The SEC Tournament is finally here! As one of KSR’s two Nashville residents, I’ve spent the past few days channeling my inner business analyst and put together two flowcharts to help you eat, drink and party in Nashville for the SEC Tournament. Click on each restaurant/bar name to go to their website. As a general disclaimer, yes, I realize there are tons of restaurants in Nashville, but these are my favorites. If yours isn’t on the list, don’t be offended. Just add it in the comments section.
First, you gotta eat…
* Be sure to read Yelp! reviews for hints on Sam’s Sushi Bar etiquette. I wish I were joking, but I promise it’s worth it.
– If you decide to go to Pancake Pantry, keep in mind that there will probably be a very long wait. I personally don’t see what all the fuss is about over pancakes, but people have been known to wait in line for hours for the fluffy flapjacks. My advice? Draw straws to see who goes early to wait in line.
– The same goes for The Pharmacy on a pretty day. If the weather forecast holds, the Beer Garden will be packed with people eager to enjoy some suds and sun. If the wait is too long for your liking, head on over to the Five Points area and find a porch to perch on.
It’s always five o’clock in Music City. Let’s find you a place to drink:
— KSR’s home for the weekend will be the WILDHORSE SALOON at 120 2nd Avenue North. This is where we will host Friday’s morning show, as well as the pregame and postgame shows. UK will also hold its official pep rally here Friday afternoon from 3-5 p.m. CT. Click here for details and tickets.
— Lower Broadway will be packed, so to avoid some of the lengthy lines to get in to the Honky Tonks, go to the alley behind them (next to the Ryman). Most of the bars have back doors and it’s much easier to get in and maybe even snag a table in the back.
— I’ve got good news and bad news. Bad news first: Nashville still allows smoking in 21+ establishments, which means the majority of bars will be smoky. Good news: A good number of honky tonks have gone smoke-free, so there are ways to avoid it. Bring your Febreeze just in case.
— Taking cabs is awesome. It’s even more awesome when you take Nashville’s KARAOKE KAB, which gets you to and from the bars safely while keeping the party rolling (literally). Look how much fun these people are having while not driving drunk!
See you when you get here.