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My friend was turning 50, so 6 of us women headed to Nashville, TN, to celebrate her birthday. Except for 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, a complimentary breakfast was served, and the hotel had a great pool. You couldn’t ask for more. Once settled, we headed out to find the best drinks Nashville, TN, had to offer.
Fins Bar, Nashville, TN
Our first night just happened to be Cinco de Mayo. Of course, every Mexican restaurant had a 2-hour wait, so we walked to the Margaritaville Hotel and went up to Fins Bar to kill time. We had a License to Chill, Melon Mixer, and the ‘Perfect Margarita.’ After munching on chips, sipping our cocktails, and listening to the band for a bit, it was time for our dinner reservation across the street.
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Calacas Mexican Restaurant
The Calacas Mexican Restaurant was part of the Springhill Suites hotel complex. It was as good a home as it was in the restaurant! The menu was interesting, and they had this 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.
Falernum is a liqueur from Barbados; it has a unique taste and 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 lining 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 an outstanding 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 incredible how many live bands were in the city. There are enough bands for every club to have a day 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. What better way to celebrate the 50th birthday than to 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 recipe-related, but much drinking was going on. :0)
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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 Broadway to pick up our Peddling Bike tour. This was fabulous 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 allowed me to photograph some of the most incredible people in Nashville, TN. Check them out!
Halfway through the Peddling Bike 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 behind the scenes. They also have a great video that kicks off the tour. It’s a must-see if you are in Nashville.
On our last day, we made dinner reservations at The Hampton Social. After dinner, we headed downstairs, and Bethany showed me how to mix 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 an exotic male 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!