential friendly neighborhood hangout. It has 22 different beers on tap, an eclectic menu which includes hummus, oysters on the half shell, a jerk chicken sandwich, and shrimp tacos as well as a great lineup of live music. Enjoy the décor of Hatch Show Poster motifs, artwork painted on table tops, and wall designs fashioned from beer bottle caps, or when the weather is nice, sit out on the outdoor patio.
Around the corner is one of the neighborhood’s best kept secrets, Corrieri’s Formaggeria, which offers a wide variety of artisan and international cheeses, meats, and gourmet foods as well as great sandwiches, party trays, and gourmet prepared meals.
A must-do while strolling through 12South is a visit to Las Paletas. An authentic Mexican popsicle shop, Las Paletas makes fruit and vegetable popsicles from old family recipes. Stripped bare of any accessories, two stand-alone freezers separate the customers from the two sisters who own the shop, and a chalkboard with the flavors of the day is the only menu in the store. Don’t be afraid to try unusual flavors like avocado, corn or hot chocolate (chocolate with hot peppers!).
One of 12South’s busiest restaurants is Burger Up. This upscale burger joint brings a menu of burgers, salads, soups and appetizers made from as many locals ingredients as the owners can get their hands on, with their prized ingredient (local beef) coming straight from the Triple L Ranch in Franklin. A few doors down, you will find Sloco Sandwiches, the latest endeavor from Tayst executive chef Jeremy Barlow: a quick lunch option with a focus on high quality, local, and inseason ingredients.
Across the street is another quality barbeque joint to add to Nashville’s roster: Edley’s Bar-B-Que. Uniting the meat-andthree with a traditional barbeque restaurant, this fast casual eatery serves up smoked pork, chicken, turkey, brisket, ribs, wings, and much more. Their large patio is an ideal place to grab a bite and get immersed in the busy 12South neighborhood.
Housed on an old car wash site, Urban Grub features a menu filled with several different cuisines from Southern-style seafood and a raw bar with oysters, a charcuterie menu, and Latin dishes complete with tacos and enchiladas.
Get your caffeine fix at the neighborhood coffee house Frothy Monkey. With a selection of coffees and teas from all over the world, as well as a delicious breakfast and lunch menu filled with local ingredients, the Frothy Monkey is a popular neighborhood spot. Located close to the Frothy Monkey is Portland Brew, offering locally-roasted coffee, tea, sandwiches, and baked goods in an intimate, hipster atmosphere.
Located just south of the Eighth Avenue South district lies Berry Hill - though technically its own city, Berry Hill is still treated as a distinct neighborhood of Nashville. Home to more than 400 businesses and 40 recording studios and music publishers, this neighborhood of colorful bungalows and independent specialty shops offers residents and visitors everything from yoga classes to therapeutic massage.
Known to Nashville residents as a unique and funky neighborhood with many resources for crafters, you’ll find jewelry-making supplies at The Beaded Bungalow and Be Dazzled Beads. For the sewing enthusiast, grab your fabrics, trims, notions, and patterns at The Stitchin’ Post and Fabric Gallery & Décor or take sewing classes for children and adults alike at The Children’s Corner and Marguerite’s Sewing School.
For shopping, Berry Hill does not disappoint: shoppers looking for unique items can visit places like The Curious Heart Emporium, a boutique that sells whimsical gifts and yard art, or Nashville’s premier consignment store Designer Renaissance for luxury vintage clothing and accessories.
Berry Hill is a pet lover’s paradise with amenities like the Bark-O-Lounge Doggie Daycare and Dizzy’s Dog Wash & Corner Store as well as shopping at The Cat Shoppe & The Dog Store and See Spot Eat: A Doggie Bakery.
The dining scene in Berry Hill is just as unique as the rest of the neighborhood! Be your own chef at The Pfunky Griddle, where the tables have pancake griddles built into the tables and diners are supplied with batter and toppings and encouraged to let their breakfast creativity shine.
