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Downtown Nashville is the hub of the entertainment that defines Music City. Within mere city blocks, visitors can experience world-class art at the Frist Center for Visual Arts, catch a great Broadway play at the amazing Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), see world-class concerts and events at the Bridgestone Arena, and take part in Nashville’s real life adventure game, The Escape Game.

Within walking distance is the legendary Ryman Auditorium regarded as the “Mother Church of Country Music.” The Ryman is a National Historic Landmark renown for its exceptional acoustics that has hosted musicians from Chris Isaak and James Brown to Patsy Cline and John Legend, as well as current and rising stars of all musical genres.

Wash it all down while enjoying some of the world’s greatest live music – offered free 24/7/365 – at one of the city’s many honky-tonks that line famous Broadway, including Tootsie’sRobert’s Western WorldThe Stage, and Layla’s Bluegrass Inn.

The Arts Company - Nashville's Downtown Neighborhood

Just a couple blocks from the music on Broadway is one of Nashville’s most vibrant art communities located on 5th Avenue of the Arts. This is the location of several art galleries including The Arts CompanyThe Rymer Gallery, and Tinney Contemporary. Each one offers a unique experience and showcases multiple art exhibits throughout the year featuring both local and international artists. Each month, everyone is invited to participate in the “First Saturday Art Crawl” allowing you to see Nashville’s growing art scene. Over 20 art venues participate presenting every genre of art which provides a truly artistic experience in Music City.

Art lovers, and history buffs will love exploring the Tennessee State Museum. Enjoy seeing art through the ages from the early prehistoric to presidential portraits preserved and displayed for you. Also, the museum offers more than 60,000 square feet of permanent exhibits and a 10,000 square foot changing exhibition hall. The exhibits allow guests to travel through time and witness the Prehistoric Frontier, Age of Jackson, Antebellum South, Civil War, and the Reconstruction eras at this wonderful Nashville museum.

Get your caffeine fix at Dunn Bros. Coffee or Frothy Monkey Nashville Downtown. Dunn Bros. Coffee offers a great coffeehouse atmosphere with freshroasted coffee, sandwiches, soups, salads, and pastries. Frothy Monkey Nashville Downtown is a neighborhood restaurant and café offering a diverse menu including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They pride themselves on the service of outstanding coffee, espresso drinks, and house-made teas and beverages.

Merchants - Nashville's Downtown Neighborhood

If you’re looking for authentic Southern comfort food while taking it all in, check out Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, which offers a side of great live music in the evenings, or Jack’s Bar-B-Que for the best-tasting barbeque this side of the Mississippi. Morton’s The Steakhouse serves only the finest quality foods, featuring USDA primeaged beef, fresh fish and seafood, handpicked produce, delicious appetizers, and elegant desserts.

Check out Nashville’s elegant hot spot, Merchants, a former hotel. When you walk through the building you can see the vestiges of the original hotel rooms with fireplaces. The downstairs serves bistro food while the upstairs is a more formal fare. One of the city’s most elegant restaurants is The Capitol Grille inside Nashville’s plush fivestar Hermitage Hotel. The Capitol Grille reinvents Southern gourmet cuisine using the freshest regional ingredients. Finally, get ready for Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, which plans to open this winter. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse has earned extraordinary national reputation for delivering an impeccable dining experience. They serve award-winning U.S.D.A. prime steaks, seafood, and noteworthy chef driven cuisine.

Originally published by Visit Music City.



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