With only a month left to go before 36|86, we hope you are gearing up to soak in all of the exciting action that Nashville has to offer. Onsite during 36|86 you will experience a taste of all things Nashville- hot chicken, whiskey, and live music, but you will undoubtedly want to explore more of the city during your stay. Whether you are interested in checking out the famous country music scene, want relaxation time with your family, or would like to find out why people in the south unofficially refer to Nashville as “NashVegas,” we’ve got you covered!
Nashville is a city renowned for its spectacular nightlife with one of the highest densities of restaurants, bars, and honky-tonks in the country, so there is plenty to keep you busy when you aren’t learning about the hottest new startups.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
CMA Fest – CMA Fest features country music’s hottest artists! Artists and fans alike descend on Nashville for 4 days of live music, meet and greets and southern hospitality. CMA kicks off June 8th, but the city is alive and vibrant the week leading up.
Also worth checking out: Nashville Sounds Ballpark, Country Music Hall of Fame, Centennial Park, Bluebird Cafe
Hattie B’s – If you want a dining experience unique to Nashville, try our signature dish: hot chicken. That’s specially seasoned fried chicken on toast with pickles. This dish has a bite, so be adventurous and try to “shut the cluck up” extra spicy version; if you’re feeling a bit puny from the VIP party, you can get a mild version Hattie B’s is the place to discover this local favorite. If it’s your first experience with hot chicken, make sure you lean to the medium side. Hattie B’s “Damn Hot” may leave you hurting for a few days for the unconditioned stomach!
Also worth checking out: Slim + Husky’s, Riverside Grillshack, Cochon Butcher, Biscuit Love, Princes
Henrietta Red – Local chef Julia Sullivan and sommelier Allie Poindexter joined forces to bring Nashville one of its newest restaurants and it has made a huge splash. The restaurant features fresh seafood at its oyster bar and special creations like cauliflower steak and smoked mussel toast. Try several small plates for a diverse taste experience.
Also worth checking out: City House, Adele’s, Husk, Rolf + Daughters
Fat Bottom Brewing – This brewery and restaurant is the best place to try one of Fat Bottom’s seasonal brews, or stick to an old standard like its well-known Ruby red ale or Knockout IPA. Enjoy high quality pub grub from the kitchen and strike up a conversation in the hottest spot in town for young working professionals.
Also worth checking out: Bearded Iris, Yazoo, Smith & Leintz
Bars with live music
Robert’s Western World – If you’re looking for the quintessential Music City honky-tonk experience, Robert’s Western World will not disappoint. This Nashville classic retains a friendly atmosphere and features live music every day, a full menu, and a dancefloor that really gets moving. If you’ve just invested all your money in a hot new startup, you can always try the “recession special.” That’s a fried balogna sandwich, chips, and a PBR for $5.
Layla’s Bluegrass Inn – Right next door to Robert’s, you’ll find Layla’s. This more laid back spot also features live music daily with a bluegrass twist. Stop in and find out what Layla’s calls “Nashville hillbilly music” sounds like.
Also worth checking out: Crying Wolf, The Back Corner, George Jones, Bluebird Cafe (it’s shown up 2x, what are we trying to tell ya?)
Best Rooftops / Patios
Acme Feed & Seed – Sometimes you want to elevate above the noise and action of the street, and there’s no better place to get a bird’s-eye view of the city than from Acme’s rooftop patio while enjoying a frozen Moonshine lemonade. This hot spot also has authentic southern cuisine and live music. Take advantage of Nashville’s beautiful June evening weather.
Also worth checking out: Thompson Hotel, Butchertown Hall, 12 South Taproom, Rumours East
Five Daughters Bakery – Indulge your sweet tooth with one of the famously unique confections that makes this bakery the most well-known in town. Try the 100 layer donut, relax with a cronut, or select your own speciality from the paleo or vegan menu.
Also worth checking out: Jeni’s Ice Cream, Las Paletas, Bobbies Dairy Dip
Draper James – Find out why Reese Witherspoon selected Nashville to launch her own clothing line. The Draper James boutique features Witherspoon’s fashions that draw from her southern roots and incorporate the fashion forward sensibilities that the Hollywood star is known for.
Also worth checking out: Imogene + Willie, Emerson Grace, Savant Vintage, MODA Boutique, Corner Music Inc.
You can also check out these shopping districts filled with a variety of specialty stores: Shoppes at Fatherland, Germantown Neighborhood, and Buchanan Arts District
With so much to see and do, many past 36|86 attendees tell us they are glad that they came early and stayed late. Others tell us they wish that they did! Don’t be one of the latter, plan an extra day or two before or after 36|86 to soak up all that Nashville has to offer.
Don’t have your ticket for 36|86 yet? No problem, we still have a few remaining tickets available for purchase. We advise buying as soon as possible because this event is expected to sell out.
We’re excited to see you in Nashville!