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Jan 16, 2011 12:08 PM

Not your typical Nashville Bachelorette Party...

We are a group of 10 girls in our late 20s/early 30s heading to Nashville April 8 weekend. We are staying two nights at The Hermitage Hotel and are looking for some seriously fantastic food.

Friday we are seeking a more low key, less expensive option. Something local and fun.

Saturday, we are looking for Southern meets Swank! Looking for an upscale, fun restaurant that can easily accomodate our number. Great cocktails would be a plus.

Any ideas for bars we could hit afterwards? Great mixologists/cocktail menus we should not miss?

We will not have cars but have no problem cabbing it when needed.

Thanks so much!

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  1. Capitol Grille in the Hermitage is outstanding fine dining. Boundry and Bricktop are fun joints near Vandy. City House should take care of Friday for good pasta and pizza. Jimmy Carl's is a good bar with BBQ and music.

    Capitol Grille @ 231 6th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 615 - 345 - 7116.
    Boundry Cafe @ 911 20th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 615 - 321 - 3043.
    Bricktop Restaurant @ 3000 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 615 - 298 - 1000.
    City House @ 1222 4th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 615 - 736 - 5838.
    Jimmy Carl's Lunchbox @ 402 12th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 615 - 788 - 2967.

    City House
    1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208

    7 Replies
    1. re: Littleman

      Jimmy Carl's has been closed for about 2 months, and when they were open it was only for lunch - no drinks and no live music. They did have great ribs, though. R.I.P.

      I would recommend Patterson House for drinks, South Street for dinner Friday night, and the upstairs at Merchants for dinner Saturday night.

      Let us know how it goes!

      The Patterson House
      1711 Division Street, Nashville, TN

      South Street Restaurant
      907 20th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

      1. re: jamiecarroll

        Have you been to Merchants upstairs since they changed the menu? How is it?

        1. re: nm1

          I have not, but I've heard from two different trusted sources that it's outstanding.

          1. re: jamiecarroll

            Oh, thanks, that's good to hear.

      2. re: Littleman

        Capitol Grill would qualify as stuffy to many people, and if not at least I think most would agree it isn't probably much of a place for a group on a bachelorette weekend, at least not this age group. One of the places in the Gulch is probably more their speed. Sambuca or Virago.

        1. re: brooky

          I'm going to put my metrosexual bona fides on full display and say that you should go to upscale burger joint "Burger Up" for lunch in the 12 South Neighborhood, and then you can go shop at Katy Ks and Imogene+Willie afterwards. Here's my summary of Burger Up, based on lunch this weekend:

          You can find excellent burgers using locally-sourced beef and fixins' at Burger Up, a new bright, tight space with communal tables and plenty of windows in the 12 South neighborhood. The buns are soft, but not too soft, so the burger holds together while eaten by hand. The burger proper is generous and juicy and cooked exactly the way you order it. I recommend the Woodstock, which comes with Benton's bacon, Tennessee sweetwater white cheddar, and Jack Daniels maple ketchup. Vegetarians will want to try the Marathon, which is heavy on quinoa. Also notable is the five-tiered, ziggurat-style fried vidalia onion tower with spicy lemon-lime aioli and the honestly fresh-cut sweet potato fries. Wash it all down with a Yazoo amber or a lip-scorching bloody Mary.

          1. re: brooky

            I agree with you that somewhere in "the Gulch" would be more fun; I just don't see any degree of southern in any of those restaurants. The OP wanted "southern meets swank".

        2. Thank you all so much. After doing some research on everyone's ideas, this is what I am thinking:

          Friday night-Suzy Wong's for Dinner
          Cocktails at Play

          Saturday-Buger Up for lunch and nash trash tour at 2p

          Then dinner and drinks in the Gulch.

          Virago for dinner, Sambuca for drinks.

          How far is Patterson house? That looks like my kind of spot!

          THANK YOU SO MUCH for your feedback all!

          3 Replies
          1. re: Racheleats

            The Gulch, Virago etc is about a 5 minute cab ride to The Patterson House.

            Play is a night club, just an fyi. You may have better luck at Tribe next door for cocktails. You could also walk up a few blocks and check out Canvas Lounge, a lot more laid back than Play or Tribe.

            Enjoy your stay.

            The Patterson House
            1711 Division Street, Nashville, TN

            1. re: Racheleats

              What I like about your selection:
              Gulch, fun. lots to do and can wander to a bunch of different bar / restaurants.
              Nash Trash Tour, hysterical, great use of time.. fun
              Hermitage Hotel, beautiful, great choice, have a drink in the Oak Bar and check out the mens bathroom.
              Virago, great choice for dinner, you can walk across the street and also go into Wiskey Kitchen for a drink, fun
              Sambuca, not so much, try Watermark upstairs, elegant, upscale southern fare, great dinner option, also consider Fish and Company across from South Street, great seafood and raw bar, with a James Beard Award winning chef.
              Burger up, not so much, will fill you up
              Suzy Wong / Play.. never been, these are gaycentric establishments in a dicey part of town, make sure you have a ride.

              Definately find time for Patterson House, not far from all the options, also consider the Hutton Hotel, nice bar / restaurant

              Have fun

              The Patterson House
              1711 Division Street, Nashville, TN

              South Street Restaurant
              907 20th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

              1. re: Racheleats

                Your choice for Friday night at Suzy Wong's is perfect. I've hosted a few girls' nights out and birthday parties there (including my own). Burger Up is a good choice for lunch, and be sure to pop into Las Paletas next door to get some delicious and very interesting Mexican popsicles!

                As for Saturday night, I'd strike Sambuca off your list. It's nothing special and it's a chain. You're better off staying at Virago for more cocktails because it's a much more hip spot. Also, as someone mentioned, you can pop over to Whiskey Kitchen just across the street too for more drinks (it's owned by the same people). Something to keep in mind- by the time you come to town, the same group will also be opening another restaurant just down the street, Kayne Prime. I'm quite sure it will be a hot spot just like all of their other restaurants & bars. (you should also check out their newest, Tavern).

                While I absolutely LOVE Patterson House with every ounce of my being, it is likely going to be extremely difficult to get 10 girls in. It's a small space, and they only allow in as many people as there are seats (no standing), and there are no booths that seat more than 6 (most seating only 4). There is a large bar in the center of the room, but unless you get there right at opening (5 pm), it's doubtful that they will have space for all of you without a very long wait.

                I actually write a local food & drink blog that has more info on all these places and many more. Click on my profile for the link. Good luck planning and enjoy Nashville!

                The Patterson House
                1711 Division Street, Nashville, TN

              2. I coordinated a Bachelorette weekend for my friend last June. We ended up going to Cabana & loved it. I am the foodie in the group & they had wonderful food & drinks. We loved it! It had a very fun atmosphere too! Definitely check into it, we cabbed everywhere too. Hope this helps!

                1. I was in TN last summer for my brother's wedding, we went to Sambuca to start the evening and I thought it was fantastic!!

                  * to start the evening for the bachelorette party. They had great drinks and the food was yummy. The staff put a couple tables together right in front of the stage.