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Heather Daily's

WHAT NOT TO MISS LIST

While at Design Edge Nashville

Heather shares her insider knowledge of Nashville's hidden gems. Explore the city from an artist's perspective which is the authentic heartbeat of Music City.

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Downtown

DOWNTOWN VIBES

Lower Broad - Honky Tonks & Cowboy Boots
Lower Broad established itself as a landing place for musicians in the 1930s. Greats who added Lower Broad to their musical careers include legends like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Blake Shelton, and Kris Kristofferson. Honkytonk Highway is a non-stop party with no cover charge, unique character in each bar, and live music that rivals the best of them.

 

The Frist Art Museum
Built as downtown Nashville's main post office during the Great Depression, this gorgeous art deco building boasts a revolving collection of artworks from contemporary to classic. It houses a main gallery and contemporary caveat downstairs, a second gallery, and a hands-on art-making lab upstairs, not to mention the incredible gorgeous aesthetics of the 1930s.

Noelle
Built in 1929 just before the stock market collapse and opening its doors 4 months later, despite the Great Depression, the Noelle was a huge success. It welcomed notable guests like Eleanor Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, Roy Rogers, and Hollywood starlet Jayne Mansfield.

The "Noelle Hotel" closed in 1972 and became a transient home to various banks and company office spaces until a pair of brothers began to reimagine restoring her to her former glory. She reopened in 2017 as "Noelle"—a gorgeous gem of the city, full of local art, amazing public spaces, and reflective of the local art of notable Nashvillians. Noelle is on the National Register of Historic Places—and she's pet-friendly as well!

Printers Alley / Skull's Rainbow Room
Situated just behind Noelle sits Nashville's famed "Printers Alley." During its heyday around 1915, Printers Alley was home to Nashville's largest newspapers, as well as 13 publishers and 10 printers.

In the 1940s, nightclubs began to emerge in the area, giving many performers a stage and helping them launch their careers, including Waylon Jennings, Dottie West, Hank Williams, Jimi Hendrix, Chet Atkins, and The Supremes, among others. Printer's Alley was also home to the city's first parking garage, first skyscraper, and several other historic buildings. Today, it is a vibrant part of the Nashville experience—full of music, restaurants, and, if you're feeling a little risqué, burlesque!

Skull's Rainbow Room
Founded in 1948, the Rainbow Room originally opened as a striptease and has sustained many transformations throughout its history. Today, it is known as one of Nashville's premier locations for live jazz, great food, and paying homage to its roots, offers late-night burlesque Thursday-Saturday!

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East-side

THE EAST-SIDE

Mas Tacos
A “hole in the wall” local staple started out of a 1974 Winnebago, “Mas Tacos” is the bomb for a quick lunch (just a mention - Guy Fieri featured it on Food Network years back). Aside from its staples, try the fried avocado tacos, eloté, and sweet crispy plantains… SO good!!!

 

SHOP: Thunder Moon Collective

The way an incredible room is thoughtfully designed, this store is full of an incredibly curated collection of goodness! From jewelry and clothing to home accents and local art, if you can only shop at one place in the East, this is the jam.

 

Audrey’s Restaurant
Breathtakingly beautiful space with curated art, delicious food, and craft cocktails. A brilliantly crafted menu with modern twists on Appalachian staples. Too much goodness for one place.

 

Let’s have a nightcap…The Coral Club

Gorgeous aesthetic rivals NYC's finest. The Coral Club has relaxed sophistication that breaks any stereotypes of Music City. Gorgeous surfaces and details, and the cocktails and small bites are perfection!

 

Sleeping in…Waymore Guest Hotel & Casual Club
Cool and innovative lodging that includes suite-style multi-lodging rooms designed with kitchenettes and floor-to-ceiling city views. Rooftop bar and amazing brunch!

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12 South

12 SOUTH

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Midtown

Midtown

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