Where to Stay

Bode

You can easily walk to the honky-tonks and South of Broadway’s (SoBro) cool new restaurants from Bode, but the hotel’s lively atmosphere will make you want to hang out here—play a game of cornhole (sack toss) with your fellow guests or hang out by the firepit while sipping happy hour drinks. The larger units have full kitchens, which you can stock with grocery items from the on-site Hub.

Rates from US$200, bode.co

Where to Eat

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint

Whole hog BBQ sandwich with french fries, photograph courtesy of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint.

The new Elliston Place outpost of this wildly popular Nashville barbecue chain is likely the least busy right now. For US$10.50, the pork sandwich (pulled from a whole hog that was smoked for 24 hours), plus a portion of the addictive potato salad, is among the best dining deals you will come across in the city.

martinsbbqjoint.com

The Green Pheasant

Get a taste for just how much Nashville᾽s food scene is growing at this stylish Japanese spot in SoBro. The velvety “Tamago” egg sandwich sando set (kewpie mayo gives it that umami kick) is not a steal at US$14, but it does come with miso soup, rice, pickles and a daily side.

thegreenpheasant.com

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

Photograph by Joseph Woodley.

Every local has a favourite hot chicken purveyor, and Hattie B’s will surely be one of them. At any of its three Nashville locations, pick up a fried dark-meat one-piece (heat level is up to you but be warned that it is spicy) plus two sides for US$8.50.

hattieb.com

What to Do

Robert’s Western World

Robert’s Western World, photograph courtesy of Shutterstock.

Broadway’s neon-covered honky-tonks are a must. Robert’s is tried-and-true: order a Recession Special—a fried bologna sandwich, chips and a PBR beer for US$6 and soak in the country atmosphere.

robertswesternworld.com

Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory

During this facility’s Open House Days (the first Tuesday of the month), astronomers lead free tours of the observatory, which allows guests to try out its solar telescope for a closer look at the sun. Reservations are required.

dyer.vanderbilt.edu

Music City Greeter Walk

An ideal introduction to Nashville, this free walking tour of downtown is first-come, first-served and runs Wednesdays to Saturdays at 10 a.m. Local guides offer valuable tips on everything from their favourite restaurants to intel on some of the city’s architectural landmarks.

visitmusiccity.com

Tennessee State Museum

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee State Museum.

Considered the “Smithsonian of Tennessee,” this free-to-enter museum is dedicated to chronicling the state’s history and culture. Exhibitions include fossils, ancient artifacts that date back to the Ice Age and uniforms from the Revolutionary War.

tnmuseum.org

Live Music Venues

Grand Ole Oprey, photograph by In Haus Creative/iStock.

More venues to check out Nashville’s music scene at any price point

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Station Inn
Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
Tootsies Orchid Lounge
The Listening Room Cafe
American Legion Post 82

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The Bluebird Cafe
Exit/In
Rudy’s Jazz Room
The High Watt
Third Man Records

$$$
Ryman Auditorium
Grand Ole Opry
Ascend Amphitheater
Marathon Music Works
Bridgestone Arena


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[This story appears in the July 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]

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