What Would "Nashville" Do?
We've experienced many of Nashville's landmarks and restaurants in Seasons 1-3. We have a true sense of each character's style, where they'd shop, eat, hang out, and listen to music, but where would their go-to spots in real life be? The following list is our take on where the “Nashville” stars would eat, drink, and play in Music City. Can you relate to any of the characters?
Trying to maintain her place as the “Queen of Country” can be hard work as sassy starlet Juliette Barnes constantly nips at her heels. While Rayna lives the celebrity lifestyle, she also likes to get out of the spotlight every once in a while for relaxation and self-reflection. Quality time with her girls (daughters Maddie and Daphne), drinks with girlfriends, taking in the sounds of the traditional and authentic side of Nashville - not to mention all while looking super-stylish - are high priorities to balancing Rayna's work and personal life.
Ryman Auditorium - http://www.ryman.com
The Ryman was originally built as a church and was called the Union Gospel Tabernacle. The Ryman was home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974. Today it is used as a music venue and hosts countless concerts throughout the year. Visitors can take a backstage tour of the Ryman and hear stories about the musicians who have performed on the Ryman stage from Hank Williams and Elvis Presley to Coldplay and Mumford & Sons.
Tootsie's - http://www.tootsies.net
The cornerstone of Honky Tonk Highway, Tootsie's is an original and world-famous. Willie Nelson got his first songwriting job after singing here. Mel Tillis, Patsy Cline and Kris Kristofferson were among early patrons. Today, guests enjoy the same spirit while listening to talented singers and songwriters.
Music City Roots - http://www.musiccityroots.com
A weekly, two-hour radio show that revives the historic legacy of live musical radio production, Music City Roots features Americana, bluegrass, folk, blues, jazz, rockabilly, western, country, acoustic and everything else you can imagine.
Sambuca - http://www.sambucarestaurant.com/nashville-lunch-dinner.php
Eclectic dining, live nightly music, and dancing makes Sambuca one of Nashville's premier dining spots. Located in the heart of the trendy Gulch warehouse district, a rooftop mezzanine overlooks downtown Nashville.
Merchants - http://www.merchantsrestaurant.com
Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, Merchant's dates back to the 1800's where it was at one time a hotel that notable Nashville legends such as Dolly Parton and Hank Williams stayed. Enjoy a fabulous dinner and then step out onto Broadway for a night at the honky tonks.
City House - http://cityhousenashville.com
Located in the quaint residential neighborhood of Germantown, City House delivers a menu of house-cured meats, fresh pastas and other rustic Italian recipes. The gorgeous architectural design melds perfectly with the old-world charm of Germantown's brick sidewalks and historic homes.
Watermark - http://www.watermark-restaurant.com/
With floor-to-ceiling windows, Watermark 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.
1808 Grille - http://www.1808grille.com
Popular for celebrity spottings, 1808 Grille is The Hutton's signature restaurant that blends traditional Southern dishes with global flavors.
Cabana - http://www.cabananashville.com
Located in Hillsboro Village, Cabana has a vibe that is both laid back and energetic. Known for their Southern comfort foods, the lobster brie mac & cheese is always a popular favorite. For a great night out with the girls, reserve a cabana, order your favorite cocktails and be the DJ of your own table.
Patterson House - http://www.thepattersonnashville.com
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. The drink menu features more than 50 different cocktail recipes – adventurous Rayna might order the classic Bacon Old Fashioned.
Sinema - http://www.sinemanashville.com/
Sinema is a sleek restaurant and bar offering an entire dining experience that hinges on impeccable service. Built on heritage, community and culture, the team provides an atmosphere of relaxed luxury. They have a lounge up the grand staircase perfect for drinks after work, a pre-dinner cocktail, or a late-night gathering space.
Peter Nappi - http://peternappi.com
Every product is made of the finest material, not manufactured. Main products include various styles of boots for men and women, bags and dry goods – all made from small, limited-edition batches that feature individual attributes. *When Rayna first visits Liam in Season 1 to record her new “sound”, she films on Peter Nappi's stage. The shop's leather boots are a personal favorite of Callie Khouri, ABC Nashville's producer.
H. Audrey - http://haudrey.com
Holly Williams, the owner, is not only the granddaughter of Hank Williams Sr. but also a talented singer/songwriter with a passion for fashion. Located in the beautiful Hill Center in Green Hills, Holly has stocked labels usually reserved for New York and L.A.
Imogene + Willie - http://www.imogeneandwillie.com
Nashville's first and only semi-custom jeans store. Housed in a 1950's gas station, Imogene + Willie has become a local hangout for visiting celebrities from Gwyneth Paltrow to ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons. Jeans are fitted on the premises and customized the same day.
