Yes, you are reading that correctly. I’m finally getting around to recapping my Nashville bachelorette party 5 months after the fact. But before I get into what will surely be a hefty post allow me one moment of classic Rachel-feels the need to explain herself-random-ness.
Everything productive I do in a day probably came from a list I wrote the day, week, month, heck hour before. But do you ever have times that you are managing SO MANY things (seemingly) well without a list that you feel like IF you were to try to write it all down you might feel “safe” and something might slip through the cracks? No? Just me?
I had those feelings a lot around my wedding time and I honestly think it is a main reason I haven’t recapped any major wedding event here on the blog. I’m honestly worried that I will write it all down and my brain will think “You’re all good! You got down everything you wanted to remember in that blog post!” and I will have forgotten something big and it will be lost forever. Maybe that is dumb, but whatever. Onward.
I’ve always loved Nashville nightlife. It’s way more laid back than a lot of big city bar scenes and the people are just generally more pleasant there for some reason, I swear. My friends and I have gone out in Nashville several times since becoming of age and I immediately knew that it is where I wanted to spend my bachelorette weekend.
Saturday morning six of my best friend’s met me my house semi-early where we loaded up two cars and headed for Nashvegas! The first thing we had planned was a Pedal Tavern Tour but we were about an hour early for our reservation so we stopped to get a quick lunch. The tour headquarters were on Demonbreun Hill which has a ton of restaurant/bar combos so we picked one and sat down. I’m pretty sure it was Tin Roof. The food was ok at best, but that quesadilla sure did the trick of at least partially filling my stomach. Also, bloody marys, yum.
Next up, the Nashville Pedal Tavern Tour!
This was something my friend’s and I had always wanted to do and I’m SO glad we did! Basically you get on this open “tavern” contraption, pedal yourselves from bar to bar in a certain area, hop off and head into the bar of your choosing for a drink or two before getting back on and heading to the next place! Each bar they dropped you off at had a different drink special they offered to us for being on the tour (or so they said). You can either pedal around Broadway (Nashville’s main downtown bar street) or Midtown which is more for locals. Knowing we were planning to go out on Broadway that night, we chose the Midtown tour route. I loved it! I had only ever been to Broadway bars so it was a nice change and a great, more chill way to kick off the day.
Other things to know about the Pedal Tavern:
1. The cost does not include alcohol, so make sure to bring your own. There is plenty of room on board for your biggest coolers.
2. Yes, you actually pedal and propel this contraption forward. Yes, it is actually hard to do in a few places but not so bad that I wouldn’t do it again.
3. Both tours begin in the same place, but neither end back where you started so if you end up doing the pedal tavern make sure to have a plan for rides!
4. The “tavern” can hold 12 people if I remember correctly, so you may be booked with another group if you have less than that. Our tour was actually overbooked so my sister had to stand in the middle and play bartender. She was super upset she didn’t get to peddle. Also, thank God the other group of ladies were super fun, because several of us (two thumbs pointed right at the girl writing this post) can get pretty loud and obnoxious when she “get’s excited.”
First stop on the “tour.” This bar was DIRECTLY next to the building where Taylor Swift has a condo/lives when she is in Nashville. I was obviously in fan girl heaven. I also vaguely remember spending a silly amount of money on one of those “touch tunes” things at this place to play 23 by Miley Cyrus. Not sorry, that song still gets me hype.
Pedal Tavern Tour Verdict: I’d definitely do it again!
After we were done with the pedal tavern we headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. We stayed at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel which did the trick, but wasn’t anything to write home about. We kind of had to rush to open gifts (so sweet!) and play some fun games my girls put together, but it was still lots of fun with lots of laughs. Our hotel had a free shuttle downtown every half hour or so, which was a great way to save money on a cab ride. There are some truly hilarious videos of me riding shotty talking to the sweet shuttle-driver-man but those will absolutely never be making their way onto the internet. So sorry.
My two stipulations for where we went to dinner was that 1) It had to be in walking distance to Broadway and 2) It had to be somewhere more fun than fancy (this was going on hour 8 after all…) So we ended up at Margaritaville on Broadway which was a perfect fit!
After dinner we ran from bar to bar for the next several hours dancing our faces off and making all kinds of new friends. To me, there is no place more fun than downtown Nashville. The bars are such a fun mix of live and DJed music, you really can find anything to suit your taste! Actually, I’d like to go back right meow, please and thanks.
Other things that maybe will mean nothing to you but I never want to forget:
-Jimmy the Pedal Tavern driver
-Becoming emotional at dinner looking around at all my best friends who were there for ME.
-The other bachelorette party at the “rap” bar who were, let’s just say…obsessed with me.
-All the people who randomly told me “congratulations” every 4th step I took down the street, and the few who told me “don’t do it.”
-Eating a Nathan’s hot dog from a street vendor before heading home. (I ATE A FREAKING HOT DOG – EW! I needed my sister Gretl in this situation to take it away from me ) Also, the really sweet guys I talked to while I waited for my yuck-dog. I have no idea now what actually was said but I remember them being really sweet about marriage in general.
-Ellen’s not so subtle return to the hotel room.
They already know how grateful I am, but thank you again (times infinity) to my two amazing Maids of Honor for putting this weekend together for me! I could not have dreamed of having a better time than I did! And thank you to my sweet friends for leaving your families for the weekend to celebrate me. It meant more to me than you will ever really know! Let me know if there is anything that I missed so I can add it in.
If you have any questions or want any more details feel free to comment or email me!