The lights of downtown Nashville never stop burning. Whether you are a native of the “it city” or have recently moved here, it can be overwhelming to keep up with everything going on downtown.
If you are new to Nashville just like myself, you’ll find it is no secret that the downtown circuit is on the upswing. With more than 7,000 residents and roughly 50,000 employees, Nashville is seemingly growing every day, one high-rise at a time. Look no further than Twelve Twelve, the 288-unit condominium complex located in The Gulch. The towering, glass structure is merely the latest visual of growth in downtown and also shines a light on where things are headed in the coming years.
There are no signs of the development letting up soon either, which is why it can be daunting as a new Nashville resident to keep up with everything going on around you. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of places to visit and things you might not know are available right at your fingertips.
The Social Scene
Choosing between 200 downtown restaurants and 100 shopping options can be a little exhausting, so with that in mind, here are a few places to begin your quest of experiencing the best Nashville has to offer.
Pinewood Social at Trolley Barns – According to their website, Pinewood Social is a “space that is based on the idea of creating a social gathering place that can accommodate your needs morning, noon and night.” Pinewood has you covered on everything from the casual morning coffee to cocktails and dinner with friends. If that doesn’t sound like enough to persuade your interest, maybe you’ll enjoy the vintage bowling lanes located towards the back of the building (Oh yeah, did we mention they are including a pool area?).
Etch –Etch is the latest culinary creation of Chef Deb Paquette. Located at 303 Demonbreun on the ground floor of the Encore tower, Etch offers a full bar, private dining room and an open kitchen with unique bar-style seating. Etch describes itself as unique with their “ bold flavors and colorful presentations.” The restaurant also offers an extensive wine list and a variety of beers and cocktails.
M Street – The M Street venues consist of seven uniquely different restaurants guaranteed to please your taste buds. If you are looking for the gold standard of Asian fusion and sushi, Virago is the place for you. Boasting nine different awards over the past two years, the perennial hotspot is known for its superior design, ambiance and vibrant bar scene.
Have you been longing for a great Sunday brunch? Voted “Best Brunch” by the Nashville Lifestyles Reader’s Poll earlier this year, Tavern is “the city’s cool-casual, ‘gastro-pub’ concept.” The setting is also known to be socially stimulating and is a great place to catch the major sporting events on one of the 14 high-definition big screens.
The best steak in Nashville is waiting for you at M Streets’ Kayne Prime. Labeled as “the modern evolution of the classic upscale steakhouse,” the restaurant boasts 16 different awards over the past two years, including “Best Steakhouse” and “Best Service.”
Maneuvering your way through downtown can be a hassle, not to mention the difficulty of finding and paying for parking. Our friends at the Nashville Downtown Partnership have plenty options to make your navigation of the city painless and enjoyable. Parking is available on Saturdays and Sundays at the Metro Courthouse Garage for the small cost of $3. The garage has entrances on James Robertson Parkway and Gay Street, and is “especially convenient for events at LP Field and Riverfront Park, 2nd Avenue businesses, TPAC, Municipal Auditorium and other popular destinations.”
Car-sharing is also available through Enterprise CarShare. Simply apply for a membership online, and once approved, you will receive a welcome kit that “includes your all-important membership card.” The card gives you 24-hour access to the Enterprise CarShare fleet and cars are available to rent for an hour or for the day.
Bike-sharing is an option if you are eager to explore the wonders of downtown while also working up a sweat. Just purchase a membership online or at any B-station, select your bike, ride and return. Information on rates and plans can be found here.
Events are happening every night here in Nashville. Make sure to check out this events calendar from the Nashville Downtown Parntership so you can keep up with the newest events and concerts happening in downtown.