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Things to do in Downtown, Nashville

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“This is a museum for everyone - not just country music fans. This tells the story of American Music.”
  • 343 locals recommend
Art Museum
“"Nothing like this anywhere else. A great haven for art lovers and the general public. The free Nashville 2010 flood exhibit is a must see."”
  • 246 locals recommend
Music Venue
“ the venue that started it all. It was the Ryman -- “the Mother Church of Country Music” -- that first started attracting names like Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, and George Jones, securing Nashville’s status as the American center of country music. The Ryman remains a country music mecca, but as one of the city’s most dazzling concert-going experiences, has also hosted everyone from the Foo Fighters to Janelle Monae. Even if you don’t make it to a concert, it’s at least worth taking the time for a brief tour. Check their homepage for concerts and dates.”
  • 265 locals recommend
Bar
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“Live old-school country bands, cold beer & fried bologna sandwiches make this place an original honky tonk treat. My personal favorite. :) ”
  • 311 locals recommend
Bar
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“Multilevel venue with creative cuisine, cocktails, live music & special events plus a rooftop patio. Beautiful view of the river.”
  • 259 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Formerly know. As the Grand Ole Opry. This is a true piece of history in the heart of Nashville. This is the church of music! Be sure to check this historic site out. ”
  • 232 locals recommend
Hockey Arena
“The Bridgestone Arena (formerly Sommet Center) is an immense building that hosts impressive events that range from classical concerts to sports. This entertainment center has hosted the Miss Teen America Pageant, a concert by American Idol's Clay Aiken, Sarah McLachlan, Prince, and even the US 2004 Gymanstics Championships. Within the center there are meeting rooms, rehearsal halls, the Levy Restaurant, scoreboards and VIP suite facilities. Dedicated to music is the Music City Theater with excellent acoustics for a musical performance. Visit www.bridgestonearena.com for schedule of events.”
  • 183 locals recommend
Rock Club
“This historic watering hole and prototypical honky-tonk is across the alley from the Ryman”
  • 207 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Cool bar scene with couches and all of the board and card games you grew up playing. Also has a bowling alley! Make sure to make a reservation. Great outdoor space with bocce ball, too! ”
  • 300 locals recommend
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“"Great prices, friendly service, and the chicken was amazing. Crispy outside and overflowing with juices inside! The different heat levels on the sauces were both flavorful and powerful. The 'Shut the cluck up' sauce is not for the faint of heart!! If you want great Nashville Hot Chicken, this is it!!"”
  • 199 locals recommend
Football Stadium
“1 hour 8 minutes, 66 miles. Home of the Tennessee Titans NFL football team.”
  • 141 locals recommend
History Museum
“This is a really fun place to learn about the life of legendary country singer Johnny Cash. You’ll enjoy it even if you’re not a huge fan....There are SO many interactive displays and exhibits. You can even have your photo taken with Johnny! Gift shop has really cool stuff! ”
  • 112 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“My favorite food court in Nashville! Plus, produce stands and locally made goods for sale. I n Bicentennial Park with great views of the Capital ”
  • 183 locals recommend
Food
“Honky Tonk Central. All of the action is on the East End of Broadway between Broadway and 2nd and Broadways and 6th.”
  • 198 locals recommend
Speakeasy
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“Looking for a quiet drink before or after a night downtown? This is one of the best. Slip behind the curtain and you're in a speakeasy with great designer drinks.”
  • 169 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Oysters are great! Checkin & Waffles for brunch! Go walk on the pedestrian bridge after your done or go check out the Johnny Cash Museum. They are both right around the corner...and then a few blocks from Broadway!”
  • 108 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Live old-school country bands, cold beer & fried bologna sandwiches make this place an original honky tonk treat. My personal favorite. :) ”
  • 311 locals recommend
Bar
“Multilevel venue with creative cuisine, cocktails, live music & special events plus a rooftop patio. Beautiful view of the river.”
  • 259 locals recommend
Rock Club
“This historic watering hole and prototypical honky-tonk is across the alley from the Ryman”
  • 207 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Cool bar scene with couches and all of the board and card games you grew up playing. Also has a bowling alley! Make sure to make a reservation. Great outdoor space with bocce ball, too! ”
  • 300 locals recommend
Restaurant
“"Great prices, friendly service, and the chicken was amazing. Crispy outside and overflowing with juices inside! The different heat levels on the sauces were both flavorful and powerful. The 'Shut the cluck up' sauce is not for the faint of heart!! If you want great Nashville Hot Chicken, this is it!!"”
  • 199 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Oysters are great! Checkin & Waffles for brunch! Go walk on the pedestrian bridge after your done or go check out the Johnny Cash Museum. They are both right around the corner...and then a few blocks from Broadway!”
  • 108 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“For breakfast or brunch, very touristy but yummy. Try the bronuts - fried dough with marscapone and bluberry compote or the "east nasty" hot chicken breakfast sandwich. Go early, call in for take out (not as fun!) or be prepared to wait in a very long line. ”
  • 104 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“M Street’s massive steakhouse in the Gulch offers a wide selection of top-quality cuts including filet mignon, NY strip, and bone-in ribeye, among others. The progression of NY strip offers a selection of three sous vide-style steaks: U.S.D.A. Prime, American Wagyu, and Australian Wagyu.”
  • 81 locals recommend

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