Exploring Music City

Nashville treated us very well and it was an amazing time touring the city. It was a short trip but we made sure to pack in as much as we could.

K's birthday falls on Labor Day weekend so we usually try to travel somewhere new to celebrate and take advantage of the long weekend. This year he chose Nashville to visit one of his good friends and explore a city neither of us had been to before.

After dropping off our luggage and relaxing for a bit we headed over to Broadway Street to explore Music Row and get the full Nashville experience. We quickly realized that this city is the #1 bachelor/bachelorette party central in the US. It made for some good people watching and I now know why it's nicknamed "NashVegas".

Our first stop was at the world famous Tootsies for some rooftop drinks and a view of all the action down below. We spent the entire day walking around exploring the music scene and checking out the shops in between.

One of our favorite places was The Stage on Broadway which was a nice relaxed bar/venue with amazing live music.

After hours of fun and exploring, we settled at Merchants Restaurant for dinner which is on Broadway Street in the heart of the action. The food and craft cocktails were excellent!

On Sunday we had reservations for brunch at Pinewood Social which was recommended to me by several people and for good reason. This place is more than just a restaurant, there's a full bowling alley, pool area, cafe, large outdoor patio and several bars. The atmosphere was fun and trendy, the service was great considering how busy this place gets, and the brunch menu didn't disappoint!

After our hearty brunch, we walked around the premises to check out the different areas and then made our way into downtown on foot to walk off those calories and sight-see in slow motion.

Once we made it to Broadway Street, we were ready to cool off and relax our feet so we stopped at the George Jones Entertainment Complex to walk through the museum and have a cold beverage at the bar overlooking the Nissan Stadium.

The entire day was spent exploring all the fun things Nashville has to offer and of course we returned to The Stage for more live music.


After another action packed day it was time for dinner so we jumped in an Uber to head to Peg Leg Porker for dinner. Several people recommended this restaurant for amazing BBQ so it was on my short list but when we arrived, we found out it's not open on Sundays so we had to take another taxi and head back to where we originally were.


We settled at The Stillery for dinner which was a place my boss had told me and about he raved about the sriracha deviled eggs. He wasn't kidding!

Our flight home was in the evening so we had a few hours to enjoy Nashville before heading to the airport. We went to visit our friend's parents at their beautiful home.

It was then time to make our way to the airport but TSA precheck bought K and I some time to stop for lunch at another highly recommended restaurant called The Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden. We loved the outside patio/beer garden and the burgers were excellent!

Even though it was a very short trip, we loved Nashville and hope to return again to see the beautiful Fall foliage.


  1. This just looks like SO much fun and lives up to everything I've heard about Nashville from friends who recently went!

  2. It looks like you guys squeezed in a lot of sites for the short time you were there!!! Nashville is always a fun city to visit, but you are right about there being a ton of bachelorette parties there! All of the food you had sounds so good. Bummer that one of places you wanted to try was closed when you went. I hate when that happens.

  3. you def did a lot in a short time - what a fun way to celebrate K's birthday! and i have heard it's the biggest bachelorette part of the country and it kinda makes me laugh. i always assume it's vegas! give me all the things from that brunch place and the beer garden!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  4. I've been waiting for this!! We heard great things about Pinewood Social so I'll be making sure we go there on our trip next month!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  5. Wow you guys got a lot in! I haven't been to Nashville in forever but you're making me want to go back soon! And isn't precheck the best thing ever?! It's so nice to not have to worry about security lines! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  6. That brunch spot looks amazing, and I'll definitely have to check out The Pharmacy too - YUM! How fun is that Nashville Party Barge and love seeing all the limocycles for pub crawls. SO much fun :-D
    Green Fashionista

  7. My go to spot is The Stage! If you ever have a chance to do 4th of July in Nashville, DO IT! It's absolutely amazing. Two years ago Martina McBride put on a free show in the middle of Broadway!

    Fallon @ Mountains & Mimosas

  8. Looks like it was a wonderful time. All that good looks so good. I so want to visit Nashville, it looks like so much fun.

  9. Woo hoo, Nashville recap in the house! So excited to see this Emily. You know what's funny, I have actually heard that pinewood social is a wonderful brunch from two other people! I am so showing this post my husband because while Nashville is on our list, we've never made any definitive plans to go there and now I know it's a must!

  10. You squeezed in some great stuff on a short trip! Glad you enjoyed your trip! You went to a lot of places I missed and hope to visit when I return.

  11. You guys really did pack in so much! I have always wanted to go to Nashville and definitely will refer back to this for when I finally make the trip!

  12. Yay so excited you posted this! All the food y'all ate looks amazing, especially Pinewood Social!

  13. Tootsies during the day is the best! At night people are packed in like sardines! lol

  14. Sounds like such a fun trip especially to celebrate K's birthday in a city you both have never been to. I've wanted to go to Nashville for so long now and I can't wait to eventually make it out there. I've heard so many good things about The Pharmacy and by the looks of the food it looks great!!! Glad you packed in as much as you did in a short trip girl!

  15. We had a disasterous layover in Nashville once- our plane got in late and the next one left super early in the morning so we planned to just stay at the airport, not realizing it closed overnight! You guys packed in so much in such a short time and everything sounds amazing. I love places that are so walkable, and all of the food and live music looks awesome.

  16. oh i am totally pinning this for the next time I go. i have been twice, once for the CMA fest (which basically could have been a bachelorette weekend for how much we drank) and the other for a bachelorette party lol so you are right, they are popular! it's kind of weird to me, but i dig it. we have a place in Oz that we call BrisVegas (real name Brisbane) and it's definitely not as cool as Vegas or Nashville lol. Anyway. The Pinewood Social looks awesome, and so does the burger place. Nashville is so close to us, I keep meaning to plan a long weekend away. that's so cool that K's birthday is on labor day weekend, what a good excuse to get away for a weekend!

  17. I'm so glad that y'all enjoyed your time in Nashvegas! It really is such a fun city with all of the live music and all of the amazing food! Y'all really got to see so much of the city, and I'm with you on wanting to go back to visit when it's officially fall!