Back in October, I went to Nashville for a work conference. I was excited, since I’ve had two wonderful trips to Nashville in the past that combined work and after-work fun. Maybe someday I’ll only travel with a laser-like focus on work like my consultant friends, but I really do an enjoy a fun activity or two!
I stayed near the downtown. I know a few years have passed since I’ve been there, but it’s more developed and definitely a little trashier at night. People are on their best worst behavior. I had fun scootering around to places, although I was always a little nervous that I would break my face because that would be professionally embarrassing to have facial trauma at an ENT conference.
Ok, now for some Nashville recommendations!
Some friends and I went to Rob’s Western World. I love this place. The musicians are amazing and tend to play older country music. The bar is no-nonsense and serves up their drinks quickly. This is the one place that felt the same to me. Interestingly, it had just been featured in the NYT 36 Hours in Nashville article.
The Station Inn is a dive bar/performance space in the Gulch known for its bluegrass music. I heard about it when I was eating dinner at the Peg Leg Porker and decided I had to check it out. I’m so glad I did! A friend of mine joined me but before she did, I had a nice time talking to one guy that worked their to my right and an Italian guitar band (40 Fingers) to my left. But once the music started…no talking! The bartender was an enforcer! The New Monday band is a collection of bluegrass All-Stars. I loved it!
Hattie B’s: I was tempted by Prince’s, but I went with Hattie’s B hot chicken. It was delicious and I loved the sides- I went with beans and greens but I wanted several of them. Definite recommend!
Peg Leg Porker: I went here on my own and I’m so glad I went. One, it was delicious and two, I heard about Station Inn. I had the brisket, which was excellent. Dry rubs, but lots of sauces available. They also have an excellent whiskey that I almost bought, but I couldn’t overcome my aversion to checking in luggage. Strong vanilla notes.
Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint: We had our departmental dinner here. I also grabbed a plate to go prior to going to the airport. Excellent pulled pork and sides. I can’t really pick a favorite since I had different dishes at different places. Go to both!
Tennessee Brew Works: I met up with some residency friends here. Lots of space. We were about 20 years too old for the place but still felt welcome.
Biscuit Love: I got the Southern Benny, which was excellent. I was not hungry the rest of the day.