Nashville is one of the greatest cities on Earth and is considered the country music capital of the country. Just a couple weeks ago, I had the chance to take a road trip down to Nashville. And for a weekend, I was able to fully engross myself in the culture that surrounds the city.
One of the nights I was there, I was sitting at a bar, sipping on a Miller Lite, smoking a cigarette and watching Duke play their first game in the 2015 NCAA March Madness. Within the first 5 minutes, I was able to strike up a conversation with the man sitting next to me. What he told me stuck with me for the remainder of the trip. The man said, “Nashville is a great, friendly city. You could be sitting next to a man who makes two million a year, and all that matters is that conversation being had right now, sharing a toast with a new friend.”
When you get the chance to spend at least one night in Nashville, there are a few tips I would like to share with you to help make your experience the greatest it could ever be.
1. When in Nashville, before anything, make sure you hit Broadway first.
Broadway is the main street in the heart of downtown Nashville. It’s a long strip, where you can find many musicians playing to get noticed at various venues, from open to close. It’s a lot of fun, but it’s also very touristy.
2. Take advantage of the many amazing venues throughout the city.
Like I said before, Nashville is the country music capital, so there is always music happening throughout the city. There are tons of amazing venues where you can catch an affordable show. For example, you can catch a show at the Bridgestone Arena, the Ryman Auditorium and the best venue of them all, the Grand Ole Opry, which resides in Opryland. This is where all the major country artists such as Garth Brooks, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley and many more, have performed at some point in their lives.
3. Explore outside of the downtown.
You will always find the tourists downtown. If you’re into that, then by all means go to Tootsie’s or Robert’s Western World. But if you want to have a rowdy night, you will want to visit the bars where all the locals like to hangout. While I was in Nashville, I had the chance to hangout at a dive bar called Santa’s Pub. The pub is literally two trailers pushed together. Once you walk in, there’s a small bar to the left a karaoke station to your right and an old outdated cigarette vending machine in the back. Santa’s Pub is frequented by locals, and virtually unknown to tourists.
The city of Nashville really holds up the title of Country Music Capital. No matter what bar you go to, you will be able to find a country artist performing, whether they are big or small. Follow these tips and I promise you: you will have the time of your life, just as I do every time that I step foot in Nashville.