10 Awesome Things To Do In Nashville This Weekend

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YOU MADE IT.

Sure, you’ve made it to the end of the week before. This particular time had higher stakes – whether it be acing your last final, turning in your last work assignment, or getting your last-minute Christmas shopping done for your super hard-to-buy-for mom (hint: get her a candle or something with Barry Manilow). Wanna celebrate? Awwwww yeah. Here are 10 awesome things to do in Nashville this weekend!

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Get Blinded With Science (And Beer)

Science Of Beer

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WHAT IT IS:

The smartest way to get your drink on, y’all! Adventure Science Center is hosting its annual Science Of Beer event, and we couldn’t be more pumped. You’ll walk away with a souvenir pint glass, a belly full of 70+ craft brews (though you probably shouldn’t try ALL 70) and liquid nitrogen beer ice cream, and a head full of beer and science knowledge. It’s an after-hours adults only event with some of the best attractions around (if you haven’t been in the planetarium before, you’re missing out). Best news is – Wannado has your EXCLUSIVE tickets! Get them HERE before they’re gone!

GOOD FOR:

Your happy hour group. Keep the beer flowin’ and add in some funtivities, champ.

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT:

If you want to grab some food before (though there will be awesome food trucks on-site), stop by the nearby Pour House for some burgers. You’ll need some carbs before you get all those beers in your system.

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Every Time You Visit Belcourt, An Angel Gets Its Wings

It’s A Wonderful Life

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WHAT IT IS:

Buffalo gals, won’t you come out tonight/this late afternoon? This Frank Capra film starring Jimmy Stewart has turned into a beloved Christmas classic (although it was deemed too schmaltzy for its time and was initially a critical flop). A movie with charm and morality, it still seems completely authentic and somehow brims with positivity. You’re going to want to see it on the big screen with someone you love!

GOOD FOR:

Taking off early from work (and if you have cool coworkers, you should all go together).

MAKE A DAY OF IT:

Eat, drink, and be merry with your loved ones after this film. If you’re willing to travel, Marche Artisan Foods on the east side has some of the best mulled wine ever made – it’s like Christmas in a cup! If you want to stay nearby, grab some seasonal drinks and pipin’ hot lobster mac and cheese at nearby Cabana.

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Local Bands, Lyric Sheets, & Christmas Tunes

3rd Annual Christmas Carol Party

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WHAT IT IS:

Your dream of being in a band for a night: FULFILLED. The Stone Fox puts on some killer programming for West Nashville folks (and those who like to visit). The holidays are no exception. Don’t fade into the tinsel-decorated background at this shindig – be a part of it! 20 local bands will take the stage to perform a Christmas song – Alanna Royale, *repeat repeat, Tesla Rossa, The Hot Tub Club, Twiggs, & more. You’ll have the lyrics sheet, so join in!

GOOD FOR:

Your big group of friends who don’t feel like aimlessly bar hopping on Friday night. This provides some much needed structure!

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT:

If you just can’t stop belting out some “All I Want For Christmas”, take the after party to Santa’s Pub. The cash only double wide trailer bar will be bringin’ the karaoke late into the night (and yeah, the owner looks like Santa – or maybe he IS Santa).

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The Prince Of Pop Is Bringing Sexy Back (Again!)

Justin Timberlake

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WHAT IT IS:

Yes, we already covered this in our “10 Must See Shows This Week” feature (check it out if you haven’t). However, JT deserves all the mentions. Why? He can rock a suit and tie. He has been called this generation’s MJ (go ahead, call it blasphemous. Then go see this show and say we’re still wrong). He is a Memphis boy who does a cover of “Heartbreak Hotel”. He rocked a lot of ribbed turtlenecks, pleather pants, and frosted tips and somehow escaped the late 90s/2000s unscathed. Get those Craigslist tickets, y’all – they’re worth it! It’s the second to last stop on the last leg of his world tour.

GOOD FOR:

A surprise early Christmas gift for your significant other/best friend.

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT:

If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of JT, we know he loves him some southern eats. Last time the 20/20 tour came through town, he dined at Puckett’s Grocery (one of our faves) in Leiper’s Fork. If you want to make a whole day of it, check out our (imaginary) Nashville itinerary for a Timberlake visit. 

