Located just a few blocks south of downtown, Nashville’s Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood has become one of the hottest areas in town. Its factories and converted warehouses are home to some of the city’s most artistic, and the cocktail scene makes it a bustling place for a Friday or Saturday night. The neighborhood has seen great growth over the last several years, and the below spots are just a few reasons to go eat, drink, shop and explore in Wedgewood Houston. Enjoy!
Your Updated Guide to Wedgewood-Houston
WHERE TO EAT IN WEDGEWOOD-HOUSTON
There’s a range of options available when it comes to dining in Wedgewood-Houston. At Bastion, sit down for a culinary adventure. The 24-seat restaurant located in Houston Station offers a new menu each and every day, and guests have a chance to choose from 15 different dishes — or go all in and order one of each. With Josh Habiger at the helm, it’s bound to be delicious. A few doors down, duck into Earnest Bar & Hideaway for brunch, lunch or dinner. Executive Chef Holly Peters recently released her new fall menu, and it promises elevated classics with a Southern twist, like lobster beignets, Nashville hot chicken macaroni and cheese, and a pork chop with grilled radicchio and apple slaw and smoked date purée. The space invites guests to sit and stay a while. If you’re looking for something a bit more casual, head around the corner to new-to-Nashville Parson’s Chicken and Fish. The Chicago-based restaurant brings its famous fried chicken, fried fish and Negroni slushies to Nashville, as well as a killer patio area that beckons on a sunny day.
Clawson’s Pub & Deli, on the other hand, has been serving Nashville well-crafted sandwiches for years. In addition to their mouthwatering menu of between-the-bread creations, Clawson’s serves a long list of beer, too. Another Nashville institution, Gabby’s Burgers and Fries is your destination for the American classic combo. The burgers are made-to-order and pair best with a milkshake on the patio. If you’re more of a poultry person, head to Smokin’ Thighs. This spot specializes in all things chicken — applewood smoked, never fried. Try the Flyin’ Hawaiian, a chicken burger with provolone, pineapple, kickin’ slaw, tomatoes and teriyaki sauce on Texas toast. At B1281, a bar, food truck and event space, find ramen, yakitori and yummy bowls on the menu, in addition to the fun surf bar cocktails.
At The Loading Dock, it’s all about community. The breakfast, lunch and coffee spot supports all things local, from their locally roasted coffee to the art that hangs on the walls. Have a seat at one of their tables outside, enjoy a delicious sandwich and take a few midday minutes for yourself. Finally, for baked goods, visit Dozen Bakery, which serves breakfast and lunch during the week and brunch on the weekends. Don’t miss their famous chocolate chip cookies or something from their mouth-watering bread menu.
WHERE TO DRINK IN WEDGEWOOD-HOUSTON
There’s no shortage of watering holes in Wedgewood-Houston. From coffee shops to cocktail bars to breweries and distilleries, there are plenty of spots to sit and sip. Jackalope Brewing Company’s The Ranch is open Wednesday through Sunday, serves 16 original beers on tap, has a dog-friendly patio with shuffleboard, and offers brewery tours and more, making it a fun spot for locals and visitors alike. If you’re more of a cider-lover, visit Diskin Cider for a nice weekend activity. The cider is naturally gluten-free, but they also serve a handful of beers and handcrafted cocktails. Corsair Distillery produces creative and adventurous spirits from whiskey to gin to absinthe. At their headquarters location in Wedgewood-Houston, Corsair offers tours of the distillery, cocktail classes, tastings, and more. For a Southern-themed distillery experience, head to Nashville Craft. There, you’ll find spirits like Crane City Gin, Nashville Honey and Naked Biscuit Sorghum. Try them all in the tasting room or take a full tour of the distillery!