Juliette enjoys the finer things in life. She would be seen hitting the hot and trendy spots in town, including the newest restaurants and bars/clubs. Always in the spotlight, Juliette marches to her own beat and expresses herself through her music and edgy fashion. Just don't get in her way.
Mercy Lounge / Cannery Ballroom - http://www.mercylounge.com
This music venue with its chic-but-laid-back atmosphere brings in national acts and local favorites. Folks come to catch a band in the front room, meet co-workers for drinks at the main bar, or head off to the back room, where three well-kept, red-felt pool tables and three old-school pinball machines await.
Tin Roof - http://www.tinroofbars.com/home/nashville
One of Nashville's favorite live music venues and dance floors, Tin Roof has been a hit ever since it opened on Demonbreun St.
Santa's Pub - http://www.santaspub.com
Two-dollar beers, laid back atmosphere, non-stop karaoke and Christmas décor year-round? This is the must-visit Santa's Pub, located in two converted double-wide trailers about 10 minutes from downtown Nashville.
Virago - http://www.mstreetnashville.com/restaurants/virago
Virago is Nashville's premiere Asian fusion and sushi restaurant. Recently recognized as "TOP 100 Restaurant Hotspots in the U.S." in the OpenTable diners survey, Virago features award-winning modern-zen design, an energetic lounge scene, and a large rooftop patio that has unparalleled skyline views.
The Southern - http://www.thesouthernnashville.com
Located on the first floor of the 29-story Pinnacle tower at Symphony Place, The Southern offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, as well as a bustling bar.
Etch - http://www.etchrestaurant.com
Located in the Encore condominium tower in SoBro, Etch is the perfect location to stop by before and after events. Chef Deb Paquette has opened this upscale eatery that offers a lunch, happy hour, dinner, wine, and dessert menu that contains a sprawling palette of global flavors in each dish.
Rolf & Daughters - http://www.rolfanddaughters.com
Recently voted No. 3 “Best New Restaurants in America” by Bon Appetit, Rolf & Daughters brings an Old World, heritage feel to the Germantown line-up with 18-foot ceilings, exposed brick, and concrete and iron windows.
*Unless you're Juliette Barnes, be sure to make a reservation a few weeks beforehand as tables fill fast.
Whiskey Kitchen - http://www.mstreetnashville.com/restaurants/whiskey-kitchen
A celebrity spotting would not be uncommon, as Whiskey Kitchen is a favorite see-and-be-seen hangout spot. An extensive list of mixologist cocktails accompany the city's largest collection of world-class whiskeys, bourbons, ryes, and Scotches.
SOUTH - http://www.south-nashville.com
SOUTH is one of Nashville's premier bar & restaurants that serves an extensive list of wines, beers, cocktails and specialty southern creations in a socially stimulating nightlife. Tables get pushed back late night to form a dance floor as the DJ blares out jams from hip hop to techno.
Tavern - http://www.mstreetnashville.com/restaurants/tavern
A creation of Chris Hyndman, this Midtown restaurant is touted as a "cousin concept" to Nashville favorite Whiskey Kitchen and is a definite see-and-be-seen spot. The menu features pub-inspired dishes with a twist and specialty cocktails.
Posh Boutique - http://www.poshonline.com
Posh prides itself on bringing customers clothing that brings out their personal individuality. They offer a wide selection of the latest styles yet accommodating all budgets.
MODA - http://www.modanashville.com
MODA is an eclectic, elegant boutique that features Modern, Orignial, Distinctive Apparel and Accessories. Voted #1 Best Boutique by Nashville Scene, MODA will bring out your glam, edgy or elegant style for any occasion.
Leona - http://www.leonacollection.com
Leona by Lauren Leonard, a women's high end contemporary clothing line that is co-based in Nashville and New York City combines “Southern sensibility and city chic”. Leona redefines the term Southern Belle with fashion girls from Manhattan to Tokyo.
Hemline - http://www.hemlinetn.com
With over 200 lines of clothing, shoes, and accessories, Hemline is the perfect fit for Nashville as it infuses cutting edge fashion to offer unique personality and individual flair for each client.
Deacon is a down-home, Southern boy who enjoys the simple way of life. He would be found browsing guitar and music shops, listening to live music, and eating and hanging out at local restaurants and venues that are authentic and unique to Music City. He is a talented musician and loyal friend - as long as his inner-demons don't get in the way.
Bluebird Cafe - http://www.bluebirdcafe.com
Nashville's legendary hotspot where patrons can enjoy songwriters performing original material in an intimate in-the-round setting. The Bluebird also offers a full dinner and cocktails menu.
