“There’s a piece of heaven waiting on us somewhere… So baby, let’s go there.”
TJ and John (better known as Brothers Osborne) repeat these lyrics through their song “Let’s Go There.” And if we can go there and take a guess as to where this little piece of lyrical heaven exists for the real-life brothers and up-and-coming country music duo, it might be their familiar stomping grounds of Nashville, Tennessee.
With the CMA Music Festival coming to town June 11 through June 14, all eyes and country music-loving ears are on Nashville. But that’s not really a new thing these days, as the Southern city has quickly become a haven for more than just music lovers—the world-class food scene, the inspiring creative culture—if you’ve been to Nashville you know just how charming the place is.
On a brief break from the stage, the studio, and life traveling on tour, we asked the Brothers to show us where they take Nashville visitors to get a taste of the true local flavor. Here’s where they took us:
1812 21st Ave S
Brothers Osborne: Fido is located in a super cool historic area of Nashville called Hillsboro Village. Every time we get home from a tour, the first thing on our to-do list is to go to Fido and get their “Local Burger,” it’s off-the-charts tasty. They’re known for their coffee, but their food rivals most fine dining in town. If you get there at noon, expect a busy lunch crowd. But otherwise it’s super quick, and doesn’t have that annoying pretentiousness that many coffee shops tend to have.
2225 Bransford Ave
Brothers Osborne: Santa’s Pub might as well be our second home. It truly is a must if you’re looking for a dive bar. It looks intimidating from the outside, but once you’re inside you’ll feel right at home. That is, if your home is a smoke-filled bar with a bunch of fun drunk people. It’s cash only, and you’re not allowed to curse in front of women, so remember that. Ha!
The Pancake Pantry
1796 21st Ave
Brothers Osborne: The Pancake Pantry is just a stone’s throw from Fido in Hillsboro Village. Their pancakes will make anyone eating “gluten free” instantly change their minds. They frequently have a long line wrapping around the building, but if you’re on a musician’s time and eat breakfast after 1:30, you should be able to stroll right in.
Carter Vintage Guitars
625 8th Ave S
Brothers Osborne: It was a tough decision picking our favorite guitar shop in Nashville, as this town has no shortage. But Carter wins our vote. It’s not every day you are greeted with a smile, play an instrument worth more than your house, and then get offered a beer afterwards. They have instruments at all price ranges and one of the best vintage guitar selections you’ll ever come across. And most importantly, they let you play them hassle free. Guitar players beware: it’ll be hard to leave there empty handed.
708 8th Ave S
Brothers Osborne: If you like local breweries and you find yourself downtown, you have to check out Jackalope. Their Bear Walker and Thunder Ann are our personal favorites, but everything they have is always killer. They also give tours of their brewery that you can book on their website, jackalopebrew.com.
The Station Inn
402 12th Ave S
Brothers Osborne: If you want to get an authentic taste of old Nashville, check out the Station Inn. It’s located in the epicenter of the Gulch. With modern restaurants and retailers popping up in that area, The Station Inn remains historic, decked out in a classic white walled cinder block facade. When you walk through the front door, you immediately go back in time set to the soundtrack of some of the best bluegrass/acoustic music in the world. We’ve seen everyone from Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, to Lyle Lovett within those walls.
Brothers Osborne: If you want to go where the locals go, head across the Cumberland River from Downtown and check out 5 Points in East Nashville. Between 3 Crow Bar, 5 Points Pizza, Red Door Saloon, Fanny’s House Of Music, and I Dream Of Weenie (a VW van converted into a hot dog stand) you’ll get a great taste of local East Nashville without ever having to walk more than a block.
1306 McGavock Pike
Brothers Osborne: This place is a true locals only sandwich shop. It’s a hike from the downtown area, but totally worth the drive. Any sandwich you order will immediately become your all-time favorite, but the Bacon Turkey Avocado is their staple. This joint is proof that local and fresh ingredients do, in fact, make the best food. These guys have mastered the hidden art of sandwiching.
Brothers Osborne: You don’t go to Memphis without visiting Beale Street, you don’t go to New Orleans without visiting Bourbon Street, and you don’t go to Nashville without visiting Broadway. It’s a classic Nashville sight to be seen with honky tonks lining the streets, and at any point, there could be well over 20 bands playing at any time. Robert’s Western World is the place to go if you’re looking for traditional country (AND western!) music played by some of the best musicians around. Not to mention the Country Music Hall of fame is just one block over on Demonbreun St.
To learn more about Brothers Osborne, visit their website at brothersosborne.com.