Establishment neighborhood
goop MRKT
2707 12th Ave S., 12South
When we planned goop MRKT’s arrival in Nashville, we knew one thing: We had to bring our A game. Sure, she’s a welcoming city with a unique brand of Southern charm, but we know a cool girl when we see one, so we dressed to impress. The goal? A space that reflects Nashville’s edgy, creative nature through the lens of goop. The result? Our Nashville pop-up is the first IRL goop outpost with a communal space for lounging, sipping matcha, and meeting up with friends for crystal swapping and conversation. In designing the space, NYC-based Reunion Goods & Services left plenty of room for a Nashville-inspired shopping edit. Eriness’s edgy pavé diamond-speckled jewelry over there. The fall collections from G. Label and La DoubleJ and Hangai linens in the home shop over here. And over by sexual wellness: the Smile Makers (you’ll see). With no intention of washing away the city’s grit—au contraire, our goal is to absorb as much as we can—we brought the clean beauty shop with us and fancied it up with an in-store apothecary (sink conducive to sampling included). Stock up on the all-stars: Dr.…
Station Inn
402 12th Ave. S, The Gulch
Located in the up-and-coming Gulch neighborhood, the Station Inn is a vestige of another time. Don’t be fooled by the bare-bones exterior, this is the best venue for bluegrass. Period. They don’t take reservations and it’s first come, first serve—doors open at 7 p.m. so be sure to line up early. When it fills up, they stick a paper plate on the door that says “Sold Out.” One of the nights GP went, she saw Jim Lauderdale, one of the best and most well-respected local singer-songwriters, and his band play some rockin’ bluegrass (she was in the company of a bunch of musicians that night and they were truly blown away by the music). The Time Jumpers, who play there on most Monday nights, are also worth catching if you get a chance.
434 Houston St., Wedgewood-Houston
Bastion is the place to head when you can’t decide between a really fun bar, or a really great restaurant. That’s because it offers both, separated by a sliding door that creates two distinct spaces. Start in the bar with one of their specialty cocktails (we’d go for the Rosemallow Daisy, made with tequila, lime, and hibiscus), and follow it with the five-course tasting menu in the 24-seat restaurant. Helmed by chef Josh Habiger, it’s hard to predict what you’ll get, but part of the joy of a meal here is seeing your dinner prepared in the open kitchen, just beyond where you’re sitting.
823 Meridian St., East Nashville
Chef Philip Krajeck (of Rolf & Daughters) opened Folk earlier this year in McFerrin Park, an up-and-coming area of East Nashville that’s currently booming. First impressions are striking, with an interior that features custom artwork from local artists Alex Lockwood and Paul Collins, exposed brick walls, and plenty of light wood accents and potted greenery for that indoor-outdoor effect. As for the food, you can’t go wrong with one of the wood-fired pizzas, which are topped with ingredients like kale, fermented potato, pickled chilis, and preserved peppers.
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