So you’ve decided to take the groom-to-be to Nashville before he gets hitched. Excellent choice. Not only is it the country music capital of the world, but Nashville is quickly becoming a go-to spot for bachelor parties. Between live concerts, excellent BBQ, and dance floors just waiting for you to break out your two-step, the city is a perfect place to wave goodbye to bachelorhood.
To make sure your groom-to-be has the best send-off ever, here’s everything you need to do in Nashville to guarantee a memorable bachelor party.
Where to Stay
To make sure you’re close to the action, you want to book a place near Broadway. This is where all the city’s best honky tonk bars are, plus it’s close to attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame and the iconic Ryman Auditorium.
If you’re looking for luxury, the Hermitage Hotel is a good bet. It’s been in business for over 100 years. The hotel has a premier spa where you can get all those hangover toxins sweated out. The Capitol Grille serves one of the best steak dinners in the city. And you can toast the groom-to-be with a smooth bourbon at The Oak Bar.
Moxy is another great option. It’s the only hotel directly on Honky Tonk Row. It offers a modern, rooftop bar with impressive views of the city, and a comprehensive fitness center—for any ambitious bachelors.
The area’s also home to a long list of chain hotels, including Westin Nashville, Sheraton Nashville, and Hilton Nashville Downtown.
What to Do
Country music isn’t the only thing happening in Nashville. There’s a long list of other activities to keep your bachelor party entertained. Before you start drinking, head to Music City Indoor Karting, a huge indoor racing facility just outside of downtown Nashville. You and your buddies can race electric carts that reach a max speed of 40 miles per hour.
Follow that up with a trip to Von Elrod’s Beer Hall and Kitchen in Germantown. This bar is known for its Stein Holding Contest. Each member of the bachelor party orders a five-pound liter of beer and sees who can hold it up the longest. No spilling and no bending. You have to keep the stein at shoulder height. The bar also includes 36 different taps, a sprawling beer garden, and housemade sausages.
Next, head to Topgolf, a 215-yard driving range where you and your buddies can compete by hitting targets. The venue also serves food and drinks.
Finally, end your night at one of Broadway’s honky tonk bars. Robert’s Western World has live country music playing from open to close and the walls are lined with cowboy boots. Or head to The Stage, known for its celebrity performances, including Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton.
Where to Eat and Drink
You’re going to want to make sure the groom-to-be has a big meal so that the night’s drinking doesn’t hit him too fast. Nashville has some of the best BBQ in the country. Head to Jack’s Bar-B-Que, overlooking the Ryman Auditorium, and get an order of the Texas Beef Brisket or the Tennessee Pork Shoulder.
If you’re looking for something a little more upscale, book a reservation at the Oak Steakhouse in downtown Nashville. The restaurant uses prime certified angus beef and fresh Appalachian ingredients. Start with an appetizer of the bone marrow pudding before ordering a classic cut of the New York strip.
For places to drink, check out the rooftop bars at Acme Feed and Seed or The Valentine. Acme Feed and Seed is housed in a building that’s history stretches back to the 1890s. The bar has 23 draft beers on tap, plus a long list of signature cocktails. The Valentine, on the other hand, is a four-level bar with a prohibition-era theme where you can add unique shots, like Screwball Peanut Butter Whiskey, to your beer.