For more sophisticated dining, visit local favorite The Yellow Porch, a restaurant that offers an outstanding menu featuring affordably priced menu items like port-poached cherry salad and seafood paella. Next door you’ll find Baja Burrito, a locally-owned independent burrito shop famous for huge burritos with fresh ingredients that are easy on the wallet.
Berry Hill’s coffee spot, Sam & Zoe’s, is open for breakfast and lunch, serving fresh sandwiches, muffins, and smoothies and brewing local coffee from Bongo Java and Drew’s Brews.
East Nashville is home to several historic neighborhoods that are finding themselves in the midst of a renaissance. Its low-key vibe and neighborly personality make this community a great place to escape without leaving town. Although more than 600 structures were destroyed in the great East Nashville Fire of 1916, the area still boasts an eclectic mixture of antebellum buildings. Historic Edgefield is one of only two locally zoned “historic preservation districts,” requiring that all new construction, additions, demolition, alterations and fences be approved by the Metro Historical Commission, giving the neighborhood a timeless feel. Additionally, the area has been featured on the HGTV network during Bob Vila’s “Restore America” and in HGTV’s “Our Place” series.
Over the years, East Nashville has developed an eclectic and creative vibe that has attracted many musicians and visual artists to the neighborhood. Mingle with the patrons of the local hangouts and you’re bound to meet more than a few musicians and songwriters. Several art galleries have flourished in the area and even one of the local coffeehouses doubles as an art gallery.
Within East Nashville, sports enthusiasts frequent the Edgefield Sports Bar and Grille for billiards and darts. Mad Donna’s serves up innovative cuisine and creative cocktails for dinner. For a taste of old Mexico, visit the Rosepepper Cantina, where guests may find themselves being serenaded by a Mariachi band. Across the street is Eastland Café, a vibrant neighborhood restaurant that is both comfortable and casually elegant. Enjoy Germantown East’s contemporary French-inspired cuisine or take in some live music with dinner at The Family Wash which offers a small but delicious menu along with local bands and musicians performing Tuesday through Saturday nights.
In your East Nashville explorations, make sure to plan a stop to Holland House Bar & Refuge. It has an easygoing atmosphere, a thoughtful farm-to-table menu and a creative catalog of artisanal cocktails served up by expert bartenders. Located behind the Holland House is the new Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden, a popular restaurant that serves house-made sodas and shakes, gourmet and unique hamburgers and brats, as well as a nice selection of high-end beers.
Another new restaurant to the scene is Mas Tacos Por Favor, described by many as “the best thing since country music in Nashville.” Originally a mobile food truck, it also has a permanent location. Add fresh salsa and guacamole to tacos and enchiladas and you have a neighborhood favorite.
Goodies are baked fresh each day at Sweet 16, a local bakery that makes scones, muffins, cakes, and Mamarangues, a mixture of chocolate and toffee.
Margot Cafe and Bar, housed in an antique gas station turned brick-and-timber gourmet restaurant, has quickly become one of Nashville’s most outstanding restaurants. Chef Margot McCormack uses only fresh ingredients gathered that day. Also check Margot’s other restaurant located just across the street. Marché Artisan Foods is a European- style bistro that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a popular weekend brunch.
At The Silly Goose, everything in this new restaurant is fresh and made to order. The menu is full of wraps, sandwiches, and salads that are perfect for a lunch time experience. Their motto is to use “local, organic, sustainably produced, minimally manipulated food.”
Nashville’s first vegetarian restaurant, The Wild Cow, serves vegetarian and vegan fare in a fun, casual atmosphere. All food is purchased in its whole form, and they also make their own sauces, dressings, soup stocks, etc.
Also an artist’s haven, Five Points is home to several galleries including the Art & Invention Gallery and adjoining studio, Garage Mahal. Having five to six shows annually, including the signature Tomato Art Show in August and Holiday Artisan Show in December, Art & Invention Gallery focuses on inventiveness in fine art, crafts, and original furniture. Named Nashville’s “Best Neighborhood Event,” the Tomato Art Festival is a laid back event that has attracted regional and national attention for its celebration of the fruit.
