LSU Football has already proven themselves at away games this season, and we are ready to bring the same level of energy and Tiger pride to Nashville! Since our LSU Traveling Tigers Guide to Austin was so successful, we have created one for all the best things to enjoy in Nashville for LSU vs. Vandy weekend September 19-22. We cover everything from food to nightlife and game day to entertainment. Gather up #LSUTigerNation and let's head to Music City!
The Nashville food scene is no joke and we are taking our restaurant wish list very seriously. Our first stop will be Hattie B's (below on right) for a Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich. This local specialty is a must when visiting Music City, and we are going to grab one the second we cross city limits. Spicy food not your thing? They offer all levels of heat, from none to "Shut the Cluck Up!!" Our next stop is located in the Gulch neighborhood of Nashville, and is known for their menu centered around a wood stone oven. City Fire (below on left) offers happy hour every day of the week from 2 - 5 PM, and a wide range of offerings. Whether you're looking for appetizers, brunch, lunch, or dinner they've got you covered. Photos courtesy of City Fire and Hattie B's.
Not quite sure what you're in the mood for? Check out M Street, located on McGavock Street between 11th and 12th Avenues in the Gulch. There are five unique and different restaurants within only a few feet of one another, from Japanese at Virago, Italian at Moto Cucina + Enoteca, Kayne Prime steakhouse, Mexican at Saint Añejo, and a bourbon bar at Whiskey Kitchen. You are sure to find something that makes your heart and stomach VERY happy at whichever one you choose.
Nashville nightlife has plenty to offer from Broadway to Printer's Alley, and we've done our due diligence to share the best of the best. On Broadway, The Valentine offer four stories of non-stop party space, including a rooftop patio to take in the gorgeous view. Travel back in time to the 1920's and 30's prohibition era and experience something like Nashville has never seen. They have happy hour every day from 4 - 7 PM, a special game day menu on Saturdays with food and drink specials, plus live music and DJs. On Friday and Saturday the music is running all day long, so the party never stops, just the way LSU Tiger Nation rolls. We'll be there until the lights go on!
Our next stop on Broadway is Redneck Riviera, (right) America's work hard play hard Bar & BBQ in Nashville. They are a honky tonk, how Nashville refers to bars that only play country music, but they are so much more. They celebrate America's heroes with Veteran drink specials offering the first round on the bar! this includes Redneck Riviera whiskey, well whiskey and domestic drafts for all veterans, active military and first responders. They have live music running from opening to close so you can soak up every bit of country music Nashville has to offer. We think it's time to get our honky tonk on!
In Printer's Alley, Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar will have us Louisianans feeling right at home. This New Orleans and Mardi Gras themed bar welcomes you with a glowing neon sign and strings of twinkling lights suspended from balconies overhead. If you have any trouble finding it, you can simply listen for the live music coming out of the venue, as they have musicians playing all day, every day. Officially declared an honorary parish of Louisiana by the governor, they are serving up authentic Cajun and Creole favorites like gumbo and étouffée, cold beer, and signature cocktails such as Hurricane buckets and NOLA Sweet Tea. We'll never be homesick when we can Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler in Nashville!
One block over is is another bar that will make you feel transported, only this time it's across the pond. Fleet Street Pub is a U.K.-style pub offering fantastic homemade food, the finest draught beers from the U.K. and local breweries, delicious Scotch Whisky, and bottled foreign and domestic beverages. Before you ask, don't worry, they have plenty of Bourbon, Rye, Gin, Vodka, Rum...too. Rock music is the sound of choice, and sets the mood to make it the perfect place to hang out with friends or meet some new ones. This is a must on this Tiger's trip to Nashville.
LSU in Nashville
With so many LSU fans traveling to Nashville for the game, there are tons of great events for true Tiger fans. On Friday there are two great events being held at Redneck Riviera. Coaches Caravan will feature men's basketball coach Will Wade, women's basketball coach Nikki Fargas, gymnastics coach DD Breaux, softball coach Beth Torina and baseball coach Paul Mainieri. The event is free and open to the public, and will run from 3 to 6 PM. See more details here.
The LSU Alumni Association will host a Rooftop Rendezvous as the official Welcome to Nashville kickoff party! Held from 7 to 9 PM, we will be joined by nationally acclaimed radio personalities Big D & Bubba and other special guests. Tickets are $20 for this exclusive private event, and your first drink is on us! Cash bar is also available. Space is limited so purchase your ticket now. More info here!
Every LSU fan's favorite day of the week; GAME DAY! Kickoff may be at 11 AM, but we have LSU fans covered for both pregame and after party. Head to The Local before the game when doors open at 9 AM to grab a drink before kick off and when you're ready to head out it's only a 6 minute walk to the stadium. After the game, head back to The Local for the after party. If you're one of the first 300 tiger fans in the door your first drink is free compliments of Fred's in Tigerland. With no cover, live music, and drinks specials, it's a no brainer that we'll be there. Check out our event for more details.
Don't have game tickets? No problem! There are plenty of watch parties being held all across the city. Tin Roof Nashville is holding a LSU Tiger Takeover and Parking Lot Party for all of our fans! The $10 cover will get you in for their outdoor bar, 12' LED screen TV, tiger drinks specials, patio games, and TWO DJs after the game. Doors open at 9 AM and the party will go on until 10 PM. More details here. Who needs to be at the game when there's a party like this?
The Valentine on Broadway is always a great game day watch party location, boasting a special game day menu with food and drink specials. They will have a dedicated floor playing the LSU game, with audio! It's the perfect place to watch the game on Broadway.
Another great place to catch the game is Corner Pub Downtown, with a 48 foot LED video wall and beautiful "Skye" bar complete with 48 draft beers. They also have a huge menu so you can enjoy everything from a burger and wings to made-from-scratch tacos and fajitas while the Tigers play.
Entertainment & Activities
If you haven't picked up on it yet, there is always music playing in Music City. And LSU picked the perfect weekend to be there because it is the same weekend as Pilgrimage Festival! With artists like the Foo Fighters, Better Than Ezra, The Killers, Keith Urban, Leon Bridges, and Lauren Daigle it is gonna be a GREAT weekend! Use code LSUPILGRIM for a discount off your ticket price. Check out this video from LSU alum and Better Than Ezra front-man, Kevin Griffin:
Want to get a little exercise but still have a good time? Then Nashville Pedal Tavern is a must. Voted the #1 Outdoor Activity in Nashville, these party bikes welcome groups of all sizes for their Nashville tours. It is BYOB, so you can enjoy your beverage of choice while they provide everything else. Nashville Pedal Tavern is a unique and affordable way to experience the Music City, from Broadway to Music Row, so book your tour now!
Another great stop is Topgolf Nashville, where you can eat, drink, and play a little golf. Never hit a golf ball in your life? No problem! They make it fun with interactive games so no matter your level you'll have a good time. This location stays busy, so if you're interested make sure you reserve your bay now.
Now you should be all set for the big weekend! With plenty of food, drinks and fun, #LSUTigerNation is ready to take on Music City. See you soon, Nashville!
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Not sure how to get around town? Check out Visit Music City for their list of local transportation options.
Photo by J.J. Ramsaur Photography
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