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Visitor's Guide to Nashville

A Visitor's Guide to Nashville

As a service to our VandySports.com readers and visitors, we are pleased to bring you our "Visitor's Guide to Nashville," featuring information on hotels, restaurants, and other attractions. Most of the reviews were written by former Vanderbilt football player and graduate assistant Andrew Kerr, who once worked for Nashville.CitySearch.com as a reviewer of bars, restaurants, and other establishments.

We hope this will be of assistance to our Nashville visitors, and feel free to send any feedback about this page to Vandysports.com Publisher Chris Lee at chris@vandysports.com.

We hope you'll enjoy your stay in Nashville!

Recommended Hotels Closest to Vanderbilt Stadium

1. Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University
2555 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN, 37203
Phone: (615)-321-1300
Fax: (615)-321-1400
Website: Vanderbilt Marriott

Citysearch Rating: 7.9 out of 10
Distance to Stadium: 0.1 miles

The luxurious new Vanderbilt Marriott overlooks the north end zone of Dudley field and is the Friday night home of the Vanderbilt Football team.

2. Holiday Inn Select Vanderbilt
2613 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 327-4707
Fax: (615) 327-8034
Website: Holiday Inn Select

Citysearch Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Distance to Stadium: 0.1 miles

Located directly catty-corner to Vanderbilt Stadium this Holiday Inn is perfect for tailgating and is a reliable option for out-of-town visitors.

3. Hampton Inn and Suites at the University
2330 Elliston Place
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 320-6060
Fax: (615) 327-4723
Website: Hampton Inn & Suites
Citysearch Review: Review

Citysearch Rating: 8.6 out of 10
Distance to Stadium: 0.4 miles

Roomy and hospitable, this local version of the national chain is within easy walking distance of the stadium and the heart of campus.

4. The Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
2100 W End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (800) 235-6397
Website:Loews Vanderbilt

Citysearch Rating: 8.3 out of 10
Distance to Stadium: 0.7 Miles

Upscale elegance and spacious accommodations make this an attractive option at the opposite end of campus.

5. Hampton Inn Vanderbilt
1919 W End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 329-1144
Fax: (615) 320-7112
Website:Hampton Inn

Citysearch Rating: 8.9
Distance to Stadium: 1.0 Miles

Another solid choice for comfort and affordability; maybe just out of walking distance for the average fan.

For other options located around Vanderbilt Stadium click here:More Hotels

Andrew Kerr's Recommended Best Post-game Grub around Vanderbilt Stadium

1. Logan's Roadhouse
2400 Elliston Pl
Nashville, TN 37203-1729
Phone: (615) 320-1161

Citysearch Rating: 9.1
Location (MAP): Logan Roadhouse

This hopping little joint keeps the post-game festivities going with hearty steaks, salads, and ice-cold beverages.

2. Rotier's
2413 Elliston Pl
Nashville, TN 37203-1704
Phone: (615) 327-9892

Citysearch Rating: 9.6
Location (MAP): Rotier's

This Nashville institution is located right near the stadium and serves up the finest hamburgers in town.

3. San Antonio Taco Company (SATCO)
416 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
Cross Street: Scarritt Place
Phone: (615) 327-4322

Citysearch Rating: 9.2
Location (MAP): SATCO

The best outdoor patio in Nashville and buckets of cold beer makes this a Tex-Mex landmark for Nashville visitors.

4. Sam's Place Sports Bar and Grill
1803 21ST Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212-3705
Phone: (615) 383-3601

Citysearch Rating: 9.4
Location (MAP):Sam's Place

Located in the heart of Hillsboro Village, this classic sports bar welcomes football fans regardless of affiliation.

5. Hog Heaven
115 27th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203
Tel: (615) 329-1234
Fax: (615) 327-2027

Citysearch Rating: 9.5
Location (MAP): Hog Heaven

This little dive next to Centennial Park has the most authentic BBQ in town.

6. Ted's Montana Grill
2817 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 329-3415

Citysearch Rating: 9.2
Location (MAP): Ted's Montana Grill

Right near the stadium, Ted's monster Bison burgers can tame the heartiest appetite.

7. Sportsman's Grille in the Village
1601 21ST Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212-3103
Phone: (615) 320-1633

Citysearch Rating: 9.2
Location (MAP): Sportsman's Grill

The game continues at this full-service sports bar just off-campus.

