A Little Bit Country: Nashville's Sights, Sounds and Sips
f you love music, Nashville is the place for you.
It’s not only the capital of Tennessee, it’s the home of country music and a myriad of offerings for visitors: Southern hospitality, delicious cuisine, rich history, vibrant nightlife and live music, including the iconic Grand Ole Opry.
Are you a baller on a budget? Check out these happy hours around the city if you’re looking to save dollars on drinks so you can splurge elsewhere.
Get cheap drinks and a taste of casual Southern cuisine including po’ boys and smoked wings at Party Fowl, the new East Gulch District restaurant (719 8th Ave. S, 615-624-8255). Happy hour is served Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and features drinks your bank account will love: $5 house wines, $7 Absolut martinis, $5 American Born Moonshine, $5 Fireball and $1 off all drafts.
Come for a drink and stay for the music at The Sutler (2600 Franklin Pike, 615-840-6124). It offers half-priced happy hour in the saloon Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and in the cellar Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sip your drink and enjoy The Sutler’s free evening music options, which are coincidentally offered every day of the conference.
12 South Taproom (2318 12th Ave. S, 615-463-7552), nestled in the 12 South District, is a beer lover’s heaven. Its online menu features nearly 30 draft beers and even more bottle and can options. Happy hour options vary daily.
If you agree there’s no better combo than drinks and a pizza, visit 312 Pizza Company(371 Monroe St., 615-730-7888) in Germantown, which features authentic Chicago-style pizza and two happy hours: Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.
M.L. Rose (two locations: Melrose, 2535 Franklin Pike, 615-712-8160 and West, 4408 Charlotte Ave., 615-750-2920) has plenty of beer options and uniquely named craft burger options like the Nash Vegas and Angry Dragon. Happy hour options vary daily.
Yelp users ranked the Village Pub & Beer Garden (1308 McGavock Pike, 615-942-5880) high at 4.5 stars. This relaxed local brew pub features tons of beer options, a one-of-a-kind stuffed pretzel sandwich and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., when all draughts are half price.
Looking to fill your belly after a long day? Check out some of these eateries that are sure to leave you satisfied.
ButcherTown Hall(1416 4th Ave. N, 615-454-3634), a stunning Germantown restaurant, is pleasing to the eye and the belly. It’s a meat lover’s dream that offers a variety of carnivorous fare, including brisket and handmade sausage. The restaurant also features an expansive beer garden and indoor and outdoor seating.
The Southern Steak and Oyster (150 3rd Ave. S, 615-724-1762) sits in the heart of the SoBro district. Its menu features a soulful twist on a variety of tasty American favorites. It also offers a great happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Looking to entertain colleagues? Rolf & Daughters (700 Taylor St., 615-866-9897) is your spot. The cuisine is modern American and it has a wide selection of yummy craft cocktails.
The Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden (731 Mcferrin Ave., 615-712-9517) has a variety of delicious burgers made with 100% Tennessee beef and all the toppings you could possibly fit on a bun. Wash it all down with a cold brew.
You can’t leave Nashville without attending at least one concert. Here are a few options:
Simon and Garfunkel will perform at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m.
The National Symphony has two free outdoor concerts: One at Key Park on Wednesday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. (located on Pavilion Dr.) and another at Southeast Park Greenspace (5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy.) on Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m.
In Nashville, free live music is often right around the corner. Go to visitmusiccity.com/visitors/thingstodo/freemusic for an extensive list of free music
Nashville is full of rich history and there are plenty things to do and see. Here are a few good places to start.
Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to learn about the history and traditions of country music.
Known as the Man in Black, Johnny Cash was a music legend. The Johnny Cash Museum displays some of his famous possessions and explores his legacy.
Replicated after the Greek building of the same name, the Parthenon is the centerpiece of the 132-acre Centennial Park. Centennial Park also features a variety of activities including a walking trail, arts activity center and a sunken garden.
Need an escape from the hustle and bustle? Take a walk through Riverfront Park, which is situated next to the Cumberland River.
Visit Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, the former home of the seventh U.S. president.
A version of this article originally appeared in the Credit Union Times.