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The Local Lowdown | Brittany on Nashville

Brittany McGhee, native of Florida and local of Nashville, Tennessee for over 15 years. The 22-year-old freelance writer loves to travel, study astronomy (go Carl Sagan!) and volunteer.

Along with Brittany’s top 10 favorite places in her city, she let’s those of us looking to visit the city of country music that “Nashville is becoming a trendy destination for its casual, creative vibe more than just the ‘honky tonk’ country bars. Spend ten minutes hanging around a coffee shop here, and you’ll bump into friendly local musicians, artists, and sometimes even famous country singers.”

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Top 10 Favorite Places

1. Café Coco – 210 Louise Ave Café Coco is the only 24 hour café in Nashville. They serve authentic Italian food around the clock, have ample indoor and outdoor seating, and a stage in the back where local artists have open mic sessions weekly. The location is also convenient to popular Midtown venues like The End and The Exit/In, making it a great place to stop by after a concert to meet with friends or make new ones.

2. Grimey’s – 1604 8th Ave S Grimey’s is the quintessential local record store, with a venue called The Basement on the bottom floor. They have used CDs, fresh vinyl, books, and a coffee shop with a great patio. The nice folks who work here always know what good local bands are playing every night of the week.

3. Third Man Records – 623 7th Ave S One of my favorite places to take out-of-town friends is TMR, Jack White’s Willy Wonka-esque record shop. Even if you aren’t a vinyl record enthusiast, it is worth a stop if you’re into alternative music and want to broaden your horizons.

4. Bluebird Café – 4104 Hillsboro Pike Despite being made famous nationally by the recent TV show Nashville, The Bluebird Café is still an authentic local spot. Instead of going to honky-tonk bars on Broadway, locals come here to see real Nashville songwriters and acoustic country while having a great meal.

5. Loveless Café – 8400 Hwy 100 This is where the locals go to get real country food, including Loveless’ famous biscuits. This place is so beloved that people actually get married here.

6. Marche Artisan Foods – 1000 Main St Known best for its weekend brunch, Marché is a cute little French-style café located in the hip Five Points neighborhood of East Nashville.

7. Patterson House – 1711 Division St.  Hidden away next to the swanky Catbird Seat restaurant, this upscale lounge is speakeasy themed and has creative cocktails and a Great Gatsby vibe.

8. Dyer Observatory – 1000 Oman Drive
Located by Radnor Lake, Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory is astronomical observatory that brings space to the public. Anyone is welcome to drop by on their Telescope Nights for a quick look at the rings of Saturn or clouds of Jupiter through their equipment.

9. Frist Center for the Visual Arts – 919 Broadway The Frist Center is an art museum housed in a beautiful Art Deco style marble building which used to serve as Nashville’s main post office in the 1930’s. The Frist rotates exhibitions, so there’s always something new to see and to learn.

10. Radnor Lake – 1160 Otter Creek Road Radnor Lake is very close to downtown Nashville, and is one of the best places to take a quick hike and appreciate the natural beauty of Tennessee.


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