Keep your eye on Wedgewood/Houston. Nicknamed WeHo, this amazing area is a perfect example of the thriving creative community that is pushing Nashville to new heights. There are art galleries around every corner, and many places which invite you to create something of your own in Music City. Take the time to read below and find out why you need to journey to the neighborhood just south of SoBro.
Let's start with the monthly FREE event which showcases this Nashville neighborhood. Every first Saturday, of every month, multiple art galleries, stores, fashion designers, and more within the WeHo community open their doors to all during Arts & Music. One venue you can see is the David Lusk Gallery which showcases artists from around the country who feature a whole spectrum of artistic practices from paintings and sculptures to photography and video. Just down the way is the Zeitgeist Gallery, a contemporary art gallery that engages viewers to explore a wealth of art through their changing exhibits. Each exhibit provides a rich experience to those who are moved by art, artists, and the creative process. That's not all. There are over 20 different places to see during the Arts & Music. If you would like a complete list just head to: am-wh.com.
Another place in WeHo that is mixing it up is Infinity Cat Records. They are a record label that have some of Nashville's up-and-coming musicians. Bands like Diarhhea Planet, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jawws, and more that are proving Music City as the place where music is inspired, recorded, created, and performed. They, too, participate in the Arts & Music showcasing art work and sometimes fun contests to win tickets to concerts.
Also within WeHo is the legendary record making shop, United Record Pressing. Since 1949 they have been producing nothing but vinyl. They have seen it all and pressed it all. Everything from the first Beatles 7" in America to Jack White's World Fastest Record. Each Friday they offer a tour, at 11am, where you can go behind the scenes, hear some tales, and see the historic Midtown Suite.
If you're like us, seeing art makes you want to create art. Create something of your own at Fort Houston. It's an amazing hub of creative people who come together to make something great in Music City. You are welcome to take part in their workshops to better harness your skills in design, dance, painting, drawing, and all areas in between. Also, they host numerous classes throughout the year teaching folks everything from creating craft beer to making whiskey flights.
After all that exploring, the stomach tends to start talking. Quiet the noise with one of Nashville's famed burger places, Gabby's Burgers & Fries. They have been dishing out greasy patties to the masses for quite some time. Just make sure to try the triple Gabby burger. Don't forget to wash it all down with a beverage from Bastion, a place built as a watering hole for the creative community that surrounds it. Another popular hotspot to grub out would be Smokin' Thighs. They specialize in wings hot off the grill and tossed in finger licking good sauce. Then, you could always stop by the Track One building for Clawson's Pub & Deli for a great sandwich, or Dan's Gourmet Mac & Cheese for some cheesy goodness.
Santa's Pub is like no place on Earth. Ask any Nashvillian. A must-see dive bar that is based out of a trailer. They sing karaoke seven nights of the week and if you're lucky you might even see Santa himself. Also, you must stop by Corsair Artisan Distillery's Wedgewood Houston location. This distillery has won many awards including "Craft Distillery of the Year" and "Innovator of the Year" from Whisky Magazine. Stop by and taste what all the fuss is about.
Don't forget to stop by Fort Negley. It was one of the largest and most important fortifications built by Union troops occupying Nashville during the Civil War. Admission is always FREE!