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Lady A’s Nashville City Guide

Country music’s Lady A, the multiplatinum Grammy-winning country crossover formerly known as Lady Antebellum, has made Nashville, Tennessee their home for the better part of two decades. They’ve played all over town and know their way around everything from Music City’s best bars, foodie joints, hotels, and yes, even the best water park. Here, the trio—Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood, give us the local low-down of all their favorite haunts.

WEATHER

July is the hottest month with an average low temperature of 69.5°F average high of 88.7°F. 
January is the coldest month with an average low of 27.9°F and a high of 45.6°F.
Fall and Spring seasons tend to stay around the low 70’s.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Summer is the busiest time of year as well as the hottest. Fall and Spring are the best times to visit Nashville, the days are warm and the nights are cool with little humidity.

LAY OF THE LAND

Downtown Nashville AKA “The District”: unique, classic Nashville experience but can be touristy. Walking distance to hip, upscale, walkable The Gulch. Close to: Germantown, an older area full of German cultural aspect like cobblestone streets and “Nashville Oktoberfest.”

East Nashville: inhabited by artists and musicians. An exciting, relaxed neighborhood, full of life and culture, restaurants, and shops. 

West End: centrally located, known for Nashville’s biggest park—Centennial Park, making it a staple location for active residents. Has some of the city’s best hotels. Close to: family-friendly Hillsboro Village, full of dining staples; and cool, laid-back 12 South with its row of shops & hip restaurants.

Midtown: great for bar hopping. Over 20 local bars and restaurants walking distance from each other. Less touristy, more relaxed, and local.

The Nations: one of the oldest areas in Nashville. Formerly industrial, but recently became a great area for interesting restaurants and shopping.

Green Hills: south of Downtown; everything you could need from dining to high-end shopping. 

HOTELS

The Thompson Nashville

Luxury boutique hotel in hip Downtown neighborhood, The Gulch.

THE THOMPSON NASHVILLE
Photo Courtesy of The Thompson Hotel

401 11th Ave S / The Gulch / 615.262.6000

Noelle Hotel Nashville

Historic Art Deco Hotel housed in one of the city’s first luxury hotels dating back to 1930.

“A boutique hotel option with a cool rooftop bar.”

NOELLE HOTEL NASHVILLE
Photo Courtesy of Noelle Hotel Nashville

201 8th Ave S / Downtown / 615.291.8600

JW Marriott

Contemporary high-rise hotel just minutes from the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“A great downtown location that is just enough out of the mad rush to feel serene, with a great spa and steakhouse on the 23rd floor with epic views over the city.”

JW MARRIOTT
Photo Courtesy of JW Marriott

201 8th Ave S / Downtown / 615.262.6000

RESTAURANTS

Kayne Prime

Creative fusion of a chef-chic boutique restaurant with a great American steakhouse.

KAYNE PRIME
Photo Courtesy of Kayne Prime

103 McGavock St / The Gulch / 615.259.0050

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint

Roadhouse-style eatery with whole-hog pit-fired BBQ with chicken, tacos, and burgers.

MARTIN'S BAR-B-QUE JOINT
Photo Courtesy of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint

410 4th Ave S / Nashville + multiple locations / 615.288.0880

Rolf & Daughters

Long time local favorite with an industrial vibe, communal tables, and a great garden patio serving innovative shared plates with interesting cocktails.

ROLF & DAUGHTERS
Photo Courtesy of Rolf & Daughters

700 Taylor St / Germantown / 615.866.9897

Mas Tacos Por Favor

Cool, hole-in-the-wall joint, serving the best tacos in town.

MAS TACOS POR FAVOR
Photo Courtesy of Mas Tacos Por Favor

732 McFerrin Ave / East Nashville / 615.543.6271

Nicky’s Coal Fired

Authentic housemade pastas and pizzas in a lively setting with Italian craft cocktails.

NICKY'S COAL FIRED
Photo Courtesy of Nicky’s Coal Fired

5026 Centennial Blvd / The Nations / 615.678.4289

The Loveless Cafe

A Nashville landmark off the beaten path; a true southern cafe with down-home comfort food.

LOVELESS CAFE
Photo Courtesy of The Loveless Cafe

8400 TN-100 / Nashville / 615.646.9700

Burger Up

Delicious burgers made from locally-sourced ingredients & large cocktails in a warm, group-friendly environment.

BURGER UP
Photo Courtesy of Burger Up

2901 12th Ave S / 12 South / 615.279.3767

Bourbon Steak

Breathtaking views from the 34th floor of the JW Marriott Hotel. Nashville’s first Michael Mina restaurant serves the finest cuts of American beef with a selection of over 500 wines.

