We’ve compiled the best of the best in Nashville - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Acme Feed & Seed


    This converted old factory has a radio station, bar, and dance hall on the first floor, a sushi bar and venue on the second, a private event space on the fourth, and a DJ hall and bar on the roof. The food menu includes eclectic street food in addition to the sushi.

    101 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee, 37201, USA
  • 2. Corsair Distillery

    Marathon Village | Bars/Pubs

    A highlight of Marathon Village is Corsair Distillery, a microdistillery and brewpub offering eclectic, locally made spirits and beer. Visitors can tour the facility—which is housed in a century-old automobile factory—and try full- and sample-size offerings of Corsair spirits in the distillery's taproom.

    1200 Clinton St., Suite 110, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203, USA
  • 3. Dino's

    East Nashville

    Billed as Nashville's oldest dive bar, Dino's has maintained its charm by changing little over the years. The bar stocks a handful of cheap beer selections and can make simple cocktails, while the kitchen serves up hot chicken, Frito pie, and sneakily delicious burgers. On the weekends, Dino's serves one of the best brunches in town, with offerings like hot chicken French toast.

    411 Gallatin Ave., Nashville, Tennessee, 37206, USA
  • 4. Exit/In

    Elliston Place

    Exit/In showcases the most cutting-edge blues, rock, heavy metal, and hip-hop bands from the United States and beyond. If you want to hear everything except country music, come groove in an unpretentious atmosphere.

    2208 Elliston Pl., Nashville, Tennessee, 37203, USA
  • 5. Fat Bottom Brewing

    The Nations | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Visiting the Hop Yard at Fat Bottom Brewing turns enjoying the brewer’s locally crafted beers into an experience. The large, warehouse-like space features ample seating, multiple outdoor areas with yard games, and brewery tours on weekends.

    800 44th Ave. N, Nashville, Tennessee, 37209, USA
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  • 6. Gertie's Bar

    The Gulch

    This inviting downstairs addition to the 404 Kitchen offers up 30 pages of hard-to-find whiskies from around the world on its menu. You'll find some bottles here, all hand-selected by chef Matt Bolus, that you'd be hard-pressed to find in even the most exclusive whiskey bars in New York.

    507 12th Ave. S, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203, USA
  • 7. L.A. Jackson

    The Gulch

    At the top of the luxe Thompson Hotel is the city's premiere rooftop bar, where the drinks are strong and the views are just as Instagrammable as the hip, modern decor. Filled to the brim with friendly young professionals on the weekends, this is always a lively spot, especially when there's a local DJ spinning records. The Frozé is always a crowd-pleaser, and they offer a variety of small bites and cocktails.

    401 11th Ave. S, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203, USA
  • 8. Pinewood Social


    Everything you need for a good time at work or play is at Pinewood Social, an all-day hangout featuring a coffee bar, craft cocktails, a bowling alley, private karaoke rooms, bocce ball, and even an outdoor pool. This sceney spot is always bustling because the food is as good as the fun.

    33 Peabody St., Nashville, Tennessee, 37210, USA
  • 9. Robert's Western World


    If you ask any native Nashvillian (even famous locals), they’ll tell you that Robert’s is the best honky-tonk in town, with live music and dancing nightly. The two-level bar has been a local staple for decades and is located across from the back artist entry to the Ryman where country legends sneak out to drink on the strip. Peruse the boot collection on the infamous boot wall and enjoy a fried bologna sandwich.

    416b Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203, USA
  • 10. Smith and Lentz Brewing

    East Nashville

    A host of craft breweries have opened in Nashville over the last few years, and Smith and Lentz Brewing ranks among the best of them. Located convenient to Five Points, Smith and Lentz offers a number of house and rotating brews in various glass sizes, also making each available to take home in a crowler or growler. They don't serve much food but do allow guests to bring in takeout. Ping-Pong tables and a solid selection of board games round out the experience.

