I’ve lived in Nashville for over ten years and a while back, started making flowcharts to help Kentucky fans figure out which bars and restaurants to try while in town for the SEC Tournament. As Nashville has grown by leaps and bounds, I’ve had to update and revamp those charts each year to keep up with a mutating Music City. Hopefully, these will help you navigate around town and maybe try something new.
**As a general disclaimer, yes, I realize there are tons of restaurants in Nashville, especially new ones, but these are my favorites. If yours isn’t on the list, don’t be offended. Just add it in the comments section.**
Where to Eat
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Top 5: The Southern, Jeff Ruby’s, Two Ten Jack, Butcher & Bee, and Five Points Pizza. (Garlic knots FTW)
Where to Drink
– Nashville still allows smoking in bars (21+), but fortunately, most bars downtown have opted to go smoke-free. There are still a few smoke pits if you want to light up inside, but major honky tonks like Tootsie’s, Layla’s, Robert’s, and The Stage are now smoke-free. I can’t wait for the day it’s like that everywhere.
– Traffic has gotten really, really bad in Nashville the past two years. If you’re downtown, it’s best to walk, but if you’re staying outside the downtown area or just feel like venturing out (which you definitely should), I recommend using Uber or Lyft. Both are cheaper and more pleasant than cabs, and well worth not worrying about or paying for parking. If you’re driving, use the Waze app to navigate traffic and construction.
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– If you want to get around downtown quickly without walking or taking a cab, try JOY RIDE, the free golf cart shuttle service. The drivers are also great tour guides and only work on tips. If it’s raining, I expect they’ll be pretty popular. To order a shuttle, call 615-285-9835 or look for the golf carts scuttling around.
– The Nashville MTA Green Line bus also transports people around downtown Nashville and the Gulch for free, so keep an eye out for it. (It’s green.) You can also rent bikes via the B-Cycle stations around town.
– UK fan and KSR friend JD Shelburne will be performing throughout the weekend at various places downtown. Here’s his show schedule:
– Hydrate and pace yourself. It’s a marathon, not a sprint! If you need caffeine and a personal space fix, sneak over to the Bongo Java inside the Omni Hotel (250 5th Avenue South).
– Finally, if you’re going to the games, be aware of the SEC’s new CLEAR BAG policy:
Most of all, prepare to have a lot of fun. See you soon.