Foodies, start booking your flights. | Photo by @cross_beckman
Between catching flights on time + trying to pin down the food scene andfind coffee while not straying too far from your gate, navigating the airport can be stressful.
We’ve put together a list of airport eats and locations to help make your next trip easier.
By the new year, the airport is set to host some of Nashville’s restaurant staples (think: Acme Feed & Seed, Hattie B’s, and Pharmacy Burger) + multiple whiskey-specific stops like TN Moonshine Bar and Whiskey Trailhead. In total, expect 10+ new additions in the restaurant-sphere alone by 2023.
New to the airport
The Green Room Lounge & Whiskey Bar | C/D Connector | This whiskey bar focuses on providing travelers with a “memorable taste” of Tennessee heritage through regional whiskey and cuisine offerings — plus, it just opened this month.
The Southern Steak & Oyster | Concourse D | Located between gates D3 and D4, this Nashville hot spot serves southern dishes with influences from the Gulf Coast to the Caribbean. Pro tip: Try the shuck-to-order oyster bar.
8th & Roast Coffee Co.| Concourse C and D | Grabbing a coffee when you’re running to your gate is made easy with two locations to choose from. This shop sources its ethical, craft coffee from fair trade farmers globally.
Kijji Coffee | Concourse A and B | This shop has served small batch, fresh roasts since 1997.
Traditional Nashville experience
Tootsies Orchid Lounge | Concourse C | Get that first or last taste of live music as you arrive or leave Music City at the recently-renovated Nashville staple.
Arrington Wine Bar and Grill| Concourse A | The recently-opened wine bar and grill offers Tennessee wines by the glass or bottle + a chef-inspired menu for dine-in.
Shake Shack| Concourse C | Burgers, shakes, and fries before takeoff are a must in our book.
Pyramids Cafe | Concourse C | If you’re looking for a healthier grab-and-go, try authentic Mediterranean and Greek food utilizing local produce.
Click here for 30+ more food and bev options the Nashville International Airport has to offer.
Fly this over to three of your favorite travel bugs.
The Kickstand Comedy Show | Thurs., Sept. 22 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Red Bicycle Coffee & Crepes, 712 51st Ave. N. | $10 | Head to The Nations for this brand new comedy show, which will bring new lineups each month. 🎤
“La Bohème” | Thurs., Sept. 22-Sat., Sept. 24 | 7:30-10 p.m. | TPAC, Andrew Jackson Hall | $30+ | It’s Christmas Eve in Paris and Rodolfo, a struggling poet, falls in love with Mimi, a beautiful seamstress — a classic story told by the Nashville Opera Orchestra.
Haley Reinhart | Fri., Sep. 23 | 9 p.m. | The Basement East | $40 | The “American Idol” alum will be joined by supporting act Majeska.
Cocktail Class | Fri., Sept. 23 | 5-6 p.m. | Standard Proof Whiskey Company, 219 5th Ave. N. | $60 | Each class includes a craft-infused whiskey flight and cocktails made during the session. 🥃
AutismTN Pajama Walk | Sat., Sept. 24 | 9-11 a.m. | Southeast Regional Community Center, 5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Antioch | $15 | The 4th annual event celebrates neurodiversity while raising funds for nonprofit Autism Tennessee.
Pilgrimage Festival | Sat., Sept. 24-Sun., Sept. 25 | 11 a.m.-11 p.m. | The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Rd., Franklin | $159+ | Chris Stapleton and Brandi Carlile will headline the two-day event. 🎶
Nashville Beatles Brunch | Sun., Sept. 25 | 12 p.m. | City Winery | $15+ | Beatles cover band Forever Abbey Road will perform + a special, limited food and beverage menu will be served throughout the show.
Mimo Restaurant and Bar, a southern Italian cuisine concept by Chef Nello Turco, will open in Four Seasons Hotel Nashville this fall. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant is described as a “stylish, yet relaxed, dining destination.”
Nashville-based beverage line Better Than Booze has introduced hemp-derived THC and CBD mocktails across 24+ Nashville retailers. Find a store.
A food that got its humble start on TV show “Shark Tank” can now be found locally. Umaro Foods’ seawood-based bacon is availible at D’Andrews Bakery and Cafe. The plant-based protein can be ordered à la carte, in the BLT, or even the bacon, egg, and cheese. 🥓 (The Tennessean)
The Nashville Zoo’s Morton Family Exhibit has received the Angela Peterson Excellence in Diversity Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The exhibit honors the Morton family legacy as being crucial to the success of Grassmere as early as the 1900s. Read more about its history.
Take us to the BeetleBar. Dream Nashville is transforming Parlour Bar into a Halloween-themed pop-up bar paying homage to the classic flick “Beetlejuice.” Beginning Thurs., Sept. 22 through early November, guests can order specialty cocktails like the Knock Three Times and Lydia’s Squid Ink Pasta. 🍸
There’s nothing we love more than a good theme. The Nashville Predators have released the theme nights for the upcoming season — including Hispanic Heritage Night, Oktoberfest, and NASCAR Night. See the full lineup.
Adventure Science Center has been hard at work getting both the Adventure Gallery + Kinetic Climber ready for the Thurs., Oct. 6 opening date. This includes working with artist Nathan Brown on a 25-ft topography-inspired mural fit for selfies. Watch its “making of” video and get tickets for opening day. 🎨
Local comedian Ben Oddo dives into bachelorette parties’ attraction to the city in his new documentary, “Nashville Bachelorettes: A Ben Oddo Investigation.” The film premieres at Belcourt Theatre Thurs., Sept. 22. (Nashville Scene)
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A view of the cinema | Rendering via @evocinemas + @nashvilleyards
Nashville Yards is bringing all of the amenities to the yard with news of an entertainment complex in the works. Austin-based EVO Entertainment Group has plans for a 48,000-sqft luxury dine-in cinema + entertainment space — a $20 million addition coming to the new development in 2024.
What to expect 🎥 12-screen cinema 🍽️ Restaurant and bar space 🎳 Bowling lanes 🕹️ Large gaming center + virtual reality and gravity ropes
Nashville Yards, a Church Street project that already houses big players like Amazon and Berry & Sims, will also add a 4,500-capacity music venue with additional dining and shopping options to come.
Editor’s pick: In case you missed it, National Voter Registration Day was yesterday. Make sure you’ve viewed our guide on how to get registered locally before Election Day + check your voter status. 🗳️
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