Legends Corner - http://www.legendscorner.com
Located on Lower Broad, country music record covers plaster the walls, but the real attraction is the bar's live music: some of the city's finest contemporary acts make their mark onstage. The expanded drink menu and the cold beer keep regulars coming back.
Station Inn - http://www.stationinn.com
Nashville's foremost home for authentic bluegrass offers live music nightly. Very casual and relaxed atmosphere. Cover charge every night except Sundays. Good pizza, hot dogs and nachos.
Douglas Corner - http://www.douglascorner.com
Douglas Corner Cafe is a place for writers and performers to come together in an intimate environment with the common goal of hearing and creating great music. At Douglas Corner, you will often be entertained by future hit songs long before they are even heard by the artists who will eventually record them. It is also where one might often witness an impromptu jam session with legendary artists, players, and writers.
Puckett's - http://www.puckettsgrocery.com
Founded in the '50s, they've updated a bit, but it's still Puckett's Grocery ... nothing too fancy, but everything good. It's where the locals go for real food, real people and real fun. Live music nightly featuring some of Music City's best live, local music.
Hattie B's - http://www.hattieb.com
Nashville's most notable contribution to the Southern culinary culture, hot chicken shacks let you choose the level of spiciness of your chicken. Be sure to try their homemade sides and desserts as well.
Peg Leg Porker - http://www.peglegporker.com
With deep-seated roots in the West Tennessee BBQ culture, Peg Leg Porker is a lifestyle brand founded by Award winning Pitmaster Carey Bringle. Located in The Gulch, they offer excellent barbecue sauces and rubs, and delicious foods.
Arnold's - http://www.hollyeats.com/ArnoldsCountryKitchen.htm
Nashville's famous meat & three. Everything is fresh, homemade, well-prepared, and served with friendly hospitality.
Antique Archaeology Nashville - http://www.antiquearchaeology.com
Mike Wolfe of the History Channel's top-rated program, American Pickers, opened the second Antique Archaeology location in Marathon Village, a turn-of-the-century automobile factory. The new store features antiques, vintage items, folk art, and Antique Archaeology merchandise.
Carter Vintage Guitar - http://www.www.cartervintage.com
A Nashville guitar store that features new and used guitars, basses, mandolins, banjos, ukes, and other collectibles.
Grimey's New & Preloved Music - http://www.grimeys.com/
Nashville's premier independent record store. They stock new & preloved CDs, LPs, and DVDs.
Scarlett is a Southern Belle who loves all things vintage and feminine. At first glance she is both sensitive and delicate, but she's also stronger than she looks. Outside influencers have tried to bring out her edgy new persona, but Scarlett is learning how to stay true to herself. Scarlett would be found listening to the rockabilly, folk, bluegrass, and country-western music scene, or sipping on cocktails and eating tapas with girlfriends at neighborhood haunts.
Robert's Western World - http://www.robertswesternworld.com
Located in the heart of downtown Nashville in the historic Lower Broadway District, Robert's Western World is Nashville's undisputed home of traditional country music. Come in for great food, drinks, and music.
3rd & Lindsley - http://www.3rdandlindsley.com
Offers food and live music seven nights a week from national, international, regional, and Nashville artists - from up and coming acts to legends.
Station Inn - http://www.stationinn.com
Come enjoy live bluegrass and roots music in a very casual and relaxed atmosphere. Cover charge every night except Sundays. Serving good pizza, hot dogs, and nachos.
Adele's - http://www.adelesnashville.com
Wonderful American style bar and grill by well-known chef Jonathan Waxman. Located in The Gulch between Vanderbilt University and downtown. Great bar, dining, and private event space.
Marche - http://www.marcheartisanfoods.com
Marché Artisan Foods is a bustling European style eatery located near the heart of Historic East Nashville in Five Points. The simply fresh cuisine and elegantly rustic setting create the perfect ambiance for any occasion.
Las Paletas - http://www.laspaletasnashville.com
Made in the store's kitchen, Las Paletas offers cream paletas that have the texture of an ice cream bar and fruit paletas that have the texture of a traditional ice pop. Using fresh, ripe fruit, vegetables, and other ingredients including grains, nuts, flowers, and herbs from community gardens, they offer 20 or more flavors each day such as hibiscus, avocado, Mexican caramel, and peanut butter chocolate banana.
Frothy Monkey - http://www.frothymonkeynashville.com
A neighborhood restaurant & cafe offering a diverse menu including breakfast, lunch & dinner. In addition, they pride themselves on the service of outstanding coffee, espresso drinks, & house-made teas & beverages.
