Nashville is referred to as “Las Vegas of the East” by many traveling throughout the United States. The city located in Tennessee is home to a large strip of bars in an entertainment district famous for its booming Country Music industry. I decided stopping in Nashville for a night during a long road trip was a wise investment of time.
As a big music fan, Nashville’s reputation as ‘The Music City’ was definitely appealing. Although Country is not my favorite genre, I was interested in learning about the fascinating history the city has to offer. Music Row is called “the heart” of Nashville – the downtown area is home to many important businesses in the music industry. The most notable site is RCA Studios – now known simply as Studio B. The recording studio first gained fame in the 1960’s for giving birth to the Nashville Sound. Artists like Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and Willie Nelson have recorded hits inside of Studio B. It’s hard to believe this small, one-story building has such a rich history.
The Nashville Predators came into the NHL back in 1998. And while they have had a decent amount of success, they have yet to win a Stanley Cup. With that being said and the fact that Nashville is not a traditional hockey market, I did not expect an enthusiastic crowd. I have been to games in hockey-crazed cities like Toronto, Buffalo, Ottawa, and Philadelphia – so my expectations of the Nashville crowd were minimal. I could not have been more wrong. It was a weeknight, yet the arena was packed and electric to say the least! The locals were all dressed in yellow and gold to support the team. Overall, the arena may have been the second-lowest venue I’ve been part of (behind only Philly). Bridgestone Arena was filled with great local food items and several adult-beverage options. The game was terrific as well as the Predators defeated the Dallas Stars in a really close game.
Coyote Ugly Bar
No trip to Nashville would be complete without a stop at one of the city’s most well-known bars. Coyote Ugly’s reputation as one of the wildest establishments in the country made it perfect for the big screen; the 2000 film eventually grossed more than $100 million. The bar more than lived up to its reputation. We stopped in before the hockey game, so this was definitely not “primetime” for the bar. One bartender was present, and she decided to play a game with all the patrons. Everyone at the bar wrote down an embarrassing life experience, put it in a hat, and one by one, the bartender pulled out the papers containing the secrets. She would read it aloud and guess which experience belonged to a specific patron. It was definitely an entertaining and unforgettable bar hop.