8. Outback Steakhouse
3212 W End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203-1333
Phone: (615) 385-3440

Citysearch Rating: 9.3
Location (MAP):Outback Steakhouse

Classic Aussie treats like the Bloomin' Onion are always a post-game favorite.

9. Waffle House
408 Robertson Ave
Nashville, TN 37209
Phone: (615) 352-4410

Citysearch Rating: 7.0
Location (MAP):Waffle House

If you are from the South this king of late night eats needs no introduction.

10. South Street Original Crab Shack & Authentic Dive Bar
907 20th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: (615) 320-5555
Fax: (615) 327-0696

Citysearch Rating: 9.7
Location (MAP):South Street

One of the most unique dinner spots in Nashville has top notch atmosphere and eats.

Other Recommended Bars and Restaurants

Midtown Cafe
102 19th Ave. South
Nashville, TN
Phone: (615) 320-7176

Citysearch rating: 9.5
Location (MAP):The Midtown Cafe

Located between West End and Broadway, the Midtown Cafe is a mid-priced restaurant offering an excellent selection of seafood and wines. You may even make reservations online if you like at Midtown Cafe's website.

The Flying Saucer
110 11th Ave. South
Nashville, TN
(615) 259-PINT

Citysearch rating: 9.5
Location (MAP): The Flying Saucer

"Probably my favorite place to grab some beers is the Flying Saucer, where they have maybe 60-70 beers on tap and another 100 or so in bottles," says Vandysports.com poster Dorefan. "If the beer selection isn't enough, the school girl skirts put this place over the top. Plus, it's in the former baggage building of the old Union Station, which is cool." Check out Beerknurd.com for more info.

Sites to See and Things to do:

Grand Ole Opry

When one thinks of Nashville, the Grand Ole Opry is one of the first things that comes to mind. World-renowened as a haven for country music enthusiasts, the Opry provides classic entertainment for both old and new country music fans.

The Parthenon

A replica of the ancient Greek Parthenon, Nashville's version sits in the middle of beautiful Centennial Park just across West End from the Vanderbilt campus. The Parthenon serves as the city's art museum and hosts the occasional concert. The park itself is a great place to picnic, and if you have children, be sure and bring extra bread to feed the ducks that gather along the banks of the park's small pond.

Opryland Hotel

What was once (and may still be) the world's largest hotel outside Las Vegas, the historic Opryland Hotel is a mammoth, beautiful structure that is home to hundreds of conventions and millions of visitors every year. The hotel contains a large number of souvenir shops and specialty restaurants, but you should go if for no other reason to check out the Conservatory, which features acres of beautiful flowers and plants. You also don't want to miss the relatively-new "Delta" area, which contains a small river running through the hotel that's complete with giant catfish and even small tour boats.

The hotel sits next to Opry Mills Mall, which sits on the site of the former Opryland amusement park. It's a rather high-scale mall containing hundreds of thousands of feet of plush retail space as well as a movie theater, including an IMAX screen. Sports fans should check out Jillian's, a bar with dozens of video games, TV screens, and even a bowling alley.

The Hermitage

"The Hermitage" was home to former President Andrew Jackson and his wife, Rachel. Tours are available to the public.

Union Station Hotel

Union Station is a completely renovated old train station that is on the National Historic Register. Though the building is now a Four-Star Windham hotel, the owners spent millions to make sure the original details were restored to perfection. The massive arched stained glass lobby is not to be missed. Located right on Broadway on the doorstep of downtown Nashville.

Tennessee State Capitol Building

The governmental center of the state, the state capitol building is located downtown on Charlotte Avenue just between Sixth and Seventh Streets South. Call (615) 741-2692 for information on self-guided tours.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans, Tennessee's only professional football team and perennial playoff contenders, play eight regular-season home games and two exhibition contests per year. Tickets are generally sold-out ahead of time, but tickets are normally available on the streets before home games.

Nashville Predators

Tennessee's only professional hockey team, the Predators made the playoffs in 2004 in their sixth year of existence. Tickets can be had for a reasonable price -- in past years, as low as $10 a seat for reasonably-good upper-level seats -- and are generally available up to face-off of every game. The home exhibiton season begins September 24 with the first regular-season game on October 14.

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