planning a bachelorette party in nashville

I’ve been a little MIA here on the blog the past week but for good reason…I just got back from a “Nash Bash!” My best friend is getting married in just a couple short weeks and we had her bachelorette party in Nashville this past weekend. I knew I would like the city but I had no idea how much I would love it! I was shocked with how much there was to do and see. I could have stayed for another week and literally can’t wait to go back! If you’re planning a bachelorette party (or any trip!) in Music City, check out our itinerary below for some ideas and scroll all the way to the bottom for some bachelorette party planning tips!

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Day 1:

We decided to take the earliest flight out of Cleveland so we could get to Nashville super early (like 6:45am early). This way, we had the whole day to explore and prepare for the Bachelorette festivities!

Breakfast at Puckett’s
We had some time to kill before our house was ready so we headed out for some breakfast and some mimosas! I had the King’s french toast and it was great! I’ve heard that they have a delicious lunch and dinner as well so this is a stop you could make any time during the day.

Check into Airbnb
We stayed in a big house about 3 miles from Broadway. Airbnb’s are so fun for a big group like this and so much easier than hotel rooms. It’s often more affordable, too! I loved that we had a kitchen and a living space to hang out in! If you are looking for a space that holds about 15, message me and I’ll send you the listing!

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Lunch at The Pharmacy
A great burger and beer spot! We had a late lunch and didn’t have to wait long without a reservation.

Pole dancing class
This concept was fun in theory but I’m actually not going to share the name of the place we went to because it wasn’t my favorite. We had a blast laughing the entire time at how ridiculous it was. If you are looking to plan this in Nashville, send me a private message and I can give you some suggestions!

Dinner at Pinewood Social
This is a really awesome restaurant with fancy cocktails, a bowling alley and an all-around relaxed/chill vibe. Because there were 13 of us, we were able to get a private room. The bride and I chose the menu and ordered everything in advance, and it was served family style. The food, drinks and service were perfect and picking out the food in advance made everything so much easier. Our favorite thing we got was the mac n’ cheese.

Cocktails at Bastion
This was a recommendation from our waiter at Pinewood Social. It was such a cool spot and not as ‘touristy’ as other bars we went to. I would definitely recommend it for a drink before going out on the town!

Dancing at Tin Roof
Good, old-fashioned college style fun 😉

Day 2:

Brunch at ACME Feed & Seed
If you are in Nashville, you have to make a stop here! I am obsessed! We ordered brunch grab n’ go style on floor 1 and headed up to the rooftop to eat, drink and take in the amazing view. I got chicken and waffles and OMG, it was so good. Because we didn’t have a formal reservation, it was such a nice, leisurely way to spend the morning before a day of partying!

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Pedal Tavern
Did you really go to Nashville if you didn’t do the Pedal Tavern? Outfitted in our matching shirts (from CustomInk – love them!), we did the Lower Broadway Pedal Tavern route. If you aren’t familiar, it’s basically a BYOB moving party bike fit for 15. We pedaled up and down Broadway drinking, dancing and making stops at Swinging Doors and George Jones Rooftop Bar. It was probably the highlight of the weekend! If you do this (and you absolutely should!), request Todd as your driver! He was the man!

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Dancing at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge
After the Pedal Tavern, we continued the party at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. When I asked people for recommendations before we went, this was the #1 place people suggested. And, I see why! We had a blast singing and dancing the afternoon away!

Catered dinner from The Food Co.
Getting a catered meal for night 2 was a genius idea if I do say so myself. After a day out, there’s no way we would have made it to a restaurant for a formal reservation. The Food Co. was SO accommodating and brought the most delicious spread right to our house. 

Games and gifts at the house
We played a personalized version of Cards against Humanity (SO funny!) while we ate dinner, opened gifts and drank cocktails!

Out again at Tin Roof and surrounding bars

Day 3:

On the last day, we took the latest flight out of Nashville so we had the whole day to hangout and nurse our hangovers before the flight home. 

Brunch at Biscuit Love –
This place. Possibly my favorite meal of the weekend. They don’t take reservations and I would guess that there’s probably always a line to get in. We waited outside for about 40 minutes (we had a big party) and it was WELL worth the wait! I loved the bonuts (biscuit donuts) and the cheese grits. 

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On your way out, don’t forget to stop at Amelia’s Flower Truck  for some flowers and a photo opp!

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Shopping at Draper James
We really wanted to stop by Reese Witherspoon’s store and heard it was in a really cute area. I didn’t buy anything (prices were a little high!) but I did enjoy looking around and sipping on the complimentary sweet tea!

Coffee at Frothy Monkey
This is a well-known coffee shop serving up some unique drinks. We liked everything we tried, including both coffee and tea beverages!

Shopping and pictures around 12 South
This area is full of little shops and restaurants. It’s super cute and there are plenty of photo opps! You know I love a good mural!

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Cocktails at Bartaco
We had a later brunch so opted for a liquid lunch/snack at Bartaco, a really cool restaurant with a great atmosphere. All of the cocktails were made with fresh squeezed juice – refreshing! 

Bar hopping on Broadway before the airport
We wanted to get one last taste of Nashville so we listened to music at The Stage and Nudie’s Honky Tonk before heading to the airport!

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And, you know I couldn’t leave the city without doing some shopping for my girl…

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Tips for planning a bachelorette party in Nashville:

  • My must-do’s: Pedal Tavern, ACME, Biscuit Love, live music and dancing anywhere and everywhere!
  • Get matching shirts. You may feel silly wearing them but you’ll feel left out without them! Nashville is full of bachelorette parties and I loved reading everyone’s shirts.
  • Plan as much as you can in advance (reservations, menus, general itinerary). We were even able to pay for most things in advance so that we didn’t have to worry about it there. This makes a world of a difference when you are traveling with a big group.
  • If you do the Pedal Tavern, be sure to pack plenty of booze and make a fun playlist for the ride. Wear comfortable shoes, too!
  • Stay in a big Airbnb house if possible. It just adds to the fun and makes it easier to coordinate getting ready, calling Ubers, etc.
  • If you’re able to stay in an Airbnb, be sure to bring snacks, granola bars, coffee, paper plates, cups, alcohol, etc. This saves a ton of money!
  • Make it all about the guest of honor! Little things like shirts, custom cups and a snapchat filter were easy to get/do and made the bride feel special!
  • Plan a wide variety of activities to get the most out of the city. It’s easy to plan drinking activities (and there were a lot of those, obviously!) but we also had so much fun shopping, eating good food and exploring the different areas of Nashville. Planning something like this would be a fun way to see even more of the city!

Bachelorette parties are so fun and they are even more fun when they are celebrating your best friend in the world! If you have any questions about our itinerary, let me know!