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Trip List by wallace63

Away from Opryland - Nashville with the Locals

Dec 6, 2006  Updated November 2012.
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 16 votes

Where to go if you want to avoid the Opryland biodome -- rub shoulders with the best and brightest of Music City.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Nashville
  • Category: Best of
  • Appeals to: Business travelers, Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Make the scene, but leave your cowboy hat behind.

    Rolling Stone named Nashville the Best Music Scene for 2011! This city has a thriving music, bar, and entertainment scene, very little of which involves mainstream country. Here are some links to help you find the cool spots.

  • 2. Insider's Guide to Nashville

    In August, 2012 the Tennessean newspaper asked a number of locals about their favorite things to do and places to take visitors. The answers are a great list of unique restaurants and activities that make Nashville a fantastic place to live.

  • 3. The Nashville Scene

    On any given night in Nashville you can hear indie rock, Americana, bluegrass, singer/songwriter, and a dozen other types of music. The Nashville Scene is our local entertainment weekly, with extensive entertainment and music listings.

  • 4. Dig the local foodie scene- tips from the New York Tmes

    In June, 2012 the New York Times ran a piece on Nashville's thriving restaurant scene. Use it to plan your meals.

  • 5. The Basement

    Great smoke-free bar and venue. It's a hot spot for local hipsters and musicians, and you never know who will sit in on the next set.

  • 6. Grimey's New and Preloved Music

    A true indie music store upstairs from The Basement. Grimey's also has an amazing used CD collection.

  • 7. 5 Points in East Nashville

    The heart of super-hip East Nashville. Within a 1-block radius are some great bars (3 Crow, Beyond the Edge, Red Door East, Lipstick Lounge, and The 5 Spot), restaurants (Nuvo Buritto, Marche, Cafe Margot, and I Dream of Weenie), homemade ice cream at Pied Piper creamery, and the best coffee in town at Bongo Java.

  • 8. 3 Crow Bar

    One of East Nashville's best bars, located at the historic 5-points intersection. A true neighborhood hangout.

  • 9. Family Wash
    The Family Wash/Garage Coffee, Nashville, Tennessee

    Smoke-free restaurant, bar, and music venue located in an old laundrymat in hip and historic East Nashville.

  • 10. Hillsboro Village

    Neighborhood of shops, bars, and tree-lined streets beside Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities. There are also a bunch of great restaurants including Fido, Pancake Pantry, Jacksons, and Sunset Grill.

  • 11. Belcourt Theatre

    Located in Hillsboro Village, the Belcourt has a calendar full of art flicks, Indie films, and live music.

  • 12. Mercy Lounge

    Very cool spot for bands and shows. If you're lucky you'll catch Panty Raid, Nashville's own burlesque troop.

  • 13. Station Inn
    Station Inn, Nashville, Tennessee

    Live bluegrass without the tourists. The (free!) Sunday Bluegrass Jam is a true jem.

  • 14. Patterson House Lounge

    Retro cocktails in a cool, speakeasy environment.

  • 15. Yazoo brewery

    Local microbrew now available in most bars around town. They've got a tap room at the brewery that serves beer, bread, & cheese and is open Thursday thru Saturday.

  • 16. Radnor Lake
    Radnor Lake State Park, Nashville, Tennessee

    Beautiful hikes in the Tennessee woods, just minutes from downtown Nashville.

  • 17. Hog Heaven
    Hog Heaven, Nashville, Tennessee

    BBQ the right way. Get it to go and eat across the street in Centennial Park, beneath the big oaks or on the steps of the Parthenon.

  • 18. Farmer's Market
    Nashville Farmers' Market, Nashville, Tennessee

    A perfect place to spend your Saturday mornings in the spring and summer - beautiful flowers, plants, and produce, as well as some great food stands.