Nashville, a history-rich city, is dotted with iconic places, and new hip ones as well, that serve as fabulous photography backdrops. From the stately entrance of the Parthenon in Centennial Park to the neon lights of Pinewood Social’s bowling alley, we sent our SB staff out and about to capture creative places to pose with family and friends. Whether you need a newfound place to take your relatives or a festive setting for a shameless selfie, we’ve found the best signs, statues and steps to strike a pose. So grab your iPhone and travel with us from Bellevue to Riverfront Park to see the sights!
At Loveless Cafe and Barn
This famous Southern eatery has a vintage sign that can’t be beat, and their biscuits aren’t half bad, either! (Can you sense the sarcasm?) If you have a Saturday morning with time to spare, pull your family out of bed and head to The Loveless Cafe for a hearty country breakfast and a quick snapshot!
On the Steps of Percy Warner Park
Percy Warner Park is always packed with dogs, families, friends, fitness junkies, outdoor enthusiasts and the occasional celebrity (Taylor Swift was spotted here this year!). The entrance to the park is marked with gorgeous stone steps that provide a butt-busting workout, as well as a beautiful backdrop for family portraits and casual snapshots. Grab your pup and enjoy some of Nashville’s finest scenery.
At The Bluebird Cafe
The legendary music venue in Green Hills remains a widely popular spot for locals and tourists alike. An intimate space to listen to some of the finest songwriters, The Bluebird Cafe always has a line wrapped around the door. We were grateful to get a solo shot under the awning!
With the pink elephant
The original “Pinky,” produced by an advertising company from Sparta, was installed in 1963 in front of the Pink Elephant Supper Club in Marquette, IA. Several more pink elephants made their way south, and one landed on Charlotte Avenue in the lot adjacent to the Dollar General. This cool character has made countless pictures with passers-by!
At Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
Nashville is venerated for its hot chicken, and no place brings the heat quite like Hattie B’s. The newly opened location on Charlotte Avenue is always packed with locals and visitors, who gladly queue up for that spicy formula that makes their taste buds sing! Hattie B’s festive exterior is a great place to snap a pic and show your Nashville pride … and your love of spicy poultry!
At Bobbie’s Dairy Dip
This retro burger joint, a longstanding Nashville favorite, is beloved for its burgers and dipped cones. Stop by Bobbie’s Dairy Dip after you dine at Hattie B’s (in the adjacent lot) and cool the heat with some of the best soft serve around. And don’t forget to snap a pic before you dive into your cone. New this winter, Bobbie’s has added thick plastic curtains to allow outdoor dining to be a year-round affair.
In front of the “I Believe” mural
Show your city pride this season and pose in front of the patriotic mural in 12 South. The “I Believe in Nashville” mural was composed by DCXV artists in 2012 as a unifying symbol to represent all of Nashville, and has since become a backdrop for countless Christmas cards, Facebook pictures and Instagram posts.
On the Parthenon steps
The Parthenon in Centennial Park is one of Nashville’s architectural treasures. The towering interior has served as the backdrop to gorgeous wedding receptions and events, and the steps are large enough to host an entire Greek clan! A special thanks goes out to SB staffer Coco and her husband, Chris, for sharing their family photo, taken by Carolyn Thombs Photography.
On the train in Centennial Park
Centennial Park is filled with numerous architectural and commemorative treasures. This antique steam locomotive, originally known as a Yellow Jacket, was manufactured by the American Locomotive Company in 1942, then donated to the park in 1953. Now adorned with a seasonal wreath, it’s a great spot to snap a picture of your kids over the holidays!
At Barista Parlor
Barista Parlor, an ultra-hip coffee lounge that was once a garage, has retained the automotive charm of its predecessor. The shop’s loyal patrons love to share pictures in front of its graphic signage and bright red doors. Snap a selfie in front of this colorful backdrop, and all of your friends will deem you an East Nashville regular.
In front of Two Old Hippies
Two Old Hippies is a fabulous men’s and women’s boutique tucked in the heart of the Gulch that features live music and great events. Its rustic painted brick storefront is a great spot to snap a picture with your gals after a long day of retail therapy!
With the “Musica” Statue
This nine-figure bronze sculpture located at the Music City Roundabout on Division Street was erected in 2003 as part of an urban renewal project. An ode to Nashville’s unique music heritage, the Musica Statue is a beautiful composition that begs you to strike an acrobatic pose!
With the giant microphone
After you pose with the majestic figures of the Musica Statue, walk across the way to the giant microphone and sing your heart out, or at least pose like you are belting out one of your favorite tunes! The large public art piece was installed in 2010, and allows bikers to park their bikes in its curly cord.
At Pinewood Social’s bowling alley
Pinewood Social is a fairly new dining and social concept that opened in the trolley barns on Rolling Mill Hill. A great place to grab a cup of coffee or a cocktail, Pinewood Social has a full-service restaurant and bar, an outdoor pool, a karaoke lounge and a bowling alley. The neon signage above the retro lanes has become a popular destination for pics with friends.
In the Hermitage Hotel’s men’s bathroom
Outfitted with radiant black and green tiles, a terrazzo floor, two polished chairs and a telephone that connects to the front desk, the men’s bathroom at The Hermitage Hotel is a symbol of luxury. The Art Deco-style restroom has been voted one of the best in America, and is a wonderful place to snap a picture, when it’s not occupied, of course!
With Elvis at Tootsies Lounge
Have a blue Christmas and take a picture with Elvis on Broadway! This groovy statue sits outside Tootsies Orchid Lounge, a legendary bar that always has live music pouring out its doors.
On the Shelby Street pedestrian bridge
Once the sun has set and you’ve made a pit stop at Tootsies for some live tunes, head to the riverfront and take a picture along the Shelby Street pedestrian bridge. At night, the bridge has an ethereal glow that sets the stage for a great picture with family and friends!
Enjoy the city during the holidays … it’s the most wonderful time of the year!