Nashville’s Midtown is located smack-dab in the middle of Music City Highway, saddled up right beside both Vanderbilt and Music Row. This makes Midtown a convenient, walk-able destination with countless dining choices and live music venues for students and songwriters alike.
Breakfast / Brunch
One of Nashville’s favorite brunch spots is Tavern, a local favorite gastropub with a fun, chef-driven menu. Grab a blood orange mimosa and cozy up for a tasty #SundayFunday. Red Velvet Waffles with a Cream Cheese drizzle? Don’t mind if I do…
Head to Clyde’s on Church for brunch on Saturday/Sunday to try one of their homemade “big-a$$ biscuits”, including the Alabama BBQ Biscuit, which comes with slow-smoked pork, white cheddar, egg, caramelized onion, and Alabama White BBQ Sauce.
You probably already know about Hattie B’s, but just in case you don’t: Nashville is sort of a big deal for our Nashville Hot Chicken. Folks from all around cluck about it, in fact. Hattie B’s is the go-to hot chicken destination of many, as evidenced by the lines to get in.
Not in the mood for hot chicken for lunch? Pick from a plethora of customizable lunch options at at Caviar & Bananas, or do Taco Tuesday any day of the week at San Antonio Taco Company.
If it’s pizza with flair you’re seeking in Midtown, Two Boots Pizza is a solid choice. The Music City branch of the Big Apple brand serves up some crazy creative pies on their distinctive cornmeal crust.
Happy Hour Picks
Broadway Brewhouse Midtown is a dark, comfortable space to take advantage of Happy Hour. I’ve long been a fan of their Cajun Club sandwich with extra spicy ranch on the side.
For Happy Hour or anytime, Red Door Saloon just feels like Nashville to me, and was one of the first spots where I became a “regular” when I moved here years ago. Dive-y, cozy, red, fun.
Drive over to South Street Monday-Friday from 2-pm and have $3 drinks and select $6 bites.
There are loads of options, come dinnertime in Midtown Nashville. From the fancy to the more familiar, make plans in advance for some, or just mosey on in for dinner with others.
For an unforgettable special event, book a reservation at The Catbird Seat.
Henley is Nashville’s modern American brasserie, operating under the creative culinary leadership of James Beard award-winning Executive Chef RJ Cooper. Get your fill of burgers, bar food, and live music nightly over at Le Sel.
Midtown is much heavier on the food and music side than on the shopping side. Head to Local Color Gallery to browse through an array of artwork from regional artists. Fly South is Nashville’s premiere fly fishing shop.
Midtown is an excellent location for finding live music most any night of the week. Experience some talented local songwriters and bands at Blue Bar & Rack Room, then decide how you’re feeling about yourself and choose from Losers Bar and Grill or Winners Bar and Grill for your next stop. A couple more buzz-worthy live music midtown stops: Soulshine Pizza Factory and The Row.
Where to Stay
There are plenty of options if you’re looking for a place to stay in Midtown. The new Kimpton Aertson Hotel provides an upscale home away from home, or choose to cash in those rewards points with familiar names with like Embassy Suites Vanderbilt or the Home2Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt
Wherever you end up staying in Midtown, make sure to visit one of the nearby restaurants for a meal!