When it comes to one-of-a-kind shopping, East Nashville has a variety of options: The Green Wagon offers eco-friendly shopping with hopes to make living sustainably as easy as possible for their customers. Their products hold up a rigorous set of standards based on all natural ingredients, sustainable production practices, and local production. Hip Zipper is a classic, vintage consignment boutique that features a unique, eclectic collection of clothing from various eras.
Named “One of South’s Top 10 Bootiques” by Southern Living, Goodbuy Girls sells the best quality and affordable vintage cowboy boots in the city. Receiving inventory every day, it’s a great place to find unique treasures.
Pop into another vintage store, HumanKind Made: Locally Made Goods, and find vintage and modern apparel in a quirky atmosphere for men and women. Every corner is filled with great finds and many locally, hand-made items. Finish up your day by driving to Fanny’s House of Music and search through their great selection of new, used, and vintage merchandise (clothing and instruments) – all in a comfortable and easy environment.
Visitors and locals alike are increasingly finding themselves crossing the river to sample the varied eating and nightlife venues available in East Nashville. Whether you’re in the mood for great music or incredible food, you can find them all just east of downtown.
Eighth Avenue South
Not far from downtown, antique stores line both sides of Eighth Avenue South. A collector’s haven, the area has become known as a premier antiques district. Monthly, a local auction house in the center of the district at Douglas Corner opens its doors for one night of auctioning mayhem to a standing-room-only crowd.
Known as Nashville’s Antique District, you’ll find a dozen shops on Eighth featuring fine antiques at stores like Á la Maison, the Corduroy Horse and Fine Offerings Antiques to eclectic stores like Pre-To-Post Modern, Classic Modern, Cane-Ery Antique Mall and FLIP.
Many diners converge on Eighth Avenue for Southern cooking at Arnold’s Country Kitchen. Open for breakfast and lunch, Arnold’s serves some of the very best of Nashville’s indigenous cuisine. Called a meat-and-three, this style of restaurant refers to the meals served for one price – a choice of meat plus three vegetables. Proprietor Jack Arnold stands behind the buffet counter and barks your order as you slide through the long line.
Flyte World Dining and Wine is a casually elegant, fine dining restaurant specializing in creative food and beverage menus and fresh, organic, and humanely raised ingredients. Flyte aspires to offer diners an opportunity to engage in an exploration of world cuisine, interesting wines and finely crafted beers.
The best comedians in the world frequent Nashville’s comedy venue, Zanies Comedy Night Club, located at Douglas Corner. For more than two decades, Zanies has been making Nashville laugh with headliners like Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Tim Allen, Jeff Foxworthy, and Paula Poundstone. Performers appear Wednesday through Sunday. Zanies offers non-smoking shows, is an 18-and-older crowd, and requires a twoitem food or drink minimum.
Across the street from Zanies is Douglas Corner Café, one of Nashville’s most popular listening venues. The venue boasts live music six nights a week ranging from country to rock to Americana, and many of the early shows have no cover charge. On some evenings, the stage is even disregarded when songwriters pull up chairs and perform “in the round” in the midst of the audience. Any true music lover must check out Grimey’s New & Preloved Music. Grimey’s has a wide selection of CDs, DVDs and vinyl. From indie to vintage, from mainstream to obscure, the knowledgeable staff at Grimey’s will help you find what you are looking for. They also host several in-store performances.
After visiting Grimey’s, head down to The Basement, another great music venue located in the basement (where else?) of Grimey’s. This venue’s small setting lends to its intimate “underground” feel. The Basement, often filled with its musically inclined regulars, offers a consistently good music lineup of classic jazz, blues, rock, and solo acoustic performances.
