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 one of the hottest neighborhoods in Nashville.
Some of the finest restaurants in Music City have made The Gulch their home in recent years. Known for its eclectic dining and nightly live music, Sambuca is the place to dine, drink, and dance the night away. Watermark, with floor-to-ceiling windows, offers a luxurious dining experience with a beautiful, chic setting and a wonderful view of downtown Nashville. 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).
Moto features inspired rustic-modern Italian cuisine. The menu is contemporary approach to authentic Italian cooking that utilizes product consciously sourced from local farms and artisans balanced by premium product imported from Italy.
Right in the center of The Gulch is The 404 Kitchen and Hotel. The 404 Hotel features five king rooms appointed with a mix of vintage and custom furniture, loft space and a rotating gallery of work by local artists, a hotel that will appeal to travelers who want something a little different in their accommodations. Connected to the Hotel is The 404 Kitchen lead by Chef Matt Bolus offering a modern take on classic European cuisine, with a menu determined by available produce and provisions from local farms, as well as herbs grown on the restaurant's rooftop garden.
Craft Beer fans will love to check out Hops + Crafts. This taproom features over 36 draft beers from across the country, with a focus on Tennessee local beer and local food. If you can't decide on which beer, they will let you create your own "6 pack" sampler. Also in The Gulch is 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 Bond Coffee Company 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. Two Old Hippies recently opened a second store called 2OH. The space exclusively sells home goods ranging from art and decorative objects to tableware and glassware and bigger items, including sourced vintage rugs and furniture. e.Allen offers designer collections for women, luxury denim, fine boots and shoes, handcrafted jewelry, and gifts.
Artwork can also be found in The Gulch. Galerie Ravin is a luxury contemporary gallery specializing in investment-quality original artworks. They prominently feature Andy Warhol, Alex Katz and other world-class artists, including New York artist Kelley Ryan.
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.
New restaurants are popping up in The Gulch including City Fire American Oven & Bar, 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. You can't forget about the Peg Leg Porker. The Peg Leg Porker Restaurant is a family owned, local BBQ restaurant that serves traditional Tennessee BBQ. They focus on providing Nashville and its visitors the best BBQ that Tennessee has to offer.
Celebrity chef Johnathan Waxman and participant on Top Chef Masters has recently opened Adele’s in The Gulch. His signature style melds French cuisine with California style. Adele's menu changes often to insure the freshness of seasonal ingredients and includes a variety of options such as a signature hamburger, smoked trout salad and Waxman's famous JW chicken dish.
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.
Another historic music venue in The Gulch is 12th and Porter. 12th & Porter is a multi-cultural entertainment and production facility for live music. Kings of Leon, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Ben Folds, Neil Young, Jon Bon Jovi, and many others have played in this joint. Also, 12th & Porter recently completed a major renovation to include an excellent food and beverage operation, Music City Pizza. This pizza place strives to be a local, cultural, and innovative space to nurture music, ideas, art, and friendship.
Across the street is Anthem, a music space that holds 1,000 people, includes a VIP room and a boutique dive bar known as ‘Revelry.’ Located next to Anthem is Chauhan Ale & Masala House, which opens August 2014. Chef Maneet Chauhan, one of the chef judges on Food Network’s “Chopped,” describes the concept for her restaurant as a microbrewery and gastro pub that is Indian-inspired, with spicy food and flavorful drinks.
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. Right across the street is The Pub Nashville, offering a unique combination of British hospitality and American flair. Known for their Fish-n-Chips, guests can also enjoy an assortment of appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, and classic British comfort food. The beverage selection includes a wide variety of draught, cask conditioned and handcrafted beers with selections from England, Ireland, Scotland, Europe, and the USA.
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 is Moto featuring a rustic-modern Italian cuisine with a vibe that is chic, comfortable, and sophisticated. The 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. Saint Anejo, Nashville's Rock n’ Roll, Cantina-Chic restaurant features inspired Mexican cuisine, Latin mixology, and a premium tequila and mezcal menu of over 120 labels.