Visit multiple honky tonks and once you find one that you like, relax, people watch, enjoy the music and tip the band! There are no cover charges and they are all right next to each other. Take a look at the ratings and reviews of all the great restaurants on this website and make a reservation at least one evening. It sure beats waiting, sometimes over an hour for dinner! Don't hesitate to choose one that requires a short Uber or Lyft... Germantown and other nearby neighborhoods have wonderful options. Make time for good BBQ. Our favorite is Peg Leg Porker in the Gulch but I've heard good things about Edley's and Martin's as well. If it's not too hot, the pedestrian bridge is a fun walk and the sights are great. The Ryman is close and offers daily tours, as well as performances. Away from the busy strip, there are many more options for music and drinks. If you enjoy cocktails, make a reservation and visit The Patterson House one evening. The options are endless. Have a wonderful trip!
Forgot to mention..... We will have a vehicle during our stay.
Depending on where you are staying, it might be best to walk instead of paying for parking, especially to the downtown Broadway area. If you do decide to go to a restaurant in a nearby neighborhood, call the restaurant to ask about parking. Many have lots or something nearby.
For bars in Nashville head to Broadway between 1st and 5th Avenues for a strip of bars with live music. More bars can be found straight up 2nd Avenue North and they tend to be a bit calmer than Broadway bars.
For history in Nashville favorites are The Hermitage (the home of President Andrew Jackson), Belle Meade Mansion with an interesting horse breeding history, and Belmont Mansion with a good history of a strong and interesting woman. The Tennessee State Museum is great for an overall history of the state and is free.
Of course there is music history all over the city... Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum features multiple genres, and the National Museum of African American Music. The Ryman Auditorium also has a great history with daily tours.
I also consider a walk through the spectacular indoor Gardens at Gaylord Opryland Hotel a must do. It is a perfect activity during inclement weather. It's even better after dark with all of its lights. It's about a 20-30 minute drive. Avoid rush-hours and Grand Ole Opry show times. If you like country music the Grand Ole Opry is a must do as well.
Enjoy your trip!
I'm adding to the conversation a few compilations that might be helpful as you plan your time:
What's New for 2020-21
Guide to Broadway Honky Tonks
Enjoy your time!