Unwind and get to know your fellow HCCA conference attendees out and about in Nashville. This exciting country music paradise has an incredible bar and restaurant scene that will give you plenty of things to do following a busy day at the event.
Just don’t forget to make reservations, as popular venues can get booked up several days before the conference begins.
For convenience sake, we’ve provided a few of our favorite dinner spots in Nashville and links to their reservation pages.
Featuring a local seasonal menu of large portioned, shareable dishes, Henley is one of those places where you can’t go wrong ordering anything. They also make delicious cocktails and their bartenders can be quite creative.
Located on Broadway in the heart of the Midtown area, this is a fun evening spot with a bar that’s usually open until midnight. A good vibe to experience with your fellow conference-goers.
For an interactive experience where you are encouraged to chat with the chef while they work, check out Etch in downtown Nashville.
In addition to boasting a creative, globally-inspired menu, the restaurant also has $6 wines and $4 beers during happy hour. Just sayin’.
As you may have expected, The Southern is known for its traditional southern cuisine from morning ‘til night. Enjoy all kinds of wholesome grub from healthy omelets to meatloaf and beef sandwiches.
Above each dish on the menu is the location that inspired it. For example, the Barbecuban comes via Little Havana Miami, Florida while the aptly named Rio Grande Pasta is courtesy of Marfa, Texas.
Check out reservation options on their website but do so several days in advance as they tend to fill up.
Seafood in Nashville? Yep. This is the place to go for delicious crab cakes, bacon shrimp, grilled salmon, and cajun redfish.
Situated in the heart of bustling downtown Nashville, Sea Salt offers a unique twist on traditional seafood dishes, drawing upon inspiration from other parts of Tennessee. There’s also live music downstairs and a few signature cocktails to keep you going all night, or part of the night.
Reservations are honored up to 15 minutes from the reserved time so make sure you and your crew will arrive there on-time.
Skull’s Rainbow Room
It doesn’t get much more Nashville than this. Skull’s Rainbow Room has been a cornerstone music and drinks venue in classic Printer’s Alley. Featured performers have included Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Etta James, and Patsy Cline, among many others.
The venue remains in a similar state to the way it was so many years ago which makes this one of the most enjoyable Nashville experiences you will find.
You can book a reservation online up to 2 weeks in advance, so it’s wise to start looking in mid-March for your HCCA visit.
This iconic two-story brick restaurant is situated right in the middle of everything fun in downtown Nashville.
Merchant’s dinner menu features multiple steaks and prime rib options that will leave your tummy full for days. Plus there’s a local craft beer list that will give you some great Nashville variety to enjoy.
Reservations can be made through Open Table.
Margot Cafe & Bar
One of the best French-inspired restaurants in East Nashville, Margot prides itself on offering a diverse menu that changes daily and utilizes locally sourced products.
With only 80 seats, this restaurant all but requires you to make a reservation or else you’ll risk not getting in, especially on busy nights. It’s advised to book at least one week in advance.
There’s a $20 corkage fee per bottle if you decide to bring your own wine and a $3 per plate charge for bringing in a cake or dessert.
This unassuming restaurant on Meridian Street serves healthy meals that are perfectly attuned to the season and availability of ingredients.
From delicious pizzas to tasty varieties of seafood and meats, you’ll have everything you need for a filling evening out.
Walks-ins and reservations are welcomed, but we always recommend booking online to make sure you get a seat.
Embrace Your Weekend in Music City
Nashville has so many great things to offer that it can seem overwhelming. Here’s hoping these classic dinner spots will help inspire your itinerary during your time at HCCA.