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Serve It Up To Serve Your Community

Fresh Food Giveaway

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WHAT IT IS:

This is a wonderful place to volunteer! Every first and third Friday of the month, people in the Nashville community gather for the Fresh Food Giveaway. A joint venture between Catholic Charities’ Loaves and Fishes and Second Harvest Food Bank, the volunteering opportunity allows you to hand out tons of fresh food to those without. The fellowship is always a blessing to both volunteers and participants. Come on down, y’all!

GOOD FOR:

Your early holiday visitors – kick the weekend before Christmas off right by serving together!

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT:

Head to Green Hills for a night of Christmas shopping, and here’s the challenge: for every food item you buy yourself (there’s a lot of seasonal goodies at Whole Foods), buy one for a family in need. ‘Tis the season!

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Enjoy A Brand-New Rockumentary

Hard Working Americans “The First Waltz” Screening

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WHAT IT IS:

Nashville loves a good supergroup. With so many amazing musicians in this town, we are used to some of the best teaming up for one-off projects; however, Hard Working Americans is something special. The band consists of singer Todd Snider, bassist Dave Schools from Widespread Panic, Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood on guitar and vocals, Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi on keyboards and Duane Trucks, younger brother to Derek on drums. The documentary covers their beginnings and tour, and proceeds will benefit Nashville Rescue Mission.

GOOD FOR:

Your out-of-town guest who wants to see Lower Broadway from a local perspective. Acme Feed and Seed is hoppin’!

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT:

Like we said, Acme is a destination venue with tons of amenities. If you decide to venture out, walk down 2nd Ave. for impressive Christmas lights and a lot of great stop-in bars on the strip!

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We’re Up All Night To Get Tacky

The 10th Annual Terrible Christmas Sweater Party

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WHAT IT IS:

They were uncool before being uncool was cool. The longest running tacky Christmas sweater party in all of Nashville is celebrating its 10th anniversary with (lack of) style. The Blue Bar blowout is the loudest dance party of the season (the noise level kind of increases when the majority of dancers have bells all over their clothes), and the Jaegermeister-sponsored bash will have tons of drink specials for you. The bonus? It all benefits Boys and Girls Club of Middle TN.

GOOD FOR:

That friend who always complains about the lack of real dancing at concerts and such. Bust a move, kid!

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT:

You are going to need to get your fill at dinner before you drink and sweat for a million hours. Get a delectable meal from a place within walking distance! Tavern has a menu everyone will love – the kale salad is amazing, and the smores at your table? That’s what dreams are made of. If your group is feeling some Mexican, drown in queso (and love it) at Chuy’s.

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See A Modern-Day Blues Goddess

Shemekia Copeland

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WHAT IT IS:

Shemekia Copeland can SANG. This blues singer has quite the prestigious rap sheet: opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined the Chicago Blues Festival, shared the stage with Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, and has performed at the White House. Yeah. She’s kind of a big deal. She’ll be playing the tambourine (and the vocal chords) at City Winery, and you don’t want to miss it!

GOOD FOR:

Anyone with Christmas fatigue. This will also be a great date night!

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT:

The show is on the earlier side. When you inevitably get your second wind post-show, we suggest you go kick up your heels at BB Kings downtown. There are old men in zoot suits, middle aged women drinking alcohol out of fishbowls, and most importantly LOTS of dancing. Bring your comfy shoes (or your hot shoes – life is short).

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A Variety Of Christmas Music At The Most Enchanting Place In Town

Craig Duncan Presents: A Smoky Mountain Christmas

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WHAT IT IS:

Cheekwood is one of Nashville’s prettiest institutions, and even MORE so at the holidays. Besides their Holiday At Cheekwood exhibit, they’ll have a special musical program this weekend that has something for everyone. You into hand bells? They got it. Choral vocals? Done. Big band? You bet. Make the trek to Cheekwood and you won’t be sorry!

GOOD FOR:

A charming family outing with your visiting/grown up kids.

MAKE A DAY OF IT:

Get some hot peppermint tea or cocoa from Dose and cruise! Cheekwood is in the Belle Meade area, and those neighborhoods have some of the best Christmas light displays in Tennessee. Roll those windows up, turn on some Nat King Cole, and get cozy!

