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Last week Erin Wilburn gave you the scoop on Nashville’s best biscuits and this week, Vivek Surti of Vivek’s Epicurean Adventures tells us his go-to spots within walking distance of the second annual Music City Food & Wine Festival.
We know you’ll be having a blast at the Music City Food + Wine Festival. You’ll be eating great bites from some of Nashville’s best chefs, drinking a little wine or a little bourbon and attending demos with celebrity chefs. But what do you do when the tasting tents close down for the day?
Oh? Eat and drink some more? I like your style. Here are some of my favorite places to go around downtown. Pull up a chair, grab a drink and experience Lower Broadway like a local.
The Oak Bar at The Hermitage Hotel
231 6th Avenue N
Pull up a chair at Nashville’s most luxurious bar in the prestigious Hermitage Hotel. While there is a fantastic selection of virtually everything, The Oak Bar excels in its expansive and rare collection of fine bourbon and whiskeys. This is one bar you will never want to leave.
104 5th Ave S
A relatively new addition to the Nashville drinking scene, Pub5 is located conveniently across from Bridgestone Arena. With a great craft beer selection and a rooftop with great views, it’s an awesome place to unwind after a day at the tasting tents or a fun place to pre-game before you hit the honky tonks!
In the mood for a cocktail? Then head over to Merchants and ponder your selection as your bartender offers you complimentary popcorn. Since Merchants is owned by the same folks who opened The Patterson House, you can be damn sure that these are the best cocktails in downtown.
The Bridge Bar at the Renaissance Hotel
611 Commerce Street
You want a cool view? Get on over to the Renaissance Hotel and take the escalator to the Bridge Bar – a walking bridge that lets you look down upon Commerce Street. Sit down and look out of the all glass walkway while you enjoy a local craft beer.
Lonnie’s Western Room
208 Printers Alley
You into karaoke? Well, there’s no place better than Lonnie’s in Printer’s Alley. They have a huge list of songs to choose from, so if you think you can make it big in Music City, sing your heart out at Lonnie’s!
Robert’s Western World
Robert’s is a favorite destination for locals in Nashville. It’s one of those few places where you can enjoy everything – great live music, cheap beer, awesome food and great people watching. And while it is certainly a place where you can get your drink on, you MUST order the bologna sandwich that you can get with a cheap beer and a bag of chips for $5. Your hungover self will thank you tomorrow.
Fleet St. Pub
207 Printers Alley
Located in the historic Printer’s Alley, Fleet St. Pub offers classic English style pub experience. We’re talking awesome English beer like Bass and Boddingtons and even better pub food like welsh rarebit, chicken pie and fish n’ chips. And even though it’s English, they make one of the best burgers in town. So, slug down a pint, play some darts, eat some food and toast to the Queen!
Paradise Park Trailer Resort
We know, we know. It’s late, you’ve been drinking all day (and night) and you just need a greasy hamburger and some tater tots? Well, in that case, head over to Paradise Park and grab the food that you’re craving. One thing you have to try, though? The Corndog – it’s second to none, especially at 1 AM.
Manny’s House of Pizza
15 Arcade Alley
Sometimes, you just need a classic slice of NY Style Pizza. No one in town makes a better pie than Manny. Thin, crispy crust with the perfect amount of sauce and gooey cheese and you’ll think you’re in Brooklyn, ya know? Fuggghhheeddddaaabbbooouuudddddiiitt.
(Pro-Tip: This place closes at 6 on Friday and 5 on Saturday, so get in early!)
Broadway Brewhouse Downtown
This bar on Broadway, which has a few locations around town, serves up 72 different beers on tap, including a great selection of local favorites, like Yazoo Brewing Co., Black Abbey and Little Harpeth Brewing. Belly up to the bar to grab a cold one, or sit down at a table and order anything with the word “mojo” in it, like the incendiary Mojo Wings or the Mojo Pork Sandwich!
The Frothy Monkey
235 5th Avenue N
Located on the Avenue of the Arts close to The Hermitage Hotel, you’ll find one of Nashville’s best coffee shops, The Frothy Monkey. When you wake up with your head pounding and you need that triple shot espresso and breakfast sandwich BEFORE you even start acting like a human being, just head to The Frothy Monkey and let them nurse you back to health. Just put their address in your phone and thank me later.
Vivek Surti is a first generation Indian American who was born and raised in Tennessee. He developed a love for great food and drink growing up watching his grandmother and mother cook traditional Indian food daily. As Marketing Director for the Nashville Wine Auction, Vivek manages all marketing and communication efforts for the country’s oldest charity wine auction. Vivek is the founder of VEA (Vivek’s Epicurean Adventures) Supper Club – a monthly gathering of food and drink enthusiasts who sit down to a 5 course meal with cocktail pairings which highlight Vivek’s cultural influences of both Southern and Indian food. It was voted as The Best Secret Dining Option by the Nashville Scene Editors in 2011. He has recently launched a second pop up called Dhaba, which seeks to bring Indian street food to Nashville. He has been blogging for over four years and has written for numerous publications including Style Blueprint, The Tennessean, Nashville Lifestyles, Drink Music City and The Daily Meal.