Nashville Weekend Guide
A return trip to Music City was long overdue, and this time we got to cause a little mischief with two of our good friends!
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Nashville was the very first trip Ryan and I took together as a couple, so it holds a bit of a special place in my heart! Plus, there’s nothing really that is my JAM more than listening to great live music (especially country) with a good drink in hand. We’ve been talking about visiting again for the longest time, so we snagged a couple of our friends and pulled the trigger on a long weekend!
Both times we’ve visited Nashville we’ve rented a condo through Airbnb, and this time we scored a two bedroom, two full bath condo in a great building right near Vandy! The condo was decorated really well and I loved having a private balcony with a great view of the city. It had all of the essentials we needed for our stay, in-unit laundry, and the BIGGEST walk-in closets! I mean, why not enjoy a little extra space?! The building was super secure and even had a great gym. If you opt to drive, you’ll be set with this unit’s free, covered, and secure parking in the attached garage. Interested in renting the same condo? You can find it here. If you are new to Airbnb, use this link to sign up!
Once our friends arrived, we decided to venture to Nashville’s 12 South neighborhood. We snagged some beers and watched a bit of football at Edley’s Bar-B-Que (I tried an IPA), then headed over to Bartaco. I’ve been following this spot on Instagram for awhile, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on some of their tacos! The interior has a sort of seaside, industrial, farmhouse thing going on and the waitstaff was super friendly. Our waitress explained how we could use the little paper forms at the table to order exactly how much we wanted of each a la carte item, and our food was brought out as it was ready – tapas style. We completely devoured some chips, salsa roja, salsa verde, and guacamole to start, and we all tried one of their signature drinks. For tacos, we ordered the carne asada, glazed pork belly, cauliflower, and crispy rock shrimp, and got sides of black beans and grilled corn! Everything was FANTASTIC! I would most definitely eat there again.
After dinner we stopped a couple of locals and learned about a nearby speakeasy spot – The Patterson House. When you walk in, you’ll be greeted by a host and your name will be taken. We waited about 15 minutes in the inviting lounge before being led back to our seats. They had the coolest cocktail menu –each drink was arranged by the type of liquor, and there were plenty of notes about each drink to help you determine if it would fit your taste! I LOVED their old fashioneds! Next time we’ll arrange to try The Catbird Seat, a cool dining experience located next door on a lower level. We got a glimpse of it when we accidentally went there first! We ended the night with some late live music on Broadway before heading back to our Airbnb.
The next morning, we chugged some Essentia Water (I brought down a box from our monthly subscription – it’s my go-to water!) and nursed our hangovers with some eggs, bacon, and potatoes we cooked in our condo’s kitchen. It was a nice easy start to the day! Once we were up and moving, we got ready and headed out for the day. Our first stop was TailGate Brewery, where we got beer flights and ordered a light lunch of salad and pizza. It was so nice to sit outdoors on their dog-friendly deck along Music Row and enjoy the weather! It also got us back into the drinking mood, haha.
Next, we headed over to Broadway and hit up Tequila Cowboy for a drink, then ventured upstairs to Jason Aldean’s – a multilevel and rooftop bar and live music experience! This is seriously my new favorite spot and I’m itching to go back there already! All of the featured music was freaking awesome, we never had to wait for a drink, and there’s plenty of room. The rooftop gives amazing views of the city, and they have fire pits and heaters outside to keep you comfortable even when it got a little cooler.
Also connected is Luke Bryan’s 32 Bridge Sushi Bar – where we ate dinner while we watched some amazing artists play. The food was SO good and we literally demolished everything on our table – including a dish they set on fire for us! This spot had tables, bar seating, and outdoor spots to enjoy your rolls.
After dinner it was time for us to head to the Grand Ole Opry. Ryan and I went to a show during our first trip to Nashville, so we were excited to show our friends the Opry grounds. We snagged an UBER and had the most hilarious ride with our driver. He dropped us off and WHOOPS! Someone (me) didn’t read the tickets close enough and the show was actually at the Ryman Auditorium that night (so pretty much a block from where we had been), so it was back in an UBER lol. It was fine – we got to where we were going and had a blast listening to all the artists.
I love Opry shows not only for their tradition, but because you get to see a wide variety of artists from all eras! Our show featured John Conlee, Striking Matches, Mike Snider, Steve Wariner, Travis Denning, Charlie McCoy, Riders in the Sky, Lauren Alaina, Jeannie Seely, and Charlie Daniels Band! There really isn’t a bad seat in the house, but make sure you book your tickets well in advance and choose an aisle seat for ease (although there are standing room spots also). After the Opry we popped over to the Little Red Corvette Basement Lounge at FGL House and went ham on the dance floor like we were in college again. Naturally, we got some late-night spinach dip at The Diner before heading back to the condo (at an hour I haven’t seen in quite some time haha!).
I felt surprisingly good the next day for the lack of sleep I offered myself (when you Nashville, you NASHVILLE) and we got our lives together to head to brunch at the multi-level Acme Feed & Seed. You’ll order at the counter when you arrive, get a number, and they’ll bring it out to you! Their staff will come around and take your drink order at the table, or you can head to the bar. It had a warehouse look to the interior and like most Nashville spots, they offered live music.
Afterwards, we popped into Savannah’s Candy Kitchen (thanks for sharing your Mike + Ike’s with me Mal), swung by a few bars, and ultimately ended up back at Jason Aldean’s Rooftop haha. I told you we liked this spot! While we were there, we chatted with up and coming artist Matt Chase at the bar (he used to be a cop also!) and he introduced us to Andrew, one of the creators of Rally Patch. Andrew gave Ryan and I each a patch to try, so we slapped them on our ribs (you can wear them anywhere, though) and let them work their magic. Jumping ahead a bit, we raged the rest of the night and woke up feeling like a million bucks, so I’m a believer! You can find them here.
We headed back to the condo to change and regroup, I made a ghetto charcuterie platter out of all of our leftover snacks, and then we headed to The Bluebird Cafe! Ryan and I failed at getting tickets the first time we were in Nashville (they go on sale at the start of the week of the scheduled performance and sell out in MINUTES), but for this trip we were able to score 4 tickets! It was really cool to see this iconic spot in Nashville. We drank wine, ate nachos and caprese salad, and listed to Brother and The Hayes and Mark Germino. We chatted with both briefly after the performance and they were SO nice! Thanks Christa for capturing a cute shot of Ryan and I there!
Like I mentioned, we woke up Sunday morning feeling pretty damn good (thanks Rally Patch!), packed up, and headed back to Chicago. I wish we could of stayed longer, but my liver probably wouldn’t have been able to handle it anyways. This trip reinforced just how much we love Nashville and we will definitely be back soon! If you have a favorite spot in Nashville you’d like to share for one of our future trips, let me know! For now, onto our next adventure :)