With all indicators pointing to another very cold winter (think Polar Vortex round 2), you should be prepared to spend a lot of time indoors. But don’t fret the cold, we’ve found several cozy places in Nashville’s hottest neighborhood that you should consider checking out this winter.
1. Two Ten Jack
What better way to warm up than with a piping hot, savory bowl of authentic Japanese ramen? Two Ten Jack offers three traditional flavors of ramen — pork broth based, chicken broth based, or vegetable broth based. Spice up your ramen with extra add-ons like chili oil and/or garlic oil. Aside from delicious ramen, check out Two Ten for the intimate atmosphere and amazing seasonal cocktails.
2. Holland House Bar and Refuge
Take refuge from the Polar Vortex inside East Nashville’s swanky signature speakeasy. Warm up with a specialty cocktail and a shared small plate. Pro tip: ask for a quiet table by the crackling fireplace in the back.
Chinese food on a chilly night can warm the soul. If you agree, you should try East Nashville’s newest Southern-Inspired Pan Asian restaurant, TKO. Order a hearty helping of lo mein and be sure to try the steamed buns for an appetizer. The new space has an industrial yet intimate vibe and is perfect for groups. Pro tip: This is the first restaurant in Nashville to eliminate tipping, so no need to add additional gratuity.
4. Urban Cowboy Public House
Check out East Nashville’s hippest new neighborhood hangout, Urban Cowboy Public House. Urban Cowboy Bed and Breakfast opened earlier this year and has since made a name for itself as the area’s trendiest boutique hotel experience. In early November, the hot spot expanded to include a swanky cocktail bar. The 5,000 square foot indoor/outdoor cocktail bar features amazing specialty drinks. Warm lighting and rustic elements make this space perfectly cozy for a date or girls’ night out. Pro tip: Bring a heavy coat and cuddle up by the outdoor fireplace or fire pit.
5. Olive and Sinclair
We think we’ve found the perfect indoor activity for a blustery day — touring Nashville’s flagship gourmet chocolate factory. Step into the shop and smell the sweet aroma of chocolate. The tour will walk you through the process of making bean-to-bar chocolate and will end with complimentary samples. Pro tip: Olive and Sinclair factory tours only take place on Saturdays and should be booked in advance.
Shopping seems to be the perfect winter activity. Step in from the winter chill to shop Nashville’s largest selection of unique hats. Hatwrks features hundreds of hand-crafted custom-made hats. Pro tip: Shopping for the holidays? A custom-made, hand-crafted hat makes the perfect gift.
7. Vinyl Tap
If sipping a craft beer while listening to an old vinyl record, likely produced in Nashville, seems like the perfect activity for a cold winter evening, you should check out the new Vinyl Tap. Vinyl Tap, located in the old Family Wash building, opened earlier this winter and offers a casual environment with a living room vibe. The venue features a decent selection of craft beers from across the country and a unique pub grub menu. The venue, keeping with the tradition of the original Family Wash, also has plans for live music in the near future.
8. The Treehouse Restaurant
What could be cozier than dinner in a treehouse? The Treehouse Restaurant is a rustic eatery and bar with an ever-changing seasonal, fresh menu. The intimate setting is complemented by rustic décor in a light and airy atmosphere. Not to mention, the restaurant uses all locally-sourced ingredients and has an extensive wine and cocktail list.
Where’s your favorite winter hangout? Did your favorite cozy spot make the list?
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