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Nashville, TN

Known fondly as “Music City, USA,” Nashville has a long history as one of the major destinations for American music lovers.  Nashville is recognized as the adopted home of country music, but also has made significant contributions to the rock, jazz, and electronic music scenes.  Locals and visitors alike enjoy the cultural offerings of “The District,” a section of downtown Nashville that is home to a number of live music clubs and honky-tonk bars and serves as the hub of the city’s entertainment scene and nightlife.

Curated By: CAPPA, Civil Twilight, EscondidoHumming House, Ian St. Pé, Pujol, Ruelle, Turbo Fruits, Oginalii, Jet Black Alley Cat

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Nashville, TN
landmark
The Johnny Cash Museum
Although it is on the tinier side, this museum has really nailed its niche subject. Anything you want to know about the famous Johnny Cash, you can learn at this place! Recommend by: Jet Black Alley Cat  
119 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201, USA
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
From Willie Nelson to Waylon Jennings, this museum has it all. Not only is it one of the largest museums in the world, but it continues to research and preserve one of America's most historic genres of music.   Recommended by: Jet Black Alley Cat
222 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
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Grand Ole Opry
This historic venue and landmark was founded all the way back in 1925. While it was first used for barn dances, it is now known for hosting some of the greatest country talents on a weekly basis. Recommended by: Jet Black Alley Cat    
2804 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214, USA
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HUSK
Husk offers grilled grub at a reasonable price! Husk is tucked away in an historic mansion which provides great views inside and outside. Recommended by: Jet Black Alley Cat    
37 Rutledge St, Nashville, TN 37210, USA
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Taqueria del Sol
This local joint offers a variety of delicious options in addition to it's relaxing vibe. Recommended by: Jet Black Alley Cat  
2317 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204, USA
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312 Pizza Company
Great spot for a night out on the town according to Jet Black Alley Cat.
371 Monroe St, Nashville, TN 37208, USA
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Bridgestone Arena
"Try and catch a Nashville Predators hockey game, those are pretty wild." - Jet Black Alley Cat
501 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
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The High Watt
Jet Black Alley Cat recommends The High Watt if you want to check out a show. The best part about it is it's right next to Mercy Lounge and the Cannery Ballroom which often hosts other great shows. Sometimes you can even jump place to place throughout the night!  
1 Cannery Row, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
shopping
Black Shag Vintage
"[The] dude who owns it is super rock 'n' roll and will often help you out with items for different shoots you may be doing. Overall great vintage clothing options." - Jet Black Alley Cat
1220 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206, USA
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Santa’s Pub
"The environment is much different than you would expect, located in a double wide trailer and all beers are $1-$3 cash only baby." - Jet Black Alley Cat
2225 Bransford Ave, Nashville, TN 37204, USA
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Thompson Nashville
"Sweet rooftop bar overlooking the city and coffee shop below. Great area for food and close to all the touristy places." - Jet Black Alley Cat
401 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
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Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge
"Insanely tall bridge that you can go and walk across. Also has some crazy support beams if you’re brave enough to climb." - Jet Black Alley Cat
Williamson County, Tennessee, USA
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CREMA
Jet Black Alley Cat recommends grabbing a cup of black coffee and checking out the patio where there is a killer view of downtown Nashville.
15 Hermitage Ave, Nashville, TN 37204
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Melrose Billiard Parlor
"It's quiet, underground, kinda hidden usually drinking whatever beer I’m feeling at the moment." - Jet Black Alley Cat
2600 8th Ave S Ste 108 (Basement) Nashville, TN 37204
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Baja Burrito
If you're looking for inexpensive and authentic Mexican cuisine, Baja Burrito is the place to go! Jet Black Alley Cat recommends the barbados specifically. Their outdoor deck is gorgeous too!
722 Thompson Ln, Nashville, TN 37204, USA
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Kayne Prime Steakhouse
"Cotton candied bacon, enough said." - Jet Black Alley Cat
1103 McGavock St, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Village Pub and Beer Garden
Buzzing tavern known for its stuffed pretzels served in relaxed environs with a wraparound patio.
1308 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN, United States
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The Treehouse Restaurant
Rustic American eatery and bar featuring an ever-changing menu, outdoor seating, and late-night hours.
1011 Clearview Ave, Nashville, TN, United States
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The 5 Spot
Snacks and a full bar served in a relaxed hangout that hosts live bands and weekly dance parties.
1006 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN, United States
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The Crying Wolf
Hip hangout with modern bar food including house-ground burgers, plus occasional events and live music.
823 Woodland St, Nashville, TN, 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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Robert’s Western World
Live country bands, cold beer, and fried bologna sandwiches draw fans to this prototypical honky-tonk.
416 Broadway, Nashville, TN, United States
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Pinewood Social
Trendy hangout featuring New American cuisine, cocktails, and bowling in an industrial-chic space.
