We're taking a break from our regularly scheduled sales programming for a rundown of all the things you must do in Music City next week — personally curated by Ambition's Nashville natives!

We can't wait to see our customers and industry friends all in one place in just a few short days. In the meantime: check out this handy guide to restaurants, site seeing and more!

Cold beer and music:

  • Experience honky-tonks downtown at Robert's -- the original honky-tonk with classic country. The only honky-tonk locals routinely go to. Pro tip: If you're hungry, get the Recession Special.
  • Layla's is a great honky-tonk, too, right next door to Robert's.
  • There are a few great rooftop bars downtown if the weather is nice -- the Noelle hotel and the Bobby hotel have my favorite rooftops.
  • Bourbon Blues and Boogie Bar -- Great bar, great music in historic Printer's Alley.
  • Santa's Pub. It's a double-wide trailer owned by a man who goes by "Santa" (you'll see why) that is Christmas-themed year-round. Cash only, canned beer only, karaoke at 7pm. It's a team favorite. If you go there, we're all coming.


  • Check the Ryman Auditorium schedule to see if there's a concert. It's a national treasure.
  • Nashville Predators hockey team -- their season should be running and games are a ton of fun.
  • Nash Trash Tour -- Hilarious way to see the city via bus. Book the Jugg Sisters tour, not the others.
  • Frist Art Museum -- small, yet very cool art museum.
  • Get a drink at the 21C hotel downtown and then meander their art gallery downstairs -- always some weird and cool stuff there.
  • If you love history, there are quite a few Civil War sites around Nashville. Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Plantation. The Country Music Hall of Fame is also really cool. Another way to see the city and learn some history: Old Town Trolley Tours.

Favorite restaurants:

  • For the true Southern experience, go to Arnold's Country Kitchen (a meat-and-three). Check their hours in advance -- only open for lunch.
  • East Nashville: the hipster/artist/musician side of town
    • Dinner at Margot, brunch/lunch at its sister restaurant Marché
    • Lockeland Table
    • Folk
    • The taco truck in 5 Points
    • Urban Cowboy, Attaboy, Pearl Diver for drinks

Our favorite breweries (but there are a ton more):

  • Southern Grist (there are taprooms both on the West side of town in a neighborhood called The Nations, and in East Nash)
  • Bearded Iris (in a great neighborhood called Germantown, close to downtown)
  • Jackalope (rare woman-owned brewery and great beer, also a good spot to sit and do some work)
  • Fat Bottom Brewery (The Nations neighborhood)
  • TN Brew Works (close to downtown)

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