Elliston Place is located just west of downtown near the Vanderbilt University campus and has a variety of options for dining and nighttime entertainment. As one of Nashville’s young, trendy neighborhoods, small homes and cafes epitomize the tenants of the area. In the heart of the neighborhood is the Elliston Place Rock Block, a blocklong section of Elliston Place that is home to some of the loudest nightclubs in town.
The legendary Exit/In has played host to many of today’s hit-makers since 1971. This cornerstone of Elliston Place shows no signs of slowing down. The legendary Jimmy Buffett got his start at Exit/In shortly after it opened, as did a young comedian, Steve Martin.
For those with more alternative musical tastes, walk across the street to The End, a club firmly entrenched in Nashville’s rock scene and definitely worth a listen.
There are also several bars on Elliston. The Corner Bar is unabashedly basic - good drinks, good pool and good people. This place is a favorite among locals looking for a low-key night of simply hanging out. The Gold Rush doesn’t claim to be a pool hall; actually, it doesn’t claim to be anything. This no-frills bar is a late-night hangout where many bands have been known to appear after their gigs at larger venues around town.
No trip to Elliston Place is complete without a stop at the Elliston Place Soda Shop. An institution for seven decades, Elliston is a meat-and-three favorite with a 1950s decor. Known for its fried chicken and milk shakes, this authentic old-time soda fountain has a faithful following among the locals.
Just down from Elliston Place Soda Shop is Elder’s Bookstore, which has been serving Nashville’s literary set since 1930. This modest-looking bookshop stocks some of the rarest of the rare: first edition Faulkner, limited edition Warren and signed Hemingway. A superior selection of Southern and classic literature, leather-bound volumes, illustrated children’s classics, antique maps and Tiffany-style lamps can all be found here.
A little further up the street is another local favorite with the same down-home charm. Rotier’s has been serving up the city’s best cheeseburger for decades. Take your server’s suggestion and try their burgers on French bread.
For the ultimate taste of timeless Nashville dining, visit Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse. Jimmy Kelly’s has been a Nashville tradition since 1934, and has been impressing visitors and natives alike with its hospitality and great food. Now serving a third generation of Nashvillians, Jimmy Kelly’s is part of what Music City is all about. The restaurant is located in a Victorian mansion with the look and feel of the Old South.
One of Nashville’s historic neighborhoods is bringing people closer to town to live and play. Germantown, so named because of the influx of German immigrants in the mid nineteenth- century, was Nashville’s first suburb. The district is one of Nashville’s most architecturally heterogeneous neighborhoods, containing a significant concentration of Victorian building styles. It has been designated as a city Arboretum by the Nashville Tree Foundation because there are more than 100 species of trees in the area. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979, the neighborhood is now being restored to its original grandeur.
Germantown Café specializes in straightforward traditional cooking with a subtle twist. Featured in Bon Appétit, this unpretentious restaurant serves bistro fare with the menu changing seasonally. Nearby in a restored Victorian home, Monell’s is a staple of the Nashville food scene. A traditional meat-and-three restaurant, meals at Monell’s are served family-style. Seated at tables of 10 or 12, patrons pass the bottomless bowls of fried chicken and hot rolls to the diner on their left. Get there early as Monell’s doesn’t accept reservations.
Located down the street from Monell’s is the Mad Platter Restaurant. With a menu that changes seasonally, this intimate and inviting restaurant was one of the first local cafes in Germantown. Guests are encouraged to try the signature dessert - Chocolate Elvis, a three-layer terrine with dark and white chocolate ganache and Italian milk chocolate buttercream on an almond graham cracker crust.
One of the newer additions to Germantown is City House Restaurant. Matching the décor of the quaint residential neighborhood, City House, located in a house built in 1901 that was at one time sculptor Alan LeQuire’s home and studio, has been turned into a space that’s both chic and rustic. The dining rooms have a farmhouse feel, with high ceilings and rough plaster walls. The kitchen is open, bounded by a chef’s bar that lets diners watch the action. The cuisine at City House is Italian, but it’s not typical Italian-American fare. The inspiration is the simple but sublime food that could be found on a dinner table in Italy.
