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.
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.
Learn how gin, whisky and its specialty spirit, Naked Biscuit (containing local sorghum cane), are made before finishing up with a tasting, naturally.
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 Saving Space, Megan Lightell’s paintings of Nashville’s green spaces, on until Dec. 16.
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.
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.
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.
A Guide to Nashville
Nashville’s eclectic live music scene stretches well beyond Honky Tonk Row. And music is just part of the draw. As well, downtown and surrounding neighbourhoods are experiencing a sustained cultural boom. Here's where to stay, what to do and where to eat for foodies, music junkies, hipsters and history buffs.
Where to Find Free Music in Nashville (Beyond Broadway)
For music lovers visiting Nashville who want to experience as much live music as possible, and explore some memorable neighbourhoods beyond Broadway, here's a list of venues that offer free admission, including Grimey's New & Preloved Music and The Station Inn.