The Complete Nashville Bachelor Party City Guide

Have a grand old time beyond the Grand Ole Opry.
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James Wong
james wong - the knot contributing writer and travel expert
James Wong
Travel Writer & Expert
  • James Wong is a freelance travel writer and expert.
  • He's reported for publications including VOGUE, GQ, Time Out and Thrillist.
  • James has lived in London, Tokyo and New York; and has traveled to almost every corner of the world.
Updated Jul 13, 2023
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For the music buffs (country or otherwise), there's no question that a Nashville bachelor party is the way to go. This lively town is the perfect spot for scoping out live bands, discovering cool bars, and eating tasty Southern fare. And there's plenty to explore during the day too. Find out why Nashville is a trending bachelor party destination with our detailed itinerary below.

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What Are Some Nashville Bachelor Party Ideas?

Whether you're diving into the music scene, looking for the best hot chicken, or seeking a bar crawl, Nashville has you covered. This is a city that has it all, from top-notch dining and distilleries to professional sports and outdoor recreation. (And don't forget to thank the guys for coming with some swag from The Knot Shop.)

For Music Lovers

Whether or not your groom is a country fan, you should make the most of the musical city. That includes visiting the historic Grand Ole Opry and even catching a show at the Ryman Auditorium. Or check out one of the many live music venues up and down Broadway, Nashville's main thoroughfare.

For the Foodies

This isn't just the country music capital of the USA, it's also a top-tier destination for some of the best Southern food—from beloved hot chicken to tasty barbeque—all around. And if you like something to drink with your grub, you can also take advantage of the number of bars, distilleries, and brewhouses throughout the city.

For the Partiers

Pick your poison: A bar crawl, a party bike, or a good ol' fashion dance floor (yes, there's line dancing, but you can find plenty of other spots with multi-level club vibes). Whatever you prefer, there's a nightlife destination for you in Nashville.

What Do You Do at a Bachelor Party in Nashville?

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It may seem tough to narrow down a Nashville bachelor party to just a few days, but our itinerary will help you fit everything into one perfect weekend!

Day 1

Morning: Get the party started with your first breakfast, and make it at Biscuit Love, where you can bite into menu items like Bonuts (fried biscuit donuts), the Gertie (a buttermilk biscuit with chocolate gravy), or the Southern Benny (shaved ham and sunny-side-up eggs on a biscuit).

Afternoon: Here's a fun way to get to know downtown Nashville: a daytime ride through the city on the Sprocket Rocket Party Bike. With room for 15 peddlers (note: there is an electric-powered engine if you get too tired to push on your own), this BYOB peddle tour takes you on a ride to the city's best bars, with drink deals at each stop and a party along the way (you can bring your own tunes along with your own beer).

Evening: Make tonight steakhouse night. Head to the Westin Hotel for Oak Steakhouse, and try their specialty, the dry-aged ribeye. Of course, you'll want to peruse their wide selection of quality cocktails to pair with your meal. From there, head to Broadway to explore some of the live music venues. A great place to start is Honky Tonk Central, a beloved institution with three floors each playing a different style of music—and all with a great dance floor and bar.

Day 2

Morning: You can't make a visit to Nashville without grabbing brunch at Puckett's. Once a grocery store in the 1950s, the restaurant now offers tasty breakfast fare that will get you off to a good start for the day. Think The Souther Stack (sweet potato pancakes topped with pulled pork, fried apples, and eggs) or the Smoked Brisket Hash Skillet.

Afternoon: If your groom loves a good whiskey, it's worth heading out of town (just a little bit) to visit the Jack Daniel's Distillery, just shy of two hours from the city. It's worth the drive though (consider renting a party bus to get you there) to explore the history of the famous booze and experience some tastings. If you need lunch on your way back, it's time to put your stomach to the test with some famous Nashville hot chicken. The place to try it is Prince's Hot Chicken, but be warned, even the mild version comes with a heavy kick.

Evening: Start the night with dinner at Von Elrod's Beer Garden and Sausage House, where you can snack on bar food and enjoy five-pound liters of beer. Along with appetizers like fried cheese curds and soft pretzels, dinner includes barbeque options (spare ribs and brisket for starters) and five types of sausage sandwiches, and plenty more. After a tasty night, head back to Broadway where you can explore other bars you missed the night before. Tootsie's is a great spot for country music; you can check the concert schedule at Station Inn, or make your way to the Tin Roof for a great party (try making it for one of their 90s nights.)

Day 3

Morning: Make your way to The Mockingbird for breakfast today, where menu items include a chicken sausage breakfast sandwich or buttermilk biscuits topped with fried chicken. You'll also find a seasonal punch meant to be shared (it serves up to four).

Afternoon: Today get your thrills with some high speed. K1 Speed is a thrilling track that can cater especially for bachelor parties. After your ride, head to Hops and Crafts, which offers a rotating selection of 36 regional craft beers on tap.

