The Redneck Comedy Bus Tour delivers a two-hour dose of Southern-tinged humor aboard a refashioned camouflaged school bus. Decked out in their respective getups of denim overalls and fluorescent cake makeup, hosts Tater and Erlene corral their fearless chortle trippers at either the World Famous Nashville Palace (Mondays–Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m.) or the Whiskey Bent Saloon (Mondays and Saturdays at 2 p.m.). Passengers learn about the haunts of Nashville's overabundant country stars and local yokels directly from the denizens themselves, who speak in their native hillbilly pidgin. Coolers the size of tackle boxes containing six-packs are welcome, and tourists are encouraged to bring their own canned alcohol, beef jerky, pork rinds, or vegan bubble gum. After proving proficiency on the subject of goo goos and moon pies, riders are deemed redneck certified and should possess a newfound ability to recite poems about NASCAR.
Live musical acts hit the stage every night at Music City Bar & Grill, compelling feet to move and hips to request an encore. Holiday lights twinkle and guide waitstaff to tables where patrons order from a menu of hearty bar fare, which includes Angus-beef burgers, three-meat pizzas, and salads topped with grilled steak or chicken. At the pool tables, balls click together in time to the music, and outdoor seating gives people the chance to serenade the stars using voices normally reserved for sad lightbulbs.
Recently celebrating its 85th year, the Grand Ole Opry continues to honor American country music by featuring a lineup of member and guest artists during every show, including country superstars such as Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Vince Gill, and countless others. The online calendar details the serenaders showcased at every show, allowing audience members to track their favorites and to attempt telepathic song requests ahead of time. One of the only remaining venues in which audiophiles can catch current chart-toppers and country legends sharing the same stage, the Opry forms the backbone of country-music history and extends its legacy of live entertainment to present day.
The Hop Stop, which was established in 2013 by the same folks behind the Village Pub & Beer Garden, brandishes more than 35 beers on tap from local, regional, national, and international purveyors. Guests at the small, friendly spot can enjoy them while playing trivia or bingo or while noshing on pub eats.?
Chefs whip up gourmet hot dogs and veggie dogs, including a ham-wrapped French dog with brie cheese and stone-ground mustard and a BLT dog. They also satisfy rumbling tummies with house nachos, which, like the hoses on the fire trucks parked in the fire house, are loaded with beef and bean chili, several types of cheese, and sour cream.?
The Family Wash offers a small yet robustly flavorful menu of fresh, hearty dishes. Start your sensory escapade with the gorgonzola chips ($6), kettle-cooked potato chips smothered in gorgonzola cheese, bacon, and cheddar, designed to soak up booze and smother the face of unruly patrons. Melt your tongue with the mama-approved meatloaf ($12) served with mashed potatoes and a choice of side salad or seasonal vegetable. The vegetarian shepherd’s pie ($11) is fan flavorite, with a helping of lentils and vegetables layered under a blanket of mashed potatoes and extra-sharp cheddar cheese. If you find yourself getting too comfortable with the gusto of comfort entrees, lighten up with a mixed green and roasted beet salad with toasted walnuts, goat cheese, and a shallot vinaigrette ($11).