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Perhaps it’s the inevitable result of culture’s obsession with the Western aesthetic of the past few years, but Nashville seems to be at the top of the world’s itinerary right now. To be fair, the historic city of Tennessee never really left the cultural conversation. But there seems to be a subtle renaissance within its music-gilded avenues – the city skyline, which was littered with new buildings on my last visit there and discussed with almost everyone I met. “We are currently the crane capital of the world,” joked my hotel manager on my first day.
It may, but Nashville’s bones are still deep. Despite the recent facelift, the hustle and bustle of the city still has a feeling of humble routine: the locals visit their favorites, the honky tonks play the old classics, and like in a small town, everyone knows everyone – just talk to the crowd of local musicians at Smoking area in front of every bar.
With this in mind, mixing old and new, NYLON’s travel guide to Nashville is our ideal balance between tradition and an update of the classics. Read on to prepare for your next trip to Nashville, where to stay, eat, drink, and more.
Where to sleep
W Nashville: There’s nothing like staying in the heart of downtown Nashville, and the glamorous branch of the W Hotel is the perfect spot for anyone looking to take advantage of all the city has to offer. They call it Music City, and with W Nashville’s prime location in the thriving Gulch District, you’re literally right in the middle of it. A few minutes’ drive from the hotel is the city’s famous (if somewhat boring) Music Row; a few minutes the other direction and you are on Broadway, the main drag in Nashville and practically a double lined street with bars and live music. Everywhere people remember what this city is known for and that way there is a bit of electrical energy in the air.
The music motif extends inside the completely decorated hotel and will lovingly serve as a safe haven after a stay in the popular honky-tonk bar of the locals until 3 a.m. The southern-style rooms are spacious and modern, but not cluttered upstairs. The L-shaped pool of the hotel, the spacious terrace with green areas and the almost 360-degree roof bar are perfect for relaxing. When you’re ready to get going again, you’re never out of sight of a bar. (There are more than eight throughout the hotel.) Then when you’re ready to recharge your batteries the next morning, The Dutch has breakfast and the hotel’s cafe with poached tomato eggs and a breakfast spread is a top choice.
Where shall we eat
Arnold’s country kitchen: Any trip to the south is not really complete without at least one meal that is hearty, decadent and not good for the body but good for the soul. Arnold’s Country Kitchen, or just Arnold’s, will do the job. The certified institution has been operating in Nashville since 1982 and serves all the comfort classics – fried catfish, roast beef, brisket, roast chicken and more, depending on the menu of the day – in a cafeteria style. We recommend the roast beef, which is sliced ââto order, the melt-in-the-mouth brisket, the sticky pate and of course the mac and cheese. The best part? The whole thing will throw you back may be, $ 12.
Henrietta Red: While Tennessee may be a landlocked state, Nashville’s seafood scene is surprisingly still on the rise. Outstanding is the Henrietta Red, a bright, white-walled restaurant in the Germantown district that was voted Best New Restaurant by Bon Appetit and GQ in 2017. The place has an amazing seasonal menu with a vegetable lead, but the real star of the show is its Raw Bar, which offers 10 different oyster varieties from all coasts. When you’re fed up with it, you can’t go wrong with any fish dish, as well as the lamb sausage and gnocchi.
Carne Mare: Lots of donors and carnivores, direct your gaze to the shiny newest location of Carne Mare, the upscale Italian chophouse of the famous chef Andrew Carmellini, which is called “Meat Sea” and is conveniently connected to the W (for you). You don’t need that I want to tell you that all of the meat is decadent, sinful, filling, amazing, etc. flavorful indulgence and the 17-layer chocolate cake because the reason is in the name.
Where to drink
The Blue Room / Third Man Records: Nashville’s main drag, Broadway, is no shortage of famous bars, dive sites, and drinking spots, but for a truly unique drinking experience, head to (or maybe) an unusual spot for a truly unique drinking experience probably Spot for Nashville): a record studio. Jack White’s prestigious Third Man Records opened their Blue Room Bar in July 2021 and it truly is an experience for all the senses.
Completely immersed in electric blue light, with a real stuffed elephant’s head hanging on the walls, the bar feels like entering a surreal and sophisticated outside world club. Equipped with a stage, it’s the same room where hundreds of artists recorded and posed for the label’s famous 7-inch vinyl series, Blue Series. While the signature cocktails on the menu seem a bit old-fashioned, we recommend The Champ – reposado tequila, creme de cassis, lemon, ginger beer, orange, and bitter – to get you started.
What should I do
Save on High Class Hillbilly: Something strange happens to the brain the second lands in Nashville. A deep, sudden, and inexplicable desire to wear cowboy boots, hats, and fringes overwhelms the body. (Maybe it’s because real people Strictly speaking Wear these items here daily.) If that happens to you, ditch the staetsons and boot shops and head to High Class Hillbilly, a quaint, two-story thrift store that has all of the above and other well-curated curios around you to help complete your look. There are also regular clothing and real vintage pieces from the closets of well-known locals and collectors. Also, the week I was there, Kate Moss is rumored to have visited Kate Moss and picked up a few pieces. If it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me.
Visit the Museum of African American Music: Not only is the Museum of African American Music a robust, educational, and history-correcting resource for tracking the musical ancestry of the African American diaspora, but it’s also really fun. It opened its doors in January 2021 and has a ton of interactive features to compliment its text-heavy walls, such as stations where you can produce your own beat, create a song, and rap to the big ones. Learn how each genre of music really has its roots in the black diaspora, and if anything, this is where you can cook yourself a meal of Prince’s Hot Chicken from the Assembly Food Hall next door.
Have a honky tonk Tuesday in the American Legion: American Legion Post 82 is technically a center for U.S. veterans, but on Tuesdays it turns into a rowdy and festive social spot with a dance floor and live music from local country and hillbilly bands. It’s what we’re about to say, real country – but the music, probably played by Nashville’s most famous honky-tonk band The Cowpokes, is the best of its kind, the beers are cheap, and everyone is more than nice enough to enjoy it to do teach you how to take two steps in the blink of an eye when you are finally done watching on the sideline and ready to get into the mix.