The Best Activities for Bachelorette Parties in Nashville
So long, Vegas. Bachelorettes: Say hello to Nashville as your new girls’ getaway. With its abundance of great bars, live music, and party barges, Music City offers all the debaucheries a bride-to-be might need. Here, we round up some of the best, only-in-Nashville bachelorette outings.
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Jazz Brunch at Liberty Common
Downtown’s light and airy Parisian-inspired bistro, Liberty Common is just the spot to greet the girls for the weekend. The modern, mural-filled space is full of Instagram-worthy corners, as well as large tables for big groups to share. Reserve a spot during jazz brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for live music by Tim and Myles Thompson, and heaping plates of chicken and Belgian waffles, croque madames, buttermilk pancakes and big, fluffy biscuits. To kick off the weekend festivities, start with one of their brunch cocktails, which range from bright (Le Spritz with Lillet and a Pet-Nat sparkling wine) to boozy (bloody Mary loaded up with pickled vegetables).
Chocolate Classes at The Goo Goo Shop
Make some sweet memories with your squad: Gather up the girls and head to The Goo Goo Shop and Dessert Bar, set just a block off Broadway. You’ll find Goo Goo Clusters — one of the country’s original candy bars — in both premium and limited-edition flavors in the retail space, plus a dessert bar in the back stocked with sweet treats, milkshakes, and sundaes. Book a spot in one of their hour-long, hands-on chocolate classes ($40, typically scheduled on weekends) where you’ll learn a bit of history and get to make your own Goo Goo while sampling treats from the dessert bar along the way. Pro tip: Bachelorette groups can book private classes, which can be customized to include a wine or spirits pairing.
Group Dinner at Acme Feed & Seed
If your plans involve honky-tonk hopping along Broadway, best to stay close to the action, even on a dinner break. Acme Feed & Seed sits at the base of Broadway. Spread out over three stories, with a rooftop bar, it makes for a solid fueling-up spot. There’s an eclectic, fast-casual menu of pork belly tacos and shrimp and grits on the first floor, and a robust sushi menu available on the second floor, plus multiple bars located throughout. Place an order downstairs and make your way to one of the large booths and tables. Or, call ahead to reserve a space on the second floor for up to 15 people. After you fill up, make your way up to the rooftop bar for a few froses and unbeatable views, or kick off the dance party with live music on the first floor.
Boot Scoot at Bars on Lower Broadway
It almost goes without say, but Lower Broadway is a major draw for any music fan or fun seeker in Nashville. Poke into the ones that seem fun to your group, but Tootsies Orchid Lounge and Robert's Western World are among the spots where you'll actually find locals. Order a beer, find a spot near the dance floor and don’t forget to tip your musicians.
Play All Day at Pinewood Social
With a spacious bar, dining room, bowling alley and swimming pools (complete with their own Airstream bar), Pinewood Social is a girls’ weekend go-to. Grab a spot on one of six reclaimed-wood bowling lanes (scores are recorded by hand, old-school style), or step outside and corral seats by the dipping pools where you can camp out for the afternoon. You’ll want to order up rounds of crispy tots, plus one of their large-format cocktails. There are two sizes, the Runner Up for 6 ($65) or the Pinewood Cup for 12 ($125). Choose either a bright or bold option; each starts with your choice of liquor and is rounded out with a range of buzzy flavors. If spirit-free is your way to be, the bar has a great menu of non-alcoholic beverages, too.
Build a Bouquet with Amelia’s Flowers
The bride has probably figured out her flower arrangements, but that doesn’t mean you can’t adorn her with pretty blooms for her bachelorette weekend. Amelia’s Flowers, which started as a mobile truck business, now has a permanent space on Nashville’s west side in the L&L building. There, they offer full service floral arrangements as well as a space in the back where you can build your own bouquet from a selection of seasonal stems. Groups of five or more can book one- to two-hour-long workshops during which your party can practice crafting floral arrangements ($85 per guest), or learn how to make their own take-home flower crowns ($75 per crown).
Punch Bowls at L27
Set 27 stories above downtown, the rooftop lounge at the top of the Westin Nashville is L27, an oasis of calm that boasts spectacular views. The rooftop pool itself is reserved for hotel guests but the pool deck and surrounding cabanas are open for all to use. Reserve a cabana for two hours and settle your group in for an afternoon in the sun. For snacks, you’ll find tuna poke bowls, lamb meatballs and spicy waffle fries. But the true treats are L27’s punch bowls ($120) — boozy concoctions, like the Classic Margarita, Vodka Reviver or bourbon-based Fashionably Old are all big enough to serve a very thirsty crowd.
Sweet Start Mural Tour with Mint Julep
Nashville’s mural game is strong, but our mural-selfie game is even stronger. Nearly all of Nashville’s neighborhoods now boast spots where you’ll find queues lined up to get their pictures snapped in front of an array of public art. Instead of walking through town on your own to seek them out, get an expert view of some of the city’s most-vibrant pieces with Mint Julep’s Sweet Start Mural Tour. From 9 a.m. to noon, Friday through Sunday, the guided-transportation tour ($69 per person) takes you through Nashville’s coolest neighborhoods, with stops at the most-talked-about public art displays. Along the way, there’s a stop for doughnuts and mimosas, so you can fuel up before snapping more pics.