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Trunk Muzik Takes Nashville

Yelawolf

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WHAT IT IS:

He may be a fairly new name in hip hop, but Yelawolf isn’t making any rookie mistakes. The rapper is signed to Shady Records (yeah, Eminem’s label) and Interscope, and he has amassed a huge following with Trunk Muzik and Trunk Muzik Returns. His next record is called “Love Story” and is slated for a 2015 release – come to this intimate show so you can say you saw him right before he was selling out arenas!

GOOD FOR:

People who complain there’s no good hip hop in Nashville.

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT:

Want a delicious and filling Sunday night dinner? Head to new Gulch spot Party Fowl before the show for some hot chicken that will make your head spin (and your eyes water).

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There you have it, Nashville! It may be the week before Christmas, but that doesn’t mean you can’t schedule some fun in your city before the relatives come in town. For all your Nashville needs (and your visitors), download Wannado for free! From live music to happy hours to tacky Christmas sweater parties, we’ve got you covered.

10 Must-See Shows In Nashville This Week

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It’s setting in: Christmas party fatigue.

You’ve done the office party, the White Elephant party, the extended family party, your spouse’s office party, your roommate’s party…you can only take so much. Want to break up the routine? Nashville has some pretty awesome live concerts this week (what else is new?), and we’ve handpicked 10 of them just for you (browse Wannado for the whole lineup)!

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We Want Crazy (Awesome Country Vocals)

Hunter Hayes

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WHO IT IS:

Hunter Hayes has a big voice and an even bigger following. The “I Want Crazy” singer has played the historic venue before, but he still has some tricks up his sleeve. Expect his recently released “Merry Christmas Baby” single to round out the set with some holiday spirit. “Nashville” stars Lennon & Maisy will be keepin’ it youthful (and soulful) as part of the bill. So much talent for three people who’s combined age is less than 50 years old. WHAT.

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT:

Have a country-fried night with a meal out at downtown favorite Puckett’s. You can walk from the venue, just make sure you bundle up! If you are still in a party mood post-show and feel like hitting the town, check out Robert’s Western World or world-famous venue/bar The Stage for some honky-tonkin’.

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You’ll Be Falling For The Christmas Beat

Andrew Ripp Christmas Show

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WHO IT IS:

A Nashville local with some major cred and songwriting skills, that’s who. Andrew Ripp runs in a pretty cool Nashville dude singer/songwriter crowd, so of course he loves him some Christmas. His song “Falling For The Beat” gets us every time, and when it comes to Christmas his cover of Joy To The World is a playlist mainstay. We can’t wait to hear him sing those holiday classics! Also, from far away he and Neil Patrick Harris look crazy alike. Fun fact.

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT:

Grab an early dinner and take in the absolutely magical Christmas lights display at Opryland. The hotel is decked out for the season, and we know you’re going to be decked out in your concert outfit best – make sure you get some pictures in while you’re lookin’ fine!

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Former Underoath Frontman Is Ready To ROCK

Sleepwave

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WHO IT IS:

Anyone who ever walked in to Hot Topic or got on Myspace knows exactly who Underoath is. The band dominated Christian rock charts for the aughts (that’s what we all collectively decided to call the 2000’s, right?), and the frontman has a brand new project that is KILLER. Come see Spencer Chamberlain’s new passion project and rock out to equally awesome acts Foreign War, We Are The Finale, and What We Do In Secret. This is your chance to break out that studded belt again.

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT:

Treat yourself to brand-new Hillsboro Village restaurant, Lucky Belly. The sushi and burgers joint has a quirky twist – the menu and decor are based on the playfulness of youth culture in Japan. Relive your youth with this restaurant-show combo!

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Rock & Roll All Night For A Cause

Merry Effin’ KISSmas: An Evening With Blonder Than Hell

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WHO IT IS:

They’re gonna rock and roll all night and party EVERY day. Especially Friday night! A KISS cover band with all that reckless/kickass Gene Simmons spirit, Blonder Than Hell is making all your KISS fan Christmas wishes come true. It’s going to get rowdy! Bring a toy or a canned food item to the door – they’ll be taking donations in exchange for just a $5 cover.

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT:

Get some cheap and delicious Mexican food just a short drive away at La Hacienda on Nolensville Pike. And in case you missed it, that is where the Commander In Chief grabbed lunch when he was in Nashville last week. His name is Barack Obama, and he approves this queso.

