What the Locals Do
Ranked by Travel + Leisure as one of the ‘top cities for hipsters,’ Nashville folks love vintage shopping. From clothes shopping at places like Local Honey, Old Made Good and Hip Zipper to vintage record shopping at Grimey’s New & Preloved Music or The Great Escape to the random finds at Antique Archeology and Pre to Post Modern great little vintage shops can be found around almost every corner. Explore Nashville's shopping options.
Yes, even locals will hit the Grand Ole Opry and the honky tonks, but you’re more likely to find them at the local clubs scattered around town. Places like Mercy Lounge, 3rd & Lindsley, Station Inn and Exit/In feature great local and national artists and bands of all genres nearly every night of the week. Check out a list of local live music venues here: visitmusiccity.com/Music/livemusic/musicvenues
Nashville is becoming known more and more as a foodie destination, and sometimes the best way to find the good spots is to follow the locals. Many great restaurants are located a little off the beaten path so you have to know where you’re going. Places like Lockeland Table and Holland House in East Nashville, Urban Grub and Burger Up in 12South, Jackson’s and Sunsest Grill in Hillsboro Village and Silo and City House in Germantown offer laid back atmospheres and farm-to-table cuisine that provides an authentic taste of what Nashville has to offer. Find the perfect restaurant.
Hit the parks
On a pretty day in Nashville, every one of the city’s parks will be filled with runners, dog walkers, Frisbee throwers and sun bathers. Centennial Park is the perfect spot for a pickup football game, Percy Warner Park offers acres of trails for a nice hike and Shelby Bottoms Park is part of the Nashville Greenway that provides miles of bike and pedestrian friendly lanes.
Watch the games
Nashville is a sports-crazed town. Every fall LP Field is filled with blue as Tennessee Titans fans cheer on their home team. The NHL Nashville Predators play to sold out crowds at Bridgestone Arena in the winter and the teams associated with numerous colleges and universities in town are never without a solid crowd. AAA-affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, the Nashville Sounds play America's pasttime every summer at Greer Stadium. If you can’t make it to the game, the next best thing is to watch at your favorite sports bar. Get to Sam’s Sports Bar in Hillsboro Village, Corner Pub in Midtown, The Crow’s Nest in Green Hills or Jed’s Sports Bar off West End Avenue early if you want to get a seat to cheer on your favorite team.
Brunch is a much-loved meal in Nashville. Whether recovering from a late night show or caffeinating for the day ahead, most weekend brunch spots are packed out. Favorites like Tavern’s kaya toast or red velvet waffles, Marché’s classic crepes or The Local Taco’s egg and chorizo tacos keep Nashvillians well fed and happy.
Ever the creative town, Nashvillians have embraced and fostered the emerging art scene. The popular First Saturday Art Crawl entertains more than 1,000 participants each month, and is the perfect time to stroll through the galleries on 5th Avenue and the Arcade, enjoy a cocktail, and take in a more cosmopolitan side of Music City. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, anchoring Nashville’s art scene, hosts temporary exhibits from around the world and offers countless events that the Nashville community clamors to attend. Artober, held every October in Nashville, is a month long citywide celebration of art in the city. Experience the arts in Music City.
With a multitude of colleges and universities and a city full of thriving musicians you can imagine the diverse crowds found sipping their lattes at the local coffee shops. Places like Bongo Java, Nashville’s oldest coffee company, Fido, a Hillsboro Village favorite, Crema, whose menu is 95% locally sourced and Barista Parlor, located in a former car repair shop, are some of the best places to fill your caffeine needs and get a sense of the local scene.
Honor the song
Nashville is the songwriting capital of the world, and is undoubtedly home to more songwriters than any other city. So it makes sense that the songwriting venues around town are always packed with locals. The Bluebird Café, the Listening Room, and various songwriters’ nights around town are popular places to hear the next hit song or the one that won’t make it past the cutting room floor. Get in to the music of Music City.
Do the local brew
It’s safe to say that a music town is synonymous with a drinking town, and Nashville is no expectation. Local breweries have found success here in no small part due to the local crowd welcoming their home grown brews. Yazoo is the largest local brewery and brews six different beers. The Yazoo Taproom, located in the Gulch, is open Wednesday-Saturday. Fat Bottom Brewery, located in East Nashville, Blackstone on West End, and Boscos in Hillsboro Village are other popular spots. Corsair Artisan Distillery, located in Marathon Village, makes small, craft batches of spirits by hand, from production to bottling. Have a sampling from a variety of high-quality spirits, including Gin-Head Style Gin, Vanilla Bean Vodka, Red Absinthe, Spiced Rum and more.
Explore the Gardens
Cheekwood is in bloom with more than 55,000 tulips this spring. Their gardens offer a lovely day out in the colors of Music City. If you're more of indoors kind of person, Gaylord Opryland has nine acres of indoor gardens and waterfalls! Take a stroll through the resort or have a seat on the Delta Riverboat and glide your way through.
Go Out on the Town
Nashville is a going-out kind of town. We like to listen to live music at clubs, eat and drink at festivals, celebrate different cultures at citywide events, catch a Broadway show downtown, and generally hang out with each other at our favorite events. And there are a lot of them. This town does not slow down. There's always some kind of special event going on to get in to. And we're there. Check out Nashville's upcoming events.