Crazy Town Full of Neon Dreams

Y’all, it’s been a MINUTE since my last post – sincerely apologize for that. Things have been crazy busy these last few weeks. I was in LA visiting my boyfriend for the 4th, and then I had to prepare for my move and get ready for my trip to Nashville! But I’m back, and I know you missed me as much as I missed you 😉

Have you ever been to Nashville? If you’re not 21 yet, don’t even bother reading the rest of this post. The most important thing I learned on this trip is that if you’re not 21, then Nashville is a giant waste of money. Unfortunately I didn’t know about this before I took my 18 year old sister here for her high school graduation gift. Whoops. We made the best of it though, considering we were 100% sober the entire time. Yeah, ik, the struggle was real. Age aside, the city was a cool place to visit. First of all, Ubers are dirt freaking cheap down there. What would cost me $25 in NYC cost me $7 in Nashville. Can’t beat that, considering that’s basically what I tip my cab drivers in New York, and that’s when I’m feeling cheap.

Nashville is filled with 3 groups of people. Group 1 are the drunks who are down for a good time. These are the people who are here for Bachelorette parties, girls weekends, etc. They drink way too much and wind up dancing barefoot at Tootsies by 3pm on a Wednesday. Group 2 are the families who had the misguided idea that Nashville was a wholesome place to travel with their young kids and soak up all that country music has to offer. Great idea in theory, but the execution is weak once you realize that outside of the bar scene, there’s about 4 things to do in Nashville and that’s it. Group 3 is your redneck clan. These people can be identified by their American flag (or if they’re thoroughbreds, Confederate flag) t-shirts, rhinestone belt buckles and cowboy boots with an Eagle hand-painted on them. It’s a sight, I’ll tell you that much.

Anyways, I’ve put together a quick rundown of our trip and linked out the places I’m mentioning for you to check out on your next trip to Music City!

Day 1: We landed in Nashville on Tuesday morning and headed for an early lunch at Puckett’s while we waited for our Airbnb to be ready. Puckett’s is a cute spot on Church that’s decently priced and has live music. The menu was good, but I wasn’t impressed by the delivery of it, tbh. Definitely go here if you’re looking to save some money and get a live music experience to pass the time. After we finished, we ubered over to our Airbnb over on Elliston’s. Guys, I fell in love a little bit. It was perfect for us – girly, but not overdone, clean, equipped with the essentials, had an incredibly comfy bed and pullout couch, and our host even had a laminated booklet she put together of her favorite Nashville spots! If you’re ever looking to stay here with a group of 1-4 people, I highly recommend you check this listing out! Anyways, we cleaned up, unpacked, and headed to Broadway (where all the action is). Day 1 spots included the Wildhorse Saloon (a really fun and LARGE (3 stories!) spot that has great live music and line dancing every hour and a half). *Sidenote – they allow you in here at all hours if you’re under 21  –  most places don’t.) We also had dinner at FGL House (the house burger tasted great – it didn’t taste as great when I threw it up 3 hours later though.. ). The space at FGL is really cool as well – Another 3-story building that has a rooftop bar with live music, and a massive screen on the first floor restaurant area that plays country music videos on a loop.

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Day 2: We kicked Wednesday off with breakfast at Frothy Monkey– I highly recommend their customizable oatmeal (I added strawberries and apples to mine FTW). We walked about 15 minutes in the hot-as-hades Nashville heat (DO NOT RECOMMEND) to the Country Music Hall of Fame. I’d like to point out that this was my fault in assuming that there would be more modern-day country music attention in this museum. I’m not sure why I thought that, since this is a Hall of Fame and therefore it makes sense that the majority of the focus would be on older stars. What really got my goat was that the first exhibit you see is the Taylor Swift education center. I was BUGGIN about this bc Tay is my girl. Imagine how pissed I was when I walked in and realized it literally had zero to do with T-Swizz – it’s full of classrooms for little kids to do arts and craft projects. I’m stills salty about it.

Two hours later (I had to get my money’s worth, considering the ticket was $25 (UGH) a piece), we headed over to see the Parthenon. This thing is legit just a to-scale version of the Parthenon in Greece… except you’re not in Greece AKA its not the real parthenon AKA it’s cool to take pictures in front of and that’s about it. BUT we met an extremely nice man who was having his first day out after being in solitary confinement for 60 days after a bone marrow transplant. This was probably one of my favorite parts of the entire trip, talking to this man. He’s in his late 60s, had been sick with Leukemia for the last three years, and was so inexplicably grateful for this second chance at life he’d be given from a selfless 25 year old Marine who donated his bone marrow to a total stranger and saved his life. It was incredibly inspiring, and I’m currently researching what the necessary steps are to becoming a donor myself. If you’re interested, you can find more info here.

After the park, we headed back to the apartment for a quick re-charge nap and then went back down to Broadway. Takeaways from night #2 – you absolutely NEED to check out the Wanna-Bs Karaoke bar (you will sing at the top of your lungs and have the best time doing it), and you also need to get ice cream from Mike’s. Every flavor is homemade, and their single scoops are like, three regular people sized scoops. YAAAAS (dairy) QUEEN!

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Day 3: By day three we were like, ok Nashville, we get it, ur hot and humid. Kicked it off with the breakfast of champs AKA ice cream sodas from Elliston’s soda shop (world famous bc Reese Witherspoon has been here and anywhere Reese goes gets an automatic approval from me). Then we headed to my 2nd favorite part of the trip, the Grand Ole Opry. This place was the bees knees, man. I personally think $25 a ticket is a little over-priced, but getting a backstage tour of the most famous venue in country music was cool af. Fun fact: most artists who perform at the Opry live in Nashville, so they drive themselves to the venue when they’re scheduled for a show. There’s a back parking lot where only the artists and their team can go that’s blocked off by cones to give them privacy from fans. But the golden part of this is that the artists (I’m talking Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood types) have to get out of the car and move the cones themselves, then park their own cars (the Opry doesn’t offer valet parking), and the real kicker: They have to show photo ID when they go inside BECAUSE YEAH, I WOULDN’T RECOGNIZE CARRIE UNDERWOOD EITHER- WHAT?! Apparently, they do it to keep the artists humble. Idk why, but i find this to be easily the funniest thing I’ve heard all week.

The rest of day 3 consisted of: another re-charge nap at the apartment, a return visit to Wildhorse Saloon for a lil bit of line dancing, a performance at the Karaoke bar by me (Gunpowder and Lead by Miranda Lambert is my JAM), and going to Crazy Town for dinner at 8:30 and literally having to stay their the rest of the night bc they start carding at 10pm and my sister wouldn’t have been able to get back in otherwise. It’s actually a really cool bar (again, multiple stories high with different bands on each floor).

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The Bottom Line: Nashville is a cool little city that’s good for a 2-3 day trip when you’re 21 years old or older. It’s not outrageously expensive, there are a ton of cool honky tonk bars to hang out in, and the live music aspect is a blast. It’s probably why you see photos on Facebook from 4-7 bachelorette parties every goddamn weekend – the perfect setting for the #FlingBeforeTheRing. Get it, ladies!

xo, AJ

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