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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Woolworth On 5th
Woolworth on 5th is a historic lunch counter turned restored restaurant downtown that serves Southern classics.
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.
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.
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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.
L.A. Jackson atop the Thompson Hotel in The Gulch is where you go with your friends to start your night, check out the view, and have good cocktails.
Earnest Bar & Hideaway
Hemingway’s Bar & Hideaway is a low-key restaurant in Wedgewood-Houston where you can have great cocktails and eat Korean fried chicken until 1am.
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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.
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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