SUNDOWN IN NASHVILLE
It's Friday, Friday, gotta get down on ... FRIDAY! Words can't explain how much February has kicked my butt. This week being one of the toughest because although I tried to avoid getting sick this flu season, it finally caught up to me! I literally had to spend an entire day in bed to just regain my energy because I'm certainly going to need it this weekend, since I'm going to . . . . . NASHVILLE!!!!
If you been following me you'll know it's my third time going, and while everyone's reaction is "AGAIN?" I consider it my "Miami". You know how people are always going to Florida for a quick "getaway", this is now my go-to getaway! The first time I went was for my bestie's bachelorette. Needless to say, I had a BLAST! So much that I had a girls trip last year and tomorrow kicks off my third girls trip!
If you like fried chicken and beer (DING DING DING that's me) and live music, I'd definitely recommend going at least once. The vibe is awesome and there's tons to eat and tons to do! For anyone who's considering planning a trip, here were some of my favorite activities from my last two visits!
The Pontoon Saloon was a BYOB, two hour boat cruise that took us on the Cumberland River. Kind of similar to the Circle Line cruise in New York City, with the exception that its pretty much a party. There are dance off's, a lot of partying and a lot of drinks! For this you have to bring your own drinks (no glass bottles allowed) so we stocked up on beer and spiked seltzers. The view during the tour was gorgeous, we rode under the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge and the Korean Veteran's Bridge, which was pretty cool to me since my office worked on those bridges!
Known for their HOT chicken and COLD beer - Party Fowl is apparently a close second to the famous Hattie B's hot chicken. The food here was pretty good, especially the mac and cheese! Don't expect anything fancy though, it's a comfy and casual vibe. One thing I so badly wanted to do "for the gram" was to get one of their over the top Bloody Mary's, but alas I decided to be a civilized individual and went with a beer instead.
Pinewood Social is one of the most popular brunch spots in Nashville. Also don't be shocked to see multiple groups of bachelorettes' there brunching away in color coordinated outfits. While many people raved about this place, the food didn't really do it for me, but if you want to try it out, go ahead! They also have a bowling alley inside so you can bowl and brunch too! One thing I will say, is that they were super accommodating. We came in with bags of beer for our Sprocket Rocket tour and they instantly knew what it was for. They asked right away if we'd like them to store it for us !
Titled the "Number 1 Party Bike and Tavern Tour" the Sprocket Rocket is something I could do again and again with zero regrets. This hour and 35 minute tour takes you through downtown Nashville on a ...BIKE! It's honestly one of the best experiences I've had. Similar to the Pontoon Saloon this is another BYOB experience. Bring your bags of beer or water bottles of liquor and they'll keep it in a cooler and serve you until your drinks run out! They play anything from the Backstreet Boys to Cardi-B, the music selection is vast. With this tour, they say you "have to pedal" in order to move the bike, but both times I secretly didn't, and we still moved! They play fun games, make a quick stop at a bar and drop you off on Broadway. Broadway allows open-containers of alcohol on the street so if you didn't finish all of the items you brought, you can surly do it while walking to your next destination. This was a ten out of ten, both times I did it, so I would definitely recommend it. Also expect to see tons of bachelor' and bachelorette Parties running around.
Aside from the food and drinking, Nashville also has a ton of beautiful sites to see! From walking over the pedestrian bridge to visiting the Parthenon to the What Lift's You Mural, these are all thing's I'd suggest to try out if you'd like to take a break from being a possible degenerate (kidding). The mural seems to always have a long line and while yes it's "just wings" it's pretty iconic, so clearly I needed a picture with it. The Parthenon is a full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon and is a cheaper view than booking that ticket to Greece. For $6 you can go inside and check out the art gallery but we didn't end up doing that since my friend's sandal decided to burst open as soon as we got inside (I know, it's so difficult being a girl!!) The pedestrian bridge gives you both a work out and gorgeous sites of downtown Nashville, depending on which side you start from you can end up at one of the multiple bars in Downtown!
Trust me, there are about a million other places to see and things to do, but these were some of my favorites. Hopefully it gives you the push you need to book that ticket. I'm truly hoping that this weekend I finally get to try the famous Hattie B's, wish me luck and Happy Friday to you all!!!!!
PS. Some other places I visited and loved but don't have any pictures are:
ACME Feed and Seed
Wild Beaver Saloon [if you want to embarrass yourself and ride a mechanical bull]
Honky Tonk [there are three!!!]
The Valentine [beautiful rooftop]
The Stillery [their bbq pizza was amazing!]
Earnest Bar and Hideaway [LOVED their mac and cheese with hot chicken]
Tootsies [another pretty rooftp]
Chauhan Ale & Masala House [surprising LOVED my brunch meal here]