An Essential Guide To East Nashville

What you need to know about finding your way around on the east side.

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It’s been known as the hipster Mecca of Nashville. But East Nashville is more than skinny jeans, it’s about community, collaboration and creativity. Everyone from Rolling Stone to the New York Times have raved about this increasingly trendy part of town known for its arts, songwriters and diveyist of dive bars. Like most of Nashville, this side of the river is rapidly changing, but in many ways it still manages to hold onto its character (unless you live next to a “tall-skinny”). Here’s what you need to know about finding your way around the east side.

THE ESSENTIALS

See A Show At The 5 Spot

Whether you’re looking to dance your ass off or just mellow out to an acoustic set, The 5 Spot is the place to do it all. From Electric Western’s Motown Mondays to performances by up-and-coming local musicians, do your ears a favor and stop by The 5 Spot.

1006 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
615-650-9333
www.the5spot.club

 

Dart Throwin’ At Edgefield

It’s smokey. It’s dive-y and it’s anything but trendy. If you’re looking for a laid-back night, grab some darts, pool cue and a cold brew at Edgefield Sports Bar & Grill.

921 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
615-228-6422

 

Hang At Shelby Park

Welcome to 960-acres of pure urban park bliss. Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Nature Park is an oasis of greenery, trails, baseball fields, disc golf and wildlife watching.

1900 Davidson St, Nashville, TN 37206
615-862-8539

 

Slice And A Beer At Five Points Pizza

This place just feels like home. The beer is always cold and the New York style pizza slices are as big as ya head.

1012 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
615-915-4174
www.fivepointspizza.com

 

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Marche Artisan Foods

A European-style cafe and marketplace serving up seasonal cuisine for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.

1000 Main St, Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 262-1111
marcheartisanfoods.com

 

Lockeland Table

Award-winning Chef Hal M. Holden-Bache has established Lockeland Table as a must-dine destination in East Nashville.

1520 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
615-228-4864
lockelandtable.com

 

3 Crow Bar

Come to this corner dive bar on Saturday for a Bushwacker (or three). Then come back on Sunday to cure your hangover with a Bloody Mary.

1024 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
615-262-3345
3crowbar.com

 

No. 308

This crew knows their drinks. It’s a place were the bartenders don’t just make drinks, they craft them. Soak up the booze and enjoy the show.

407 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
615-650-7344
bar308.com

 

Nashville Biscuit House

Get a hearty, no-nonsense breakfast or a traditional “meat and three” served up country style at this petite diner.

805 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
615-228-4504
nashvillebiscuithouse.com

 

Sky Blue Cafe

Speaking of breakfast, how about some eggs Benedict with a side of Trivial Pursuit?  This colorful breakfast nook in East Nashville’s Edgefield neighborhood serves breakfast all day along with cards from the classic 1980’s board game.

700 Fatherland St., Nashville, TN 
615-770-7097
skybluecoffee.com

 

Butcher & Bee

A Charleston original, Butcher & Bee serves up a farm-fresh, creative American menu by partnering up with local farmers, fishermen and ranchers.

902 Main St., Nashville, TN 
615-226-3322
butcherandbee.com

CREATE

Center 615

Center 615

From writers and producers to photographers and videographers, creative nomads of all types can be found gathering at East Nashville’s co-working hub, Center 615. Inspiration is housed within the center’s three buildings on Main Street, which include daily, weekly and monthly co-working options, event space, conference rooms and a separate 17,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art production space at 272 Broadmoor Dr. Come play in the creative jungle.

615 Main St., Nashville, TN 37206
615-457-1596
c615.co

 

Hound Dog Commons 

Anyone down for a little indoor urban camping inside a 1970’s Volkswagen bus? Brett Barr has transformed an old, 2,000-square-foot garage in Cleveland Park into a living room (and camp site) for creatives. The space can be used for woodworking, welding, pottery, painting, collaborating, chilling with your dog and just about anything else you can dream up. Members can rent out the VW for $150 per night for camping or use the building for events, weddings, concerts and more.

305 Douglas Ave, Nashville, TN 
hounddogcommons.com

 

CHILL

The Post East

Along with ice-cold smoothies, The Post East brews up Seattle-based Victrola Coffee Roasters and also has traditional, gluten-free and vegan baked goods. Swing by on Sundays for brunch with live bluegrass tunes.

1701 Fatherland St., Nashville, TN
615-457-2920
theposteast.com

 

Mad Donna’s 

Head upstairs for intimate acoustic sets, improv comedy, open mic, poetry and drag bingo. Not all at once, of course. Although, that would be pretty amazing. Bonus: pet-friendly patio.

1313 Woodland St., Nashville, TN
615-226-1617
maddonnas.com

 

The Family Wash

Live music, good food and amazing people. The Family Wash has a cozy, homey ambiance especially when there’s a band playing. Fill up on a shepherd’s pie and give your ears some lovin’.

626A Main St., Nashville, TN
615-645-9930
familywash.com

 

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Shops On Fatherland

Home to an eclectic mix of businesses including High Garden Tea, fashion-retailer Project 615, AMOT Eatery and more.

1006 Fatherland St, Nashville, TN 37206
615-227-8646
fatherlanddistrict.com

Idea Hatchery

Stop by and shop at this small business incubator in the Five Points area and help these eight start-ups hatch.

1106 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
615-226-2070
ideahatchery.net

 

Hey Rooster

Courtney Webb’s East Nashville modern day general store carries candles, apothecary, pottery, clothing, small batch food and accessories. Pop in and say “hey”.

1106 Gallatin St., Nashville, TN
heyrooster.com

 

Any Old Iron

Music-inspired clothing and collections from the UK in the heart of Tennessee? Yup, it’s right here at Any Old Iron. Come on in and get some rock ‘n roll tailoring.

1629 Shelby Ave., Nashville, TN
shopaoi.com

 


 

So, You Want To Live In East Nashville?

Population: 59,364

Median Income: $52,230

Median Housing: $230,000

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