Olivia & Thashana's Guide to Nashville

We have tons of respect for classic country artists, as well as a lot of outlaw country artists around today, but we (like a lot of Nashvillians) aren't so into the bro country that's popular in the mainstream today. As a tourist in our city, you will likely be told to head to downtown Nashville. That's fine if you're into a more artificial touristy experience and you believe Nashvillians wear cowboy hats (we don't - and I'd imagine people who live in Orlando don't wear mouse ears), but if you're not into that stuff, we're here to help!

We will recommend a few downtown tourist attractions, but we won't be sending you to the bars on Broadway. If you want to meet locals, you won't find them there.

This list is by no means exhaustive, and we will be updating it when we think of things or get good suggestions, so bookmark it and check back periodically. Additions will go into the "MORE PLACES TO CHECK OUT" list at the bottom of the page.

 123 Ewing Dr. #3, Nashville, TN 37207

123 Ewing Dr. #3, Nashville, TN 37207

Prince's

The original hot chicken is the best hot chicken. We'll be honest - the wait is usually insane, but it's worth it. No matter how tough you think you are, XXXHOT is too hot for you.

 207 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201

207 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201

FLEET STREET

Cool English-style bar with tasty food and tons of imported beer.

Printer's Alley is downtown, but a bit removed from the touristy area. 

 1812 21st Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212

1812 21st Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212

FIDO

This coffee spot is a long-time Nashville staple that's located in a former pet shop. They've also got great food if you're looking for lunch or a snack.

  1604 8th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203

 1604 8th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203

Grimey's

This is probably Nashville's favorite record store, and the selection is great. If you're lucky, you can catch an in-store performance after hours.

  2208 Elliston Pl., Nashville, TN 37203

 2208 Elliston Pl., Nashville, TN 37203

EXIT/IN

Catch a band at Exit/In, which has been around since 1971 and hosted nearly every act you can think of. Don't let the big names fool you - it's a relatively small venue.

 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

FRIST center for the visual arts

This museum is housed in a beautiful art deco building (formerly occupied entirely by our main post office). Check their website for rotating exhibitions.

 624 Main St., Nashville, TN 37204

624 Main St., Nashville, TN 37204

Bolton's

If Prince's is too much trouble for your hot chicken needs, check out Bolton's. It has also been around since long before yuppies got in the hot chicken game.

 222 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201

222 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201

SKULL'S RAINBOW ROOM

A speakeasy-style lounge with food, drinks, and burlesque shows.

We will eventually do an episode on it!

 701 8th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203

701 8th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203

Zollikoffee

Need a fun coffee shop where you can also get a meal or tasty baked goods? Done.

 623 7th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203

623 7th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203

THIRD MAN RECORDS

There's a little of everything here - a record store, "novelty lounge" (basically cool things the proprietor has collected), and a venue. It's also houses the record label office. And, yes, it belongs to Jack White.

We recorded our Tabitha Tuders episode direct to acetate here in the Voice-O-Graph booth.

 1006 Forrest Ave., Nashville, TN 37206

1006 Forrest Ave., Nashville, TN 37206

The 5 Spot

This is a fun and casual bar in the 5 Points area of East Nashville. You'll find live bands most nights.

 116 5th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37219

116 5th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37219

RYMAN AUDITORIUM

Sometimes called the Mother Church of Country Music, this is was the home of the Grand Ole Opry for 31 years. You can still catch live performances here (and they're not limited to country). Seriously, if you can, do it. If not, take a tour during the day!

David Byrne will be performing on the evening of May 6 - the last day of CrimeCon.

 2740 Old Lebanon Rd., Nashville, TN 37214

2740 Old Lebanon Rd., Nashville, TN 37214

McNamara's

An Irish pub with great food and live music. CrimeCon bonus: it's close to the hotel!

 5115 Centennial Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209

5115 Centennial Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209

THE CENTENNIAL

This one's located close to Something's Not Right Studios. You may have heard us mention this place before. They host an annual St. Patrick Swayze Day. You can't resist the Bodhi mural!

 5307 Centennial Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209

5307 Centennial Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209

Three Corners COFFEE

This place is about as cozy as it gets. They even sell some antiques! If you want quiet place to have coffee, this is it. DO NOT skip the brioche cinnamon rolls (if you're lucky enough to get there when they have them).

 1313 McGavock Pk., Nashville, TN 37216

1313 McGavock Pk., Nashville, TN 37216

FOND OBJECT

It's a record store, but they also sell vintage clothes and furnishings, and they host events (typically live music).

 1 Cannery Row, Nashville, TN 37203

1 Cannery Row, Nashville, TN 37203

Mercy Lounge

This is definitely one of the best venues in town if you can catch a show here, and it's super laid-back.

Also, this is where Thashana and Olivia met!

 222 5th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203

222 5th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The name is pretty self-explanatory. This is a big and amazing museum. Be forewarned - it's downtown and in a busy tourist area, so parking will probably cost you.