Things to do in Nashville

Live Music, Restaurants & More

Things to do in Nashville | Live Music, Restaurants, and more

Are you new to Nashville or planning a vacation to visit? This is a roundup of my favorite live music events/venues and restaurants/bars to help you explore the city like a local!


Live Music


The Song Suffragettes

Neighborhood: Downtown

All-female singer/songwriter round every Monday night at the Listening Room.

Ryman Auditorium


Neighborhood: Downtown

There is always music and it's right in the heart of downtown!

Photo Credit: The Ryman Auditorium Facebook Page

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Neighborhood: Opry Mills

Honestly, the lineup is hit or miss but Tuesday is the “popular” night because it’s live on the radio!

3rd & Lindsley

3rd & Lindsley

Neighborhood: Downtown-ish

Hosts lots of great shows and is one of the bigger music venue close to downtown.

Photo Credit: 3rd & Lindsley Facebook Page

Station Inn Nashville | Live Bluegrass Music

Station Inn

Neighborhood: The Gulch

If you like bluegrass music, this is the place to go!

Photo Credit: Station Inn Facebook Page

The Bluebird Cafe | Nashville

The Bluebird Cafe

Neighborhood: Green Hills

If you watch the show Nashville then you know about The Bluebird Cafe. Thanks to the show, it's a lot harder to get tickets these days - but still an iconic Nashville venue.

Photo Credit: The Bluebird Cafe Facebook Page

Restaurants / Bars

Taco Mamacita | Best Mexican Nashville restaurants

Taco Mamacita

Neighborhood: Music Row

This one of my favorite Mexican restaurants... when I first moved here I described it as "the Mexican place with all the cool lights!"

Edgehill Cafe | Nashville

Edgehill Cafe

Neighborhood: Music Row

This is definitely a go-to Music Row brunch/coffee shop, I’ve seen various country artists here! I love the super trendy vibe of their new location.

Photo Credit: Edgehill Cafe Facebook Page

ACME | Nashville rooftop bars


Neighborhood: Downtown

ACME quickly became a favorite place for locals to go when it opened. If you're looking for a great rooftop view, Nashville food, and some live music that's not country covers, this is the place for you.

Blue Moon Grille Nashville

Blue Moon Grille

Neighborhood: Sylvan Park / West Nashville

This is one of our summer favorites… it's a restaurant/bar literally on the river!

Music Biz Besties | LA Jackson

LA Jackson

Neighborhood: The Gulch

New rooftop bar in an area between downtown and Music Row called The Gulch. Great skyline views of the city!


Monthly Music Biz Besties Events

Music Biz Besties | Nashville Songwriter Series

Besties Songwriter Series

Neighborhood: Cool Springs

Tori Martin and I are partnering up to host a monthly Besties Songwriter Series featuring an all female lineup every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7-10pm at Whiskey Room Live - Franklin!

Nashville Coworking Meetups | Women in Music

Besties Coworking Meetups

Neighborhood: Downtown

Come hang out with other Besties every 3rd Tuesday of the month... bring your laptop and surround yourself with other likeminded women while you get some work done.


Pro Tip

Nashville Neighborhoods

Every area of town has a name (like I mention above)… a couple others to check out as you plan would be Hillsboro Village, Midtown, 12 South, and Sylvan Park. If you feel like venturing out for cute boutiques and a small town vibe, definitely head out to downtown Franklin!

Katherine Forbes | Nashville things to do


Founder of Designing the Row and Creator of Music Biz Besties

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