Nashville Hotspots, All Year Round


It may not quite be summer, but that’s not keeping things from heating up in Nashville. Truth is, the locals keep things plenty hot in Music City – but they sometimes manage to never lose their cool. If you’re making a stop in this gem of a Southern city this season, don’t miss these top-notch spots to soak up the fun (and look the part of a local).

Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge – Downtown
“Got a rented bike? The Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge (known to many as the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge) is the perfect starting point for your Nashville B-cycle adventure because you can park your car for free right by the B-cycle pickup station. Enjoy beautiful views of the Nashville skyline as you ride up one side of the pedestrian bridge and down the other, right into downtown Nashville. Don’t forgot to stop and take a few photos at the peak of the bridge!” – as recommended by Nashville localeur Kathleen Clipper @thenewgirlinnashville

Nashville Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge
Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge in Nashville, TN; photo courtesy of Localeur


Imogene + Willie – 12 South
“This store is where a guy finds THE jeans. Want to fit in? Look the part? Be a cool kid? Go snag yourself a pair of I+W denim rags, a symbolic baseball cap and a couple vintage-inspired T-shirts. You’ll fit right in.” – as recommended by Nashville localeur Caroline Acree @carolinemargaretstudio

Nashville Imogene and Willie Jean Jacket Clothing
Imogene and Willie in Nashville, TN; photo courtesy of Localeur


Rudie’s Seafood and Sausage – East Nashville
“Incredible draft beer list? Check. The perfect patio on a comfortable afternoon? Check. The best French fries I’ve ever tasted? Check. Rudie’s is my all-time favorite East Nashville restaurant. Everything – from the pork burger (freshly ground pork on a homemade brioche bun) to the burrito (get it with pork brisket) to the fresh oysters – is incredible. Wash it all down with a draft beer and grab a homemade slice of pie before you leave. Bonus: This restaurant is kid-friendly, so families can enjoy a great drink and amazing food without having to stress out about a baby’s happy blabbering.” – as recommended by Nashville localeur Megan Pacella @meganpacella

Nashville Rudie's Seafood and Sausage Fries
Rudie’s Seafood and Sausage Fries in Nashville, TN; photo courtesy of Localeur


No. 308 – East Nashville
“No.308 isn’t just a cocktail bar – it’s also got a great juice and soda selection! Stop by this unassuming East Nashville spot, step inside and spend some time sipping a smoked pineapple or pomegranate soda. Nibble on tacos and other upscale bar food while you’re there and stroll over to Five Points when you’re finished for a night on the town.” – as recommended by Nashville localeur Mary Lambkin @minutespermile

Nashville No 308 Drink
No. 308 in Nashville, TN; photo courtesy of Localeur


Bakersfield – Downtown
In the heart of downtown, you’ll find this honky-tonk meets fresh-Mex gem and the atmosphere will put you right in! Start off your meal with their hearty guacamole and chips while you decide on which tacos you WON’T get to order; there are so many great options you’ll have to work backwards on making your selection(s)! The Pollo Rojo and short rib tacos will knock your boots off!” – as recommended by Nashville localeur Kathleen Clipper @thenewgirlinnashville

Bakersfield Nashville Tacos
Bakersfield in Nashville, TN; photo courtesy of Localeur


Craft Brewed – Berry Hill
“This is a great spot to try out new brews! Even if you’re not a major beer aficionado, the barkeeps at Craft Brewed are friendly, knowledgeable and dedicated to finding a variety you’ll like. With many rotating drafts on tap and two sides of the shop housing beer you can take home, this is a one-stop shop for meeting friends, filling up growlers or grabbing a six-pack to enjoy at home. Bonus: If you’re into home brewing, they have the supplies and advice you need for that, too!” – as recommended by Nashville localeur Jessica Sweatt @jesshereandnow

Nashville Craft Brewed Beer