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Hallelujah For What The Symphony Bringeth

Handel’s Messiah

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WHO IT IS:

The best symphony players in the world (okay, maybe we are a bit biased, but still). Following the annual tradition, the gorgeous Schermerhorn Symphony Center is hosting performances of Handel’s Messiah through the weekend. Sure, you may be more into weird indie pop, but you haven’t lived until you’ve seen a live orchestra perform one of the greatest classical works ever created. 10 to 1 odds you are going to cry a little.

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT:

It might not harken ALL the way back to Handel’s time (the famous composer died 17 years before the good ol’ US of A gained independence), but if you want to throw it way back, do a fancy dinner at The Standard! The wedding location of Andrew Jackson (you may have heard of him) has gas lamps and steak and that 18th century charm. It’s also a feasible walk from the Schermerhorn!

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The Prince Of Pop Brings Sexy Back To Nashville

Justin Timberlake

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WHO IT IS:

Justin Timberlake, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. You are the reigning prince of pop. You are bringing sexy back to Nashville after you already graced us with your presence earlier this year. You rocked some frosted curls and ribbed turtlenecks in the late 90s like a total boss. The list goes on. Head to Bridgestone Arena to witness what has been named the best live show of 2014. Get ready to lose it.

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT:

If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of JT, we know he loves him some southern eats. Last time the 20/20 tour came through town, he dined at Puckett’s Grocery (one of our faves) in Leiper’s Fork. If you want to make a whole day of it, check out our (imaginary) Nashville itinerary for a Timberlake visit. 

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Christmas Tunes And All That Jazz

Joseph Wooten’s Annual Christmas Show

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WHO IT IS:

All of the Wooten Brothers are local and national treasures – Joseph Wooten is no exception. The 3 time Grammy nominee has been the keyboardist for The Steve Miller Band since 1993, and he has piano chops like you would not believe. Are you a bigger fan of Coltrane Christmas than a twee indie cover of Sleigh Bells? This is your show, cool cat.

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT:

Nothing goes with a jazz show quite like an Old Fashioned. Pre-game your show at Pinewood Social, where there are delicious eats, drinks, coffee, and even vintage bowling! Bonus points if you class it up for this show and end up throwing a strike whilst wearing a stylish bowler hat. Snazzy!

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A Modern-Day Blues Goddess

Shemekia Copeland

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WHO IT IS:

Shemekia Copeland can SANG. This blues singer has quite the prestigious rap sheet: opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined the Chicago Blues Festival, shared the stage with Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, and has performed at the White House. Yeah. She’s kind of a big deal. She’ll be playing the tambourine (and the vocal chords) at City Winery, and you don’t want to miss it!

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT:

The show is on the earlier side. When you inevitably get your second wind post-show, we suggest you go kick up your heels at BB Kings downtown. There are old men in zoot suits, middle aged women drinking alcohol out of fishbowls, and most importantly LOTS of dancing. Bring your comfy shoes (or your hot shoes – life is short).

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They Think They’ll Come To Nashville

Augustana

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WHO IT IS;

We’ve all been there. Windows down, behind the wheel, and belting out “I think I’ll go to Boston, I think I’ll start a new life” at the top of our lungs. There’s more to Augustana than their monstrous hit “Boston” – the band has some serious longevity! Much of that has to do with their top-notch live show. The track “Youth Is Wasted On The Young” off their 2014 record “Life Imitates Life” will have you introspectively head-bobbin’. All the feels, y’all.

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT:

Cannery Ballroom is a cool venue surrounded by cool places to grab a drink and a bite to eat. The two-story burgers, beer, and bourbon spot Pour House has great specials. You’ll be super close to the venue, so if you have one too many at the start, you can walk (and then dance it out at the show)!

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A Star-Studded Christmas Party From The Original “Idol”

Miracle On Broadway With Kelly Clarkson

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WHO IT IS:

The original gal to knock Simon Cowell off of his grumpy British feet, Kelly Clarkson has come a long way since her days on American Idol. Now a Nashville resident who is related to Reba (THE DREAM), Clarkson’s down-home elegance, powerhouse vocals, and famous friends are rounding out the Christmas concert lineup of your dreams. Her special guests include Reba (duh), Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Kacey Musgraves, Paramore’s Hayley Williams, Charles Esten, Meghan Trainor and more. It’s like CMA Country Christmas take two without all the cameras! Proceeds go to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Monroe Harding Children’s Home, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Thistle Farms. We love it!