    903 Main St., Nashville, Tennessee, 37206, USA
  • 11. The Green Hour

    Germantown | Bars/Pubs

    Located inside Tempered Café and Chocolate (and only open Thursday through Saturday), The Green Hour is one of Germantown's best-kept secrets. It's the only bar in town that specializes in serving a wide variety of absinthe in traditional absinthe drips, making each drink ordered its own experiential treat. And if absinthe isn't your thing, the bar also serves a variety of classic cocktails and a small selection of beer.

    1201 5th Ave. N, Nashville, Tennessee, 37208, USA

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  • 12. The Patterson House


    The Patterson House is one of Nashville’s long-standing speakeasy-style bars, offering a Prohibition-era feel with its obscured entrance, cordoned-off dining area, and house rules, such as one must be seated in order to be served a drink, and men cannot introduce themselves to women without invitation. However, this cultivated vibe makes it one of the most popular nightspots in the city—that, and the amazing drinks, which are crafted by mixologists at a bar in the middle of the chandelier-laden dining room.

    1711 Division St., Nashville, Tennessee, 37203, USA
  • 13. The Station Inn

    The Gulch

    One of the last bastions of old Nashville that locals still frequent despite the influx of tourists, The Station Inn is without a doubt the best place to hear bluegrass, roots music, and Americana in the city. Inside the worn stone building you’ll find cheap beer, folding tables, mismatched chairs, and a sea of red-and-white-checkered plastic tablecloths that prove this venue is charmingly frozen in time.

    402 12th Ave. S, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203, USA
  • 14. 3 Crow Bar

    East Nashville

    A pillar of East Nashville's Five Points, 3 Crow Bar is a relaxed dive with a great beer selection, lively atmosphere, and a solid menu of bar food favorites. The bar does allow smoking inside, but on nice days they keep their large windows open. Don't leave without ordering a Bushwacker, which is basically just a delicious chocolate milk shake loaded down with booze.

    1020 Woodland St., Nashville, Tennessee, 37206, USA
  • 15. 3rd & Lindsley


    A local favorite, 3rd & Lindsley hosts musical acts from around town and around the world. This no-frills venue has ample room for dancing, and also has a full lunch and dinner menu, in addition to a full bar. For some of the best bets for musical events in town, 3rd & Lindsley is a must.

    818 3rd Ave. S, Nashville, Tennessee, 37210, USA
  • 16. AJs Good Time Bar


    Country star Alan Jackson’s Broadway honky-tonk occupies three levels, all dedicated to having a good time. Not every level is the same—while all feature beer and live music, check out the third floor for karaoke and the rooftop level for skyline views.

    421 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203, USA
  • 17. Ascend Amphitheater


    This outdoor amphitheater is nestled into a hill between Broadway and the Cumberland River, making for great skyline views. Ascend Amphitheater regularly hosts popular musical artists and other touring acts, especially during the spring and summer months.

    310 1st Ave. S, Nashville, Tennessee, 37201, USA
  • 18. Bearded Iris Brewing

    Germantown | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Believe it or not, Germantown used to be one of Nashville's industrial hubs. You can see what remains of the neighborhood's old factories and warehouses on its eastern outskirts, where Bearded Iris Brewing lies. Housed in one of these old warehouses, Bearded Iris brews a variety of old-world-style beers that appeal to beer snobs and newbies alike and serves brews in a swanky-comfy setting that combines the best of old and new Germantown.

    101 Van Buren St., Nashville, Tennessee, 37208, USA
  • 19. Betty's Grill

    Sylvan Park | Live Music

    This no-frills beer-only watering hole is the real deal: cheap beer served in plastic cups, pool tables, cash-only, and a straightforward food menu. Don’t let appearances fool you, however: this is also one of the best places to see both touring and local live music up close.

    407 49th Ave. N, Nashville, Tennessee, 37209, USA
  • 20. Broadway Brewhouse


    Less of a party scene and more of a place to sit and chat over a pint, Broadway Brewhouse's draft selection is rivaled by few places in town. The owner also started Honky Tonk Central alongside the owner of Tootsie's Orchid Lounge.

    317 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee, 37201, USA

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