Evening: Make tonight count with a last dinner at Husk, the beloved Southern gem owned and operated by chef Sean Brock. The menu is seasonal but features Southern classics based on farm-to-table available ingredients that range from Rappahannock oysters to grilled catfish to pork prime rib. You can always go back to Broadway, or change things up for your last night with games at Pinewood Social, where you'll find bowling and a craft cocktail bar.

Where Should I Stay in Nashville for a Bachelor Party?

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If you're downtown, everything in Nashville is pretty walkable or accessible by a quick Uber ride or bus. But you may get more for your money—especially with rentals—just outside of downtown or in the up-and-coming East Nashville area. Ubers are easy too.

Best Nashville Bachelor Party Hotels

Hilton Nashville Downtown: The group will be happy with this mid-budget option within walking distance to Broadway and next door to the Bridgestone Arena.

AC Hotel Nashville Downtown: Another affordable option downtown, this hotel is steps away from the Ryman Auditorium and Lower Broadway. Guests can enjoy its lobby bar, 24-hour fitness center, and outdoor pool.

Margaritaville Hotel: If you're looking for more of a resort feel, albeit at a slightly higher price point, Nashville's Margaritaville is complete with a city view and a prime location. The property is playfully decorated throughout, including its pool and bar.

    Best Nashville Bachelor Party Home Rentals

    Armstrong Corset Lofts Condo (Downtown): Right in the heart of downtown, this stay offers a great spot for small groups (up to 5) within walking distance of everything you'll want to see and do.

    Four-Bedroom House (East Nashville): Just outside of downtown in East Nashville, this spot sleeps up to 12. It's an affordable option for larger groups who don't mind hopping a ride into the city.

    Three-Level Townhome (The Gulch): Those seeking a little more luxury may be attracted to this townhome located just minutes from downtown. It sleeps up to 11 and is located near the Gulch.

    Nashville Bachelor Party Nightlife

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    Pizza, steak and dumplings will get y'all ready for a night out at Nashville's famed clubs, honky-tonks, and breweries.

    Best Nashville Bachelor Restaurants

    Folk: In a group, pizza is always a crowd-pleaser and Folk wonderfully marries big tasty pies with delicate meat and seafood mains for any well-rounded occasion. Boys with a sweet tooth are in luck too: the oh-so-chocolatey Tiramisu is unlike anything you've ever had before; and as for liquor, Folk's extensive cocktail list, brews on tap, and wine should keep the party hydrated (especially during happy hour).

    Serrato's Steakhouse: Located just outside the city, a trip to Serrato's is well worth the drive. Tucked away in Franklin's Parkway Commons Shopping Center, husband and wife duo Jose and Elizabeth Serrato slice the finest meat in the south. Choose from hand-cut signature steaks, surf and turf, and juicy burgers—there are no wrong decisions here. The shopping center's location makes it an excellent stop for travelers hoping to pick up souvenirs or plan wedding attire before the trip back home.

    Audrey: For a sophisticated gathering of gents, Audrey is where to RSVP. The East Nashville restaurant is dedicated to the chef's grandma, who inspired the Appalachian-meets-Southern menu. Dishes are seasonal, with sample items ranging from chicken and dumplings, red grits, and BBQ mushrooms. 'The Feast' serves their stars of the moment, family style, to your entire party for $99 per person.

    Best Nashville Bachelor Party Bars

    The Twelve Thirty Club: Time to bring some SexyBack: Tennessee-native superstar, Justin Timberlake's recent club is arguably the hottest spot on the scene. Sprawled across multiple floors, it features a rooftop lounge, a honky-tonk, and a supper club. The wine list is especially exciting, featuring prestigious French and Italian bottles and Jay Z's Armand de Brignac champagne.

    Pearl Diver: A splash of rum is always an island signal for the fun times to begin, so why shouldn't it be your kick-off marker in Nashville? Pearl Diver is the best rum bar in town, and don't worry if there are boys in the brigade vying for alternative liquor: Pearl offers gin, tequila, vodka and whiskey mixes too. Whatever you select, pop a pineapple chunk in it out on the patio for relaxed escapist vibes.

    Fat Bottom Brewing: Laid-back lads will have a whale of a time at Fat Bottom Brewing, Nashville's premier brewery, taproom and restaurant. It's situated in the trendy Nations neighborhood, and with 33,000-square-foot of space, there certainly is plenty of room to play. Start with a pint and some sharing plates, throw some cornhole out in the beer garden, then lounge out on the patio and enjoy the live entertainment. Tours of the brewery are also available.

    Expert Nashville Travel Tips

    As a major US tourist destination, Nashville is well-serviced by most domestic carriers. You'll arrive at Nashville International Airport, and from here it's an easy 15-minute drive into downtown. Renting a car or using taxis is advised in the city, however, when bar hopping it's perfectly fine to do so on foot, especially on Lower Broadway.

    The best time to visit the city is during the shoulder ends of summer, so May-June and September-October. This is when there's the least chance of extreme weather, so you'll avoid storms, tornadoes and the humidity of summer.

      Allyson Johnson contributed to this article.

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