Whether you're planning a bachelorette party or just looking for a city for your next weekend getaway, Nashville is a great place to visit. Between the music, the culture, the food, and the friendly locals, it's one of those cities that will make you think, "Why don't I live here?"
With the premiere of Music City, the latest reality TV venture from the creators of The Hills and Laguna Beach, there's a whole new list of reasons to check out this town. Following a crop of young up-and-comers in the country and pop scene, Music City gives us a portrait of five aspiring and working musicians who are balancing their ambitions and personal lives in the city that will make or break them.
Relationships are tested, like that of Kerry, a working musician, and his wife, Rachyl, who's negotiating the struggles of raising their son and going to law school. Jackson, a hunky singer-slash-songwriter who teaches fitness classes on the side, gets set up with Jessica, a working singer and songwriter who happens to be saving herself for marriage. There's Alisa, a Los Angeles transplant who moved to the city to pursue her singing dreams and a bit of romance.
Nashville is, of course, the last cast member. It's the playground where our heroes and heroines are all sure to dream, party, laugh, and fall in love. What's more, it's a chill, friendly city full of creativity, cutting-edge entertainment, and cute people who will actually talk to you. For that very reason, we've gathered a series of hot spots in Nashville that you'll need to check out next time you're in the "Music City." Make sure to catch the premiere of Music City, Thursday, March 1 at 10/9 c, only on CMT.
1. Thompson Hotel Rooftop
If you're looking to enjoy an artisanal cocktail while taking in the cityscape of Nashville, look no further than the Thompson Hotel Rooftop. This watering hole is found on the top floor of Nashville’s newest luxury boutique hotel, situated conveniently downtown, where all the action is happening. Hot tip — snag the corner banquette where Jackson and Jessica meet for their blind date in Episode 1.
2. Barista Parlor
Who doesn't love a good hipster coffee shop? We do as much as Jessica and Jackson do when they meet up for a cup at this trendy cafe. Established in 2011, Barista Parlor provides premium caffeine for Nashville's most discerning bean enthusiasts. Better yet, they collaborate with Nashville artists, farms, businesses, and bakeries to try to keep things local.
3. Centennial Park
No trip to Nashville is complete without a stroll around Centennial Park, the oldest and most famous of the city's green spaces. The 132-acre park houses a walking trail, various historical monuments, a beautiful sunken garden, a bandshell, and more. At the center of it all, you'll find a gorgeous Greek-style Parthenon. Bring crackers to feed the ducks in Lake Watauga, like Rachyl and Jessica do with baby Wolfgang.
4. Bar Taco
If you're jonesing for a chill vibe after a day of sightseeing, Bar Taco is where it's at. Enjoy a classic and creative taco, a potent daytime margarita, or a cold beer at this Mexican eatery. You might just hatch the idea for your next creative collaboration, just like Alisa and friend Bryant do in Episode 2.
Your next party ensemble is waiting on the racks at boutique Posh, where we see Jackson and Alexandra browsing for Jessica and Alisa's birthday celebration. Carrying fashions for both men and women, here you can find the best brands and freshest trends to bring a piece of Nashville home with you.
6. FGL House
Reenact Jessica and Alisa's birthday party with a night of music, food, and stiff drinks at FGL House. This hotspot, established by country duo Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, is dedicated to modern Southern trends — from the live music they host nightly to the Southern fusion cuisine to the beer and whiskey cocktails they serve on each one of the establishment's multiple floors. You can easily spend a whole evening here.
7. Cycle Bar
You might be craving some quick, rigorous cardio after a day of A+ Nashville barbecue. Look no further than CycleBar, a premium indoor cycling studio offering concierge-level service and premium amenities. With energizing beats pumping for the duration of your workout, you'll be sure to rock your ride. If you get lucky, you might just end up in one of Jackson's classes.