I vowed to explore Nashville beyond country music, and thanks to a friend's suggestion, I found myself at the 13,000 square feet Pinewood Social, located in one of the former trolley barns in Rolling Mill Hill.
Back in 2013, founding brothers Ben and Max Goldberg came up with the idea of creating a multi-activity space, open early to late night for food and drinks. Patrons could work, or play, start impromptu bocce tournaments, or bowl on the beautifully restored vintage lanes. The concept took off, by the time I checked it out, the Nashvillians had fully embraced it.
I only had time for a quick lunch, but was served the BEST fried chicken of my entire ten day trip through the South there. Needless to say I strongly encourage you to try their food!
>>>Nina Dietzel traveled on Trafalgar’s “Tastes and Sounds of the South” itinerary as part of AFAR’s partnership with the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, and peace-of-mind to destinations across the globe. For more on Nina’s journey, visit the USTOA blog.
The Goldberg brothers gave Nashville acclaimed restaurants and bars such as The Catbird Seat and Patterson House, and they even opened a kitschy honky tonk on Lower Broad. Now they've done it again with Pinewood Social, a coffee shop, restaurant, bar, karaoke space, and yes, bowling alley. An outdoor pool and bar also will open soon. But don't let all the fun overshadow the food and drinks served morning, noon and night from pot roast and fried chicken to house-made tagliatelle with mushroom and asparagus and egg.