Pinewood Social - http://www.pinewoodsocial.com
Pinewood Social offers a coffee bar and Americana-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, with brunch on the weekends. Their creative workspace also has bowling, bocce ball, karaoke, swimming pool, and an innovative bar program.
Holland House Bar & Refuge - http://www.hollandhousebarandrefuge.com
Internationally embraced as a top destination for cocktails and cuisine, Holland House Bar & Refuge's award-winning space can accommodate large private events.
Two Old Hippies - http://www.twooldhippies.com
Fun lifestyle boutique offering a collection of hip clothing, jewelry, accessories, unique gifts, and Rock n Roll memorabilia. Guitar Vault is filled with premium guitars. Live music four nights a week featuring local singers and songwriters.
Fanny's House of Music - http://www.fannyshouseofmusic.com
At Fanny's House of Music, music and fashion come together all under one roof. From Hagstroms to Hello Kitty, their customers love the great selection of new, used, and vintage gear. Besides instruments, they also offer some of Nashville's best and most unique vintage clothing for all shapes, sizes, and genders.
Hip Zipper - http://www.hipzipper.com
The Hip Zipper is Nashville's oldest 'All-Vintage' clothing shop. Owner Trisha Brantley has been providing Nashvillians, Australians, and everyone in between, the ability to dress in reasonably priced vintage threads since 1999.
Savant Vintage - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Savant-Vintage
Good vintage is timeless with fabrics and textiles that only the best designers seek to copy. That's where Savant Vintage comes in. All is acquired locally, truly vintage and not a "made in China" label to be found. They have women's, men's and some kids' clothing, and also offer accessories and furnishings.
Avery is an edgy, East Nashville hipster that has a rocker flair and a passion for all things music. He is an inspiring musician with a bad-boy streak from time to time. Avery would be found performing in local music venues, checking out the latest record and guitar shops, grabbing a couple beers with friends in East Nashville, or songwriting at home with Juliette.
The 5 Spot - http://www.the5spotlive.com
The 5 Spot offers snacks and a full bar served in a relaxed hangout that hosts live bands and weekly dance parties.
Mercy Lounge - http://mercylounge.com
This music venue with its chic-but-laid-back atmosphere brings in national acts and local favorites. Folks come to catch a band in the front room, meet co-workers for drinks at the main bar, or head off to the back room where three well-kept, red-felt pool tables and three old-school pinball machines await.
Exit/In - http://www.exitin.com/
Exit/In offers rock, pop, indie, and metal – they have played host to many of today's hit-makers since 1971.
The Basement - http://thebasementnashville.com
Located in the basement 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 lineup of classic jazz, blues, rock, and solo acoustic performances.
Mas Tacos - http://eatmastacos.com
Described by many as “the best thing since country music in Nashville.” Originally a mobile food truck Mas Tacos also has a permanent location. Add fresh salsa and guacamole to tacos and enchiladas and you have a neighborhood favorite.
Rotier's Restaurant - http://www.facebook.com/JohnJacobRotier
Old-fashioned bar & grill known for cheeseburgers on French bread and thick milkshakes.
The Stone Fox - http://thestonefoxnashville.com
A bar, venue, and restaurant that has a neighborly feel. The Stone Fox features an assortment of bands and is known for their chicken and waffles and great jazz brunch on Saturdays.
3 Crow Bar - http://3crowbar.com
3 Crow Bar is a favorite East Nashville hangout, serving great cocktails and a wide range of amazing beers on tap and in bottles. Their covered back bar and tree-covered deck offers open space to drink and hang out.
No. 308 - http://www.bar308.com
A trendy, late-night bar that features craft cocktails amid midcentury-modern décor, plus patio seating.
Bongo East - http://www.bongojava.com/bongo-east
A homey spot for coffee, breakfast fare, and sandwiches with an upstairs live music and theater venue.
The Crying Wolf - http://www.thecryingwolf.com/
The Crying Wolf offers an assortment of beers on tap, amazing burgers, and a great atmosphere just to hang out with friends.
Grimey's - http://www.grimeys.com
A legendary independent record store that features limited edition releases. A paradigm of indie and vintage goodness. Grimey's Too is now open a couple doors down and features a coffee bar run by a local coffee business, a full-service indie bookstore by the name of Howlin' Books, and more records.
Rock Block Guitars - http://rockblockguitars.net
Rock Block Guitars is a guitar shop that offers boutique pedals, effects, and amplifiers on Elliston Place.
Hello Boys - http://www.facebook.com/helloboysnashville
Hello Boys offers a collection of ties, bags, and shirts with a vintage flair. Located in East Nashville's Idea Hatchery, Hello Boys has the hipster vibe at a low price you've been looking for.
Stay tuned! We'll be adding more characters in the coming weeks.