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, FLIP, and Cane-Ery Antique Mall.
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 two-item 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.