Ernest Tubb Record Shop
417 Broadway, Downtown
The Ernest Tubb Record Shop, with its vast array of bluegrass and classic country music, also hosts a live WSM-AM radio show each Saturday night after the Grand Ole Opry. It airs from the Texas Troubadour Theatre in Music Valley and was established in 1947.
116 Fifth Ave., Downtown
The Ryman was founded as a church in 1892, which explains the church pew seating. In the mid-twentieth century it came to house the legendary Johnny Cash television show and the weekly Grand Ole Opry concert and radio show, which was broadcast on WSM-AM. The television show is no more, and the Opry has moved to a new home at the Grand Ole Opry House, but the Ryman remains a must-experience concert venue for its spectacular acoustics. Definitely try to get tickets to a show there and skip the daytime museum tour: You can kill two birds with one stone and check out the display cases while you’re at the concert.
401 Broadway, Downtown
Merchants has been taking up prime Downtown real estate (perfectly situated for dinner and drinks before a night of honky-tonking at Robert’s Western World), in what used to be Merchants Hotel, since 1988 but has only recently gained culinary notoriety thanks to a top-to-bottom overhaul in 2010, when it was purchased by Strategic Hospitality. It’s split into two distinct dining concepts: On the ground floor, it’s Southern comfort food (green fried tomatoes, blackened catfish, smoked brisket) and cozy leather booths. Upstairs, it's a formal dining room with a fancier menu to match (seafood towers and filet mignon).
231 Sixth Ave. N, Downtown
This is the swankiest hotel in town and drips in old-world charm. The food at Capitol Grille (not to be confused with the the Capital Grille chain) is pretty traditional, but it’s fun just for the atmosphere. Be sure to check out the gorgeous Art Deco men’s bathroom that women are allowed to peek into, and the Oak Bar, which features an extensive whiskey collection.
Omni Hotel Nashville
250 5th Ave. S, Downtown
Though this Downtown property is part of the massive Omni Hotel family (great if you’re traveling with kids and need all the comforts of a corporate-y resort, such as a pool, on-site restaurants, and a spa), it goes to great lengths to embrace the rich history of the city. For one, the hotel is within shouting distance of the Music City Center and attached to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
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