KSR's Guide to Nashville for the SEC Tournament

Mrs. Tyler Thompsonover 6 years

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KSRNashville I've lived in Nashville since 2006, and after I started working for KSR, I took it upon myself to be the BBN's travel guide when the Cats play in Music City. A few years ago, I started making flowcharts to help fans figure out which bars and restaurants to try while in town, and with the SEC Tournament in Nashville for the foreseeable future, I've updated those with my latest favorites in Music City. Click on each restaurant/bar name to go to their website. As a general disclaimer, yes, I realize there are tons of restaurants in Nashville, but these are my favorites. If yours isn't on the list, don't be offended. Just add it in the comments section.

EAT

PDF version (no hyperlinks) If you asked me for the five restaurants you have to try while you're here, I'd say The Southern, Lockeland Table, Five Points Pizza, Two Ten Jack, and Prince's. But really, you can't go wrong with any of the places listed above.

DRINK

PDF version (no hyperlinks) –KSR's home for the week will be TIN ROOF BROADWAY (316 Broadway). Here's the schedule of shows (all times CT because that's how we roll in Music City):

Thursday 9:00 a.m.: Morning show from Tin Roof Broadway

Friday 9:00 a.m.: 30-minute edition of the morning show live from Tin Roof Broadway 9:30 a.m.: The KSR pregame show live from Tin Roof Broadway Approximately an hour after the game: Postgame show live from Tin Roof Broadway

Saturday (if applicable) 9:30 a.m.: KSR pregame show live from the arena Approximately an hour after the game: Postgame show live from Tin Roof Broadway

Sunday (if applicable) 9:30 a.m.: KSR pregame show live from the arena Approximately an hour after the game: Postgame show live from Matt's car as he drives back to Louisville for the Prince concert

– The original Tin Roof location at 1516 Demonbreun Street will host a "Kentucky Takeover" on Friday night: B_jMTJlUgAE24-K Before it starts, check out Tin Roof's sister restaurant South a few doors down. I've yet to go there, but Aaron Flener has wonderful things to say. – UK fan and KSR friend JD Shelburne will perform on the All-State Pressbox Stage at SEC Fanfare Friday at 11 a.m. The stage will be set up at 5th avenue beside the Country Music Hall of Fame. Shelburne will also perform at Tequila Cowboy Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., so if you like country with a Kentucky slant, go check him out. Odds are he'll perform his new BBN single "Indiana," a cover of Eric Church's "Talledega."

TIPS

– Nashville still allows smoking in bars (21+), but fortunately, most bars on Broadway and 2nd avenue have opted to go smoke-free. There are still a few smoke pits if you want to light up inside, but major honky tonks like Tootsie's, Layla's, Robert's, and The Stage are now smoke-free. Hooray for happy lungs! – Lower Broadway will be packed, so to avoid some of the lengthy lines to get in to the Honky Tonks, go to the alley behind them (next to the Ryman). Most of the bars have back doors and it’s much easier to get in and maybe even snag a table. – If you're downtown, it's best to walk, but if you're staying outside the downtown area or just feel like venturing out (you should!), I recommend using Uber or Lyft. Both are cheaper and more pleasant than cabs. Is it your first time using Lyft? Help a sister out and use the code "TYLER380" for a FREE ride up to $20. Same thing for Uber, promo code nrdp8. – If you want to get around downtown quickly without walking or taking a cab, try JOY RIDE, the free golf cart shuttle service. The drivers are also great tour guides, and only work on tips. If it's raining, I expect they'll be pretty popular this weekend. To order a shuttle, call 615-285-9835 or look for the red golf carts scuttling around. – The Nashville MTA Green Line bus also transports people around downtown Nashville and the Gulch for free, so keep an eye out for it. (It's green.) You can also rent bikes via the B-Cycle stations around town. – Hydrate and pace yourself. It's a marathon, not a sprint, especially with the Cats playing at noon each day. If you need a caffeine and personal space fix, sneak over to the Bongo Java inside the Omni Hotel (250 5th Avenue South). See y'all soon.

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