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Music City

Tennessee’s beloved Music City, Nashville, is unique to the planet. Music literally lives here. It is said that music is “written on the hearts of every Nashvillian.” Take a walk through this city, and you will quickly find that no words were ever truer.

The tradition of music and songwriting runs so deep here, you can actually feel this towns soul. This city sings! Like a beating heart, there is a rhythm to this place. A mystique born from countless dreamers, poets, lovers, outlaws and cowboys. Nashville has a kind of coolness that you just can’t put your finger on. It can’t be manufactured or faked…it just is.

Nashville draws people from all over the globe, a city full of world class singers and songwriters. Bare witness, and simply walk down any of Nashville’s lively streets, past the bars, restaurants and music venues. The melodies drift out, and you’re instantly spellbound by stories of heart break, long lost love, missing home or one where your momma warned you about that boy. A window into someone’s life. It just grabs you, and pulls you into that shared human experience. Life, told through music. This is hallowed ground.

Music Venues


Belcourt Taps –
Belcourt Theatre –
Bongo Java After Hours Theatre –
Curb Event Center –



Ryman Auditorium –
Bridgestone Arena –
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum –
LP Field –
Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar –
Fiddle & Steel Guitar Bar –
Mercy Lounge –
Schermerhorn Symphony Center –
Swingin’ Doors Saloon –
The Cannery Ballroom –



The 5 Spot –
The Family Wash –
The Lipstick Lounge –



Café Coco –
Exit/In –
The End –



Bluebird Café –



Tin Roof –



Neighbors –



12th & Porter –
Sambuca –
The Station Inn –
Two Old Hippies –



Centennial Park –
The Country –
Losers Bar & Grill –
Soulshine Pizza Factory –
The Row –


Dinner and A Show

The following list has been compiled for your convenience! The Paula Hinegardner Group has paired together some of Nashville’s most popular music venues and best restaurants, all based on location, to plan for a great evening in Music City.

The Grand Ole Opry

Located in Music Valley. For a really cool experience, try to get tickets for when the show is being broadcast. The Grand Ole Opry also host non-country music artist such as Lorde and Sam Smith

Suggested Dinner Location:

Nashville Palace –


Ryman Auditorium

Legendary. Historic. Home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. Check out scheduled events on the website calendar. Located downtown.

Suggested Dinner Location:

Merchants Restaurant –

Roberts West World –


Mercy Lounge

Nationally celebrated, Mercy Lounge is located in downtown Nashville. As well as emerging stars, Mercy Lounge past performers include Adele, Bon Jovi, Katy Perry, Keith Urban and The White Stripes.

Suggested Dinner Location:

Flyte World Dining & Wine –

Jackalope Brewing –


The Basement

Showcase for up and coming bands. The Basement is Nashville’s rock venue. Past big acts have included Metallica and Mumford & Sons. Located at 8th Avenue.

Suggested Dinner Location:

The Smiling Elephant –

ML Rose Craft Beers & Burgers –


The Station Inn

Located in Nashville’s Gulch area. Bluegrass and roots music. Past performers include Allison Krause, Dolly Parton and Reba McIntyre.

Suggested Dinner Location:

The 404 Kitchen –

Adele’s –


Bluebird Café

Iconic. For the country music connoisseur. This unassuming Café is a hit maker. Unknown and country music’s biggest stars vie to play in this intimate space. Located in the Green Hill area.

Suggested Dinner Location:

Firefly Grille –

Greenhouse Bar –


3rd & Lindsley

Newly renovated, this music space features neighborhood favorites, as well as famous faces. Past features included Train, Sheryl Crow, Ed Sheeran and Lady Antebellum. Located in Rutledge Hill.

Suggested Dinner Location:

Husk –

Pinewood Social –


Marathon Music Works

Acts ranging from Garth Brooks to Chance the Rapper. Check out Marathon Village while you’re there. Home of American Pickers ‘Antique Archelogy’ store front and Garage Coffee Company.

Suggested Dinner Location:

Slim & Husky Pizza Beeria –

William Colliers –



A great mixture of local and big acts, and a diverse music scene…from Johnny Cash to REM. Located in Elliston Place. From Exit/In website… “It was where Jimmy Buffet got his start; where a young Red Hot Chili Peppers enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal; where everyone from the likes of Avril Lavigne to The Ramones to Death Cab for Cutie to Etta James to Talking Heads performed.”

Suggested Dinner Location:

Café Coco –

The Gold