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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Butchertown Hall is a Texas-inspired spot in Germantown that's great for an afternoon of sipping mezcal cocktails and snacking on barbecue and tacos.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
There are lots of hot chicken spots in Nashville, but Hattie B's is the best. Order a two piece, some sides, and a beer. Repeat as necessary.
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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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.
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.
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.
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