Where to Shop, Drink, and Stay in Nashville

Friday, January 01, 2010
Honky-tonks, Stetsons, and the Grand Ole Opry still define Nashville. But while no one was looking, much of Music City shed its rhinestones. Onetime backwater neighborhoods like East Nashville and 12 South teem with stylish restaurants, forward-looking boutiques, and lively bars where young pickers bang out bluegrass. Cultural heavyweights like Jack White and Nicole Kidman now call the Tennessee capital home, and it's easy to see why­—the town delivers southern hospitality with a healthy side of coastal sophistication.

Abernathy Road
Don't let the exposed-brick walls and mounted elk heads fool you. Abernathy Road is the kind of well-appointed repository that's worth a road trip south. There are no studded chaps here, just rugged finds like denim shirts, bone-handle knives, tanned satchels made from steer hide, and handcrafted shoe-shine boxes. Yes, buffing your well-worn leather boots is plenty manly, even if they've never been out on a hunt. 123 Second Ave. N., 615-891-3362; abernathyroad.com

Photograph by Liz Ligon
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