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Things to do in The District, 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.
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. ”
  • 231 locals recommend
Rock Club
“This historic watering hole and prototypical honky-tonk is across the alley from the Ryman”
  • 207 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
Music Venue
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“Honky-tonk featuring live country bands & a dance floor by a large mural depicting music icons.”
  • 78 locals recommend
Bar
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“‘Bustling 3-story gathering place featuring pub eats & live country music all day long’ Beware of Honky Tonk Central (i.e. the vortex). You may find yourself walking in for a drink then walking out 5 hours later. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Country Dance Club
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“At the Wildhorse Saloon, our vision is to be THE Nashville experience. We are a true-to-our roots restaurant with downtown’s largest dance floor and an unparalleled stage for live entertainment. We are Nashville’s most iconic destination, providing all the city has to offer in one place.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Music club with Cajun cuisine & blues presented 7 nights per week in Mardi Gras–themed surroundings. Make reservations and reserve a seat on upstairs bar. Great bands play after 10 p.m. This club is in the historic Printers Alley of Broadway.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Located in Printer’s Alley, locals count on this old-school venue for an unpretentious scene filled with solid tunes and stiff drinks, like their eponymous cocktail made with Havana Club rum, Coco Lopez, pineapple, grenadine and ginger. To eat — people rave about the duck empanadas and the pork chop with rosemary, bacon, and garlic honey glaze. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“Fantastic soulful barbecue! This restaurant has 3 locations. We recommend visiting either the Charlotte Pike, 1601 Charlotte Avenue or downtown on Broadway, 416 Broadway.”
  • 31 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Delicious food with a view of Broadway. Fancy upstairs, and casual downstairs. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Bar
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“A class - maybe less crowded than the Broadway honky tonks - and with food. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Bar
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“Lots of places. Once you get downtown you won’t need a map on Lower Broadway ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“If you’re wanting a full 180 experience from the honky tonk experience, come here! It’s located in the revered Printer’s Alley, home to everything alternative to the Broadway scene. This is a legit pub, full of soccer games on the TVs and everything in between. ”
  • 12 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
Bar
“‘Bustling 3-story gathering place featuring pub eats & live country music all day long’ Beware of Honky Tonk Central (i.e. the vortex). You may find yourself walking in for a drink then walking out 5 hours later. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Country Dance Club
“At the Wildhorse Saloon, our vision is to be THE Nashville experience. We are a true-to-our roots restaurant with downtown’s largest dance floor and an unparalleled stage for live entertainment. We are Nashville’s most iconic destination, providing all the city has to offer in one place.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Located in Printer’s Alley, locals count on this old-school venue for an unpretentious scene filled with solid tunes and stiff drinks, like their eponymous cocktail made with Havana Club rum, Coco Lopez, pineapple, grenadine and ginger. To eat — people rave about the duck empanadas and the pork chop with rosemary, bacon, and garlic honey glaze. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
“Fantastic soulful barbecue! This restaurant has 3 locations. We recommend visiting either the Charlotte Pike, 1601 Charlotte Avenue or downtown on Broadway, 416 Broadway.”
  • 31 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Delicious food with a view of Broadway. Fancy upstairs, and casual downstairs. ”
  • 44 locals recommend

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