Weekend Feast at Mangia Nashville
You may not be throwing your own big Italian wedding, but you take part in what feels like one at Mangia Nashville. On Friday and Saturday nights, this spacious focacceria hosts its Weekend Feast, a three-hour, multi-course family-style meal during which there’s plenty of wine, music, and dancing ($55 per person, excluding alcohol). Large platters of antipasti, pastas, and entrees are passed around the communal tables (pace yourself — the food is plentiful), while owner Nick Pellegrino shares stories and songs to get the crowd on their feet. It’s a wild time, especially when the dancing starts, since everyone — from the cooks to the servers to the guests — gets in on the action.
The Oil Bar at Lemon Laine
Every bride deserves to be pampered. At wellness shop Lemon Laine in East Nashville, the entire bridal party can take part in perusing the shop’s high-end natural beauty products. The best move for groups is to reserve a spot at the Oil Bar where specialists guide each guest through crafting a custom facial oil from a range of plant, seed and nut oils. During the one-hour session ($65 per person), they’ll discuss your specific skin types and needs to help you blend your own signature oil. Along the way, you and your friends can sip a glass of wine, browse the store’s beautifully packaged skin and bath products, and leave with your own one-of-a-kind gift.
Mezcal Tasting at Butchertown Hall
Not all brides want rose all day. For a connoisseur of sturdier spirits, make a stop at Germantown’s Butchertown Hall. Known for their tacos, queso, and ribs, they also show off a fine selection of mezcals and tequilas. Grab a spot either inside the striking main dining room or outside on the greenery-enclosed patio and request a mezcal or tequila flight. Three tasting-sized pours arrive along with a card describing each beverage and its origins and characteristics. Alongside it comes a small pile of spiced oranges — a welcome palate cleanser between each sample. After your flight, you can keep the party going with Butchertown’s stellar selection of beers — or just order up another plate of chorizo-laden queso for the crew.
Champagne Sabering at Geist Nashville
There is a lot to love about Geist, a casually chic restaurant and bar set in a former blacksmith shop in Germantown. Bachelorette parties will want to head straight to the Champagne Garden, set just off the dining room on a brick-walled patio. Lined with a few intimate tables and chairs, the garden has its own dedicated Champagne bar (bottles get chilled in an antique farmhouse sink), where the bartenders offers the option of Champagne sabering. For $25, plus the cost of the bottle, a server will walk you through the steps of uncorking your bubbles with a celebratory slice. As for what you’re drinking, the list runs from Bellafina prosecco to Moet et Chandon Rosé to vintage Dom Perignon — all of which make a spectacular display under the sword.
Vice and Virtue at JW Marriott
You can either take on or take out the wellness trend by indulging in one of two group packages at the towering JW Marriott Nashville. For those looking to relax, the Virtue package ($224 per person) includes a guided running tour of Music Row, goat yoga and a meditation practice inside the Spa by JW. For those looking for some action, the Vice package ($340 per person) covers a private party-barge tour of downtown, with stops at John Rich’s Redneck Riviera and Big Machine’s distillery. Both include a family-style feast at the hotel’s Stompin’ Grounds restaurant. It might be avocado toast and marinated olives, or lamb tacos and barbecue brisket. The choice is entirely up to you — and whichever angel or devil is leading the charge.
Goat Yoga with Shenanigoats
A good yoga class can be restful and restorative. Add goats to the mix, and suddenly it’s all fun and games. Schedule a private class through Nashville’s Shenanigoats Yoga where goats are let loose as you flow and move through a practice ($25 to $28 per person). Yes, the goats nuzzle and climb, but you’re allowed to break your pose and nuzzle right back — the whole point is to find the pure joy and randomness of moving aside these adorable animals. If yoga with the little guys feels like a stretch, they also offer two-hour BYOB Paint & Sip classes — and goats, of course, are included.
Restoration and Reflexology at Salt and Soles
Looking for a place to put those feet up after a night of boot-scootin’? Take your tribe over to Salt and Sole, a salt therapy and reflexology space where groups can unwind together. The salt cave is a long, narrow room completely encased in pink Himalayan salt stones. Inside, two rows of zero-gravity lounge chairs are lined up alongside each other. Settle in with an eye mask to enjoy the restorative effects of the cave itself. Or, sign up for a reflexology treatment at the hands of the extensively trained technicians. The combination of the footwork and salt air will leave you refreshed and renewed for your next night out on Broadway.
Stay and Play at Downtown Sporting Club
If you’re looking to plant yourself in the center of the action, Nashville’s newest boutique hotel inside Downtown Sporting Club hits all the right notes. The multi-purpose space is home to two restaurants, three bars, and 12 axe-throwing lanes, plus 20 well-appointed rooms set on the third floor of the historic, Broadway-facing building. Four of the rooms — all of which hold Casper mattresses and Le Labo toiletries — look out over the neon lights of Broadway, but there’s also a room with double bunk beds, which is great for groups who don’t mind close quarters. Not only is DSC at the center of the city’s nightlife district, and filled with plenty of drinking, dining, and gaming options below, the rooms themselves are solidly affordable for Nashville.