There are those who express concern regarding the recent spate of relentless over-development in Nashville city center – but as we always ultimately have to admit, there’s simply no stopping…”progress.”
Of course, you can still seriously get your honky tonk on – or head to East Nashville for full hipster immersion, catching the latest indie darlings at Basement East. And the hard-partying city still loves its cowboy boots and 10 gallon hats, to be sure.
But on our last visit saw us checking in to one of the positive developments to come out of all that…development. Located just moments from so many of Music City’s main cultural attractions is the shiny new Dream Nashville Hotel – which brings a bit of NYC/LA chic to 4th Avenue N, while also revitalizing the storied Printer’s Alley – once the center of all manner of naughty behavior. Drawing from the neighborhood’s rich history and exuberant energy, the Dream has quickly become a magnet for the creative set, with six dining and nightlife venues, from the casual cool of Natura, to the sexy decadence of Dirty Little Secret.
Here’s what loved most.
Right along historic, sometimes infamous Printer’s Alley. The stretch the hotel occupies has been a nightlife district since the 1940s, and has even done time as the city’s Red Light District. It’s tidied up a bit now, obviously. But, hey, you never know.
Thoughtfully styled by Meyer Davis Studio, the 168 art deco referencing, loft inspired rooms are awash in deep jewel tones. Bold color schemes and playfully modern furnishings play nice with the historic details of the landmarked heritage buildings in which the Dream is located. Deluxe King rooms have generous windows framing the Nashville skyline.
An ideal spot for a casual grab and go lunch or, even better in a town like Nashville, a late night, hangover pre-empting munchie run. They serve mouthwatering, overstuffed sandwiches, juicy burgers, and decadent options such as the Kobe beef hotdogs, that are as big on flavor as they are on calories. And did we mention their foot long french fries? Obviously the perfect way to soak up all that bourbon.
Something a little different for Nashville. Signature brasserie-style restaurant Stateside Kitchen serves up sophisticated modern American cuisine under a beautiful, airy glass atrium. Helmed by chef and Hillstone Restaurant Group alum Michael Kopfman, you’ll find yourself torn between the bucatini jumbo prawn pasta and the 22 ounce cowboy ribeye with, naturally, jumbo asparagus.
Why call Uber when you have a complimentary 2019 Lincoln Navigator at your disposal? Guests can tool around Nashville in style and substance – and, like the steaks, it’s also really, really big.
Vibing with the legacy of the area, the intimate and sophisticated Parlour Bar skips the over-concepted-cocktail trend for a chance to update the classics. Whiskey and bourbon aficionados will appreciate the Suntory Sidecar, and the very southern Smoked Peach Old Fashioned. But there’s also the CBD laced Gin & Chronic, made, believe it or not, with strawberry rhubarb.
Those who have fully committed to the fussed-over cocktail scene will love Snitch. Located right on Printer’s Alley, they’ve enlisted top local drinks alchemists to create a menu of distinctly Instagrammable imbibables. And when the DJs aren’t spinning familiar rock and hip-hop, expect impromptu live performances on their vintage stand-up piano.
Dirty Little Secret
And finally, we’ll let you in on the Dirty Little Secret…which is hidden behind the wall of an intimate All Saints boutique, also tucked away down Printer’s Alley. This dark and seductive hideaway hosts live music, intriguing entertainment, and some of the world’s top international DJs. Virtually anything goes.