Another year, another birthday celebration…what will you do this time? Whether you want it to involve copious drinks, a one-of-a-kind dining experience, or a bit of sweat, there’s no shortage of ways to make your b-day extra special. Here are some fun ways to celebrate your birthday in Nashville.
Fun Ways to Celebrate Your Birthday in Nashville
The Escape Game
With two locations in Nashville, The Escape Game is popular for anyone who loves thrills, interactive puzzles, and a good theme. Round up six or seven quick-thinking buds so you can take over an entire room. If you’re mixing friend groups, this is a great way for them to get to know each other very well, very quickly!
All Kinds of Drinking Tours
You name the form of transportation, and Music City has a boozy tour based on it. While this niche scene was once dominated by Nashville Pedal Tavern (a 15-passenger party bicycle), there are now options like Sprocket Rocket (a 16-passenger party bicycle), Honky Tonk Party Express (a party bus), Pontoon Saloon (a party boat), and Nashville Party Barge (a party boat on wheels). What will they think of next?
Feeling adventurous? