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.
Another local favorite is Midtown Café, offering affordable, casual fine dining at its best. The intimate ambiance offers the perfect setting for a business lunch or romantic dinner. The menu for this locally-owned 25-year standard features prime steaks, sustainable seafood, locallygrown produce, more than 40 wines by the glass, over 150 by the bottle, and some of Nashville’s finest cocktails.
The Row serves home-cooked Nashville inspired dishes and features an all-local and Southern regional craft draft wall. A rustic ambiance, live music, outdoor patio, free parking, and close proximity to downtown Nashville makes The Row a perfect destination to dine and relax.
Giovanni Ristorante, like the 15-year-old 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. Across the street are two places that share the same roof, Soulshine Pizza and The Slider House. Soulshine Pizza is a pizza parlor that features a wide selection of pizzas, calzones, salads, and some more unusual items like crawfish soup. The Slider House acts as a brother-sister restaurant to Soulshine Pizza, but operates under slightly different hours, different menus, personalities, and vibes. The menu is filled with beef sliders, slider dogs, non-beef slider options, and canned beer.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken specializes in the fiery, molten poultry Nashville specialty. They also offer many local, craft beers that pair well with poultry and spicy foods. Side options include cole slaw, Southern greens, red-skin potato salad, and a piquant salad of black-eyed peas. Across the street is Broadway Brewhouse, 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.
Two Boots Pizza, a hugely popular Cajun-Italian pizzeria out of New York City, refers to two great boot-shaped culinary regions of the world: Italy and Louisiana. The restaurant features local arts and culture, with live music offerings and artists who have created the interior design.
A new ‘non-traditional’ steakhouse, Union Common, opened summer 2014 next to Two Boots Pizza. The 125-seat steakhouse focuses on shared plates including bar snacks, fresh seafood and aged steaks paired with an extensive wine and whiskey list. The name Union Common stems from the idea of friends and family coming together, breaking bread and enjoying a memorable evening.
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 cooked in a U-shaped kitchen surrounded by countertop seating, giving patrons the opportunity to observe and interact with the chef 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.
Just across from the busy streets of Midtown is the Vanderbilt area. Home to and named after one of the finest institutions in the south, Vanderbilt University. And of course for young vibrant college students there are plenty of shops, restaurants, and music venues to explore.
For starters make sure to check out the campus of Vanderbilt University. Founded in 1873, this amazing University holds beautiful works of sculpture, lawns to enjoy the weather, and amazing architecture throughout its 333 acres. Also, it has its own art gallery called the Sarratt Gallery at Vanderbilt University. They showcase various art exhibits throughout the year and it's always FREE.
Next, it's time to eat and Vanderbilt has a wide range of places to fill you needs. Chow down at Park25 Bistro located inside the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University. A great place to relax on their comfy chairs, sit at the bar for a drink, or have dinner with friends. Another place for a fine meal would be Stoney River Legendary Steaks who specializes in hand-cut steaks and gourmet entrees, served in a sophisticated atmosphere by professional servers. One of the best restaurants for delicious Tex-Mex in Music City would be San Antonio Taco Company. Make sure to try their award-winning Chili Con Queso. Yum! If you are looking for a great wine menu and some hearty cuisine choices look no further than Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Grins Vegetarian Cafe is located on the Vanderbilt University campus with a menu comprised of grilled sandwiches, made-from-strach soups, salads, and tons of vegan cookies and muffins. And in case none of those satisfy, try Tin Angel, Las Palmas, or have dessert at Ben & Jerry's.
You can't leave Nashville without experiencing a songwriters' night. Located in Vanderbilt is the Commodore Grille which offers one of the best songwriter evenings a person can enjoy. It's open each night, except on Tuesday, as songwriters are offered the opportunity to share their stories and songs under the spotlight for all to hear.