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The Top 7 Things To Do in Eighth Avenue South, Nashville

The Top 7 Things To Do in Eighth Avenue South, Nashville

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Eighth Avenue South is among the best districts for antiques, namely Nashville antiques. However, it’s also picking up and becoming one of Nashville’s newly urbanized parts of town. Following suit with 12 South area, Eighth Avenue is developing new shops, restaurants and sites that encapsulate this unique district.

8th Avenue Antique Mall

The 8th Avenue Antique Mall is one of the reasons why Eighth Avenue South is known for their antiques (that and the countless other antique shops). However, this mall is the best for finding a surplus and variety of different antiques. From furniture to collectible lighters, the mall is your one-stop antique shop.

8th Avenue Mall, 2015 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615-279-9922

Melrose Billiards

Melrose Billiards is an ancient pool hall. It’s the father of Eighth Avenue South, having been around for a handful of decades. Open late, Melrose Billiards offers traditional bar games such as pool and darts. They also have ping pong. Drinks are reasonably cheap, and the atmosphere is authentic and genuinely Memphis.

Melrose Billiards, 2600 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615-383-9201

Pour House Burgers, Bourbon, and Brews

Prohibition-themed, Pour House offers premiere selection (over 100 different options) of bourbon and beers. Pour House is a new addition to the 8th Avenue S district, adding to the further urbanization of the area. The décor is an upscale prohibition speakeasy, and it offers a hearty meal with an atmospheric experience.

Poor House Burgers, Bourbon, and Brews, 730 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615-736-5727

Zanies Comedy Night Club

Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno have both performed at Zanies, forming a comedy club legacy. Between famous and local talent, Zanies hosts open mic nights from Wednesday-Saturday. Large seating, fully-stocked bar, and a range of talent allows Zanies to be the premiere comedy club in the greater Nashville area.

Zanies Comedy Night Club, 2025 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615-269-0221

The Smiling Elephant

Voted Best Thai in Nashville, the Smiling Elephant is dedicated – and successful – at serving authentic Thai cuisine right in the South. It’s set in a cottage home, but it dishes out acclaimed Thai food with family-friendly service.

The Smiling Elephant, 2213 8th Ave S, Nasville, TN, USA, +1 615-891-4488

Douglas Corner Cafe

One of the best music venues in the city, Douglas Corner Café is situated right in Eighth Avenue South. It hosts live talent six nights a week, and plays mostly in the range of country to Americana. An extra plus, some of the earlier shows are free of charge.

Douglas Corner Café, 2106 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615-298-1688

Grimey’s New & Preloved Music

Grimey’s is a rare breed in the digital age. Located in the middle of antique row, Grimey’s sells new and ‘pre-loved’ tapes, CDs, and records all for an extremely reasonable price. There’s an endless selection to find everyone’s favorite artists. (Also home to the Basement – a premiere music venue in this area).

Grimey’s New & Preloved Music,1604 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615-254-4801


By Kate Harrington