BOURBON STEAK
Photo Courtesy of Bourbon Steak

201 8th Ave S, 34th floor / The Gulch / 629.208.8440

5th & Taylor

Modern American entrees in generous portions from Chef Daniel Lindley in a spacious warehouse space. Great for larger dinner parties.

5TH & TAYLOR
Photo Courtesy of 5th & Taylor

1411 5th Ave N / Germantown / 615.242.4747

Etch

Beloved Nashville Chef Deb Paquette serves globally inspired, inventive versions of comfort food with an extensive wine list, high gravity local beers, and hand-crafted signature cocktails. Don’t skip out on Pastry Chef Megan William’s artful desserts.

ETCH
Photo Courtesy of Etch

303 Demonbreun St / Rutledge Hill / 615.522.0685

Sperry’s Restaurant

Old English heritage meets the Old South in a warm and comforting ambiance.

“An old school Nashville staple tucked away in Belle Meade with great martinis, tableside bananas foster, and a roaring fire during the winter.”

SPERRY'S RESTAURANT
Photo Courtesy of Sperry’s Restaurant

5109 Harding Pike / Belle Meade+ 2 other locations / 615.353.0809

Henrietta Red

Julia Sullivan and Allie Poindexter’s airy, chic spot for oysters and elevated seafood with a cool cocktail bar.

“A vegetable-forward menu with epic oysters and a great happy hour.”

HENRIETTA RED
Photo Courtesy of Henrietta Red

1200 4th Ave N / Germantown / 615.490.8042

Josephine

Chef Andrew Little’s Pennsylvania Dutch roots meets Tennessee for this American Farmhouse cuisine in a warm, living room-like decor.

“A neighborhood bistro for date night dinners and a great weekend brunch spot.”

JOSEPHINE
Photo Courtesy of Josephine

2316 12th Ave S / 12 South / 615.292.7766

O-KU

Traditional Japanese cuisine with a menu that focuses on unique ingredients and sophisticated presentations.

“Best sushi in Nashville with awesome ambiance and great cocktails.”

O-KU
Photo Courtesy of O-Ku Sushi Nashville

81 Van Buren Street / East Germantown / 629.900.0021

Santo

Modern mediterranean cuisine from Chicago Chef Jason Heiman. Reservations recommended.

“Mediterranean and middle eastern fusion, chic interiors, and an awesome curated wine list.”

SANTO
Photo Courtesy of Santo

3998 Hillsboro Pike / Duncanwood / 615.336.3426

BARS & PUBS

The Patterson House

This Music Row speakeasy has long been a must-go-to in Nashville. Strict no-phone rules and limited entry creates an intimate, old-school vibe.

“Craft cocktails and elevated bar food in a dimly-lit, old-school ambiance.”

THE PATTERSON HOUSE
Photo Courtesy of Patterson House

1711 Division St / Midtown / 615.598.2484

Attaboy

An offshoot of the famed NYC speakeasy that helped create the modern craft-cocktail movement. No menu. Every drink is personalized. Parties of six or smaller only.

ATTABOY
Photo Courtesy of Attaboy

8 Mcferrin Ave / Edgefield / 615.490.6502

Bastion

Chef Josh Habiger partnered with Strategic Personality (the team behind Pinewood Social and Patterson House) for this cool watering hole that serves inventive cocktails in a hip, kitschy setting.

BASTION
Photo Courtesy of Bastion

434 Houston St, Suite 110 / Wedgewood Houston / 615.490.8434

Santa’s Pub

Lively dive bar, located in a holiday-themed double wide, with karaoke and cheap drinks.

SANTA'S PUB
Photo Courtesy of Santa’s Pub

2225 Bransford Ave / 615.593.1872

E3 Chophouse

Ranch to restaurant chophouse owned by the families of Adam LaRoche, Jason Aldean, and Luke Bryan.

“Smoked cocktail menu.”

E3 CHOPHOUSE
Photo Courtesy of E3 Chophouse

1628 21st Ave S / Hillsboro Village / 615.301.1818

McCabe Pub, Inc

A family-owned warm spot with exposed brick interior and a garden patio serving all-American comfort food.

“An old-school Nashville spot with great wings and cold beer.”

MCCABE PUB, INC
Photo Courtesy of McCabe’s Pub, Inc

4410 Murphy Rd / Sylvan Heights / 615.269.9406

SHOPS

Oak Hall

Opened in 1859, this is one of the first ready-to-wear menswear stores in the country and one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the nation. Brands include: Barbour, Rag & Bone, Billy Reid, Filson, Ferragamo shoes, and Common Projects.

