Our next stop was Pinewood Social, a place that can really only be described as a playground for grown-ups who want to simultaneously feel like a kid and feel hip. It’s open all day, so it can be your coffee shop in the morning or your bar in the evening. But no matter what time of day you’re there, the real fun comes in the activities that are offered: bowling lanes and private karaoke rooms inside, with bocce ball, an Airstream-turned-bar, and even two grown-ups-only wading pools outside. All of this in a beautiful, bright, enormous sunny space with tall ceilings, a big outdoor area, a spacious dining room, a kitchen serving up tasty food and a cocktail menu full of gorgeous drinks presented in pretty little coupe glasses.
I really, really loved this place.
Our big group of about 20 people opted for karaoke. It’s a good thing the rooms are private because we’re a noisy bunch when it comes to belting into a microphone. Inside the room, it sounded like our singing would surely be interrupting everybody’s dinners in the quieter dining room just outside the door. But when I stepped out for a minute, I didn’t hear a peep. Some good sound-proofing makes this the perfect place to leave your inhibitions at the door and let the good times roll.
The food looked tasty, but we mostly took advantage of the drinks menu. If you go, try The Meaning of Happiness with cognac, lemon, ginger syrup, spiced pear liqueur and Pimm’s. While perusing the menu, I found a local 417-land business whose ingredients were used in a Nashville hot cocoa drink: Askinosie Chocolate.
One more night on the town
We walked back to our hotel from Pinewood Social because the wait for a car was a little long, and the weather was perfect for a stroll. But it was a bit of a hike. By the time we got back, we just had a little time to spruce up and rest our feet before heading out for another walk—this one to the nearby Omni Hotel.
The hotel is attached to the Country Music Hall of Fame and has a lobby that’s a mix of masculine and luxe décor. Lots of wood, lots of steel, like a modern take on a cigar lounge. One of the restaurants on-site is Kitchen Notes. Like Husk, its menu is full of updated versions of southern food, and the spacious restaurant was even more beautiful than the hotel. Wood floors, white tufted booths against brick walls, touches of glam with bright little pops of color here and there. Can I live there?