music row neighborhood guide

Music Row Neighborhood Guide

10/26/2022 | by Dani | Local Area Nashville Things To Do Vacation Rentals

A trip to Nashville is sure to include a visit to the honky tonks and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. But what about the area known as Music Row? See RCA Studio B, where Elvis recorded more than 200 hits, and explore the heart of Nashville’s music scene located just south of downtown. Check out all there is to experience with our Music Row neighborhood guide.

The Music Row Experience

Music Row comprises two streets: 16th Avenue South and 17th Avenue South. Visitors love the tree-lined streets and laid-back, creative vibe of the area. The Music Row neighborhood features history on every corner, not only because many recording studios and record labels call it home but also because of its beautiful 19th-century homes and mid-20th-century buildings. 

Music Row was developed in the 1950s, with the neighborhood rapidly growing after WSM announcer David Cobb referred to Nashville as “Music City, USA” during a broadcast. The moniker caught on, and recording studios, publishing houses, and others that serve the music industry flocked here. One of the first was RCA Studio B, which played a role in the careers of legendary performers such as Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and Willie Nelson.

What to Do in Music Row

There’s also plenty to see and do in the Music Row neighborhood. Here are just a few of our favorite attractions and restaurants. 

  • Attractions – Must-see attractions include RCA Studio B, the Musica statue, and Owen Bradley Park. Old Town Tolley Tours offers a Soul of Music City Tour that provides a close-up view of some of the town’s most legendary spots, including Music Row.
  • Dining – Popular Music Row and Music Row adjacent dining establishments include Barcelona Wine Bar, Sadie’s, Tin Roof Demonbreun, Desano Pizza Bakery, Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint, Bella Napoli, Egghill, and the Commons Club. And don’t leave Music Row without visiting Bobby’s Idle Hour, Music Row’s legendary neighborhood bar.

Where to Stay When Visiting Music Row

To make the most of your time in Nashville and while visiting the Music Row neighborhood, we recommend a central location when it comes to where to stay. Music City Loft is an ideal option. We feature vacation rentals right in the heart of downtown (just minutes from Music Row), including 3-bedroom accommodations for large groups. With us, you’ll have privacy, space, and unmatched luxury and comfort at an affordable price. And by booking directly with us, there are no third-party or OTA booking fees, so you’ll always get the best deal.