Nashville Recommendations?

  • shoelessj

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    Mar 02, 2011 2:59 AM GMT
    Hey, I'm heading down to nashville at the end of april and would like to hear some recommendations of places to visit there. Gay places included, and I'm wondering if there is any 'gay' area, with cute places for breakfast, cafes, sports bars, etc. I'm not much of a country music fan but i do like rockabilly and real old style country, like hank williams, hank iii (not jr.), johnny cash, dolly parton, patsy cline, etc.

    I'm not much of a drinker, either, but would like to get a real 'taste' of nashville by hitting a couple restaurants that are known and liked by locals (not into fine dining, more like BBQ, red checker tablecloth breakfast places, etc.)

    and generally what do guys who are familiar with the town think of it?
  • mynyun

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    Mar 02, 2011 3:15 AM GMT
    I live 3 hours from there but don't get around that way for recreation. However I heard there is a club there called 'Play' and that it's much like Babylon from QAF. So you may be interested in checking that out.
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    Mar 02, 2011 3:41 AM GMT
    Hatch Show Print. Way cool.
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    Mar 02, 2011 4:55 AM GMT
    Ke$ha lives there. Go hard with her. Just like the world is yours.
  • charrismd

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    Mar 02, 2011 7:35 AM GMT
    There is a great barbecue place right next to Centennial Park called Hog Heaven. It's a must visit place. Centennial Park is also cool....has a full size replica of the Parthenon. Both are across the street from Vanderbilt University. (Used to work there.....very pretty campus.)

    Downtown has 2nd Ave.....lots of country music clubs. Tootsie's Orchid Lounge is legendary. Also need to visit The Wild Horse Saloon, just to say that you've been there. The Ryman Auditorium is near of the original homes of the Grand Old Opry. Country Music Hall of Fame is just south of Broadway....great exhibits on the history of country music.

    The gay area is along Church St. Play is the Dance club. Tribe is the regular bar. Suzy Wong's House of Yum is attached to Tribe. There are a few new clubs since I left 3 years ago.

    If you want to hear great music written by some of Nashville's best songwriters (not necessarily country), then a stop to the Bluebird Cafe in Green Hills is a must.

    Other great places to eat around town:
    Lovelace Cafe out in Bellevue.....home of the Biscuit Lady, Carol Fay Ellison (RIP)
    Calypso Cafe.....great, fresh, healthy rotisserie chicken with healthy sides (black beans, rice, sweet potatoes, etc.)
    Baja Burrito.....healthy and filling burritos....always filled with hot guys, it seems.

  • spinker

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    Mar 02, 2011 8:06 AM GMT
    My momma makes great pecan pie... but she's hard to catch.
  • rioriz

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    Mar 02, 2011 9:17 PM GMT
    Nashviliian here and will try to be short winded.

    #1 Opryland Hotel - Yo will nt forget your visit to the worlds largest non casino hotel. Opening after the flood last year it has added millions of dollars in Renovations and is stunning in person.

    #2 Second Ave and Broadway. - Vistit Honkey tTonks like Tootsies and Karaoyke at Wannabe's. Don't forget the World famous Printers Alley off Church St.

    #3 - East Nashville - A historical part of Nashville with some beauritful achritecture to be found and even more eclectic groups of restaurants and bars. A personal favorite is the 5 Points area where you can find unique shopes and restaurants. Make Sure to stop at The Lipstick Lounge! It is geared for Lesbians but on any night can have a very mixed crowd!

    #4 Green Hills Mall or Cool Springs Galleria - If yo are into shopping then these are by far the best you will findin the Nashville area!

    #5 Gay Bars - Tribe is one of the better video bars I have been too. Play is the dance bar next door which I have a disdain for but that is mainly cause I live here and am tired of it. A visitor may like it though. Canvas is a nice neighborhood bar and gets a mostly older crowd. Blugenes is a gay Karaoyke joint next to Canvas. All of these are on Church St.

    #6 Restaurants - Germain Towne Cafe, Noshville, J Alexanders, Monell's, Amerigo are some of my favorites

    If you need any other reccomendations just let me know. Have show a couple RJ'ers around the city when they have visited!
  • shoelessj

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    Mar 03, 2011 6:32 AM GMT
    BRIX saidHatch Show Print. Way cool.

    Dude, that's awesome! Right up my alley, musically, and aesthetically. I am putting it on my 'must see' list. thanks.
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    Mar 03, 2011 6:34 AM GMT
    Good thread. That's one of the places I've been thinking about just hopping on a plane and going for a weekend.
  • shoelessj

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    Mar 03, 2011 6:35 AM GMT
    Thanks, fellas! These are great recommendations! I won't feel like such a stranger now. (Hmmm 'House of Yum' - is that a restaurant or a gay bar? ;)

  • charrismd

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    Mar 04, 2011 6:51 AM GMT

    Restaurant attached to Tribe.