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.
Dance World’s talented instructors teach students of all levels ballroom, Latin, swing, and country dance styles in an open and friendly atmosphere. Two dance floors provide the square footage necessary for detailed instruction and successful coed mingling. A private lesson ($65 value) can jazz up a first dance or provide a much-needed metaphor for a relationship. In addition to the private lesson, you get a Groupon-exclusive class (a $15 value). First-time Freds and Gingers can foxtrot around the room and meet, greet, and dip new friends. Additional classes, such as tango and quickstep, as well as wedding choreography, are blended for dancers of all levels of surefootedness. Call for upcoming times and offerings.
Amid exposed brick, rich mahogany wood, and sports-filled TVs, Benchmark’s kitchen serves pub fare with a touch of upscale flair. The new menu begins with nibbles such as pickle chips or wings deep-fried and tossed with housemade Jack Daniels barbecue sauce and expands to the Cajun-seasoned burger accented with blue cheese and caramelized onions. Patrons can wash down bites with a local brew or a cocktail, such as the Nashville Bushwacker, a popular milk-shake-esque alcholic drink, or serve themselves from a personal table tap. At night, the bar’s first floor hosts live music acts, and its second floor pounds with the latest hits and lullabies selected by the DJ.
More than 25 years ago, chef GianCarlo Agnoletti founded a restaurant near Rimini, Italy, that took its inspiration from the nearby Adriatic Sea. Mussels, insalata di mare, and fresh-caught fish fueled GianCarlo's passion for northern Italian cuisine?until fate and circumstance carried him to Nashville.
On the arch-lined patio of his current culinary endeavor, Sole Mio, it's not hard to imagine oneself on a quaint Italian street. Aromas of handmade pasta and fresh sauces?all made to order?sweep over al fresco diners. Chefs design and cook a rotation selection of dishes depending on the in-season ingredients.
Founded as the Union Gospel Tabernacle by steamboat captain Thomas Ryman after an angel got trapped in his smokestack, the Ryman Auditorium has since become a different kind of hallowed ground, lovingly referred to as the "mother church of country music." The Grand Ole Opry and The Johnny Cash Show have both taken residence among its wooden pews, and the twanged voices of country legends such as Hank Williams and Patsy Cline have reverberated off the stenciled artwork on the face of the balcony. Today, the venue plays host to a variety of acts, from rock concerts to television specials to comedy shows.
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