Nashville Friday Favorites: Wine Bars, Walkin’, & Concerts At A Mansion

Guess what? IT’S FRIDAY.

It’s been a solid week in Nashville, y’all. The unexpected weather that made it feel like Thanksgiving, free outdoor concerts, movies under the stars…the list goes on. If you went outside on one of the beautiful weather days, you probably felt like you were walking through one of the musical scenes in Enchanted (especially because pretty much everyone in Nashville sings under their breath no matter where they are). So sure, it might be a little bit dreary today, but it is the WEEKEND, you guys! It’s time to celebrate all the things we love about this city (to find those things, Wannado has got your back). We talked to some of Nashville’s finest about what they’re diggin’ this week. Here’s this week’s edition of Friday Favorites:

JJ’s Wine Bar

Sydney Raines, Director of Client Services at We Make Tapes & Discs/Owner of Raines Entertainment

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“Missing a friend’s show (mistaking Puckett’s Franklin for Puckett’s Downtown), I stumbled in a lil place called JJ’s Wine Bar. –Never been happier about making a mistake! You may select “taste, 1/2 glass, full pour” from the multiple wine dispensers, order a cheese platter and chillax in their living room area!”

Pop Nashville

Portia Knox, Multiple Line Representative at State Farm

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“I’m really excited about the new Pop Nashville venue on the east side. I just moved to a house that’s only one block away from it, and I think it’s an awesome way to diversify the East Nashville food and event scene. It’s like a pop up restaurant/venue that switches out different eateries, chef dinners, and other creative events throughout the month. It’s centrally located and it has a Nashville favorite that’s there on the reg– Otaku South, the ramen shop that’s always packed with people at every event they throw.”

Trivia Time

Mike Kattman, Operations Manager at Ayers Capital

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“It’s Trivia Time in Nashville! Whether it’s over a plate of BBQ nachos at Edley’s or martinis at Tribe, I love a good game of trivia with friends. While I inevitably lose because of those pesky sports questions, every once in a while a question about Madonna or Beyonce makes the whole game worthwhile. Watch out when I finally convince Trivia Time to introduce a “Divas” category, Nashville. Thanks to all the trivia hosts – especially Danny and Jennifer – for keeping the game fun and encouraging players to dance!”

Hitting The City On Foot

Jennifer Wheeler, Director of Development at Renewal House

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“My favorite thing this summer, given the unseasonably cool, “perfect” weather, has been hitting the city by foot. If launching from home, I walk the McCabe Greenway, stroll to Local Taco or Sylvan Park, or  venture 2 miles to Elmington Park for Movies in the Park (the perfect excuse to order from all my favorite food trucks). Other times, it’s grabbing a hibiscus pop from Las Palatas followed by a stroll on 12th South, making my way to one of Nashville’s amazing festivals, or our oasis in the city, Percy Warner Park.”

The Fontanel Mansion Ampitheater

Dalton Hughes, Student at Belmont University

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“I think I’ve finally decided what my favorite music venue is here in the Nashville area, and it’s not actually in the middle of the city (although I love Marathon Music Works, and William Collier’s, the bar attached). It would have to be the Fontanel Mansion’s Amphitheater up north. The stage is massive, the workers are friendly, and the atmosphere is all infused with joy like a music festival, with the plus that people probably showered yesterday. Also, you can make a whole day of it. Take a tour of the Mandrell mansion to get your history fix, then eat at their award winning Cafe Fontanella before you see a show. Definitely try to see someone here if you haven’t; they have country to electronic to classic rock play here. I’m actually pretty sure that the Michael Franti show is coming up soon and he is doing yoga with the crowd a few hours before the opening band… like that’s awesome and hilarious and there’s no way anyone has something better to do with their day.”

 

What’s your favorite thing in Nashville at the moment? Leave yours in the comments, and to connect with all the Nashville things you love, this weekend and beyond, grab Wannado! From live music to pop-up restaurants to yoga with Michael Franti, we’ll make sure you stay in the loop.