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-to-ceiling 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.
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 MStreet 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.