If there’s one place to see live music in Nashville, it’s Ryman Auditorium. However, if the Ryman is sold out that night or you’re after something more low-key, walk a block and a half down the street to Puckett’s instead. This place started out as a general store with a stage, but now it’s turned into one of the best venues in town with live music seven nights a week. They also serve really good food, like shrimp and grits and Cajun chicken and waffles.
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Gray & Dudley
When you want to eat a burger, have a few drinks, and look at some art, check out Gray & Dudley, the all-day spot inside the 21c Museum Hotel.
Tavern At Bobby
Tavern At Bobby inside the Bobby Hotel downtown serves much better bar food than you’d think.
The Continental is a mid-century American restaurant serving all sorts of classics inside the Grand Hyatt.
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Pelican & Pig
Pelican & Pig is an East Nashville spot with a big wooden hearth and lots of good wine.
The Optimist is a big seafood restaurant right on the river with a great raw bar and lots of cocktails.
Marché Artisan Foods
Marché in East Nashville is a low-key brunch and lunch spot with a wide range of French pastries and a Croque Madame that’s great for sharing. Or not.
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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.
Henrietta Red in Germantown is a very pretty Mediterranean seafood restaurant that you’ll want to remodel your house or apartment after.
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.
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