If you’re the type of bride who loves music, quality food, and even better vibes, then Nashville is probably on the top of your list already. A girls’ weekend trip to Nashville is the ultimate way to celebrate your last hoorah as a single woman and has become a go-to bachelorette party destination for brides all over the nation.
Let’s get to planning! We turned to travel expert Samantha Patil, who shared tips on how to throw an unforgettable Nashville bachelorette party.
Meet the Expert
Samantha Patil is the co-founder and CEO of Well Traveled, a members-only social platform built for modern travelers.
Since Nashville has plenty of things to do, you can curate a trip there for any type of bride. Broadway is the heart of Nashville’s nightlife action where you’ll find all of the best spots to grab a drink and dance to live music. You’ll also want to pack comfortable yet trendy clothes for a Nashville trip. Anything from booties, nice sneakers, casual dresses to jeans would be perfect.
What makes Nashville a good place for a bachelorette party?
How much does a bachelorette party in Nashville typically cost?
"If you’re staying at a hotel, going out to dinners every night, and including additional activities, you could easily get up to $600 per person for a three-day bachelorette celebration in Nashville," says Patil.
When is the best time to visit Nashville for a bachelorette party?
It’s best to travel to Nashville anytime from April through October for warm weather. Patil says, “You’ll find plenty of live music and special events this time of year. This is also the busiest time to visit, so if you’re looking to save some money, try visiting during the winter months.”
If Nashville is on your wish list for an epic bachelorette party weekend, then keep reading for this guide on where to stay, what to do, and where to eat, plus a specially curated three-day itinerary recommended by the Well Traveled experts.
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Where to Stay in Nashville
Choosing a hotel in one of the top U.S. cities like Nashville can be stressful, especially when you have a group filled with different personalities; that’s why Patil broke it down for us. “If you want to stay in a hotel, our top four picks include Noelle, a downtown boutique mid-century modern hotel with a nice rooftop bar called Rare Bird with killer city views; the Westin Nashville downtown, which has a great rooftop pool party scene; Urban Cowboy in East Nashville, a charming 8-suite ultra boutique hipster hideaway in a historic Victorian mansion (be sure to check out their equally cool bar, Public House); or The Thompson, a luxury chic hotel in the heart of the Gulch neighborhood."
For larger groups, check out the many Airbnb and Sonder house rentals which are perfect for hosting groups. “There are great options in all neighborhoods, here are a few of our favorites in East Nashville, Music Row, 12 South, and Germantown,” reveals Patil.
What to Do in Nashville
We all know Nashville is all about the music. If you’re in town for a bachelorette party, you’ve got to visit a Honky Tonk! “The best Honky Tonks filled with abundant live music and dancing are all located downtown on Broadway, lovingly referred to as ‘NashVegas.’ Our favorites include Tootsies, Robert's Western World, the Stage, and FGL House,” adds Patil.
She also told us that if you’re a bride looking for a more low-key but truly unique music experience, try to book a spot at the famous Bluebird Café or Listening Room Café to hear the best songwriters in town. For a quick break from the country scene, there are plenty of fun nighttime spots off of Broadway. For example, Flamingo Cocktail Club, Pinewood Social (this spot also has bowling!); and Rosemary & Beauty Queen, which is a cocktail bar with unique inside-outside vibes, are all great options. For groups that want to get active, there’s a bunch of beautiful hikes nearby in Percy Warner Park or Radnor Lake State Park.
Beyond the restaurants in our itinerary below, top places for culinary experiences include brunching at Butchertown Hall, day drinking at the funky Zeppelin, and visiting the Instagram-worthy White Limozeen with a colorful rooftop.
How to Get Around Nashville
In general, most travelers use Uber or Lyft to get around Nashville. One of the most unique things about getting around Nashville for a bachelorette weekend is the plethora of party vehicles that can escort you and your group around town. For example, there’s a Nashville Party Tractor, Party Fire Engine, Party Barge, Party Wagon, and more.
Nashville Bachelorette Party Itinerary
- Morning: Start your trip off right with brunch at Tavern located in the Gulch neighborhood. Get the maple fondue for the table to share and you’ve got to try the red velvet waffles.
- Afternoon: Spend a few hours in the afternoon soaking in the sunshine and sipping craft cocktails at Pinewood Social while you wait for the rest of your group to arrive. Check out the bowling alley for a fun activity.
- Evening: After being out all day, grab a low-key dinner from Butcher & Bee (the perfect option for take-out while you’re getting ready for your night out!). Get picked up by the Nashville Party Tractor for a night on the town you won’t forget. Finish the night in Midtown at Losers Bar & Grill, the place that inspired Chris Young’s song Lonely Eyes.
- Morning: Get your caffeine fix from Drew’s Brew’s Coffee because you’re going to need it. Rally the troops and head to a country line dancing lesson for a quintessentially Nashville experience (plus learn skills that will come in handy later tonight!).
- Afternoon: After working up a sweat, reward yourself with drinks outside at one of Nashville’s best breweries in the craft beer scene, East Nashville Beerworks. If beer isn’t your thing, head to the Pearl Diver for tiki-themed cocktails in a great indoor/outdoor space.
- Evening: Get dressed up for a nice dinner out at Rolf & Daughters in the hip Germantown neighborhood. A trip to Nashville isn’t complete without a visit to Broadway to check out a honky tonk or two. Start the evening at FGL House (which has three floors of music) and make your way to The Stage, a timeless Nashville classic.
Now that you’ve explored all that Nashville has to offer in Germantown, East Nashville, and Downtown, it’s time to head to 12 South, one of the cutest and most walkable parts of town.
- Morning: Grab coffee at Ketter Coffee and then breakfast at Frothy Monkey in 12 South. They have lots of items to go, so depending on how the group is feeling, you can either dine-in or pick up something small to go.
- Afternoon: Do some shopping in 12 South. Be sure to check out White’s Mercantile and Draper James, a clothing company founded by Reese Witherspoon and inspired by her grandparents. Nurse your hangover over tacos and margaritas at trendy Mexican spot Bartaco.
- Evening: Cap off an incredible weekend with dinner at Sunda in the Gulch. Sunda serves a Southeast Asian-inspired cuisine in a sleek setting with amazing cocktails to match. After dinner, head across the street and finish the weekend off with rooftop cocktails at LA Jackson, the rooftop bar of the Thompson Hotel (a great, relaxed scene amidst the hustle and bustle of the Gulch neighborhood).