After living in Nashville for six years, I have a pro tip or two for what you should do on your next trip to Nash! So, if you want to know more of the local/less touristy spots, this is the list for you.
Now, I know a lot of people already know about the honky tonks down on Broadway, but I wanted to provide a lot of other options in case that wasn’t your thing. (okay, okay, I’ll include a couple of those suggestions, too — but that is almost a separate post in and of itself!)
Also — it should be known — I LOVE the little city of Franklin, TN. It’s about 25 minutes outside of the city, and feels like a little Hallmark town. If you have a car, and half of a day, I would HIGHLY recommend making the time to visit. So I’ll do a separate post including all of my favorite places in Franklin — and you won’t even need a car once you’re there (well, with the exception of one place that is WORTH IT).
But for now, we’ll start with the city of Nashville recommendations. I’m going to provide below a list of places based on neighborhood in Nashville, and then categorize by category!
Let’s go down a little memory lane with some of these photos 🤣
Neighborhood: 12 South
I do recommend staying here if you aren’t staying in downtown in a hotel. It provides more of a ‘local’ feel — and is still pretty accessible to anywhere you’ll be going.
How cute is my mom and her friend Tamara!
This area isn’t quite as walkable from spot to spot like 12 South, but is such a cute area. It’s very Chicago vibes with a lot of brick houses and streets.
Look at those beautiful streets!
The Optimist has an outdoor bar connected called Jacqueline!
White Limozeen – Dolly Parton’s bar! Just look at these pics!
Honestly, that’s about it over in West, but it’s really close (if you have a car) to the next spot, The Gulch!
Thompson Rooftop bar for a cool view (but I wouldn’t stay late on a weekend)
Look at that view at night!
Okay, I promised I’d give a few faves here. BUT also, there is a nicer area next to Broadway now called 5th and Broad- which does have good restaurants and shopping. I’ll include those here, too!
I don’t know how I convinced my mom to go to the honky tonks on this trip!
Next up, we’ll round up the Franklin area! Just look at how cute it is!!
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