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When most folks think of Nashville entertainment, music is no doubt the first thing that springs to mind. And who can blame them when Nashville is home to some of the most legendary music emporiums known to mankind?
But while music may be the food of love, a person needs to eat real food, too, and we’re happy to say that there’s lots of that in this town. Of course, our own Mason’s is enough to keep you “home” at night. But if you want a little variety, we suggest you check out some other local treasures, like the Loveless Café, where they serve comfort food with country flair. Or Noshville, which brings a bit of the Big Apple to Music City.
If sports are your thing, Nashville can also cater to your passion. Take in a Tennessee Titans game at Nissan Field, one of the NFL’s loudest stadiums. Or head to Bridgestone Arena to see our NHL team—the Nashville Predators—in action. And since you’re in the South, why not enjoy some NASCAR racing at Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway, where speed and excitement are in full play from April through August.
The Bluebird Cafe
4101 Hillsboro Pike
With a worldwide reputation for presenting the best original country and acoustic music, The Bluebird Cafe showcases up-and-coming songwriters. See the place where legendary musicians such as Kathy Mattea and Garth Brooks first started their careers. They serve wine, beer, appetizers and sandwiches. Learn more
Tootsies Orchid Lounge
No trip to Music City is complete without a stop at the world’s most famous honky-tonk. Bought by Tootsie Bess in 1960, this hot spot once catered to the likes of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Patsy Cline and more. Learn more
2208 Elliston Place
A legendary venue that hosts big-name touring acts and local favorites in an intimate setting. A Music City landmark, Exit/In has welcomed artists including Emmylou Harris and The Donnas. Learn more
The Cannery Ballroom & Mercy Lounge
1 Cannery Row
These sister clubs inhabit the first two floors of Nashville’s Historic Cannery building. Built in 1883, the former flour mill and food-processing center is now home to two of Nashville’s premier music venues. Learn more
120 2nd Avenue North
Located on 2nd Avenue in downtown Nashville, the Wildhorse offers three floors of action-packed fun, including five bars, award-winning Southern dining and live entertainment seven nights a week. Learn more
Elliston Place Soda Shop
2111 Elliston Place
Little has changed at the Elliston Place Soda Shop—Nashville's oldest continuously operating restaurant in the same location—since it was opened by Lynn Chandler in 1939. (He has since sold it.) The fountain and grill serve up a typical pharmacy/soda shop menu of breakfast, burgers and fries, sundaes, shakes and banana splits; the kitchen serves up a daily changing repast of meat-and-three. Learn more
Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack
123 Ewing Drive, #3
Some like it hot, and at Prince's, it's "beads-of-sweat-forming-on-the-brows-of-grown-men" hot. Inside, booths seat about 20 people and straw fans adorn the walls. There are four heat levels: mild is for those who like "spicy" food; for the neophyte, medium induces sweating; hot is a quasi-religious experience and extra-hot is fine if you have no plans for the next 12 hours. Sides of beans, slaw and potato salad are tasty heat extinguishers.
8400 Tennessee Hwy 100
Serving Southern comfort fare to Music City’s guests and locals with a charming country flair. Located at the Northern terminus of the Natchez Trace Parkway, this legendary haunt is a blend of successful tourist hot spot and local favorite. Learn more
1103 McGavock Street
Located across from the historical Kayne switchyard, Kayne Prime is a modern steakhouse, featuring modern interpretations of the classics, as well as market-driven fresh, farm-to-table creations. Learn more
The Midtown Café
102 19th Avenue South
The place for a power lunch or a romantic dinner. The food is modest and unpretentious, but always well executed and it doesn’t get in the way of deals or dates. Learn more
4014 Hillsboro Circle
This New York-style deli imports a little piece of Big Apple heaven to Nashville. Learn more
2413 Elliston Place
This legendary, no-frills diner serves some of Nashville's best burgers. Learn more
Located in the heart of Nashville's Midtown, Tavern offers an innovative menu and friendly, attentive service in a contemporary, inviting atmosphere. Rich, warm interior hues, large patios and multiple flat-screen TVs make Tavern the perfect backdrop to enjoy with friends all year long. Learn more
1126 McGavock Street
The fashionista set frequents this hot-spot restaurant and lounge. The menu features creative sushi rolls and Asian fusion entrées. Learn more
Tennessee Titans (NFL) Take in an NFL game at Nissan Field, one of the country’s loudest stadiums. More info
Nashville Predators (NHL) Head to Bridgestone Arena to see Nashville’s NHL team in action. More info
Nashville Sounds (Minor League Baseball) Nashville’s AAA Minor League Baseball team plays at First Tenneessee Park. More info
Music City Bowl Get into the action with this Nashville holiday tradition. Watch college teams battle it out on the field to become champions. See our concierge for schedules. More info
St. Jude Rock N Roll Nashville Marathon and 1/2 Marathon Each April, the marathon kicks off in Centennial Park and takes runners on a tour of Nashville’s sights. More than 50 music stages and hundreds of cheerleaders entertain runners, walkers and spectators alike. More info
College Sports As home to 21 accredited four-year and postgraduate institutions, the Music City is also home to several collegiate sports teams, including:
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