OAK HALL
Photo Courtesy of Oak Hall

4017 Hillsboro Pike #303 / Green Hills / 615.454.6497

Haymakers & CO.

One-stop-shop men’s clothing boutique with a full-service barber shop and tailor bar.

HAYMAKERS & CO
Photo Courtesy of Haymakers & Co.

3307 West End Ave / West End / 615.810.9442

White’s Mercantile

This brainchild of Holly Williams (singer-songwriter and granddaughter of Hank) boasts an impeccably curated selection of apparel, home goods, cookbooks, and more in an iconic old gas station.

“A modern general store that is a go-to for gifts.”

WHITE'S MERCANTILE
Photo Courtesy of White’s Mercantile

2908 12th Ave South / 12 South + Multiple locations / 615.750.5379

Harvest Wine Market

Family-owned spirit store.

“Great selection of curated french wine, natural wine, and rosé owned by the nicest couple.”

HARVEST WINE MARKET
Photo Courtesy of Harvest Wine Market

6043 TN-100 / Belle Meade / 615.750.3476

BOOK & RECORD SHOPS

Grimey’s New & Preloved Music

A must-stop for music lovers, this legendary music shop specializes in vintage records.

“One of the last places in town to browse records with a selection of current albums as well as classic vinyl.”

GRIMEY'S NEW & PRELOVED MUSIC
Photo Courtesy of Grimey’s New & Preloved Music

1060 E Trinity Ln / East Nashville / 615.226.3811

Parnassus Books

Like a Cheers for book lovers. Bring your kids and bring your dog to this indie bookshop with an extensive collection in any genre, signed-first editions, and personal recs by in-the-know, chatty staff.

“Ann Patchett’s amazing bookshop that has weekly storytime for kids and a great selection of local authors.”

PARNASSUS BOOKS
Photo Courtesy of Parnassus Books

3900 Hillsboro Pike #14 / Greenbriar Village / 615.953.2243

TAILORS

Loretta at Oak Hall

Loretta is known for servicing music city’s biggest names for award shows and tours but is as low-key, friendly, and unpretentious as they come.

4017 Hillsboro Pike #303 / Green Hills / 615.454.6497

Stitch-It

Quick turnaround, very helpful staff, and great pricing.

“For custom suiting and great tailoring.”

4101 Hillsboro Cir / Green Hills / 615.292.3008

Maggie at Nordstrom

When shopping at The Malls at Green Hills’ Nordstrom, request Maggie for any tailoring needs.

2130 Abbott Martin Rd, Suite A / Green Hills / 615.850.6635

MUSEUMS

The Frist Art Museum

Rotating exhibits and children’s educational programs in a classic Art Deco building.

“Curated exhibits from all over the world and awesome Summer programming with weekly concerts on the lawn and kids’ activities.”

THE FIRST ART MUSEUM
Photo Courtesy of Frist Art Museum

919 Broadway / The Gulch / 615.244.3340

Country Music Hall of Fame

One of the largest museums and research centers dedicated to the preservation of American music. Chartered in 1964, it has amassed one of the world’s most extensive musical collections.

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
Photo Courtesy of Country Music Hall of Fame

222 5th Ave S / The Gulch / 615.416.2001

Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

Exhibits the history of American recorded music in all genres.

“Grammy gallery is there.”

MUSICIANS HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM
Photo Courtesy of Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

401 Gay St / Downtown / 615.244.3263

EXPERIENCES

3rd and Lindsley Bar & Grill

Live music venue with nightly performances and an eclectic roster also serving food and a great selection of wines and cocktails to a bustling, date-night crowd.

“This is where we got our record deal.”

3RD AND LINDSLEY BAR & GRILL
Photo Courtesy of 3rd and Lindsley Bar & Grill

818 3rd Ave S / Downtown / 615.259.9891

The Belcourt Theatre

This non-profit film center & restored art cinema is a long-time Nashville treasure. Screens new indies, docs, foreign, and classic films.

THE BELCOURT THEATRE
Photo Courtesy of The Belcourt Theatre

2102 Belcourt Ave / Hillsboro Village / 615.846.3150

The Station Inn

Intimate venue with first come, first served seating with live Bluegrass shows every night.

THE STATION INN
Photo Courtesy of The Station Inn

402 12th Ave S / The Gulch / 615.255.3307

Pinewood Social

This longtime favorite has great food with a killer bar, as well as a popular bowling alley, dipping pools, and tiny private karaoke room where some of Music City’s biggest names have been spotted. You can also text to reserve a table, lane, or pool at 615.637.3269.