New to the neighborhood, Zackie’s Original Hot Dogs serves a bevy of all-American dogs with a build-your-own menu of 18 different toppings. Head down the street and pick up some handmade pasta, cannoli or prepared Italian meals from Lazzaroli Pasta. If you are feeling seafood, check out Little’s Fish Co. This 54-year-old familyowned business prides itself on fresh seafood from salmon filets, lobster tails, and tilapia to freshwater catfish.
Appealing to the sweet tooth, The Cupcake Collection offers delectable treats.
An area that sports some of Nashville’s most desirable homes, Green Hills also has its fair share of exciting destinations for a night out. The Bluebird Cafe has a national reputation as the place to be heard in Nashville if you’re a songwriter. In this intimate setting you can witness a moment “in the round.” In this format, three or four songwriters sit in a circle, sharing songs and the inspirations behind the music. This format has become an important part of The Bluebird Cafe’s tradition. The audience is given a unique opportunity to hear original material from different points of view in a casual, comfortable environment. It’s a chance to discover up-and-coming writers or to hear hits, new and old, from some of the best of the best. The Bluebird serves a variety of alcoholic beverages and offers a small but interesting menu.
For the jazz lover, look no further than F. Scott’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar. The restaurant has an award-winning menu, wine tastings every Monday and jazz nightly. F. Scott’s serves contemporary American cuisine in a setting that combines the comfort and familiarity of a neighborhood restaurant with flair and sophistication.
Yolo marks one of Green Hills’ most recent additions. Set in a lively, contemporary atmosphere, this is the new place to find bold flavor and taste. Choices range from salads and burgers, to pasta and steaks that are sure to melt in your mouth.
Next door is Table 3 Restaurant & Market. Table 3 offers an authentic brasserie/ bistro dining experience in a setting that combines contemporary design elements with an Old World atmosphere.
For the ultimate change in scenery, stop by The Greenhouse Bar in the Bandywood area of Green Hills. This place really is a greenhouse complete with hanging plants, gravel floor and fountain. Try one of their specialty drinks or step up to the beautifully crafted bar for a beer.
A few doors down from the Greenhouse are a couple of watering holes for the sports-minded patron. Crow’s Nest has TVs everywhere, so you won’t miss your favorite team in action. It gets crowded on game days so arrive early. Joe’s Place boasts plasma TVs, a covered patio out back and a stage for small acoustic live music sets. Joe’s Place offers both lunch and dinner consisting of the usual bar classics.
Also tucked away on Bandywood Drive is one restaurant that is not to be missed. The Firefly Grille is a funky little spot in Green Hills with an eclectic decor and modern art work which sets the scene for a great dining experience. With a casual, friendly and laid back atmosphere, Firefly stimulates the palette without emptying the wallet. The menu, which is ever changing, includes a trendy wine list with adventurous options.
From boutiques to an upscale mall, some of Nashville’s best shopping can be found in Green Hills. The Cotton Mill offers chic upscale clothing lines in a boutique setting. Kendal Boutique perfectly blends conservation and contemporary, creating a closet that can be shared by mother and daughter. In true boutique fashion they have everything to complete your wardrobe from jewelry to hats, scarves, candles and other collectibles. Anchored by Dillard’s, Macy’s, and Nordstrom department stores, The Mall at Green Hills features such stores as Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Sephora, Kiehl’s, Kate Spade, Burberry, Tory Burch, BCBG, Apple, and many others. The Hill Center is an outdoor shopping center which offers Nashville’s first Whole Foods grocery as well as upscale boutiques like Anthropologie, Posh, Hemline and Francesca’s. It also has some great casual restaurants like California Pizza Kitchen, Pei Wei, Zoe’s, and Five Guys Burgers.
Nashville’s historic Gulch District, with its distinct industrial history, originally housed the downtown railroad terminal. From the turn of the century until the 1950s, more than 100 trains arrived and departed from The Gulch daily.
