Sometimes, it feels like the tourists are more in the know than the locals. They do their research and plot their attack on the city to return home and tell folks they posed in front of the famous mural, waited in line for an hour at the hottest restaurant and burned their lips on hot chicken. But we find pride and joy in knowing those tourists don’t spend their evenings griping about the potholes on 440, talking about what time to pick up their kids from the hook-up line or snagging a seat the hottest restaurants before visitors flock in for the weekend.
We have done research of our own, and the fruits of our labors are the ability to eat and drink like a local, plan activities like a local, live like a local and talk like a local. It is no secret that at StyleBlueprint, we pride ourselves on being in the local know. And today, we have rounded up our top resources to help you live like a local in your own city. From happy hours to rainy day activities to tidbits of Nashville history, these articles cover everything that you, as a Nashvillian, need to know! Read on for your locals’ guide to Nashville, and then bookmark it to share with your friends who come to visit — they’ll appreciate fitting right in too!
Eat and Drink Like a Local
Patios, Brunch, New (and Old) Restaurants, Farmers’ Markets, Breweries and Happy Hours
With spring officially in full swing, the temperatures are starting to rise! Take advantage of the warm weather by dining outdoors. Take your four-legged friend to one of 25 Dog-Friendly Nashville Restaurants, soak in views of the city from one of 12 of the Best Rooftop Bars and Dining in Nashville, or try to hit each spot on our list of 150+ Patios in Nashville: The Ultimate Restaurant Patio Guide.
Did you know there are more than 100+ Nashville Brunch Options in Nashville? We have broken the list down by neighborhood so you can easily navigate the options. Keeping up with all the new eateries can be quite the task, but we promise to keep you updated with New Restaurants in Nashville to Add to Your Must-Try List. But, if you really want to be a local, talk about how you wish you could order a malt from the soda counter at Moon Drugs or a French Dip from Houston’s, which are only a few of the Closed Restaurants We Miss.
Warm weather also means the return of farmers’ markets. Your Guide to Nashville Farmers’ Markets covers the details of area markets hosted in neighborhoods around town. If you are a fan of the Nashville Farmers Market on Rosa L. Parks, follow this Insider’s Guide to Nashville Farmers Market.
If you are more interested in drinking than eating, pay a visit to Music City’s many breweries. We created a Complete Guide to Nashville’s Breweries and rounded up 10 Tennessee Distilleries That You Should Definitely Check Out! — for those who prefer something a little stronger than beer.
Combine drinking, dining and deals at Happy Hour. Our list of Best Happy Hours by Neighborhood will give you more than 100 options!
Plan Activities Like a Local
Day Hikes, Waterfalls, Date Ideas and Rainy Day Activities
You can always join the tourists on Broadway (and if you do, check out Honky Tonk Heaven: StyleBlueprint’s Guide to Nashville’s Broadway District), or you can check out everything else the city has to offer. Nashville has no shortage of nature, so consider exploring 8 Best Nashville Day Hikes (besides Radnor and Percy Warner!), discovering 8 Stunning Waterfalls Within a Short Drive of Nashville and using Your Ultimate Guide to 14 Nashville Parks to learn about the natural areas right in your backyard!
Dinner and a movie is an obvious choice for date night, but it’d be more exciting to try Fun & Affordable Date Ideas You’ve Likely Never Thought Of.
If the sun isn’t shining, don’t stay cooped up indoors. Instead, try one of these 84+ Ways to Spend a Rainy Day in Nashville!
Live Like a Local
Nashville neighborhoods are full of character! Do you know What’s New in The Nations? Have you seen how The Gulch Grows (and Grows and Grows!)? Have you heard that Change is Afoot in Hillsboro Village? Do you want to see How Printers Alley’s Past is Informing Its Future? Have you discovered where to Eat, Shop & Walk in Sylvan Park? Get the inside scoop on Nashville’s many neighborhoods, and if you find yourself asking, “What Nashville Neighborhood Should I Live In?” Take Our Quiz!
Talk Like a Local
Local Lingo, Nashville History and Fun Facts
If you call the hook-up line the carpool line, you are sure to be spotted as a transplant. Understand that Nashville Parents Call It a “Hook-Up Line” and join the masses in using this local jargon. Or toss out a few of these Clichés Southerners Love to Say. Soon enough you will be walking the walk and talking the talk.
Being a true local also means being armed with facts about our great city and its rich history. Educate yourself on The 1933 Nashville Tornado, learn The History Behind 12 of Nashville’s Most Well-Known Street Names, know the answers to 5 Nashville Questions, outsmart others with 10 Nashville Facts and tell your friends Where to Buy Wine on Sundays (& Other Nashville Hacks).
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