Nightlife in Franklin

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Old-school meat-and-three plus breakfast all day, classic country music that would make Hank Williams weep, authentic family dining in historic, beautiful Leiper's Fork, TN. Only 35 minutes from Nashville, Country Boy Restaurant is worth the drive.

4141 Old Hillsboro Rd
Franklin,
TN
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Jill and Spencer Pittman were captivated by the ingenuity of intelligent wine dispensers, eventually building a business around the idea at the corner of East Main Street and 2nd Avenue in downtown Franklin. The concept combines the relaxation of an informal wine tasting with the novelty of having a robot as a dinner guest as patrons serve themselves from the mechanized dispensers while a smart card tab keeps track of purchases. The helpful automatons even display information about selected vintages at the drink stations, allowing guests to learn about their favorite beverages and perfectly pair wines with soups, salads, or tapas plates of cheese, charcuterie, and seared seafood.

In an ironic twist, the wine bar hosts parties in the one-time home of a Prohibition-era bootlegger. The National Register of Historic Places house charms visitors with tucked-away wine rooms decked out with leather furniture and a bar adorned with paintings from local artists. As they unwind with glasses of rotating featured wines such as Cakebread Chardonnay and Opus One red blend and succulent morsels of chocolate desserts or cheese, patrons watch the street scenes and take in the open air from the lavish wraparound porch or sway to the strains of jazz amid the dark woods and overstuffed sofas of the wine rooms.

206 E Main St
Franklin,
TN
US

Drawing on backgrounds that include stints in the Vanderbilt Dance Program and stage-time alongside Debby Boone in Mississippi Love, the instructors at We Dance Nashville two-step students toward mastery of styles such as ballroom, Latin, salsa, and swing. Teachers toe-heel alongside students in private lessons tailored to their new partner’s light-tripping goals, and they shuffle loads of beginners toward dancing proficiency in group classes, such as ballroom or hip-hop for kids and adults. During wedding classes, engaged couples learn simple steps or intricate choreography to dazzle guests at their reception or sneakily waltz out of the judge’s chambers after eloping. Augmenting the regular schedule, We Dance Nashville hosts frequent parties where 30-minute lessons precede 90 minutes of open dancing, or Theme Fitness, which incorporates choreography from hip-hop and Latin ballroom into a high-energy workout set to music.

206 Cool Springs Boulevard
Franklin,
TN
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In addition to airing the area's biggest games, Sports Page Restaurant & Bar satiates hunger with a robust menu of pub food, including burgers, sandwiches, and wings. Nibble on a traditional reuben sandwich, or dig into a basket of wings in three flavors: barbecue, teriyaki, or hot. The restaurant also serves classic sandwiches, such as buffalo chicken wraps and french dip sandwiches, made with grilled beef and swiss on baguettes.

419 Union St
Nashville,
TN
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A mounted buffalo head eyes guests curiously as they swing through the french doors of Buffalo's Nashville, having climbed the stairs or ridden the elevator to the historical building's second floor. As patrons settle into studded leather barstools, bartenders take their orders for well drinks or domestic beers such as Bud, Miller Light, and Coors Light, and sports games play on 21 high-definition TV screens. Behind the scenes, the kitchen yields plates of burgers and sandwiches as well as wings dipped in a dozen mild to extra-hot sauces.

In between rounds of drinks, bouts of shuffleboard, darts, and billiards occupy glassless hands as spectators watch from atop a refurbished shoeshine station. Buffalo's Nashville also hosts special events and parties in a pair of private rooms overlooking the Cumberland River and the Titans' LP Field.

154 2nd Ave N
Nashville,
TN
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After more than 13 years slinging cold beer and pub favorites at their original location, Piranha's Bar & Grill opened a second location overlooking Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville. There, they continue to fill mugs and serve up their signature sandwiches, half-pound burgers, and specialty dishes, such as the mini donut burger, which was named Best Appetizer at the Taste of Hendersonville in 2013. The new location sports 3 party rooms and a 2,000-square-foot patio with views of the lake as well as five garage doors that let fresh air stream in when the weather's warm. Live music, a game room, and flat-screen TVs keep patrons entertained during every season.

113 2nd Ave N
Nashville,
TN
US