Today, the Gulch District has developed into a hotspot for young urbanites. The Gulch has perfectly combined its industrial background with a modern contemporary style. Old warehouses have been renovated into residential and office space, and upscale restaurants and a vibrant nightlife have made The Gulch the hottest new neighborhood in Nashville.
Some of the finest restaurants in Music City have made The Gulch their home in recent years. Watermark, with floor-toceiling windows, offers a luxurious dining experience with a beautiful, chic setting and a wonderful view of downtown Nashville. Watermark offers American food with Southern-style ingredients that give this modern restaurant a local flavor.
Just below Watermark is Sambuca. Known for its eclectic dining and nightly live music, Sambuca is the place to dine, drink, and dance the night away. Looking for a more low-key eatery, Ru Sans Sushi & Seafood offers a lunch and dinner buffet and sushi bar offering a wide variety of rolls with distinctive names (ex. The Sinking Titanic).
Check out Yazoo Brewing Company, a local brewer whose brew house is located on Division Street. The taproom is open Wednesday through Saturdays and you can often find one of Nashville’s many food trucks in the parking lot serving dinner. Brewery tours are available on Saturdays. Also located on Division Street inside The Icon, Bullets & Mullets is a new eccentric retail store that is “fueled by the Desire and Passion of Urban fashion.” They hope to inspire their clients to “Be Your Own Model.”
Stop and get a manicure at Cashmere Salonspa or grab a cup of coffee at Casablanca Coffee and hit the boutiques in the heart of The Gulch. Urban Outfitters focuses on vintage, bohemian, retro, hipster, and kitschy apparel and furniture for men and women. Across the street find Two Old Hippies, a store lined with collections of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, and filled with unique apparel collections, accessories, fun novelty and gift items, a “Magic Bus” located right in the center of the store, and an 8,000-square-foot stage ready for local performances.
A favorite for American luxury equestrian and western boots, Lucchese Boot Company has opened its third flagship store. Lucchese provides the best of the best in high-end signature boots. With classic designs made of the finest materials, as well as a working design center for custom boot making, Nashville’s newest boot brand is becoming one hot commodity.
Apricot Lane can also be found close by. Apricot Lane offers a selection of urban chic, well-known styles and brands that features clothing, soaps, home accessories, stationery, and candles.
New restaurants are popping up in The Gulch including Music City Flats, located inside The Icon in The Gulch, which offers an eclectic fusion of ancient world style flatbread served up in a modern urban setting and Cantina Laredo, which serves authentic Mexican dishes in a sophisticated atmosphere.
Anchored in the Gulch since 1974, Station Inn is Nashville’s foremost home for authentic bluegrass and offers live acoustic music nightly. A far cry from its trendy neighbors, Station Inn keeps it simple with pizza, beer, and some of the best Americana and bluegrass music around. Doors open nightly at 7 p.m. and music starts at 9 p.m.
Turnip Truck Urban Fare is an organic grocery store featuring a deli, bakery, and salad bar that serves delicious and healthy food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Bar Louie, a national restaurant and bar chain is located on the first floor of the Velocity in The Gulch. The restaurant concept is positioned between casual and upscale, being described as “a progressively hip neighborhood restaurant and bar with a lively atmosphere.” The menu offers sandwiches, salads, and pizzas as well as items with international flair. Hand-crafted cocktails are also available.
Located between the heart of The Gulch and Downtown is a complex of upscale and trendy restaurants operated by Nashville nightlife developers M Street Entertainment. Whiskey Kitchen, with its tavern concept, is a favorite place to “see and be seen” in Music City. Next door is sister property Virago, part upscale Japanese restaurant and sushi bar, part late night cocktail lounge. The newest endeavor and crown jewel of these restaurants is Kayne Prime, a fine dining steakhouse that features modern and upscale interpretations of classic American fare with a market-driven menu and artisanal cocktails.
