My friend was turning 50, so 6 of us women headed to Nashville, TN to celebrate her birthday. With the exception of a few slowdowns for construction the drive was uneventful so after 6 hours we arrived at our destination, the Springhill Suites in downtown Nashville. The hotel is in a great location. Far enough from the noise of Broadway but close enough to walk. The rooms were a good size, they served free breakfast and had a great pool. You couldn’t ask for more. Once settled we headed out to find the best 5 easy drinks Nashville, TN had to offer.
5 Easy Drinks Nashville, TN Fins Bar
Our first night just happened to be Cinco de Mayo. Of course, every Mexican restaurant had a 2 hour wait so we walked over to the Margaritaville Hotel and went up to Fins Bar to kill the time. There we had a ‘License to Chill’, ‘Melon Mixer’ and of course the ‘Perfect Margarita’. After munching on some chips, sipping on our cocktails and listening to the band for a bit it was time for our dinner reservation across the street.
5 Easy Drinks Nashville, TN Calacas Mexican Restaurant
The Calacas Mexican Restaurant was part of the Springhill Suites hotel complex. The menu was interesting, and they had this really great tasting Broken Spanish cocktail made with vodka, Falernum, Cointreau, passion fruit, lime juice and agave. I couldn’t wait to get home and try the recipe. It was as good home as it was in the restaurant! Falernum is a liqueur from Barbados, it has a unique taste, and it was delightful in this easy drink recipe.
After dinner we walked up the street to Broadway. I was surprised by the number of bars, and people that lined the street. It was a Thursday night, and you’d think it was the weekend. Each bar had a band, the band was placed strategically at the windows and behind the band, the windows would open so the music would play out into the street. I had never seen and heard so many bands in one place.
Our last stop that night was Rippy’s. There was a really good band playing called the Doubleshot Band. They had the crowd engaged and knew how to work the crowd to build a following. Their Facebook, Instagram and TikTok links were on a professional poster and they called out the person’s name every time they were followed by someone in the audience. Really great idea!
The next day we headed back to Broadway to check it out in the daylight. The bands were still playing, which really surprised me. It is amazing how many bands were in the city. There are enough bands for every club to have a day band and night band. It’s amazing! People that love live music will be right at home! That afternoon we ended up at the Wild Horse Saloon and spent an hour taking line dancing lessons. They had some cool drinks on their menu but none of the Bartenders were interested in letting me take their video. Oh well, their loss.
Finally, it was Friday night and what better way to celebrate a 50th birthday then to go see the Ranch Hands, Nashville’s original Coyboylesque. The place was packed with ladies and a handful of men celebrating birthdays, bachelorette parties and divorce parties. The guys put on quite a show! If you are in Nashville, check them out! I know this is not drink related, but there was a lot of drinking going on :0)
Saturday it was cold! Well, cold for people that live in the South. But it was the perfect excuse to shop for something warm! After shopping we headed back down to Broadway to pick up our Peddling Bike tour. This was huge fun, especially for me! I sat in the ‘back seat’, the one without pedals, so I got to enjoy the ride but not have to work at it. It gave me the opportunity to photograph some of the greatest people in Nashville, TN. Check them out!
Halfway through the Peddling trip we stopped at Headquarters for a 20-minute break. We were told we should try the Oreo Cookie shot. So, I thought to myself, they sound delicious, and I bet my followers would LOVE to know how to make them. Check out the video of Wendy from Headquarters sharing the secret recipe!
On Sunday we took a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry. Our guide was great, and I enjoyed the stories from behind the scenes. They also have a great video that kicks off the tour. It’s a must see if you are in Nashville.
It was our last day so we made dinner reservations at The Hampton Social. After dinner we headed downstairs and Bethany showed me how to make I Glitterally Can’t. It was delicious. Watch Bethany show you how to make I Glitterally Can’t!
There are a few more photos that I’d like to share, and one YouTube video of the street dancer. Every time I play it, I can’t help but laugh. He was so into our Peddling Bike music that he broke out in a male exotic dance on the street. This is one of my favorites! If you know him, tell him he’s a fabulous dancer :0)
Our last night ended with dancing at Jason Aldean’s. All in all, it was a great trip! Many thanks to Wendy and Bethany for sharing their secret recipes for all of you to enjoy!