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT:

After you get inspired by the unique takes on Christmas carols from your favorite stars, sing your own tune! Head to Santa’s Pub (which also happens to be a celebrity favorite) for a cash only beer bar, karaoke, and all the Christmas cheer that can fit into a double-wide trailer.

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Take a break from aimless party mingling and head out to an awesome concert, y’all. ‘Tis the season to rock out! Didn’t see anything that matches your musical style? Browse all the live shows in Wannado. We’ve got you covered!

Wanna See JT? Our Dream Nashville Day With Justin Timberlake

Wanna See JT?

Those of us who are loyal fans of the President of Pop have seen him come a long way. His 11 year old countrified Star Search performance (complete with a 10-gallon hat), his childhood friendship with Ryan Gosling on The Mickey Mouse Club (yeah…that’s real), his days rocking bleach blonde Ramen Noodle-esque hair as a teen sensation, the time he wore a turtleneck in the woods and sang with such emotion (while surrounded by bubbles), all the way to when he brought Sexy back: we’ve loved it all, and we know you have too. So do you wanna see JT in Nashville?

To prepare your JT-lovin’ heart, we are giving you ideas on what to do with Timberlake when he comes to the ville’. So here it is: the best Nashville places to:

Show Him Off:
Morning Coffee At Fido

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He only wants a pinch of Sugar In The Raw in his latte. Just a pinch.

WHY:

Fido is the place to be seen, y’all. Remember the Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal date heard round the world? If you walked into the Hillsboro Village hangout with Timberlake, it would be the stuff of legend. Taylor Swift’s mustard yellow scarf and a bearded Donny Darko? Erased from memory. Bonus: the line gets long in the morning, so more time to hang with Justin and engage in friendly banter over how early is too early to have a slice of their delicious carrot cake. Precious moments.

DREAM SCENARIO:

You roll in with JT on your arm, bathed in light. Sexy is back (not that it ever left Nashville, but it is definitely heightened). You stand in line with Justin under the glare of the iPhone cameras but are undisturbed, because Nashvillians are too cool to come up and say something while he’s picking out his breakfast muffin. He instagrams his coffee and tags you in it. He gets a casual call from Jay-Z, but says that Hova can wait. After all, it’s like you’re his mirror.


Have Some Real Talk:
Brisk Stroll Through Centennial Park

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Cry Me A River, indeed.

WHY:

There’s just something about those pathways. You walk past the Parthenon together, and things are gonna get REAL. Plus, there are plenty of places to park it when his dancing feet get tired (although his moves are usually hip-heavy, he’s got to preserve that dancin’ health). We all want to know what is really going on in that brilliant mind of his. Here’s your chance.

DREAM SCENARIO:

You briskly stroll through Centennial Park with Justin. Surprise! He has bread in his pocket, and you better believe he’s gonna feed those ducks. You sit on the steps of the Parthenon and look out at our lovely city, and it starts to make JT emotional. Why can’t he live in Nashville permanently? Well, you say, you can’t have it all, bro. He opens up about how much he misses his NSYNC bandmates (especially J.C., because they were a dream team). Then he cheers up and proceeds to teach you his secret friend handshake with Jimmy Fallon. YOU’RE IN. Prepare yourself for History of Rap pt. 5.


Get Justin Gram’d:
I Believe In Nashville Mural

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We believe in you too, Timberlake. #nofilter

WHY:.

Yes, this mural is now a Nashville landmark. If you post a picture of JT in front of that mural with the Nashville filter, let’s be real: your mom won’t be the only one liking your pictures anymore. Get ready for the quadruple digit likes, friend, and check that Klout score. It’s gonna be through the roof. Also, BONUS – JT can pick up some good old fashioned Southern tea at Edley’s during your photoshoot break. He’s from Memphis – he knows his sweet tea, y’all.

DREAM SCENARIO:

You get a super cool snapshot of you and JT in tuxedo t-shirts. Hashtag suit and tie, obviously. And you know what? You’re so casual, you don’t even tag him. Of course you get an Instavid of Justin doing the Bye, Bye, Bye dance while you hold his Edley’s tea. After the VMA’s, he’s totally comfortable reenacting iconic moments in his career for anyone who will watch. He’s cool like that.


