Las Vegas, step aside. There's a new city on the radar for bachelor(ette) parties and it's none other than Nashville, TN. We're unsure of exactly when bachelor(ette) parties became a phenomenon in Nashville, but let us assure you, they are a phenomenon indeed.
If you're out-and-about during the weekend, you're bound to see gaggles of girls in matching shirts, tanks, tutus, or flower crowns experiencing the very best of Nashville while celebrating their bride to be. They're clinking Mimosa glasses at Biscuit Love, touring the world famous RCA Studio B on Music Row (Elvis himself recorded here!), grabbing coffee at Frothy Monkey, pedaling away on one of our downtown party bikes, and bar-hopping the Broadway honky-tonks.
The consensus here locally is that Nashville became one of the country's 'hit cities' partly in response to the popularity of the TV show, Nashville, which debuted in the fall of 2012. Although there's no hard evidence confirming that was the catalyst, there's no doubt this city is a hot tourist destination. Travel + Leisure Magazine dubbed Nashville the, "Destination of the Year: Reader's Choice" in 2015.
But, what exactly is making Nashville one of the hottest bachelorette party destinations? Here's our Top 5 Reasons:
1. The Live Music
It's not called "music city" for nothing. Nashville boasts more than 150 live music venues, marked with the city's guitar-pick shaped signs. A walk down Broadway between the hours of 10am-3am will treat you to the many sounds of Nashville's up-and-comers. Bachelorette parties can walk in-and-out of these honky-tonks without ever paying a cover charge which makes it easy to experience all different types of live music while downtown. Nashville's music venues span city-wide making it home to historic venues like the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman as well as intimate venues like The Bluebird Cafe and The Listening Room, where the city's songwriters can play their songs during "writer's rounds" for audiences to hear BEFORE they're ever pitched to your favorite hit performers.
2. The Geographic Location
Many brides decide on Nashville for their bachelorette parties for one of the same reasons touring musicians choose Nashville as their home base. Location. If you take a gander at a map, you'll notice Nashville smack dab between eight border states (tied for the most in the country). You'll find Kentucky and Virginia to the north, North Carolina to the east, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia to the south, and Arkansas and Missouri to the west. Actually, half of the country's population resides within a day's drive of Nashville, making it an ideal location to kick-off a tour, OR host a bachelorette party when your girlfriends are spread out across the country pursuing their career dreams. Chances are, you and your gals can make it to Nashville in just a few hours by car (road trip anyone?) or by taking a quick flight!
3. The Downtown Party Bikes
Who would have ever thought it'd be legal to BYOB, hop on a group party bike, and pedal the streets of downtown? In Nashville you can do this very thing. The party bikes drive around various areas of the city making stops at bars and breweries along the way, allowing you to explore the city in one of the most unique ways possible. These things are bachelorette party magnets. You can tell because it's customary to debut your groups matching outfits during this party adventure!
4. The Southern Comfort Food
Nashville knows how to eat. The city's claim to fame is no doubt, the hot chicken. Because, who wouldn't love spicy fried chicken? It's delicious. In addition to the hot chicken, Nashville has a thing called, meat & three where you get your choice of a meat and three sides to go along with it. The city is also sprawled with breakfast sensation spots, Pancake Pantry (a line is ALWAYS out the door), Loveless Cafe (buttermilk biscuits to die for), The Sutler Saloon (bottomless mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar with bluegrass music on the weekends) and dozens more. If a bachelorette party comes for the southern comfort food, they'll leave happy for sure.
5. The City's Unique Neighborhoods
Downtown, Midtown, The Gulch, West End, Edgehill, 12 South, SoBro, Hillsboro Village, Melrose, Germantown, Green Hills, Elliston Place, Belmont Blvd, Marathon Village, Sylvan Park...the list continues. Each neighborhood has a unique vibe whether that be live music, college culture, shopping paradises, hipster hangs, or upscale dining. There's something here for everyone which is precisely what makes Nashville a prime destination for a bachelorette party.
There you have it. These are some of the top reasons why brides choose to make Nashville their bachelorette party destination. If you happen to be in the market for planning a party, we'd put Nashville at the top of that list!