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OutCentral Community Center

It’s a hub of activity for the GLBTQIF community offering a variety of game nights, movie nights, workshops and other special events each week. The first of its kind in Nashville, the center also offers meeting space where groups can meet and collaborate to build strong relationships within the community. 1709 Church St., Nashville, 37203. Visit outcentral.org to see what they have in store during Pride Week!

Shopping

Gibson Guitars

Today’s Gibson electric guitars represent the history as well as the future of the electric guitar. 1612 Elm Hill Pike. gibson.com

Miranda’s

Miranda’s, formerly Metro News Book Store, holds a large selection of entertainment products, with a wide array of adult DVDs, books, games, lingerie, incense and novelties. 822 5th Avenue S.

Nadeau Furniture

Nadeau is dedicated to enhancing their customers’ lives by consistently discovering and offering unique, handcrafted and affordable furniture that brings beauty, warmth, and a bit of authentic, ethnic culture into their homes. 2104 Crestmoor Road. furniturewithasoul.com

Tourist Attractions

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts 

Located in Downtown Nashville and features many concurrent exhibits. The adult entrance fee is normally $7 but the galleries are free on June 20 with a special coupon in the June edition of O&AN. 919 Broadway. fristcenter.org

The Rymer Gallery

Open Tuesday through Saturday (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.), the Rymer Gallery is the largest contemporary gallery in the heart of Nashville’s arts district. Continuing the legacy endowed by The Betty Rymer Gallery at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the gallery supports the best of what the contemporary art world has to offer. 233 Fifth Avenue North. therymergallery.com

Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo’s mission to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership. The Nashville Zoo is located at 3777 Nolensville Pike. nashvillezoo.org

Entertainment

Belcourt Theatre

The Belcourt Theatre is a lasting symbol of the tradition of the neighborhood theatre. This is no multiplex. The theatre showcases some of the best films of decades past, as well as new independent features and live music. Their concession stand consists of your typical movie fare (popcorn and soda) but also includes a fully stocked bar. How could you have a better moviegoing experience than to sit in a historical theatre, sipping your favorite liquor or beer, while enjoying a classic film? 2102 Belcourt Avenue. belcourt.org

Tennessee Performing Arts Center

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to providing and supporting the presentation of the performing arts to the citizens of Tennessee. TPAC is also home to three resident performing arts organizations: Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Tennessee Repertory Theatre. 501 5th Ave N. tpac.org


Lodging

Hutton Hotel

Experience a sophisticated and comfortable Nashville, Tennessee lodging destination – where four-star luxury adopts a stylish and accommodating new spirit. Hutton Hotel, the host of this year’s Nashville Pride Festival, offers a striking contrast to the conventional cluster of West End and downtown Nashville hotels, pairing attentive service with elegant, contemporary design. Treat yourself to welcoming Nashville luxury hotel lodging, where warm hospitality finds a new perspective. 1808 West End Ave. huttonhotel.com

Sheraton Downtown

Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, the Sheraton Nashville is a beautiful atrium-style hotel that towers 28 stories over the city. 623 Union Street. sheratonnashvilledowntown.com

Bars & Nightclubs

Play Dance Bar

If you’re in a dancing mood after the day’s festivities have come to a close, you won’t want to miss out on Play Dance Bar. Nationally known as one of the hottest places to shake your groove thing, Play offers a massive dance floor, constant laser lightshow and multi-level bar. And let’s not forget the Playmates. The bar’s ever-entertaining cast of drag queens take the stage in the show bar each night Wednesday through Sunday at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. 1519 Church Street. playdancebar.com

Tribe Nashville

Located just next door to Play is its sister bar, Tribe. A big-city type video bar, Tribe offers up a variety of top-notch drinks in a sophisticated setting. Tribe is located at 1517 Church St. tribenashville.com

The Lipstick Lounge

The Lipstick Lounge is famous throughout the south as the bar to visit when in Nashville. Lesbian-owned and founded in 2002, the “Lounge” is a popular nightspot for all walks of life. The friendly staff, events and daily food and drink specials make Lipstick a home away from home to anyone who enters. With a mix of live music, karaoke, and pure hip-hop dance music, every traveler is sure to find something to enjoy at this bar. The Lipstick Lounge is located at 1400 Woodland Street. thelipsticklounge.com

Canvas Lounge

The newest addition to the thriving Church Street scene, Canvas Lounge is a warm, inviting neighborhood bar with quirky artwork, a tasty array of tapas and an eclectic mix of music on the weekends. 1707 Church St.