Carb Up Before The Big Show:
Monell’s

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Take Back The Pie.

WHY:

You’re hosting the man who opened up a restaurant chain called Southern Hospitality. He’s GOT to experience Monell’s. Not only that, but think about all that sangin’ he has to do soon. It’s been a lovely day, but he’s got to start getting serious about show prep. Time to carbo load. This also gives you a much-needed phone break, because the staff frowns upon phone use during mealtime.

DREAM SCENARIO:

You and JT are seated communally (that’s Monell’s thing), and start chatting up the locals. The table bonds over a shared love of mac and cheese, but you’re not intimidated by JT spreading some love to the rest of Nashville. You guys are BFFs. You catch him scribbling Nashville-inspired lyrics on a napkin in between dinner rolls – Nashville is his new artistic muse! The 20/20 Experience Pt. THREE – what, what! Both of you eat your weight in pie, but it’s totally fine because that Centennial Park power walk pre-burned all the calories (you guys kept a reaaaaally brisk pace). You take a pic with JT and the owner of Monell’s to go on the wall. You leave with a ton of complementary biscuits. You are living the high life.


Rock The Mic:
Karaoke at Santa’s Pub

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You just know this dude knows all the words to Gangsta’s Paradise. (and Single Ladies, duh)

WHY:

After he finishes dazzling everyone with The 20/20 Experience show (you were chilling front row, of course), Justin’s gonna need to unwind. What better place to do that than Santa’s Pub? The hole-in-the-wall bar has the most epic karaoke around, and tons of people have had the Santa’s experience. JT doesn’t want to be shown up by Ed Sheeran’s Nashville visit (he injured his hand and got it bandaged up by Santa himself). Plus, you can tell just by looking at the guy (or watching anything he has done on Fallon): he’s a karaoke gold mine. He can’t wait till’ he gets you on the floor, good lookin’.

DREAM SCENARIO:

JT buys everyone in the bar a round in exchange for 5 slots in the karaoke lineup for the night. You guys look over the songbook and decide on the perfect set list: Gangsta’s Paradise, Stayin’ Alive (prepare your Barry Gibb voice) , Single Ladies (“we’re the dancers“), I’m On A Boat, and finally…SexyBack. Drop the mic, YOU’RE OUT. And you’re a legend.


So get ready Nashville! Whether the dream scenario comes true or not (it totally will, right?), you could be rollin’ up to JT’s show with 2 VIP TICKETS on November 15th. And if you wanted to take us, we’d totally be down. Share the Wannado love and we’ll see you around town in that suit and tie!

- Your local guide.

Wanna Drink? Your Guide To Nashville’s Coolest Bars

Sit down. Drank. Stand up. Drank.
We may not approve of Kendrick Lamar’s tips on alcohol consumption, but there’s no doubt that Nashville is a city that enjoys kickin’ back with a cold one! Whether you fancy an old-fashioned or a Mike’s Hard Lemonade (no judgement), this city is filled with really awesome bars. Need to find one that fits your specific needs? We thought so. So here it is…Wannado brings you the best bars to:

Channel Your Inner Rock Star:
Santa’s Pub

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It’s a double-wide trailer owned by Santa. No, really.

WHERE:

Tucked away just past 8th on Bransford Avenue!

WHAT TO ORDER:

Make sure you hit the “want cash back” button next time you make your weekly Kroger trip, because this place is cash only. They also only serve beer, but there’s freedom in the simplicity – trust us.

VIBE:

Santa’s Pub is the stuff of Nashville legend. A double-wide psychadelic trailer, people come for the stories they’ll leave with. This place DELIVERS. Oh, does it deliver. The big draw is the karaoke. This isn’t the weird fancy karaoke where you rent a private room (what’s with that anyway?)…it is a true, communal, old-fashioned and slightly embarrassing karaoke session. Whether you see Drake Bell belting out “Proud To Be An American” with some locals or you participate in a group-sing of Benny and the Jets (is there anything in the world better than that?), you are going to have a good time. Make sure to grab a picture with the owner…you can’t miss him. Because he looks like Santa.


