where to eat + drink
Dino’sNashville’s self-proclaimed “oldest dive bar,” this place is exactly what you want it to be: Dolly Parton art, spacious backyard, perfectly greasy burgers, and pecan pie. Basically, Dino’s is the ultimate dive bar. Did we mention the Frito pie??
Santa’s PubExpect karaoke and live music in a cigarette smoke-filled triple-wide trailer. A man named Santa (yes, he has a white beard) lives here (supposedly). A necessary Nashville experience.
If really good cocktails are your thing, then don’t miss this low-key gem. The bartenders are great and the vibe is chill. Try one of their reimagined shots, aka “Writer’s Block Shots,” such as the “Brautigan,” Four Roses Small Batch with a watermelon slice or the “Hunter S. Thompson,” Flor de Cana 4 Year Rum with a cinnamon-sugared green apple slice. Plus, it’s next door to Dino’s!
Robert’s Western World
This bar is on the main tourist strip, but it’s worth a visit. Stop by the historic building for some live music and a fried bologna sandwich.
Prince’s Hot Chicken ShackNashville’s original hot chicken joint, this place is the real deal. The chicken is really hot and really good. Just remember: If you’re a hot chicken newb, pride comes before the fall.
Delicious barbecue, duh. IMO sides are extremely important when dealing with barbecue, and Edley’s serves eight to 10 Southern-style side dishes made fresh daily.
Mas TacosWe literally ate everything on the menu here, and it was all SO GOOD and reasonably priced.
Pinewood SocialPinewood Social’s tagline is “a place to meet,” and that is accurate. A friend described it as “a public hipster country club,” which is also accurate. This place draws a crowd, but it’s worth it. You could literally spend a day here drinking coffee, bowling, drinking, dining, and taking a dip in the pool.
The PharmacyThis is the hip spot to grab a burger in Nashville. I also became immediately obsessed with their delicious sodas and shakes.
Rolf and DaughtersAn upscale dining experience, this farm-to-table restaurant is worth making a reservation for (although we got in without one!). The menu is seasonal and insanely good. As a Brooklyn, New York, girl, the vibe was familiar but the space was much bigger than anything in BK.