#1 Posted by bibamatt (1090 posts) -

Hey GB buddies. So I'm a UK member and I'm taking a very last minute trip to Nashville next week for work. I literally just found out about it. I'm there for six days and, as someone who's only visited the States when I went to Disney World as a kid, I'm pretty excited! So, of course, I'll be working, but I'm hoping to have some time to explore, too. Any forumers got any hot tips or must-do things to help me? Thought it was worth asking as this is the most America-centric community that I'm involved with! Thanks!

#2 Posted by Athadam (705 posts) -

American girls love dudes with british accents. That's all I'll say.

#3 Posted by insane_shadowblade85 (1537 posts) -

Never been to Tennessee so all I'll say is: Get BBQ!

#4 Posted by bibamatt (1090 posts) -

@insane_shadowblade85 said:

Never been to Tennessee so all I'll say is: Get BBQ!

One of my biggest fears of visiting Nashville. I'm a vegetarian. *gulp*

#5 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@Castermhief117 said:

American girls love dudes with british accents. That's all I'll say.

I'll chime with "keep the accent, but add 'y'all' to the end of every single sentence". Confuse the shit out of them.

#6 Posted by ThePickle (4170 posts) -

Everyone plays some sort of instrument.

#7 Posted by Wampa1 (749 posts) -

@bibamatt: You can just be a vegetarian in the UK then! Sorted, trust me eating large quantities of meat in a different time zone totally doesn't count...

#8 Posted by bibamatt (1090 posts) -

@ThePickle said:

Everyone plays some sort of instrument.

This is the best 'fact' I've ever heard about anywhere ever. Ha!

#9 Edited by OneKillWonder_ (1843 posts) -
@bibamatt said:

@insane_shadowblade85 said:

Never been to Tennessee so all I'll say is: Get BBQ!

One of my biggest fears of visiting Nashville. I'm a vegetarian. *gulp*

Then you'll probably starve to death. Nashville does have some amazing BBQ, though.
 
I was there a little over a year ago for vacation. It's a pretty nice place, though admittedly there's not much for me there. A lot of places have live music all the time, and in the city there are a ton of street musicians, most of whom I assume are actually just homeless people.
I will say that you should check out the Parthenon if you get a chance. That place is pretty neat. Don't really know what else there is. Most of the places I ended up while I was there were restaurants and bars.
#10 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

Trade your knife for a revolver.

#11 Posted by bibamatt (1090 posts) -

@Wampa1 said:

@bibamatt: You can just be a vegetarian in the UK then! Sorted, trust me eating large quantities of meat in a different time zone totally doesn't count...

Sounds legit.

#12 Posted by Levio (1786 posts) -

@bibamatt said:

One of my biggest fears of visiting Nashville. I'm a vegetarian. *gulp*

You can order a beans-and-rice burrito at Chipotle. Luby's also has veggie dinners, but there's none in Nashville

#13 Posted by Kingfalcon (143 posts) -

Got family who live just outside Nashville and have been there many, many times. Do you like hockey or think you might? If so, check to see if the Nashville Predators are in town. And, actually, anywhere downtown around Bridgestone Arena is a good time. And yeah, it's a shame you're a vegetarian because Nashville has some amazing BBQ. I believe the "Loveless Cafe" is well-renowned. I ate there around Thanksgiving and it was quite good!

#14 Posted by MildMolasses (3229 posts) -

@Kingfalcon said:

Got family who live just outside Nashville and have been there many, many times. Do you like hockey or think you might? If so, check to see if the Nashville Predators are in town. And, actually, anywhere downtown around Bridgestone Arena is a good time. And yeah, it's a shame you're a vegetarian because Nashville has some amazing BBQ. I believe the "Loveless Cafe" is well-renowned. I ate there around Thanksgiving and it was quite good!

As a Canadian, I find your recommendation to someone from the UK to see a hockey game in Nashville to be quite surreal.

#15 Posted by Kingfalcon (143 posts) -

@MildMolasses said:

@Kingfalcon said:

Got family who live just outside Nashville and have been there many, many times. Do you like hockey or think you might? If so, check to see if the Nashville Predators are in town. And, actually, anywhere downtown around Bridgestone Arena is a good time. And yeah, it's a shame you're a vegetarian because Nashville has some amazing BBQ. I believe the "Loveless Cafe" is well-renowned. I ate there around Thanksgiving and it was quite good!

As a Canadian, I find your recommendation to someone from the UK to see a hockey game in Nashville to be quite surreal.

Hahaha. I bet. Believe it or not, though, Nashville is pretty into hockey. They call the arena "Smashville."

#16 Edited by CornBREDX (6084 posts) -

I haven't lived there in years, so take this for what it's worth, but when I lived there there was a lot of great restaurants (both big name restaurants and locally owned ones). It shouldn't be hard to find something to do really if you're into music or just hanging out in general. There's a nice mall there too.  A lot of sports bars. 
 
I used to like going to the hockey games. Their team is awful but they still usually put on a pretty decent show (at the time at least).  Also pretty easy to go to a concert out there, most bands play there at some point being that its a popular music town.
 
