Nashville is known for its boot scootin’ roots in country music and the plentiful supply of good stick-to-your-ribs food—but it’s also becoming a hotspot for bachelorette parties, even gaining the nickname “the bachelorette capital of the world.” So, how did Nashville become the ultimate place for brides to celebrate their last few moments of singledom? And what exactly makes Nashville the perfect city to celebrate your upcoming nuptials? If you’re thinking about a destination bachelorette party, here’s more about why Music City may just be the best choice for you.
Nashville Is Like Vegas, but More Accessible
Vegas was long crowned the queen city for bachelorettes—and will always be a draw for those looking to party before they tie the knot—but Nashville is slowly starting to become a more popular destination for bachelorettes. One reason why? Nashville is simply more affordable for those who are looking to get away, particularly if they live in the middle or southern part of the country. It’s a quick, cheap flight from spots like Dallas, New Orleans, or Columbus, Ohio.
Nashville also doesn’t have as many VIP, exclusive, hard-to-get-into clubs as Las Vegas, which may be appealing to the more laid back bride who just wants to have a good time with her friends. Nashville is also generally more casual than Vegas, where you’ll see groups of bachelorettes donning cutoff shorts and t-shirts rather than getting all gussied up and heading out to the club, where there’s a dress code.
Where to Stay
You could always go the Airbnb route—renting a sweet bachelorette pad that’s close to all of the city’s highlights—or you could opt for a more traditional hotel room in the heart of the city. Some popular choices for bachelorette parties are the Omni Nashville Hotel, Westin Nashville, Renaissance Nashville Hotel, Hilton Nashville Downtown, and the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown, all which are easily accessible to all of the best that the city has to offer.
What to Do Once You’ve Arrived
Nashville is a city filled with live music, honky tonks and tourist destinations like the Grand Ole Opry, the Johnny Cash Museum and the Country Music Hall of Fame, but there are plenty of other things to keep bachelorettes occupied in town.
You’ll likely see many other bachelorette parties frequenting Broadway—often referred to as Honky Tonk Highway—which is the best nightlife in the city where you can catch some live music and grab a few cocktails (or a good old fashioned cold one, if you prefer).
While you’re in town, you also might want to check out the Nashville Farmers’ Market, which is open all year and in addition to farm-fresh goodies has 20 local restaurants, boutiques, and live music for you and your girls to enjoy after a night of bar hopping.
Some other popular Nashville bachelorette party options? Take the gang to brunch, bowl and drink cocktails at the ultra Instagram-friendly Pinewood, rent a pedal tavern and ride your way through downtown as you drink craft beer, or try your luck and your teamwork skills at an escape room. Interested in public art? Try taking a Nashville mural tour, so you can see the best of the city’s arts scene—and maybe snap a photo or two in front of your favorites.
Check out the Foodie Scene
Another thing Nashville has going for it is its incredible food scene. Whether it’s hot chicken, biscuits, barbecue, or fine dining that you seek, Nashville has great food in full supply. Some popular choices to visit while you’re in town are Downtown Sporting Club (part restaurant, part entertainment zone where you can throw axes and play arcade games), the iconic Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, the farm to table style Rolf and Daughters and Robert’s Western World, where you can order up a nice fried bologna sandwich along with your PBR.
Where to Shop
In between brunch and the bars, you’ll want to find a spot to take home some Nashville souvenirs—or at least come home with an adorable new outfit or two. Some of the can’t miss shopping destinations in Nashville include Reese Witherspoon’s flagship Draper James store, which sells clothing, housewares, and collectibles—all inspired by Reese’s love of the South. You can also check out East Nashville for funky, vintage spots like The Hip Zipper, Goodbuy Girls or Vinnie Louise.
If you’re in the mood for a more traditional mall experience, head over to Opry Mills, the largest outlet mall in Tennessee that has over 200 stores, or The Arcade, which is Nashville’s oldest shopping area (built in 1902). You can, of course, always check out the numerous souvenir shops that are located around the city to pick up your standard t-shirts, shot glasses, and maybe even a pair of cowboy boots to take home.