When you plan a date, sometimes you want to do more than just have dinner or get drinks. For instance, seeing a movie is perfect for when you don’t feel like talking and bowling is a good opportunity to show off how “athletic” you are. But a museum trip is a great option for something in the middle, which is why we like Gray & Dudley, located inside the 21c Museum Hotel. This downtown, all-day restaurant serves seasonal Southern food and has a great selection of wine and cocktails. After dinner, or breakfast if you’re the rare morning date person, take a trip around the three floors of galleries located above the restaurant and discuss with your date how neither of you knows anything about contemporary art.
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Robert’s Western World
Robert’s Western World is a legendary honky tonk on Lower Broadway where you go to drink beer and shot combos and dance to Johnny Cash cover bands.
The Continental is a mid-century American restaurant serving all sorts of classics inside the Grand Hyatt.
Arnold’s Country Kitchen
Arnold’s Country Kitchen is a great meat and three spot for weekday lunch or for when you want to eat Thanksgiving food and it’s not November.
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Loveless Cafe is a greater Nashville institution where you go for great biscuits and supper, which you’ll know about if you just woke up from 1890.
Husk is a super popular Southern restaurant in Rutledge Hill known for their beautiful plates, perfect cheeseburger, and huge bourbon selection.
Cafe Roze is a stylish all-day cafe with fresh food and great cocktails in a bright, welcoming space.
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Rolf & Daughters
Rolf & Daughters in Germantown is where to go for fantastic small and shared plates and interesting wines, along with a great garden patio.
The Patterson House
The Patterson House is a great cocktail bar in Midtown with rules about when you can use your phone, where you can order, and who you can talk to.
Acme Feed & Seed
Acme Feed & Seed is a four-story bar and restaurant on Broadway with unique bar food, a great rooftop, and a random sushi bar on the second floor.
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