Hi, I'm Krista, and if you enjoy exploring new cities, let's be friends because I live for visiting unique spots, eating good food, and experiencing the best of each city's nightlife.
A few years ago, I visited every bar on lower Broadway in Nashville and shared my top 15 with y'all, but Broadway is just a TINY SNIPPET of all the city has to offer. And not all just country music!! Anyway, when I heard about this event called Red Bull Unlocked that was bringing some of the city's top bars, food venues, and music all to one spot, no one had to twist my arm — I was ready.
The cool thing about this event is that it was located in East Nashville which, according to Google, has a "quirky vibe and a buzzing food and nightlife scene." It also is known for its really historic homes — and the event took place in a sectioned-off block, featuring multiple homes that were decorated inside and out by participating venues!
Before we get into what the experience was like, let's highlight what places were there and why they are definitely worth a visit next time you're in Nashville.
The Dive Motel: This is actually a motel with 23 uniquely designed rooms that you can stay in. If you just want to visit, you can stop by for a dip in the pool or enjoy a drink at their world-famous bar.
Lipstick Lounge: This is a queer lounge that features cocktails, live music, karaoke, trivia, and really fun ~lipstick~ decor!
Pearl Diver: Known for its exotic flavors and authentic recipes, Pearl Diver offers a great atmosphere while dining (or just grabbing some drinks).
Play Dance Bar: This place offers some of Nashville's best drag shows. 'Nuff said.
Rosemary & Beauty Queen: Located in a historic Victorian home, this sophisticated cocktail spot offers indoor, patio, and rooftop dining.
Whiskey Jam Winner's Bar and Grill: This place has good live music and really good bar food (I can attest to this because I've been there before)!
White Limozeen: Located on a hotel rooftop, this spot offers a pool and all things pink! Definitely a great spot for photo ops.
Woolworth Theatre: This theatre experience is opening this fall!
Eleven Eleven: And this bar is opening 2023!
Martin’s BBQ: This is one of the best BBQ spots in Nashville. How do I know? I've been there, and also, every time I get in an Uber, they suggest I eat here.
Wild Cow: They offer delicious vegan food options!
King of Pops: You can find this popsicle cart circling around Nashville.
Burger & Co.: They've won Nashville Scene Burger week multiple years in a row!
Nashville Sweets: Just a really good bakery.
(They also had free tattoos and teeth gems!!!)