Move over Vegas! Nashville, or should we say, Nashvegas, is the current trending city to host bachelorette parties. Girlfriends celebrating their bride-to-bes have been arriving to Music City from all parts of the country mainly for cost-effective reasons while adding more character to a girls weekend getaway.
Sure, it’ll be a few days of unlimited boozing and guaranteed debauchery. But there’s still a way to do it all with a dash of class, especially when it comes to incorporating the famous southern charm. If you’re in need of planning a sweet and memorable bachelorette weekend in the heart of country music city, here’s a guide to keeping it downright classy.
There’s no better location than the Renaissance Hotel Nashville when you want to be within walking distance to great restaurants and the main strip of downtown. Literally blocks away from Broadway Street which hubs crowd-pleasing nightlife options and famous shops, the hotel allows easy coordination for large groups needing to stick together.
Although you do need to pay for in-room WiFi (complimentary in the lobby), each room is styled with modern designs paired with luxurious bedding (down comforters, custom duvets, cotton-rich linens). The hotel has a pool and Starbucks near the main lobby for those who crave for much needed caffeine kicks.
Everything you’ve told yourself to stay away from all year long will be the things to order at Puckett’s 5th & Church. Fried green tomatoes, fried green beans, fried pickles, sweet potato fries and my personal favorite: Cajun Chicken and Waffles! Sense a pattern?
Each bite will be even more indulge-worthy when you order pints of dark brews or keeping your meal graceful (well, sort of) with Moonshine martinis. #Instanom? Absolutely yes.
From bowling to singing karaoke, Pinewood Social can accommodate your soiree needs of all kinds. You’ll need to cab over from dinner at Puckett’s 5th & Church as the space too enormous to exist in downtown. The massive ground covers a living room, a dining room and an outdoor pool.
During they day, it may be a place for co-workers to grab a cup of joe or conduct business luncheons. For a bachelorette party, however, you’ll want to dive right into the bar’s superbly impressive drink menu. It spans from specialty cocktails, craft beers, mocktails to a wide variety of bourbons. Take over a few booths and sip on.
Hillbilly Heaven is how you want to finish the night off. Nashville is known for its infinite live music around every corner, and Robert’s Wester World is no exempt. Live bands, spontaneous dance partners and affordable drinks are all part of Robert’s charm.
Robert’s is located in the heart of Broadway strip, you simply can’t miss it and you shouldn’t. Get your country on, chat it up with your girlfriends, there’s bound to be a Nashville local who wants to make sure you bust a move on the dance floor!
At this point, you’re undoubtedly recovering from last night. Calling this meal a “brunch” is optimistic, so book a table at The Southern Steak & Oyster close to noon is probably more realistic.
The restaurant features a state-of-the-art, shuck-to-order oyster bar, a real wood-fired grill, locally-grown produce, deliciously tender meats and directly-sourced, sustainable seafood. The shrimp & grits dish is to-die-for. Be sure to pair your meal with a pitcher of blood orange mimosa which equates to the best hangover cure. Plus, a pot of coffee is absolutely necessary.
Walk the line when you’re in Nashville! The Johnny Cash Museum features the world’s largest collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. Even if you’re not a fan of country music, someone in your family must be. This museum is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir or two for your loved ones.
As one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Johnny Cash Museum offers a tour that’ll bring his avid fans to tears. After more than a few mimosas, the museum is a great venue to calm down the booze buzz.
Right across the street from the Johnny Cash Museum is the famous Goo Goo Clusters store. Created back in 1912, this American candy bar is the ultimate treat you want to munch on or bring a few boxes back for family and friends.
The disk-shaped candy bar contains marshmallow nougat, caramel, and roasted peanuts covered in milk chocolate. It now comes in different flavors such as: peanut butter, and pecans. If you love a chunky Snickers bar, then this original southern confection will be your to-die-for sweet treat!
On Broadway Street, you’ll find a slew of boots stores. Let’s be real, how could you ever leave Nashville without bringing home a pair of seriously authentic cowboy boots?
The greatest thing about Boots Country is their special promo: buy one pair, get two pairs FREE. Can’t find anyone in your group of girlfriends take advantage of the deal? Not to worry, this is the perfect opportunity to chat with other boots enthusiasts in the store. Trio up with two other strangers, and you’ll pay $100 for a pair of boots rather than $300.
Prepping for your Saturday night requires the perfect ‘do. How fun is it to do it with your closest girlfriends? Get beautiful on the quick at Blowout Co. Nashville. Wash, braid…and blow! Boom, you’re walking out looking like a total star and ready to rule the town!
Make sure to make appointments ahead of time (before your trip), so that you’re not wasting minutes waiting at the salon.
Champagne & games at the hotel!
A bachelorette party isn’t complete without the tradition of kickass games and endless supply of bubblies. Whether it’s fundies, sex toy soiree, or the panties guessing game (the one we had a blast with), you’ll most likely participating in someone’s hotel room. It’s a great way to kickoff a crazy night while keeping the vibe completely girlie and personal.
In an effort to keep the bachelorette party classy is all about selecting the right restaurant on Saturday night since it’s most likely the night when everyone will be present (as some might have gotten into town later the night before and missed the group dinner).
You’ll need to cab over to Silo, but this farm-to-table restaurant is one that can’t be missed. The sophisticated bistro has a private dining room, a large bar area, two patios and an open kitchen. Each dish is delivered with savory creativity while staying true to local southern roots. Experiment with its huge variety of unique cocktails, especially the whiskey infused gems.
The famous and historical Honky Tonk bar is where you’ll want to fete for the rest of the night. It’s crazy, loud, and oh…so fun! Tootsies is a crowd favorite since it’s been hosting renowned customers such as: Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Kris Kristofferson…and many more.
But none of that matters when debauchery begins on the rooftop terrace (think of southern-style Ghost Bar on the Vegas strip), then dance your way through a wild crowd and kick your boots to a non-stop live country band rocking the night away. Shut the place down is the way to do it!
Let’s be real, at this point during the weekend, everyone’s unsuccessfully attempting to recover. The idea of brunch becomes a late brunch, then becomes a lunch. Although, a cab ride over to Monells is well worth the struggle.
For $21, this joint is as southern as it gets. A family-style restaurant that places you at the same table as regular locals. Dishes include: skillet fried chicken, breakfast casserole, sliced roast beef with gravy and meatloaf, pulled BBQ pork, , mac and cheese, hot southern vegetables…just to name a few. Let’s just say: best hangover food EVER!