Elliston Place is located just west of downtown near the Vanderbilt University campus and has a variety of options for dining and nighttime entertainment. As one of Nashville’s young, trendy neighborhoods, small homes and cafes epitomize the tenants of the area. In the heart of the neighborhood is the Elliston Place Rock Block, a block-long section of Elliston Place that is home to some of the loudest nightclubs in town.
The legendary Exit/In has played host to many of today’s hit-makers since 1971. This cornerstone of Elliston Place shows no signs of slowing down. The legendary Jimmy Buffett got his start at Exit/In shortly after it opened, as did a young comedian, Steve Martin. Exit/In owners have opened a new bar adjacent to Exit/In called Hurry Back, which features at least 30 beers on tap.
For those with more alternative musical tastes, walk across the street to The End, a club firmly entrenched in Nashville’s rock scene and definitely worth a listen.
There are also several bars on Elliston. The Corner Bar is unabashedly basic - good drinks, good pool and good people. This place is a favorite among locals looking for a low-key night of simply hanging out. The Gold Rush doesn’t claim to be a pool hall; actually, it doesn’t claim to be anything. This no-frills bar is a late-night hangout where many bands have been known to appear after their gigs at larger venues around town. Another late night hot spot would be Cafe Coco. This place has it all. Open 24 hours a day, this fun and electric meeting place blurs the distinction between coffee house, music venue, and restaurant/caterer.
No trip to Elliston Place is complete without a stop at the Elliston Place Soda Shop. An institution for seven decades, Elliston is a meat-and-three favorite with a 1950s decor. Known for its fried chicken and milk shakes, this authentic old-time soda fountain has a faithful following among the locals.
Just down from Elliston Place Soda Shop is Elder’s Bookstore, which has been serving Nashville’s literary set since 1930. This modest-looking bookshop stocks some of the rarest of the rare: first edition Faulkner, limited edition Warren and signed Hemingway. A superior selection of Southern and classic literature, leather-bound volumes, illustrated children’s classics, antique maps and Tiffany-style lamps can all be found here.
A little further up the street is another local favorite with the same down-home charm. Rotier’s has been serving up the city’s best cheeseburger for decades. Take your server’s suggestion and try their burgers on French bread. Nama Sushi Bar is a new modern sushi bar located close to Vanderbilt University. They feature half-price menus on Monday and Thursday.
For the ultimate taste of timeless Nashville dining, visit Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse. Jimmy Kelly’s has been a Nashville tradition since 1934, and has been impressing visitors and natives alike with its hospitality and great food. Now serving a third generation of Nashvillians, Jimmy Kelly’s is part of what Music City is all about. The restaurant is located in a Victorian mansion with the look and feel of the Old South.