CMA Fest 2016: Tips for Drinks and Dining

CMA Fest 2016: Tips for Drinks and Dining

CMA fest is gearing up to take over downtown Nashville June 9-12. It is always chaos so its good to have a plan of places to eat before you go! Here are a few suggestions of restaurants around the Downtown area that are not typically as crowded as the Broadway bars. 


174 3rd Avenue Nashville, TN 37201

Try: Piranha Club Sandwich: Smoked turkey and hickory ham and bacon. Italian Stallion Sandwich: Capicola, genoa salami and bolgona. Both served hot with provolone cheese, fresh cut fries and sweet and sour cole slaw piled high between two pieces of the best Italian bread in middle Tennessee.


Yes that is a burger on a donut!!


The Southern (Make a Reservation)

150 3rd Avenue S #110 Nashville, TN 37201

Try: The Biscuits are to die for make sure you do not skip out. Crab Cake Hash Fresh lump crab cake with potato hash, housemade sausage, wild mushrooms and corn-poblano sauce (available without sausage).  Also try the blood orange mimosa. Or if you like spicy the bloody mary!


Nashville Street Tacos

129 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

 Its great during the day and they have the best $5 frozen Margarita- A plus you can grab a quick charge on your phone while you are there



Swinging Door

111 4th Ave Nashville, TN 37201

Try: Have Dana set you up with her famous “Dana” frozen drink and try out the southwest egg rolls-seasoned chicken, corn & black beans all wrapped up, served with chipotle ranch. ( they also give a local/music industry discount of you ask) 

Dana Marie

Dana Marie


Frothy Monkey

235 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219

Try: Hazelnut white mocha or Rosemary honey latte and the PMP- Prosciutto, mozzarella, provolone, avocado, lettuce, tomato, basil mayo, served warm on toasted sourdough



417 Union Restaurant & Bar   417 Union St (great southern cooking)
Acme Feed & Seed 101 Broadway (go to the second floor for Sam’s Sushi)
Bailey’s Sports Grille 408 Broadway (The club sandwich and the Corona-Margarita, Join their online club for coupons)  (Usually a limited and set menu for CMA Fest)
Bakersfield 201 3rd Ave S
Bar Louie 314 11th Ave S (Monday – Friday. 4PM-7PM. $3.25 Select Drafts. $1/2 Price Wines. $5.25 Signature Martinis. 1/2 Price Apps & Flatbread)
The Bridge Lounge 611 Commerce St (happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday with special discounts each day, including Martini Monday, Wine Wednesday and Craft Beer Friday, plus some other cocktail deals at various times during the mix. Happy Hour specialty cocktails are $5 and draft beers are $3, which rivals any downtown pricing I’ve encountered.)
Broadway Brewhouse & Mojo Grill 317 Broadway (Bushwacker frozen drink)
Demos’ Restaurant 300 Commerce St (call ahead)
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium 111 10th Ave S
Goo Goo Shop & Dessert Bar 116 3rd Ave S
Hermitage Cafe 71 Hermitage Ave -Breakfest-Cash Only
Hooters 184 2nd Ave N
Ichiban Japanese Restaurant 109 2nd Ave N (sushi)
Jack’s Bar-B-Que 416 Broadway
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Nashville 322 Broadway
Joe’s Crab Shack 123 2nd Ave S (cheapest beer!) (get a coupon online)
Merchants Restaurant 401 Broadway (Duck Fat Tater Tots, chipotle mayo, bearnaise, ketchup)
The Palm 140 5th Ave S (Martini’s)
Panera Bread 401 Commerce St
Paradise Park Trailer Resort and Food Stand 411 Broadway (everything is amazing-beer is cheap)
Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant 500 Church St
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery 111 Broadway
Starbucks 424 Church St
Tin Roof Broadway 316 Broadway  (Usually a limited and set menu for CMA Fest)
Wildhorse Saloon 120 2nd Ave N


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