Blue Gene’s

Want a casual evening with one of the best jukeboxes around? Then stroll back down Church Street to 1715 and step into Blue Gene’s. This neighborhood-style bar is a meeting place for the locals, and out of-towners quickly find themselves at home here as well. bluegenes37203.com.

Vibe Nightclub

Still need some more Church Street? Next door to Blue Gene’s is Vibe Nightclub, one of Nashville’s most fun dance and entertainment destinations. Open Saturday evenings from 9 p.m., shows usually begin around 11 p.m. 1713 Church St.

The Stirrup

From the ashes of the legendary Chute came The Stirrup … at least the name, and the bartenders/owners Mikey and Timmy. Neighbors meet up here to have a drink and catch up, and it’s become the home bar for the Conductors L/L club and the Middle Tennessee Bear Alliance, and just about every sports team in town has been known to show up on the patio for a keg or two from time to time. 1529 4th Ave. South. stirrupnashville.com

Trax

Trax offers a more casual sports bar atmosphere with plenty of visual experiences with the many TVs through out, which is great during football season. It also offers pool tables and dart boards for the sportsman in you and if you need to connect more we hear that it even offers wireless internet access. 1501 Ensley Boulevard.

Purple Heys

Purple Heys offers a super casual and relaxed atmosphere more suited for happy hour than a wild night on the town. This is more of a local hangout than a nightclub yet it attracts a Cheers type of crowd with plenty of regulars and casual fun. 1401 4th Avenue S.

Dining

Cracker Barrel 

Cracker Barrel, part retail store and part restaurant, is headquartered in Lebanon, Tenn. A Southern-themed family style establishment, Cracker Barrel will satisfy any appetite during breakfast, lunch or dinner. From bacon and eggs to turkey and dressing, the menu is brimming with old-fashioned comfort food. crackerbarrel.com

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock is a haven for fans of music, food, and great times. Whether you are down for a Legendary Burger, live music, a Classic Tee, a Rock Star Suite, or the latest collectible pin, there’s something for everyone. Every Hard Rock Cafe, Hotel & Casino, or Live around the world serves up authentic experiences that rock. Since its establishment in 1971, Hard Rock has also been committed to a wide variety of philanthropic causes and activities. 100 Broadway. hardrock.com

Suzy Wong’s House of Yum

Located right next door to Tribe on Church Street, Suzy’s has become one of the hottest meal tickets in town. Chef Arnold Myint (a contender on this season’s Top Chef) named the joint after the popular 1950s novel, The World of Suzie Wong, the story of a beautiful Asian “lady of the evening” falling in love with an American diplomat (played by William Holden in the camp classic 1960 movie.) Get ready for, in Myint’s words “a brothel of epicurean delights.” suzywongsnashville.com.

Marche Artisan Foods

Marche Artisan foods is a European-style cafe and marketplace rolled into one. You can dine on the savory dishes from their menu for brunch, lunch and dinner throughout the day or be adventurous and buy the trimmings necessary to create your own menu. You can call in special orders for the raw ingredients to make your own international cuisine at 615-262-1111. The cafe offers wine and changes up its menu from month-to-month so you can find something to new to enjoy every few weeks. Marche is located at 1000 Main Street in East Nashville. marcheartisanfoods.com

Nuvo Burrito

On any given day, there is a place where you can get a “Margarito," watch the “Nuvo Network” and relax with friends while enjoying a freshly prepared “90210 Ques-Idea.” Where, you ask? Right in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood, at new hotspot Nuvo Burrito. The American-style burrito and quesadilla menu is only second in popularity to the “Glee” parties every week. 1000 Main St., Nashville, 37206. nuvoburrito.com.

Mad Donna’s

Across the street from the Lipstick Lounge sits Mad Donna’s, another East Side favorite. From burgers to more upscale fare, this neighborhood restaurant can suit just about any taste. And for more fun, head upstairs for Drag Bingo and other weekly activities. 1313 Woodland St., Nashville 38203. maddonnas.com