If you’re planning a rowdy girls’ getaway, you have quite a few options. While Vegas, Austin, or San Francisco would do just fine, there’s something special about taking a girls’ trip to Nashville. Besides, with themed restaurants and booze-fueled Broadway, it’s nicknamed Nashvegas for a good reason.
Within the past decade, ‘The Music City’ has exploded with bars, restaurants, cafes, clubs, and boozy activities, making it a must-visit spot for a weekend away. However, when it comes to choosing the best restaurants in Nashville, the choices of delicious, creative, and Instagram-worthy spots seem endless. To take the pressure off, we’ve compiled the very best locations for food and drinks across Tennessee’s lively capital. So whether you’re looking for an over-the-top establishment plastered in pink, a classy cocktail bar to catch up on girl talk, or just the best place for your group to go wild, you’ll find it here.
You’ll likely need a strong coffee or a late breakfast at some point during your girl’s trip to Nashville. Look no further than the Frothy Monkey. This Nashville staple serves specialty coffee, roasted in-house, with breakfast and brunch served until the mid-afternoon. Some locations also offer a mouthwatering dinner menu with wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. Note that the Downtown Nashville location only stays open until 3 pm. Head to the two other locations for their full-day fare!
With three locations across Nashville, Five Daughters Bakery is the spot for organic, locally sourced baked goods. Everything on their menu is mouth-watering and made from scratch, but they are most well known for the rotating flavors of their 100-layer donuts. These hand-crafted treats are the perfect combination between a donut and a croissant and are a must-try when visiting. Everything is beautiful here, including the ambiance, making it a perfectly Instagrammable spot (if you’re into that).
You can’t visit this city without getting your hands on some hot chicken. You can find hot chicken at a handful of places around the city, but in our opinion, the best restaurant in Nashville for hot chicken is Hattie B’s. Although the Disneyland-long lines are intimidating, it’s worth the wait to get your hands on some of this cayenne-infused fried goodness. The brave can order the ‘Shut the Cluck Up,’ a sandwich that comes with a burn notice. For the spice-challenged, there are various heat levels from no heat to damn hot, so there’s something for everyone. The Melrose location isn’t far from the airport, making it the perfect first or last meal for your girls’ trip to Nashville.
The Twelve Thirty Club
Visiting The Twelve Thirty Club is especially exciting for those who grew up listening to Justin Timberlake. Owned by the pop star himself, this is the spot for a classy night out alongside some of the city’s best southern comfort food. While it’s been open for over twenty years at this point, it remains one of the most popular in the entire state. With a ‘supper club,’ rooftop, and honky tonk, there is a vibe for every type of group.
For lovers of all things pink and Dolly Parton, look no further than White Limozeen. This is indeed the ultimate destination for an uber-feminine girl’s trip to Nashville. With an onyx wraparound bar, mirrored chandeliers, and decor featuring every shade of the color imaginable, it’s impossible not to be impressed by this rooftop atmosphere. Like Dolly herself, this place shines with an over-the-top attitude, making it perfect for a girl’s day. Enjoy the restaurant, stop by for a drink, or bring your bathing suit and stay awhile. You can lounge under the pink umbrellas, enjoy skyline views, and even take a dip in the Governor’s pool. The poolside cocktails are also a hit. Order the ‘Queen of the Rodeo’ for a magenta-hued glass of vintage glam.
Poindexter Cafe and Atrium
Located within the same establishment as White Lomozeen, the Graduate Hotel, this is a great upscale spot for celebrating any occasion. Serving coffee, all-day breakfast, lunch, and classy cocktails, you can’t go wrong. Soak in the beautiful decor, then explore the photo-worthy moments found at every corner.
Hampton Rosé Lounge
Taking up the entire first floor of a 3-story restaurant, the Hampton Rosé All Day lounge is the spot for glasses of this pretty-in-pink elixir. Great for groups, the expansive foyer features plush lounge furnishings, a swinging bed, a flower wall, and a neon Rosé all Day sign. Taste your way through the day with 15 different kinds of rosé and one on tap. First, try the Hampton Frosé, a frozen rosé with a touch of vodka, then satisfy your appetite with the summer-inspired menu featuring pizzas and seafood.
Sinema Bottomless Brunch
For a bottomless brunch, look no further than Sinema. From 10 am – 2 pm every Saturday and Sunday, enjoy a gourmet family-style feast with made-to-order brunch dishes covering the entire menu. Revel in both bottomless mimosas and bloody marys at a price that would please most, just $36 per person for bottomless food and drinks.
If you find yourself in East Nashville looking for a feminine fix, Cafe Roze will satisfy with flying colors (of pink). Pronounced ‘rose’ like the flower (‘roze’ means pink in Croatian), this all-day cafe serves delightful yet elevated American classics for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a light-pink and airy space. While somewhat themed, it’s not over the top, making it a favorite even without the girl gang in tow. While rosé is obviously on the menu, their cocktails are also top-notch. Try the magenta-colored ‘Root of All Evil,’ which gets its striking color from beet juice mixed with carrot juice, vodka, gin, and lemon. Everything on the menu is delicious, but the smoked trout dip, chili eggplant, and egg bowl (only breakfast) are favorites.
If you’re group is looking for a place to gather and stay awhile, we can’t fail to mention Pinewood Social -a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, bowling alley, pool, and day club, all tied into one. This unique and creative establishment’s motto is ‘A Place to Meet,’ which couldn’t be more accurate but is incredibly vague. Open from 7 am to at least 11 pm every night of the week, Pinewood Social offers a hip hangout for any time of the day and any mood that you’re in. Whether this is where you recuperate from a long night out on the town or where you party all day long, there’s something for everyone.
The food is Southern-focused and the craft cocktails are top-notch. In warmer months, head out to the Airstream parked out front for tiki drinks and frozen rosé sangria. After a few, head to the karaoke room for the finale of your girl’s trip to Nashville, just another surprising amenity found within Pinewood’s rustic brick walls.