PINEWOOD SOCIAL
Photo Courtesy of Pinewood Social

33 Peabody St / 615.751.8111

Topgolf

Sprawling entertainment venue with competitive golf games for all ages, climate-controlled playing “bays”, full-service restaurant and bar, private spaces for groups, and TVs to watch the big game.

TOPGOLF
Photo Courtesy of Top Golf

500 Cowan St / East Bank / 615.777.3007

Hiking in Percy Warner Park

A Nashville institution and historic hiking park featuring six trails and three trailheads with stunning views of the city’s skyline, equestrian trails, bike routes, and athletic fields.

HIKING IN PERCY WARNER PARK
Photo Courtesy of Metro Government of Nashville & Davidson Country, Tennesee

50 Vaughn Rd / 615.862.8555

Golf Club of Tennessee

Widely-acclaimed as one of the best golf courses in the US, the 18-hole course features 6,844 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71.

“For world-class golf.”

GOLF CLUB OF TENNESSEE
Photo Courtesy of Golf Club of Tennessee

1000 Golf Club Dr / Kingston Springs / 615.952.2020

Musicians Corner

Free concert series for all ages in Centennial Park with food trucks, craft beer, and wine.

MUSICIANS CORNER
Photo Courtesy of Centennial Park

2500 West End Ave / Midtown / musicianscornernashville.com

Robert’s Western World for Sunday morning gospel service

“A honky-tonk and church in one. Nashville’s undisputed home of traditional country music.”

ROBERT'S WESTERN WORLD FOR SUNDAY MORNING GOSPEL SERVICE
Photo Courtesy of Robert’s Western World

416 Broadway B / North Gulch / 615.244.9552

KIDS ACTIVITIES

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

55-acre botanical garden and historic estate featuring art galleries and seasonal festivals.

“A tucked away GEM with stunning seasonal gardens, tons of kids’ activities, and our favorite place to see Christmas lights in winter.”

CHEEKWOOD ESTATE & GARDENS
Photo Courtesy of Gary W. House

1200 Forrest Park Dr / 615.356.8000

SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland

An upscale waterpark attraction with 11 slides, a wave pool, rapid and lazy rivers, adults-only pool and bar, private cabanas, and kids areas.

Editor’s Note: access to SoundWaves is usually exclusive to hotel guests or private parties but is currently selling packages for locals.

SOUNDWAVES AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND
Photo Courtesy of SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland

2800 Opryland Dr / Lockeland Springs / 615.889.1000

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

This zoological garden (and historic plantation farmhouse) is the 9th largest in the country. Explore immersive animal habitats as well as the Soaring Eagle Zip Line, Wild Animal Carousel, animal shows, and the largest community-built jungle gym playground in the US. Advance tickets required.

NASHVILLE ZOO AT GRASSMERE
Photo Courtesy of Nashville Zoo

3777 Nolensville Pike / 615.833.1534

Gentry Farms

Family-owned farm for over 165 years, with a pick-your-own-pumpkin patch and a fun summer day camp for children.

GENTRY FARMS
Photo Courtesy of Gentry Farms

1974 New Hwy 96 W / Franklin / 615.794.4368

GYMS & PERSONAL TRAINERS

Klug Fitness

Elite team of trainers who will come to you.

“Mobile training by Kevin Klug who comes to your house or the location of your choice and gives you an athlete-worthy workout.”

KLUG FITNESS
Photo Courtesy of Klug Fitness

507.450.6870

SHED Group Fitness

Offers group classes along with private training. Every workout is different and offers an array of classes for every level of fitness.

SHED GROUP FITNESS
Photo Courtesy of Shed Group Fitness

4538 Harding Road / Multiple locations / 615.840.6137

FLORISTS

FLWR Shop

Boutique florist specializing in unique, same-day flowers that source from the best—from local family farms to all the way from Japan. Environmentally friendly focus on natural, non-modified, non-industrially grown flowers.

“Organic blooms that make the most beautiful arrangements.”

FLWR SHOP
Photo Courtesy of FLWR Shop

123 S 11th St / East End / 615.401.9124

Tulip Tree

One-of-a-kind design studio specializing in daily arrangements and large-scale special events (i.e., big with the wedding crowd). Also carries cachepots and containers for home design.

TULIP TREE
Photo Courtesy of Tulip Tree

95 White Bridge Rd # 102 / Hillwood / 615.352.1466

Editor’s Note: Some of the activities, hotels, and restaurants listed on our website may be currently closed due to Covid health restrictions. We urge you to check before visiting and to exercise caution and follow CDC guidelines if traveling or visiting any of our recommendations.

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