I can't remember anything else, but downtown Nashville is alright. 
Sorry, i don't have much specific- it's been almost a decade. There used to be a hard rock cafe there, but I have no clue if those still exist or not.

#17 Posted by MildMolasses (3229 posts) -

@Kingfalcon: If I were really into it, I would be angry about Nashville for stealing Mike Fisher away from my town, but I don't actually care that much

#18 Edited by jonnyboy (2920 posts) -

Bring me back a bottle of JD. Thanks mate.

#19 Posted by Slag (4912 posts) -

@bibamatt:

Nashville is a town of great bars. You'll see music acts in small places that you'd have to pay good money to elsewhere. I'm no fan of country music but the scene there is pretty awesome.

The Grand Olde Opry is out in the 'burbs, but the downtown is where the fun bars and such are at to my knowledge.

#20 Posted by bibamatt (1090 posts) -

@Kingfalcon said:

Got family who live just outside Nashville and have been there many, many times. Do you like hockey or think you might? If so, check to see if the Nashville Predators are in town. And, actually, anywhere downtown around Bridgestone Arena is a good time. And yeah, it's a shame you're a vegetarian because Nashville has some amazing BBQ. I believe the "Loveless Cafe" is well-renowned. I ate there around Thanksgiving and it was quite good!

Thanks for these tips! I'd actually love to see a hockey match. I'm a (casual) NBA fan and, seeing as basketball is more-or-less non existent where I live, I would've loved to see some basketball but it seems that Nashville doesn't have much going on with that, right?

@CornBREDX said:

I used to like going to the hockey games. Their team is awful but they still usually put on a pretty decent show (at the time at least). Also pretty easy to go to a concert out there, most bands play there at some point being that its a popular music town.

Thanks for the tips! Music stuff is all sounding good. I actually work in the music industry (the reason I'm going), so I imagine some concerts and stuff will be on the cards.

@Levio said:

@bibamatt said:

One of my biggest fears of visiting Nashville. I'm a vegetarian. *gulp*

You can order a beans-and-rice burrito at Chipotle. Luby's also has veggie dinners, but there's none in Nashville

Cool, thanks! I've done a tiny amount of research and it seems like there's actually a bunch of veggie and veggie-friendly places. Compared to places I've been in, say, France, it actually seems not too scary. I'll be staying in a house with a load of friends anyway, so I won't be relying on BBQ places every night! I'll be doing some cooking probably.

#21 Posted by midnightsandwich (25 posts) -

Hook up with Dixie Carter.

#22 Posted by colubroid (39 posts) -

Accents are cool and I love the way the rest of the world pronounces aluminum. There is one word I suggest learning the correct pronounciation.

There ain't no 's' or 'y' in appalachian.

#23 Posted by Kingfalcon (143 posts) -

Happy to help! And you're right, no NBA action in Nashville. If you're up for a drive, you can get down to Atlanta in four hours. Although then you have to watch the Hawks play :).

#24 Posted by awesomeusername (4221 posts) -

@bibamatt: Look for a girl named Miley Cyrus and make her put on a blonde wig! Then make her sing as a person named Hannah Montana!

#25 Posted by hidys (1029 posts) -

@Castermhief117 said:

American girls love dudes with british accents. That's all I'll say.

Not all British accents are sexy.

#26 Posted by Coombs (3449 posts) -

@MildMolasses said:

@Kingfalcon said:

Got family who live just outside Nashville and have been there many, many times. Do you like hockey or think you might? If so, check to see if the Nashville Predators are in town. And, actually, anywhere downtown around Bridgestone Arena is a good time. And yeah, it's a shame you're a vegetarian because Nashville has some amazing BBQ. I believe the "Loveless Cafe" is well-renowned. I ate there around Thanksgiving and it was quite good!

As a Canadian, I find your recommendation to someone from the UK to see a hockey game in Nashville to be quite surreal.

My thoughts exactly.

#27 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

Mumps, Etc. was a pretty disappointing album

#28 Posted by Downloaded (185 posts) -

They probably have some sort of visitor's center. I would say the best thing to do would be to walk around town looking at things that interest you/asking people what they find to be great about Nashville, and if you want more info just head for the visitor's center.

#29 Posted by anarchyzombie9 (615 posts) -

Nashville is kind of filled to the brim with tourist trap bullshit. Still a fun city if you care about like country music or anything like that.

#30 Posted by JasonR86 (9729 posts) -

Tell everyone that you're a homosexual Muslim. Then they'll welcome you with open arms. Trust me.

#31 Posted by Jams (2966 posts) -

@JasonR86 said:

Tell everyone that you're a homosexual Muslim. Then they'll welcome you with open arms. Trust me.

Only if you ask to get corn-hole'd

#32 Posted by JasonR86 (9729 posts) -

@hidys said:

@Castermhief117 said:

American girls love dudes with british accents. That's all I'll say.

Not all British accents are sexy.

Crikey.

#33 Posted by Tireyo (6451 posts) -

I live in Tennessee, but I've never been in Nashville... just on the outskirts once. I could tell you a little bit about a few neat places to visit in Pigeon Forge and Ober Gatlinburg, but you ain't gonna be nowhere near there! Nashville is gonna have plenty of Country Music, though that isn't the birthplace of Country Music! Bristol, TN is.