Nashville is quickly taking over as the bachelorette capital of the US with multiple groups of girls in matching tees flocking to Music City every weekend. I recently had the chance to attend a Nash Bash and I can completely understand why the city has gained so much popularity so quickly. Aside from its central location and major airport nearby, the city offers the perfect scene for both laid back girl's time and wild nights on Broadway.
Read on to find out how exactly how we spent an amazing long weekend in Nashville celebrating our bride to be!
Where to Stay
Most bachelorette parties involve multiple ladies so finding a place that will accommodate everyone is key. We rented the most adorable Air Bnb for the weekend which was the perfect home base for our trip. Unfortunately, our listing isn't showing up any longer to link out for you guys but I highly recommend checking out Air Bnb to find a house that can fit your whole party. You'll end up saving a lot of money as opposed to booking multiple hotel rooms and you'll all be able to stay in the same spot which only adds to the fun.
Also, don't be afraid to book a place that isn't directly downtown. Our Air Bnb was located in a a subdivision outside the city in East Nashville and we were still only a short (and affordable) Uber ride from Broadway at night. The house was also a very centrally located to drive to other areas of the city to explore during the afternoon. Having your own kitchen is a huge plus and we stopped for groceries on our way into the city and were able to get enough food and drinks for the entire weekend to have a few meals at the house. Not only did this save us more cash, it was also a great way to kick off the weekend with a Mexican fiesta on Friday night while people were arriving and getting settled. By staying in, playing games, and enjoying the Air Bnb's hot tub, patio, and fireplace we had a relaxing first evening and were ready to hit the town on Saturday.
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Sample 3-Day Itinerary
Before I share more of the details from each activity, I thought it would be helpful to give you a brief rundown of our full weekend itinerary. When planning your Nash Bash, one thing to keep in mind is flexibility. With that many girls it takes longer to do just about anything so plan for extra time. We also had a general idea of where we wanted to head each day but were able to make changes depending on what we were feeling or stop in at new places that we stumbled upon. Also, keep in mind if you plan to spend time on Broadway you're likely going to have a later start the next day (at least we did LOL).
Nashville Party Barge
If there was one activity that really made our trip we all agreed it was this. Seriously so. much. fun! The bride was debating between the party barge or a pedal bike tavern and I'm so glad we ended up going this route. The Nashville Party Barge is a pontoon boat on wheels and rated as a must do in Nashville. We had 9 girls so we rented a private tour and the back of the truck comfortably fit us all. You're able to bring your own drinks and snacks and they have coolers for you on board - which once again saved us a ton of money before hitting up the bars on broadway that evening. They have tours scheduled throughout the day and we ended up going with the 4 to 6 p.m. tour which seemed like the perfect time. It allowed us time to explore in the afternoon, got the party started that evening, and ended at a perfect time to grab dinner before heading out to Broadway.
Aside from the dancing, music, and constant "woo"ing - what really made this ride worth it was our driver (ask for Donnie if you can!). He was such a blast and the best sport for putting up with us crazy gals. He was also our personal photographer for the evening and did an AMAZING job at capturing group shots at various stops throughout the city which we wouldn't have got otherwise. Our favorite stop on the tour was across from Nissan Stadium, which offers amazing city skyline views. The tour also makes a bar stop about halfway through the ride but we opted not to because we were having too much fun!
If there's one neighborhood that is a must visit for any Nash Bash, it's 12 South. This is one of my favorite areas in Nashville and offers so many insta-worthy stops including murals, coffee shops, restaurants and shopping - all within a 1/2 mile stretch which makes it easy to park or Uber to and see everything all in the same afternoon.
My complete guide to 12 South is available here.
Some of the highlights include:
This area has only recently become popular within the last several years but now it seems like there are new shops or restaurants popping up on every corner. This is another great area to dedicate an afternoon to exploring - you can grab brunch, shop, hit up a winery/brewery and snap more mural photos all in a few hours.
Click here to read my full guide to exploring the Gulch.
Some of the highlights include:
Bars on Broadway
You can't come to Nashville and not spend at least one night (or two) downtown on Broadway! This strip of town offers your choice of countless bars and restaurants - all with their own flare. We grabbed an Uber and headed down town with no real destination in mind. It's a very walkable area and easy to hop from one bar to the next. And the best part? No cover which means you're free to stop in and if you don't like the vibe you can head back on out. This is by far the most popular area of Nashville with thousands of people flooding there each night. You're guaranteed to see at least five bachelorette parties and sometimes even walking into a bar, much less trying to get a drink can be a bit overwhelming. My biggest advice? Always head up. Most of the bars have three or four stories with multiple stages. The bottom floor is always packed to the gills and by heading up you're sure to enjoy your time more and even grab a seat.
A few of our favorite stops on Broadway were:
Brunch at The Tavern
No bachelorette party is complete without brunch and the Tavern is the place to be. The cool-casual, gastro-pub features 2-for-1 brunch drinks until 3 p.m. and fun and creative food options. They do accept brunch reservations for groups of 6-8 at specific times (Friday-Sunday) but if you don't have a reservation, expect to wait. It was around an hour and a half for our group and we ended up at two different tables but it was totally worth it. Start at the bar and grab your first brunch drink (I went with a classic mimosa) and head to the outdoor patio/fire pit area to sit and chat while you wait. When you pay at the bar you'll get a token for your second drink which made it so easy when we did finally head to our table. The menu features a number of tapas style options which are great for splitting with the table - including the famous maple fondue with warm maple syrup and fresh fruit, red velvet waffle, blueberry cornmeal waffle, pain perdu, and grilled sausage for dipping.
NoBaked Cookie Dough
This was a quick stop for us after exploring 12 South but I wanted to include it because it is such a cute place and great for a group of gals to get a sweet treat. They have a number of flavors of edible cookie dough, a pink butterfly mural, and an insta-worthy greenery wall with a neon "don't mind if I dough" sign. There are multiple locations throughout the city so be sure to find one near you.
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