For decades Nashville has been undeniably cool – from the days of Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan, to the recent cultivation of brands like Jack White’s Third Man Records, Justin Timberlake’s William Rast and Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James. The city is alive with art, live music on every corner, and a signature southern charm. But recently Nashville has received a new claim to fame as one of the most popular bachelorette destinations in the country. Heralded by top guides like Conde Nast Traveler and Huffington Post, Nashville has almost surpassed Las Vegas as the number one for Bachelorette party fun in the Unites States.
So what makes Nashville so cool?
Live Music on Every Corner
There’s nothing quite like the sun on your face, a drink in your hand and the perfect soundtrack playing through your bachelorette weekend. In Music City the playlist never stops with live bands in every bar and on every corner. Long known for its host of top country stars, Nashville has become much more than just country music, with all genres from rock to bluegrass and jazz taking center stage.
Where to Visit: Broadway’s Honky Tonk bars are a must visit on your bachelorette party. Try Tootsie’s or The Stage for a rooftop vibe and classic country. For a more personal experience, take your group to the renowned Bluebird Cafe, or check out the calendar at Mercy Lounge – they host a 90’s cover band once a month!
Southern History & Charm
Beyond Nashville’s urban vibes, the city is filled with friendly southerners, historic plantations and some truly Instagramable neighborhoods. For a unique experience, take your bachelorette party over to the historical Belle Meade Plantation for a wine tasting or pairing.
More History to Love: Grab some dinner at The Standard at The Smith House, an 1840’s townhouse with a hidden champagne cellar in the basement, or for a quick day trip, escape to Lynchburg for a tour of the original Jack Daniel’s Distillery. Don’t forget to order a sweet tea!
Incredible Nightlife and Restaurants
From shrimp and grits to freshly-baked biscuits, Nashville does southern food right. On a recent trip, Anthony Bourdain heralded Nashville as a “food haven with the most awesome music in the history of the world, maybe even the universe." Long story short, Nashville knows how to eat and it knows how to party.
What the Locals Know: Make your group reservations early since restaurants fill up fast. There’s a new restaurant to try every week, but recently we’re loving Le Sel for their brunch punch bowls, Butchertown Hall for shareable tapas, and Biscuit Love for some truly amazing fresh biscuits as the name implies.
For the best bachelorette spots to drink and hang out, grab a cocktail and a bowling ball at Pinewood Social, a rooftop rosé at the Thompson Hotel’s L.A. Jackson, bourbon and music at Skull's Rainbow Room, or don your best boots and head to Broadway for all night dancing. For our complete list of restaurant recommendations, check out the Nashville Restaurant Guide.
Bachelorette Insider Tips
With so many guides and reviews on what Nashville has to offer, it can be difficult to know where to start. If you’re interested in planning a bachelorette trip to Nashville, here are a few tips to make your stay unforgettable:
Hotels & AirBnb: Book your accommodations early! Nashville’s rooms book up quickly, so make sure to lock in your favorite spot as soon as you know your bachelorette party dates. Try to stay in Midtown, The Gulch or Germantown for the most convenient proximity to attractions. Many hotel rooms will allow up to four girls in a room and Airbnb houses can range up to 12 or 15 guests. We love the 21c Museum Hotel for its art and design, and the Thompson Hotel for its prime location and amenities. For an indie experience try East Nashville’s Urban Cowboy Bed & Breakfast, recently featured in Vogue.
Transportation: Nashville is teeming with Ubers and Lyfts and we’ve never actually waited more than 3 minutes for one to arrive at the door. The Nashville airport has a dedicated ride share pick-up area, and a trip to downtown’s core only takes about 15 minutes, sans traffic. If you’d rather skip that trip, groups can always grab a private SUV to transport them around in style. Champagne included.
Filling Your Weekend: Don’t waste a minute. There’s so much to see and do in Nashville that it can be easy to arrive overwhelmed or under-researched. Make a list of your top “must-visits” so you don’t get sucked into tourist traps while you’re here. Have your Airbnb pre-stocked with alcohol and food before you arrive. For a truly epic weekend, try a Champage Bathtub piled high with champagne bottles.
Plan your Bachelorette Weekend now.