Down the street from Corsair and new on the scene, pH Craft Cocktails serves specialty cocktails in a beautiful space, inviting guests to grab a pre-dinner drink or enjoy the light-filled room during brunch. Another newer spot Never Never recently opened on the corner of Fourth and Houston, and the cozy spot slings stiff drinks until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturday. Down the street, the big bar at Bastion fills up on the weekends, but its cool vibe and cozy atmosphere beckon for a drink any night of the week. And if you still haven’t had the nachos, you need to get over there sooner rather than later.
For those even later hours, head down to Flamingo Cocktail Club. The joint is open until 4 a.m. serving craft cocktails, and they’ve got one of the best dance floors in town. Or, if you’re looking to sing the night away instead of dance, step inside Nashville’s most famous double-wide, Santa’s Pub. It’s open until 2:30 a.m. every night, and the karaoke starts at 7 p.m. (9 p.m. on Sundays). A few doors down from Bastion, Americano Lounge serves both coffee and cocktails, meeting your liquid needs at all hours of the day.
If coffee is the kick you’re looking for, visit one of Wedgewood-Houston’s many caffeine-concentrated spots. Crest Coffee House is a donation-based coffee house that gives the profits right back to Nashville. They employee single moms and at-risk youth to empower and teach them trade skills, mentoring them and employing them. Coffee you can feel great about! Flamingo Coffee Bar, sister to Flamingo Cocktail Bar, serves a seasonal coffee menu as well as delicious plant-based eats. Finally, down the street at Humphreys Street Coffee, get your fix and know that your profits there go right into programs and scholarships for students of South Nashville, who also make up the staff.
WHERE TO SHOP AND EXPLORE IN WEDGEWOOD-HOUSTON
If that wasn’t enough, there are countless places to explore in Wedgewood-Houston, including shopping, activities and plenty of art galleries. Many of the buildings that are home to restaurants, bars, shopping and more are multi-use spaces, including Track One. Inside, find spots like Hip Hues, where you can learn to screenprint, or Retro Gear Shop where you can browse a unique selection of high-end musical instruments, recording equipment and audio gear. Find the full list of tenants here.
Fort Houston similarly houses multiple makers and artists in their coworking and makers space. Screen printing area and both wood and metal shops are just some of the offerings at Fort Houston, and there are various levels of membership available.
At Flying Axes, compete with friends or family at a fun game of ax throwing. The ax-throwing trend is going nowhere fast, so now’s the time to try your hand. High Note Gifts is your solution to all things gift-giving, offering beautifully packaged gift baskets filled with Nashville-based products from Bongo Java coffee to The Nashville Jam Co. jam. The Sara Ray Interior Design showroom is a beautiful place to browse and shop items for the home like candlesticks, artwork, accessories and more. For slightly larger home browsing, stop into COCOCO, the family-owned, custom upholstered furniture maker. Choose one of their chic sofas, decide on your dimensions, then select from their extensive offering of leathers and fabrics. It’s a custom solution to your furniture needs, promising and fast lead time and seamless service.
If it’s art you’re after, you’ve found the right place. Wedgewood-Houston is well-known to be a home to artists in the city, and the WEHO Art Crawl on the first Saturday of each month is the best way to see it all. Start at 516 Hagan St., and step into David Lusk Gallery and Zeitgeist, and continue through all 12 fantastic galleries for a taste of the art scene in Wedgewood-Houston. Find the entire list of galleries here. Additionally, visit the Fort Negley Vistors Center and Park to learn more about its historic role in the Civil War.
Finally, make an evening of it and have dinner at a Wedgewood-Houston spot and attend an event Nashville Repertory Theatre. The premier regional theater company hosts events like LookIns, where they do a deep dive into the creative process behind their next show, as well as REPaloud, where they read scripts and host a post-reading discussion with the audience. The theater is responsible for employing actors of Music City, educating through workshops and events, and producing the highest quality professional stage theater.
Wedgewood-Houston is packed to the brim with creatives — from restaurateurs and mixologists to artists, actors and forward-thinkers. Take a day or two to explore and appreciate the growth it’s had over the last several years!
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