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Festival Guide: Hidden Gems To Explore During CMA Fest

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  • June 05, 2018
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While enjoying the plethora of country music offered during CMA Fest, check out these hot spots in-between your favorite artists' sets!


Coming to CMA Fest and want to avoid the tourist-traps and massive crowds? Here are some of our favorite local spots in Downtown Nashville, all within five blocks of the CMA Fest footprint!

Alley Taps - Bar & Live Music

Located in the historic printer’s alley, Alley Taps is a quiet and cozy alternative to the bright lights of Broadway. With local beer on tap, nightly live music from some of Nashville’s best rising artists, and plenty of TV screens to watch sports games, Alley Taps is the perfect place to unwind after a long, incredible day of CMA Fest fun.

Address: 162 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Website: http://www.alleytaps.com

Frothy Monkey - Coffee & All Three Meals, With Happy Hour

Frothy Monkey is one of Nashville’s local gems. The coffee-shop has delicious meals for any-time of the day, with an extensive coffee menu. Even offering a happy hour each evening, Frothy Monkey will satisfy & relax after a full day on your feet, or provide you with the boost you need to get your day going!

Address: 235 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
Website: https://frothymonkey.com/locations/downtownnashville/

The Rolling Stones Exhibit - Music Memorabilia Museum

Music fans far-and-wide have enjoyed the Rolling Stones Exhibit, which has travelled around the world. The exclusive look into the 50 years of the Stones’ career is currently on its final leg in none other than Nashville, TN. If you’re in Nashville after the festival ends, or just want to take a little break, you won’t regret experiencing this part of music history!

Address: Musicians Hall of Fame, 401 Gay St., Nashville, TN, 37201
Website: http://www.stonesexhibitionism.com

The Stillery - Food, Local Beer & Music

Fresh Brick Oven Pizza. What more could you need? Local beer and delicious food, all less than a block from CMA Fest. The extensive drink menu features local treats and classic cocktails! The Stillery is even open for brunch all days of the week.

Address: 113 2nd Ave N Nashville, TN 37201
Website: http://www.stillerynashville.com

Listening Room Cafe - Nashville Style Writer’s Rounds & Food

If you’re coming to Nashville for CMA Fest, it’s safe to say you love Country Music. The Listening Room Cafe is our favorite place to hear from the songwriters behind all of your favorite country hits. With two or three writer’s rounds per day, enjoy a delicious meal while hearing the stories behind your favorite songs. The line-up during CMA Fest is full of fantastic writers, so don’t miss out!

Address: 618 4th Ave South, Nashville, TN 37210
Website: https://listeningroomcafe.com/

Let us know which of these Nashville locations you check out!

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