Rowan and I headed out to Nashville with our friend Megan to get out of Toronto for a few days and explore somewhere new. Having my travel points and finding a great deal, we were happy to fly out Sunday morning and leaving mid-morning on Wednesday. We packed in a lot without feeling like we weren’t able to relax. The perfect way to spend a few days off!
Here are our suggestions on what to do with just 3 days in Nashville!
Go where the Locals Go: When we first arrived in Nashville, the weather was GORGEOUS! We immediately wanted to hit a patio and grab some food. We stayed in East Nashville, and there are tons of great bars in the area where the locals hang out. We found one with a patio and tried some really interesting sausages and found beer deals (2 for 1 is really popular!).
Explore a Brewery, Distillery or Winery: We spent a few hours one afternoon at Jackalope Brewery, had some pre-dinner beers at Rock Bottom Brewery and had a sample at the small brewery at Marathon Motorworks as well! Nashville has a GREAT craft beer scene, which were we certainly surprised about. We didn’t even touch the surface of all the breweries we could have gone to!
Do the Pedal Tavern Tour: This was definitely a highlight of our trip. The Pedal Tavern is a little trolley-looking vehicle that is powered by guests pedalling. You are encouraged to bring your own drinks (it’s BYOB!) and the tour guides are great at showing you cool spots on your route, as well as making stops at cool bars with drink specials just for your tour that are good until 10pm that night. We capped it off with a drinking game with our new friends!
Hop On, Hop Off Bus: There were grey skies and some rain on our last two days, so we were happy to spend one of them on the Hop On, Hop Off Bus. If the weather had been less grey, we definitely would have spent more time walking around each of the stops, but the tour guides stories were a great way to learn about Nashville’s history and see a lot of the cool sights from a far. We did get off at the Marathon Motorworks which is a little shopping centre and did some shopping. It also has breweries and distilleries, and a winery if you want to stop and look!
Find Every Mural Possible: We found some beautiful artwork, and of course, I just had to take a photo with as many as I could! There are some talented artists in Nashville!
Food & Beer
Have a delicious burger at The Pharmacy: A German-style joint with a beautiful Beer Garden, The Pharmacy boasts some of the best burgers in the city, as well as one of the top beer lists available. Their menu has a lot of other great items, but we all got burgers, and they did not disappoint! Rowan tried Founder’s Bastard IPA and it was one of his favourite beers of the trip.
Get some BBQ at Martin’s BBQ: We were slightly disappointed by this BBQ joint after being recommended by so many, but overall it was really good. We were expecting to be blown away, but had had better BBQ in Toronto. It was super filling and delicious though!
Try some Nashville Hot Chicken: We were warned not to get the chicken TOO hot or we’d be uncomfortably on the toilet all day, but we did try a mild Hot Chicken sandwich! The famous place in town is Hattie B’s, but we grabbed ours from Pepperfire in East Nashville and it did not disappoint.
Head to Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge: It was recommended to us to check out Tootsies not only for it’s famed three level bar with a rooftop and perfomers on every floor, but for it’s chicken fingers. My cousin Carly deemed them “the best chicken fingers in America” and they were pretty darn good.
Beercade: We loved Beercade so much, we did it two nights in a row! The bar not only has no cover and the games are free to play, but the decor of the space is SO COOL. It has Shel Silverstein books on the walls, cool neon signs, a mural in the bathroom, and cassette tapes lineing another wall. We highly recommend a stop here!
Tin Roof: We ended up here as one of the specials was a 2 for 1 deal with our Pedal Tavern bracelets, but the atomosphere in the bar was just what we expected for Nashville. There are many ‘Honky Tonks’ on Broadway, and this is just one of them. They all have great live music, and are free – JUST make sure to tip the performers!
Check out the view from the Pedestrian Bridge: At night this view was really beautiful with the lights dancing off the river.
What are your top things to do in Nashville, or when visiting any city? Have you been before?