Conveniently located near Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities, Hillsboro Village is a collection of shops, boutiques and restaurants perfect for a day’s stroll. A four-block radius with all the makings of its own village, this quaint Nashville neighborhood has rejuvenated the community and attracted young professionals for living and playing.
If hungry customers are hoping to rub elbows with Music Row execs or simply want to eat something from the extraordinary half-price late night menu, look no further than the venerable Sunset Grill. A long-time staple of Nashville’s dining landscape, Sunset Grill offers a great wine menu, inspired entrees and a cool atmosphere.
Across the street is the popular Cabana, a versatile restaurant and bar. This mellow restaurant morphs into an upscale hot spot with live music and DJs in the evening. Next door, the newly opened Brazilian steakhouse, Bombasha, promises a unique dining experience, with table-carved meats and a gourmet salad bar. Behind Sunset Grill is the trendy Jackson’s Bar and Bistro. Specializing in French bistro-style food as well as eclectic European fare, this neighborhood bistro encourages patrons to come as they are and be themselves.
Across the street is one of Nashville’s most famous restaurants. A Nashville breakfast tradition, the Pancake Pantry boasts a menu with 21 pancake selections. Combining some surprising ingredients with family flapjack recipes, the ending results are pancakes that melt in your mouth. (Try chocolate chip or sweet potato flavors.) Saturday and Sunday mornings are especially popular at the Pantry, and the waiting line usually wraps around the building down 21st Avenue.
For Parisian-style fare, Provence Breads & Café offers gourmet sandwiches and decadent baked goods in a relaxed, cozy atmosphere. In the center of the Village is one of Nashville’s local breweries. Boscos brews handcrafted beer and has won many awards for its Tennessee original Flaming Stone beer. There are more beers on the menu, too, suited to every beer taste imaginable, plus a variety of pasta dishes, oven-fired pizzas, and great sandwiches.
Sam’s Place is a large, bustling sports bar with great food. With a younger crowd than the other Village spots, Sam’s is a place where patrons can feel comfortable dressed in a t-shirt and jeans. Across the street from Sam’s Place is Fido. This funky coffeehouse is the heart and soul of Hillsboro Village. Fido draws a mix of Vandy students, Music Row execs, musicians and neighborhood locals. Coffee is the main attraction, but large sandwiches and all-day breakfasts are crowd pleasers. Next door, newcomer Hot & Cold serves up espresso drinks and gourmet frozen treats from Ohio ice cream purveyor Jeni’s as well as local favorite Las Paletas.
Venturing down Belcourt Avenue, you will find hidden gems like Savarino’s Cucina, a family-run Italian café serving everything from espresso and biscotti to fresh-baked Italian bread sandwiches and homemade gelato. Taps offers stuffed burgers and fresh-cut fries served 7 ways along with nightly live music. Stop by Zumi Sushi for a quick and healthy Japanese meal, enjoy a gourmet hot dog at The Dog of Nashville, or famous fried chicken baskets at McDougal’s.
Hillsboro Village may seem small, but unique boutiques and specialty stores abound. From industrial espresso makers to egg timers, Davis Cookware carries a myriad of kitchen items. BookMan/BookWoman Used Books offers more than 150,000 used volumes and a search service to help you find what you need. If you desire unique entertainment, look no further than the historic Belcourt Theatre. Opened in 1925 as a silent movie house and later, as the location of the venerable Grand Ole Opry, the Belcourt has since returned to its original use as a movie theatre showing classic, unique, and challenging fare not previously available in Nashville.
Pangaea, Fire Finch, and A Thousand Faces each offer their own varied selection of art, jewelry, office accessories, furniture and gifts. For unique gifts or rare finds, these stores are a must. Posh Boutique, a sister shop to the Green Hills favorite, offers a wide selection of the latest styles with prices ranging between $10 and $200, accommodating all budgets. Even glasses aren’t spared by this neighborhood’s chic style: SEE (Selective Eyewear Elements) features unique European designer eyewear.
