Nashville: Scenes from Music City

Going through all my Nashville photos, there were a lot that didn’t fit any specific category I was covering. So I’m including some random photos that will tell a bigger picture of the Nashville scene.

Puckett’s with Kennedy Scott. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

I have a friend who lives in Franklin, and she took me to Puckett’s, where they have live music and food. We spent some time listening to the lovely Kennedy Scott singing. She’s a Nashville native and we enjoyed hearing her.

Boot shot glasses in our Airbnb. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

We were amused when checking into our Airbnb to find these cowboy boot shot glasses. Had to take them home with us.

Nashville Sounds guitar scoreboard in Chestnut Hill. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

We were staying in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood and walked by this Nashville Sounds guitar scoreboard sign from the former Greer Stadium. Had to go over and take a look. It’s at 410 Chestnut Street and surrounded by painted boxcars – a cute little park with a stage next to the former Nashville Warehouse Company site.

Mural of tickets in Chestnut Hill on 4th Ave South. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Around the corner from the Nashville Warehouse Co. is this 50-foot paneled mural of local tickets, on 4th Avenue South.

A ridiculous number and style of party buses can be found in the Broadway area.

While the photo above does not represent the voluminous number of bachelorette parties in Nashville, it does show some of the styles of party buses ferrying around drunk people in the Broadway area. We stayed in Chestnut Hill and it seems one company stored its party buses across the street from our Airbnb, so we saw an assortment of them at all hours when we were back at the ranch, so to speak.

Boots, boots, boots! So fun to see all the boots people were wearing in Nashville.

Barstool bar in Nashville. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

We have a whole post on murals, but here’s one from Barstool off Broadway.

Upstairs at Bootleggers. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

We took a line dancing class one afternoon at Bootlegger’s bar on Broadway. It was run by Stompin Grounds and was a lot of fun. It was on the second floor of Bootleggers (sign up in advance).

Upstairs at Bootleggers. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

This was also Bootlegger’s bar. I loved the mason jar lamps.

The Printer’s Alley sign. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Printer’s Alley ran on both sides of this massive sign. It was much smaller than the lanes of traffic would have you believe.

We enjoyed the Alley Tap bar one afternoon – music starts at the bars in the mid-morning at many places. You can request songs, but some are more aggressive than others about how much you have to pay for the song. These musicians were wonderful and not aggressive!

Outside Alley Taps bar in Printer’s Alley. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

We stayed for a while at Alley Taps and requested The Devil Goes Down to Georgia, which I learned later was one of the more “expensive” songs to request. They said it’s normally a $100 song – probably because the fiddling is intense. Not sure they got the $100 but I did my part to contribute. And it was fantastic. Listen all the way through.

Had a great meal a Hawker’s Asian Street Food in East Nashville (below). Such fun decor, menus and vibe. Worth a visit!

Hawker’s Asian Street Food in East Nashville. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Below is also Hawker’s Asian Street Food. The menu was like a seek and find with Tokidoki-style graphics.

Hawker’s Asian Street Food in East Nashville. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Brunch is a thing in Nashville – and they don’t take reservations. So put your name in and walk around. It was a super hot weekend when we were there (and we were hungry). We put our name in at Milk & Honey in the Gulch, and bought some muffins to tide us over. It was worth the wait.

Mimosa flight at Milk and Honey. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

You can get a mimosa flight with a bottle of champagne and three juices. Then make your own. Yummy. We ordered way too much food. The photo below is not representative of the whole meal and it actually looks really small (which it wasn’t). We have biscuits down there (the Hot Mess with no bacon). We got a home-made pop tart. Biscuits and gravy. Ricotta cheese and honey. Burrata and fig. And a few other things. And we didn’t eat dinner. Still stuffed many hours later.

Delicious food at Milk and Honey. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Had drinks at Bobby’s Rooftop Lounge in downtown Nashville. Got there before it was too crowded. We sat in the bus and had our drinks. Unique! Not pictured: the other side of the bar with a lovely downtown view and games like cornhole and big Connect Four. A DJ was spinning tunes up there too.

Bobby’s rooftop bar in downtown Nashville. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Below we visited the Downtown Presbyterian Church, decorated in Egyptian Revival style. The pews are apparently supposed to look like an Egyptian barge. We were there for the monthly Nashville Art Crawl – and the church had an art exhibit in the basement. The sanctuary was more interesting, though. A volunteer shared some of the history and specifics about this church with us, including that Andrew Jackson had been a member and that it was used as a military hospital during the Civil War.

Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

In the 12 South neighborhood, you’ll find a half-mile strip of stores and restaurants, including Draper James, Reese Witherspoon’s store. It was bustling with activity and there was a stupidly long wait for the changing room. What was taking people so long? I got a cute pair of PJs on sale, but was not a fan of most of the rest of the clothing (not my style).

Draper James store in 12 South neighborhood in Nashville. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

After looking at way too many posts on Facebook’s Dorm Rooms of Mississippi and Beyond, I got a kick out of the Hotty Toddy change purse in one store (it was super expensive so I passed).

Hotty Toddy beaded change purse. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

We went into a headband store on 12 South in Nashville. I’m not a headband fan and these headbands were way over the top for my taste. They were also ridiculously expensive, like $60-75 each. Then again, I’m not their target customer!

Headband store on 12 South. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Lastly, we went into Stoney Clover Lane, an accessories store where you can personalize your bags and hats. Like personalize all kinds of bags – toiletries, carry-ons, football game bags, etc. And they had hat decoration areas too. You can see the embroidery area in the mirror, and they had patches you could buy too. Super expensive and kind of fascinating to look at.

Stoney Clover Lane store in Nashville’s 12 South neighborhood. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Check out other things to do in Nashville – without kids.