What Would "Nashville" Do?
As we’ve progressed into Season 2 of “Nashville,” more of Nashville’s landmarks and restaurants are being featured in each episode. We are starting to get a true sense of each character’s style, where they’d shop, eat, hang out, and listen to music, but what would be their go-to spots in real life? 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.
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.
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.
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
ocated 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.
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.
Watermark - http://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.
Cabana - http://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.
Rumours - http://www.rumourswinebar.com
Rumours will be your favorite neighborhood wine bar. The interior has been transformed into a chic nightspot, has reclaimed wood tables and vintage items like crystal chandeliers and glass doorknobs. A patio is knitted out with tables for when the weather is warm.
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://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, rockability, western, country, acoustic and everything else you can imagine.
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.
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://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.
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://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://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.
Music City Tippler - http://musiccitytippler.com
This industrial chic cocktail bar has opened its first location outside of New York City. Trendy, energetic and hip, Music City Tippler is composed of original architectural elements including a 100-year-old mahogany bar, a 300-year-old Italian painting, and a stage built of a 120-year-old barn.
Mercy Lounge / Cannery Ballroom - 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.
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://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.
Stay tuned! We'll be adding more characters in the coming weeks.