In the up-and-coming Gulch neighborhood, the Station Inn hosts respected local singer/songwriters and bluegrass musicians, and Robert's Western World is the spot for honky-tonk dancing, live music and a great selection of cowboy boots. The Loveless Café, around since the 1950s, attracts big bluegrass names on Wednesday nights and serves rich Southern food.
Eat: The Family Wash offers big plates of meatloaf or roast chicken for $12. Famous Prince's Hot Chicken Shack merits waits for extra-spicy fried chicken, which is just $8 for half a bird.
Stay: Close to the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Renaissance Nashville Hotel by Marriott has specials for under $200 per night.