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Oginalii

Building on a foundation of desert rock, grunge, and slowcore, Nashville’s Oginalii craft a sound that channels the nihilistic malaise of 90s Slacker Rock, yet feels undoubtedly modern with its tragically honest lyrics and no-frills presentation. In describing their perfect Nashville day the band suggests:

“Go to Sky Blue Cafe in East Nashville for breakfast, then hit up The Frist for whatever exhibit that’s going on because they’re always good. Stop at Grimey’s for a look through old and new records. Go check out Southern Grist brewery for a quick beer and then head to Otaku Ramen for dinner. Top it off with whoever’s playing The Basement that night and you have what you call the perfect Nashville day.”

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Nashville, TN
food
Smiling Elephant
The Smiling Elephant
Small popular Thai restaurant serving authentic dishes using only fresh ingredients. Voted Best Thai 2016 in The Tennessean.
"I'm a sucker for anything thai, and they have the best the city offers. Start with some Tom Kha Gai soup and their daily curry (my favorite is the red curry personally). It's also in this tiny little shack that feels like you're in someone's dining room. There will probably be a wait, but it's completely worth it." - Oginalii
The Smiling Elephant: Best Pad Thai Restaurant, 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN, United States
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Craft Brewed
Craft Brewed
Beer tap room with a wide selection of high quality craft brews.
"The beer selection has everything from imports to the best local brews. I love absolutely everything about beer, and their staff is extremely knowledgeable and welcoming. I usually go for a sour if they have one or a nice unfiltered DIPA (double IPA)." - Oginalii
Craft Brewed, 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN, United States
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Bongo Java
Bongo Java
These coffee roasters churn out some of the best java in the city, but don't overlook their fresh pastries, sammies, and desserts.
"Bongo Java has it all. They have a few locations now, but the one dearest to my heart is right across from Belmont University. I spent many hours there and could always afford a Bongo Basic. They give you hash browns, toast, two eggs, AND a cup of coffee for $6 bucks. Oh, and they have this coconut cake that I sometimes dream of." - Oginalli
Bongo Java, 5th Avenue South, Nashville, TN, United States
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John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge
John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge
Bridge that connects downtown Nashville to residential East Nashville. Built in 1907 and converted into a pedestrian bridge in 1998. Provides unbeatable views of the river and city skyline. "If you go really early in the morning, the view of Nashville is perfection, and you can see everything the city has to offer." - Oginalii
John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, Nashville, TN, United States
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Urban Cowboy B&B
Located in East Nasvhille, Urban Cowboy is a small bed and breakfast comprised of eight experiential suites housed in a historic Victorian mansion. In addition, the Stable House serves delicious bites and craft cocktails after a long day of exploring. Be sure to book far enough in advance as this popular spot books quickly. "It's absolutely breathtaking and they have an amazing restaurant and bar as well that has some insane food and cocktails." - Oginalii
Urban Cowboy B&B - Nashville, Woodland Street, Nashville, TN, United States
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drkmttr
Drkmttr
Drkmttr is a volunteer-run arts collective and hub for Nashville's underground music and arts scene.
"Drkmttr is keeping the DIY scene in Nashville alive. I've seen some pretty amazing bands come through there and everyone that works there are volunteers. That's what being a musician is about, giving back." - Oginalii
4003 Indiana Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209, United States
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Santa’s Pub
Christmas themed dive bar in a double-wide trailer offering cheap beer and epic karaoke. "It's adorned with all things Christmas, who doesn't love that?" - Oginalii
2225 Bransford Avenue, Nashville, TN, United States
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Pangea
Small boutique in Hillsboro Village selling vintage finds and imports from Guatemala, Mexico, Asia, India and more since 1987. "Pangea is where I get most of my jewelry, and it's always my go-to for gifts. They have something for everyone and you can go in spending however much you'd like." - Oginalii
Pangaea, 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN, United States
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Radnor Lake
Radnor Lake is a 1200 acre nature preserve in Oak Hill, just outside of Nashville. Hikers can enjoy four unpaved trails surrounding the lake, and enjoy Tennessee's wildlife including river otters, beavers, mink, muskrat, bobcat, coyote and white-tailed deer. "My favorite outdoor spot is Radnor Lake. It's not too far from town, and it's the best early in the morning when there's still a chill in the air, and there's no one around. It's the quiet you need when you just need to listen to yourself." - Oginalii
Radnor Lake, Oak Hill, TN, United States
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Sky Blue Cafe
Colorful diner featuring local coffee and baked goods, daily breakfast, and dinner most nights.
700 Fatherland Street, Nashville, TN, United States
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Frist Center
The Frist Center For The Visual Arts
Rotating visual arts exhibitions from the region and around the world in a Classic art deco building with 24,000 square feet of exhibit space. The Martin ArtQuest Gallery features over 30 interactive stations for visitors to be inspired and create themselves.
Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Broadway, Nashville, TN, United States
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Grimey's
Grimey’s
Nashville's premier independent record store with an adjoined coffee shop and regular in-store performances from local, national, and international touring bands.
Grimey's New & Preloved Music, 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN, United States
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Southern Grist Brewing
Brewery serving craft beer in East Nashville featuring a rotating menu highlighting new ingredients and beer styles alongside favored staples.
Southern Grist Brewing Company, Porter Road, Nashville, TN, United States
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Otaku Ramen
Sleek spot in the The Gulch serving traditional ramen & Japanese bites made with locally sourced ingredients. Chef Sarah Gavigan uses traditional techniques taught to her by mentor and Chef, Shigetoshi Nakamura, while incorporating the local flavors of Tennessee into her menu. Try the Spicy Miso Ramen and Hot Chicken Buns.
Otaku Ramen, Division Street, Nashville, TN, United States
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The Basement
Cozy live music venue with a spacious patio hosting an array of alternative, rock, and indie artists.
1904 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN, United States
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Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack
The original and gold standard for 'hot chicken.' Fried chicken is served based on spice level, ranging from “unbelievably hot” for the adventurous to “choose heat carefully” for first-timers. Be prepared to wait, but know that it's worth it. Founded by Thorton Prince in the 1930's, the tradition lives on through Prince’s great niece, Ms. Andre Prince Jeffries. "[Prince's] is the real deal. Go easy for your first time, and don't touch your eyes. Been there, done that." - Oginalii
Prince's Hot Chicken Shack, Ewing Drive, Nashville, TN, United States
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