Every city seems to have a “midtown,” and Nashville is no exception. This bustling neighborhood, extending up Broadway and Division Street, is home to a variety of hotels, restaurants, and bars that come alive at night.
A Nashville favorite for years, South Street Original Crab Shack & Authentic Dive Bar is known by locals as simply South Street. This Cajun restaurant serves large portions, spicy entrees, seafood, and barbecue. With a ‘convertible’ dining room and an open upstairs called the Treehouse, South Street is perfect for a casual atmosphere on a warm Southern night.
A few doors down and a world away, the Bound’ry is one of Nashville’s most eclectic places to spend an evening. Dining at the Bound’ry is a true experience. The upscale global cuisine is delectable, and the restaurant itself is a work of art. The décor is best described as a Salvador Dalí painting gone wild. It is eclectic and beautiful at the same time, combining the five senses into one grand experience.
Noshville is a New York-style deli that offers a broad menu of deli favorites like the Reuben and corned beef. Try one of the exceptionally large servings of dessert or the sour pickles found on every table.
Giovanni’s Ristorante, like the 15-yearold flagship Giovanni in midtown Manhattan, specializes in Tuscan fare. The menu includes risotto, homemade pastas, and seafood, with house-baked breads and an extensive wine program.
With the same ownership as Virago and Whiskey Kitchen, Tavern serves up interesting cocktails and inspired pub food, with the same upscale, hot-spot feel of the trendy family of restaurants.
The Broadway Brewhouse is a place for the true beer connoisseur with over 70 beers on tap and another 100 or so in the coolers. Attached to the Brewhouse is the very affordable Mojo Grill, specializing in Cajun-inspired dishes that will fill your stomach without emptying your wallet.
Located in historic former residence at the corner of 17th Avenue South and Division Street in Midtown, The Patterson House offers a vibe and drink menu that suggests a throwback to the pre-Prohibition era when tempting cocktails and stimulating conversation highlighted a cosmopolitan American nightlife. That drink menu features more than 50 different cocktail recipes, 30 original and 20 classic offerings that remain beloved. Located above their speakeasy cocktail bar, the 30-seat restaurant The Catbird Seat features an ever-changing seven-course menu of seasonally inspired dishes, prepared by acclaimed chefs Josh Habiger and Erik Anderson. Together, they cook in a U-shaped kitchen surrounded by countertop seating, giving patrons the opportunity to observe and interact with the chefs as their food is prepared.
Late night crowds can hit the dance floor with live music at Losers or Winners located next door to each other. So whether you feel like a winner or a loser, you’ll have a place to go. Other late night spots include Rebar, Blue Bar, and Red Door Midtown.
Southwest of downtown Nashville lies the quaint and quiet neighborhood of Sylvan Park, a beautiful setting with homes and businesses that run the gamut from funky to upscale. Here, 1920s clapboard homes and 1930s stone bungalows look right at home together.
The neighborhood’s namesake restaurant, Sylvan Park Restaurant, has been serving Nashville residents old-fashioned Southern cooking for more than 50 years. The restaurant’s continuing popularity is demonstrated by the proliferation of Sylvan Park restaurants around the city.
Across the street, Caffé Nonna is a cozy, neighborhood Italian bistro. Seating 45 people, the cafe has an intimate ambience with servers who maneuver deftly between wooden tables.
Next door to Caffé Nonna is Park Café. Comfortable and quirky, this fusion eatery serves creative dishes with influences from Asia, India, France, and Italy. Known for its upscale dining, Park Cafe has become a top choice for many of Nashville’s prominent faces.
At The Produce Place, one can find a wide selection of fresh food and produce, including organic and gourmet items. This small establishment offers fresh bread from local bakeries and a varied selection of fine cheeses as well as preservative-free juices and soups.
The Local Taco is the newest fast casual Mexican joint in the area. Visitors can enjoy lunch or dinner while sipping on one of their famous margaritas out on the newly expanded patio.