Just south of downtown, tucked between Wedgewood Avenue and Houston Street, WeHo has become Nashville’s leading arts community, packed with art galleries, vintage shops and distilleries.

1. Explore Fort Negley

Fort Negley is the largest inland stone fortification built during the Civil War. At the Visitors Center, learn about the fort’s importance through films and interactive exhibits. Pick up a site map and walk along Fort Negley Park’s pretty, tree-lined pathways and enjoy great views of downtown.


2. Tour Nashville Craft distillery

Learn how gin, whisky and its specialty spirit, Naked Biscuit (containing local sorghum cane), are made before finishing up with a tasting, naturally.


3. Attend a free art walk

On the first Saturday of each month, visit more than a dozen venues during WeHo’s free art walk. Start at Zeitgeist, a contemporary arts gallery that focuses on emerging local talent. Check out Bedfellows, Vadis Tuner’s textile sculptures, on until December 22.


4. Eat at Gabby’s Burgers and Fries

The burgers at this casual spot are juicy and easy on the wallet. Order the chili burger with cheddar and homemade chili and pair it with a thick vanilla milkshake made with soft-serve ice cream.


5. Get craft beer, cocktails and a trim at The Blockhouse

For a clean shave and a cold drink, go to The Blockhouse barbershop-bar hybrid located in a 1920s building. Get a beard trim, then visit the bar for a game of pool and a whisky cocktail or a local craft beer.


6. Sing karaoke at Santa’s Pub

After dark, go to Santa’s Pub, a trailer-turned-bar owned by a jolly, white-bearded local. It’s decked out in Christmas lights year-round and drinks are cash- and beer-only. There’s karaoke every night, so arrive early for your singing debut.