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, head a block and a half down the street to Puckett’s instead. This place started simply 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, all of which you can enjoy while catching a show.
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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.
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.
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.
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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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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.
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.
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