The Gulch and Downtown are lively urban districts with endless entertainment options. Downtown is the center of Nashville’s world-famous country music scene with crowded honky-tonks, dive bars, and large nightlife venues showcasing diverse musical acts. The concert venues in Downtown Nashville are the stuff of legend, offering intimate performances in a relaxed low-key environment where success and fame are as obtainable as they are inconsequential. Downtown also has an up-and-coming dining scene with hip new eateries and creative interpretations of classic Southern comfort food. Just a few blocks to the southeast, The Gulch is Downtown’s sophisticated brother. This stylish neighborhood boasts trendsetting restaurants from renowned chefs, luxury shopping, chic hotels, and rooftop bars.
The Gulch and Downtown are where to be in Nashville. There’s a lot of fun packed within these blocks. High-rise apartment and condominium buildings soar into the Nashville skyline. Other housing options include elegant brick townhouses and ultra-desirable custom-built homes close to all the best Nashville has to offer.
What to Love
- Exciting heart of Music City
- Honky Tonk Highway
- Endless entertainment options
- Country Music Hall of Fame
People & Lifestyle
The Gulch and Downtown are without question the liveliest areas in Nashville. From tourist attractions exploring the rich heritage of country music to honky-tonks keeping the tradition alive, this is where Music City gets its mojo.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The bright lights of Broadway are home to Nashville’s iconic Honky Tonk Highway. This bustling strip is alive with live music every night of the week. proudly boasts more music history per square inch than any other Music City venue. Tootsie’s is one of Nashville’s oldest honky-tonks, playing a big role in launching country music stars such as Willie Nelson, Mel Tillis, Patsy Cline, and Kris Kristofferson. is similarly steeped in Music City heritage, which is depicted on a famous mural of music legends. Like many of Broadway’s honky-tonks, The Stage never imposes a cover charge for its performances. is a multipurpose venue offering live music, ax throwing, hotel rooms, and a rooftop bar with skyline views. The hip businesses in The Gulch include unique retailers such as for chic jewelry and . for premium Western boots as well as other footwear and accessories. in The Gulch is a first-class fitness center with tailored instruction from friendly professional trainers. Head to the rooftop at The Gulch’s Thompson Nashville hotel to enjoy exquisite small plates and cocktails alongside unbeatable nighttime views at . is another highlight of The Gulch’s nightlife scene. This laidback lounge is an authentic replication of a New York-style jazz club with live performances from talented musicians. Its menu features strong cocktails and tasty Cajun and Creole cooking. is a popular Downtown spot for great pub grub and nightly live performances. A block away from Broadway, McGavock Street is Downtown Nashville’s Restaurant Row. Popularly known as M Street, standout eateries along this stretch include swanky steakhouse . is a fun addition to The Gulch’s after-dark entertainment options with duckpin bowling, classic pinball machines, foosball and ping pong tables, and indoor bocce ball. Pin’s has a wide-ranging drinks menu which includes over two dozen craft beers on draft as well as wine, punches, and creative cocktails.
Things to Do
Music City lives up to its name with musical landmarks and venues big and small. is home to the NHL’s Nashville Predators and doubles as a large performance space which hosts the star-studded CMA and CMT Music Awards. is the former home of the Grand Ole Opry and an essential career milestone for all of Nashville’s biggest names. This historic auditorium opened in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle. The endless list of renowned performers at the Ryman has led it to be called the “Mother Church of Country Music.” is a huge convention center that brings diverse conferences and events to Downtown Nashville throughout the year. features a museum with one of the world’s largest collections of musical artifacts and is a must-visit for any country music fan making a Nashville pilgrimage. r on the Cumberland River is Nashville’s premier outdoor concert venue. This state-of-the-art amphitheater opened in 2015 and has already assembled an impressive range of performances from top touring acts.
The Gulch and Downtown Nashville are zoned in the Davidson County school district.
- Head Middle, Public, Magnet, 5-8
- Martin Luther King Junior School, Public, Magnet, 7-12
- Hume-Fogg High, Public, Magnet, 9-12