To Feel Like Jay Gatsby:
Patterson House

The Leonardo Dicaprio version, obviously.
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WHERE:

Smack dab in the middle of Midtown, Old Sport.

WHAT TO ORDER:

Oh my stars, the list is so long. If you want to feel like you’re vacationing in The Hamptons with Leo himself (or Daisy Buchanan for the men, if you don’t mind a high maintenance lady), you have to get The Long Vacation! It is maybe the best drink in the whole world. No lie. They have food too, and it’s all good stuff! A little on the pricey side, but it’s worth it if you get those donuts. Those. Donuts. They’ll make you want to be a better person.

VIBE:

Nashville’s very own speakeasy, Patterson House is a place to go when you’re feeling swanky. The entryway is non-descript, and you enter through a velvet red curtain. Let’s face it, we all love a little added drama. Modeled after on-the-down-low Prohibition era bars, the place also looks like a big library! Low lighting, dramatic decor…everything your F. Scott Fitzgerald-loving heart could ever want.


To Catch The Big Game:
Sam’s All American Sports Grill

Beer and sports. The American Dream.
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WHERE:

Hillsboro Village is the location we frequent, but they’re all over!

WHAT TO ORDER:

Go big or go home, y’all. Wing platter and a Yazoo Dos Perros (or 3). They don’t call us the Titans for nothing.

VIBE:

Sports fans are passionate people. Nashvillians are passionate people. Beer-lovers are passionate people. When you put it all together, you’ve got a room full of good-crazy people all cheering for the same cause (usually – an odd man out won’t get harrassed). The result is electrifying, and it’s no wonder Sam’s got voted as one of the top 16 bars in America to watch a game by Maxim Magazine. That’s the Nashville we know and love!


To Break Out Your Suspenders:
Holland House Bar & Refuge

Read up on those style blogs – their patrons are as fashionable as their drinks.
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WHERE:

The place where the Warby Parker-wearers go…East Nashville, of course.

WHAT TO ORDER:

Well first off, you best check that happy hour. Dare we say it’s the best deal in town? Their small plates are to die for: try the kentucky mash, but most importantly, try the truffled frites. Ask for extra garlic aioli and brace yourself, because you haven’t experienced joy this pure. As far as drinks go, get the Chelsea Sidecar if you love a pink drink with sugar on the rim. Guys, don’t let that deter you – if you order it, we’ll all just marvel at how secure you are in your masculinity, because that drink is GOOD. For something a little stronger, the Manhattan hits the spot every time. Sweet and strong – best of both worlds!

VIBE:

Try that new thing with your hair that you saw on Pinterest, because Holland House is super fashionable. A lot of people look like they stepped out of some street photography. Tat sleeves, wing-tipped shoes, juke hair for days…it’s a nice view, y’all. But that’s not even the best part! The staff is wonderful. We were at the bar the day Justin Timberlake’s album was released; one mention of how badly we wanted to hear it and it was downloaded and on the loudspeakers. As long as they’ve got that suit and tie, we’ll be loyal customers.


To Catch Up With Friends:
The Red Door Saloon

Where “We should get together sometime!” actually happens.
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WHERE:

Two places: Red Door Midtown (right by Patterson House, Tavern, Hattie B’s, etc.) and Red Door East (near 5 Points)

WHAT TO ORDER:

It’s a pretty standard bar menu, but they pour their drinks pretty strong. Try a classic well drink to jump start your catch-up chats! Don’t forget their happy hour (which you can find in the app) – 2 for 1 Tuesday nights!

VIBE:

We’ve all heard it. See a friend in passing and both of you feel the need to say: “We should totally grab a drink sometime! *sidehug*”. Take them to Red Door! You and your group of friends feeling a little disconnected? Send out that group text and tell em’ to meet you there in 5. This bar is always a good hang and is supportive of big groups! No nonsense, no frills, just good conversation under some red lights. And isn’t that what the bar experience should be about?


So make it a party, Nashville, and get your drink on (responsibly). After that 9 to 5 workday, you can catch us at any of the places above and more…there are way too many good bars in this town to name. Nashville problems. We love it!

Check out our list of happy hours in the app under the “Explore” tab for all kinds of drink specials! Because being an adult is hard, and sometimes you need to talk to some wine about it.