Travel: Nashville, Tennessee {Part 2 or Bar Hopping}

As I was writing this post on Nashville, it was getting really long, so I decided two posts were appropriate and since we drank at a lot of places, where we drank is getting its own space. Nashville has a lot of bars.  It’s kind of like the Vegas of the South.  Most people get sloppy drunk and 3 a.m. on Broadway is something to behold.  People watching at it’s finest.

Then again, it was Halloween weekend maybe people were being overly happy in their celebrating?  All I know is it was fun to watch until some creepy guy wouldn’t leave me alone and he spilled his drink all over my boots.  Thank you, next.

He was obsessed with Kiss Vader.  Kiss Vader happened because I didn’t know what to be for Halloween and I had a Darth Vader costume my sister wore once and passed onto me, but then I saw something on TV about Paul Stanley and I love him, so I mashed the two up.

Kiss was my favorite band when I was in kindergarten.  I’m not kidding.  My sister, who was a few years older than me loved them, so that meant I did, too.  I would sit in her room staring at the Destroyer album cover for hours.  I guarantee it was because of nothing else but their platform boots and sequins jumpsuits.  I loved Darth Vader/Paul Stanley.  I wish I could be that badass everyday…

Travel Nashville Tennessee Part 2

Where We Drank

Big Machine Vodka Distillery– We ended up here on Saturday afternoon because it was raining and we didn’t have an umbrella.  It was also freezing and they served warm apple cider with vodka in it which warms you right up.

Café Lula at the Ryman– After our Friday afternoon of beer drinking at Nudie’s we needed a caffeine pick me up.

Crema Coffee– We got recommendations from local friends and this was one of them.  It was a little off the beaten path, but after our apple cider vodkas we needed a little walk, and a little coffee.

Honky Tonk Central– This was the fourth and final stop on our Halloween bar hop and it was not my favorite.  It was also at the end of the night and I haven’t seen that many drunk people in one place in years.  Lots of spilled beer on the floor.  I kicked back with my beer and watched closing time unfold.

Broadway became a free for all.  People who couldn’t walk straight, hailing cabs in the middle of the street and blocking traffic.  Maybe I’m just old and grumpy, or I needed to drink more that night, but it wasn’t fun.  On the other hand, I was giving myself props for staying up well past 10 p.m. two nights in a row.

Layla’s Honky Tonk– This was one of my favorite bars. It was our first Broadway stop on Friday night.  I don’t think they had any TV’s, so we couldn’t watch the World Series Game 3, which means we didn’t stay too long.

Layla's Nashville

Mellow Mushroom– We ended our Friday night bar hopping experience here with a nice spot at the bar, and a great view of the TV and that World Series game which finally finished as the bar was closing.  Tip:  Don’t get drunk and eat gross pizza at 2 a.m.  It’s never a good idea.  Also, Pawntra and I are really good friends…

Nashville, Tennessee

Smith & Lentz Brewing Company– Located in East Nashville this was our first stop on the Halloween bar hop.  Everyone was dressed up because East Nashville loved Halloween. We drank beer and watched the World Series Game 4.  Thankfully, this game didn’t last as long, and not all the bars we went to had TV’s.

The Basement East– This was the third stop on our Halloween bar hop.  There was a DJ playing house music, or trance, or EDM, whatever you like to call it these days.  We felt old and didn’t stay long, but we got this kickass photo while we were there:

Travel Nashville Tennessee Bar Hopping

The Crying Wolf– This was the second stop on our Halloween bar hop.  It was a quick walk from Smith & Lentz.  It was also one of my favorite bars.  I’m not sure who the band was that night, but there wasn’t a single country song in their repertoire.

Nudie’s Honky Tonk– Nudie’s is World Famous.  It was another favorite.  We drank beer at Noon on a Friday because it was 5 O’Clock somewhere.

Nudie's Nashville Tennessee

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge– Tootsie’s is also World Famous. It’s also super crowded.  I’m not a fan of feeling like I’m going to get crushed in a stampede, and that’s what it felt like here.  If there was a Fire Marshall present, he would’ve shut that shit down.  We finally found a spot on the second level which felt much safer, and had a great view of the World Series Game 3, because this was now the third place we were at Friday night, and that game was still going.

Tootsie's Nashville Tennessee

Nashville was a success and another destination marked off the to visit list!

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