Where to find Jake, Keith, Carrie and Chris in 2014
No guarantees, but high probabilities!
Before you plan your 2014 trip to Nashville, make a note of these spots, which are great for country-star gazing—no telescope required!
Top 10 Places to See the Stars in Nashville
1. Loser’s Bar & Grill
Situated near Nashville’s Music Row, Loser’s arguably has the coldest beer and the best jukebox in the city with a vast mix of classic and contemporary country music. Country stars will often spill into this dive bar for a post-writing-session cocktail or a game of Golden Tee in the back. And we dare you to challenge Tyler Farr to a game of tabletop shuffleboard.
Conveniently and appropriately located right next door to Loser’s, Winner’s hosts one of the hottest shows to be found on a Monday night—Whiskey Jam. The weekly concert hosts mostly new artists, but occasionally big stars, including Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, swing by to try out their newest cuts. It’s also a great place to hang and watch football, and their barbecue nachos are crazy!
3. Tin Roof
This fine establishment predates both Loser’s and Winner’s and remains a country music constant, due in large part to its terrific management and staff, who let the stars be regular folks. The Tin Roof regularly hosts songwriters’ nights, but also features local live bands, and the food is delish! Share a bowl of cheese dip with Lee Brice . . . and ask for extra jalapenos.
There are multiple Publix stores in the Nashville area, but this particular one seems to be a convenient stop on the way home for those artists who live on the west side of town. Don't be surprised if you bump buggies with Jake Owen in the diaper aisle!
5. Nashville International Airport
While tour buses are the preferred mode of transportation for many country stars, sometimes schedules demand a quick flight across the country. Visitors to the city smile when they hear their favorite stars delivering the safety and security messages over the P.A., but they get an extra grin when they're elbow-to-elbow with Chris Young at the baggage carousel.
6. Bridgestone Arena
Nashville’s biggest indoor concert venue hosts a variety of shows, from country to rock, but when the music isn’t playing, the Predators, the city's NHL team, are! Country stars can often be spotted in the boxes that are often owned by their record labels, but if you're Carrie Underwood, you may be hanging with the other players’ wives.
Brad Paisley once called it “bait,” but country stars love their sushi and Virago, located in “the Gulch,” is one of the city’s favorites. The menu is decidedly upscale and deliciously unique. You should try the Katana . . . or ask Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney what his favorite Maki is!
8. Whole Foods
When truck-stop grub gets to be too much, country stars swing into Whole Foods to stock up on healthier options. This boutique chain grocery store is known for its variety of fresh, organic and natural foods and goodies, ranging from produce to beer, and you could run into Keith Urban in the floral section picking up a bouquet for Nicole.
Yes, Nashville has that other coffeehouse, but Fido, a part of the Bongo Java Roasting Company, is a local establishment with a bustling and hip vibe. And the mix of patrons ranges from local Vandy and Belmont students, to doctors headed into the morning shift, to songwriters and artists like Dierks Bentley breaking between demo sessions.
10. Waffle House
With multiple locations to choose from, this 24-hour greasy spoon is always near an interstate exit, perfect for tour buses rolling into town in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Order your hash browns smothered, covered, diced and topped for a zesty meal on their own. And pass Trace Adkins the cream, please.