33 Peabody Street, Nashville, TN, United States
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Duke’s
Small, trendy bar offering cheap drink specials and delicious deli sandwiches late into the night.
1000 Main St, Nashville, TN, United States
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Café Coco
This funky coffeehouse is open around the clock and features live music, munchies, and patio seating.
210 Louise Avenue, Nashville, TN, United States
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Burger Up
Inventive burgers featuring locally sourced patties are served in a comfy setting of reclaimed wood.
2901 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN, United States
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Sip Cafe
Locally roasted espresso, pastries, and ice cream scoops are the draw at this bright, cheerful nook.
3939 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN, United States
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Portland Brew
Colorful art hangs on concrete brick walls at this cafe offering coffee and pastries, plus free WiFi.
2605 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN, United States
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Eighth and Roast
Comfy cafe offering gourmet java, plus an interactive hand-pour bar in industrial-chic surrounds.
2108 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN, United States
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Crema
Artisanal coffeehouse and roaster serving drinks, pastries, and snacks in a wood-paneled, industrial space.
15 Hermitage Ave, 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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Barista Parlor
Hip coffeehouse serves artisan espresso and local, seasonal cafe eats in an open, industrial venue.
519 Gallatin Avenue, Nashville, TN, United States
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Tavern
A sleek gastro-pub serving up small plates, retro cocktails, and tacos until the wee hours, plus brunch.
1904 Broadway, Nashville, 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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Margot Café & Bar
Warm, comfortable bistro serving a rotating menu of creative and seasonal French and Italian fare.
1017 Woodland St, Nashville, TN, United States
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Marché Artisan Foods
Bright, casual cafe serving European bistro-style dishes featuring local ingredients.
1000 Main St, Nashville, TN, United States
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Frothy Monkey
Frothy Monkey is a chain of restaurants local to Nashville focused around the core values of quality, creativity, and accessibility.
2509 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN, United States
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El Jaliciense Mexican Restaurant
This hole-in-the-wall spot serves up the most authentic Mexican food available in Nashville.
3225 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN, United States
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Dino’s Bar
Old-school operation serving up straightforward burgers, fries, and beer in an easygoing setting.
411 Gallatin Avenue, Nashville, TN, United States
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Athens Family Restaurant
Southern platters, Greek grub, and breakfast served all day are the draws at this unfussy diner.
2526 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN, United States
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War Memorial Auditorium
Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium is a 2,000-seat concert venue dedicated in 1925 as tribute to the American soldiers who died in World War I.  Today it hosts a wide variety of popular touring acts like Mumford & Sons and The Dead Weather.
301 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN, United States
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The High Watt
Small music venue loved by locals for its intimate performances and cheap drinks.
1 Cannery Row, Nashville, TN, United States
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The End
Festive, long-running venue featuring live music and a full bar in no-nonsense digs.
2219 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN, United States
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The East Room
Small,dimly lit venue that hosts indie bands, stand-up comedy, and dance parties.
2412 Gallatin Avenue, Nashville, TN, United States
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The Cannery Ballroom
The Cannery Ballroom is the big brother to Nashville's popular Mercy Lounge.  The 1000-capacity standing room is designed to accommodate large touring acts with elaborate stage shows.
1 Cannery Row, 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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Station Inn
The Station Inn is one of Nashville's premier bluegrass and roots music listening rooms and has been hosting local and touring performers for over 40 years.
402 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN, United States
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Ryman Auditorium
The Ryman Auditorium is a 2,362-seat live performance venue in Nashville, Tennessee and is best known as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974.  Such is its renown that it has been fondly referred to as both the "Mother Church of Country Music" and the "Carnegie Hall of the South."
116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN, United States
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Queen Avenue Art Collective
Queen Ave is a multi-use creative space in East Nashville that showcases music from all genres. It is also a space for artists to host gallery installations, pop-up shows and shops, and audio/video showcases.
178 Queen Ave, Nashville, TN, United States
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Mercy Lounge
An eclectic mix of local & touring acts hits the small stage of this funky lounge/bar almost nightly.
1 Cannery Row, Nashville, TN, United States
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Exit/In
Exit/In has been a Nashville mainstay since it opened its doors in 1971. Exit/In serves the outsiders of Nashville's music scene by offering a venue for touring acts that don't fit in with the Country/Western artists the city is known for.
2208 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN, United States
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