After a full day and night of drinking, we were feeling a little worse for wear on Saturday morning. We had a pretty slow start, but eventually ventured out of our Airbnb in search of brunch.
But first, we stopped by the local hipster coffee joint, CREMA, which felt transplanted from Southern California. We highly recommend their take on the iced cortado, which was rich, caramel-y and strong.
15 Hermitage Ave.
Nashville, TN 37210
Once we were sufficiently caffeinated, we headed over to Pinewood Social, a popular spot for brunch and day drinking. Not only do they serve delicious food, the huge space also features a gorgeous bar, CREMA coffee bar, bowling alley, and outdoor space with functioning pools, bocce, ping pong and another bar serving drinks out of an Airstream trailer.
We loved the design of the space, which we would describe as “refined warehouse”: rustic exposed brick and wood beams accented with sleek leather couches, worn tables, and chic, modern hardware.
For some much-needed sustenance, our eyes were definitely bigger than our stomachs on this morning. We started off with avocado toast and whole wheat waffles with berries, followed by short rib hash and ricotta scramble. There were about five additional menu items we wanted to order – like the shaved brussels, ricotta pancakes and chicken & biscuits – but we somehow managed to limit ourselves to four dishes.
Pinewood served up – no exaggeration – one of the best brunches we’ve ever had, so definitely don’t miss it if you’re planning to visit Nashville.
33 Peabody St.
Nashville, TN 37210
After checking out the rest of the Pinewood space, and the lovely view of the Nashville skyline outside the venue, we went our separate ways. One of us (Wesley) headed to Climb Nashville East for a quick rock climbing session in East Nashville, while the other (Liv) ventured to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
While the Hall of Fame is something you just have to do when you’re in Nashville, and one of the top-recommended tourist destinations in the city, it’s not the most fascinating museum in the world. You would really have to love country music to get much out of it.
They did have a cool exhibit on Bob Dylan, though – we never knew that he and Johnny Cash collaborated on multiple projects together, and that he lived and worked in Nashville for a few years. So that was an interesting discovery.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
222 Fifth Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
In addition to the Hall of Fame, you can visit sister museums Hatch Show Print, which is a historic letterpress shop that designs and prints more than 500 posters a year (including posters for many of Nashville’s biggest performers), and Historic RCA Studio B, which is a recording studio where more than 35,000 songs and 1,000 hits by Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and more were recorded.
Unfortunately, before we had a chance to visit those museums, one of us (Wesley) sprained his ankle badly during his rock climbing session, and needed to be driven back to our Airbnb to rest and ice his ankle.
We did, however, venture back out for dinner at Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint.
The Martin’s location we went to is a bit off of the main drag, near the 12 South neighborhood, but it’s worth driving out to for a taste of some of the best barbecue in the city. They also have a downtown spot that’s more conveniently located.
We sampled their pulled pork and brisket, along with the broccoli salad, cole slaw, hush puppies and cornbread. The meat was tender and smoky, and paired perfectly with their vinegar-based barbecue sauce.
It was the perfect taste of West Tennessee barbecue – and a great way to lift our moods after Wesley’s accident!
Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint
3108 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37212
We ended the night with a walk through Sevier Park and down 12 South, and grabbed a beer at The Filling Station – a cool, laid-back craft beer-to-go spot that also offers a wide variety of brews on tap.
The Filling Station
1118 Halcyon Ave.
Nashville, TN 37204
Stay tuned for day three!