Hot Venues of Nashville
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Hot Venues of Nashville

Caroline Allison
The country music capital is undergoing a transformation, thanks to hip shops, haute cuisine, and old-fashioned cocktails.

1. The Hermitage Hotel

The 122-room property—whose famous guests have included Greta Garbo and Al Capone—celebrates its 100th anniversary this year with musical performances, art retrospectives, and a fresh look, after a $17 million overhaul.

Doubles from $339.

2. Margot Café & Bar

In the cutting-edge Five Points neighborhood, chef Margot McCormack prepares Mediterranean-inspired dishes with a Tennessee flair, including clams, snapper, and cobia in a tomato-and-fennel broth.

Dinner for two $72.

3. Third Man Records

Rocker Jack White’s Nashville headquarters doubles as a music store in the afternoon. The shop sells vinyl albums, White Stripes posters, and other collector’s items.

4. Venus & Mars-The Showroom

A classic Christian Dior men’s suit for $150? 1950’s party dresses in the double digits? Fashion model Karen Elson and co-owner Amy Patterson’s eye for the quirky-fabulous make their vintage clothing store the city’s wardrobe-defining spot.

5. The Patterson House

The new cocktail lounge, from Toby Maloney and Jason Cott of New York City’s Rusty Knot, pays tribute to the pre-Prohibition era by serving turn-of-the-century-inspired drinks such as the gin-and-rosewater-spiked Juliet + Romeo.

Drinks for two $22.

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