Located atop the Thompson Hotel, L.A. Jackson is an indoor-outdoor rooftop bar that’s a great starting point for a night out. Besides great views of downtown Nashville, this very swanky spot in The Gulch has lots of comfortable outdoor seating and serves really good cocktails and snacks. If you want a break from the rooftop scene, head down to the hotel lobby, where you can spin vinyl from Jack White’s record label and browse work from local artists.
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Adele’s is a neighborhood restaurant in the Gulch that serves upscale but approachable dishes from the chef’s family kitchen.
Otaku Ramen was Nashville’s first solely ramen spot, and it’s still one of the best places to get it in the city.
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Fido is a great coffeeshop and all-day breakfast spot in Hillsboro Village where you could run into your sr. advisor from Vandy or a music publicist.
When you want to sit on a patio, have a few good bourbon teas, and eat some BBQ nachos or pulled pork, head to Edley’s Bar-B-Que in 12South.
Eating at Lockeland Table in East Nashville feels like you’re at someone’s house, minus the guilt from not doing the dishes and plus wood-fired pizza.
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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.
5th & Taylor
When you’re planning a big group dinner, head to 5th & Taylor in Germantown for their banquet-sized tables, large shared plates, and spacious patio.
Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant
A trip to Puckett’s is just like going to the Ryman, except it’s a lot smaller, serves good Southern food, and you haven’t heard of whoever’s playing.
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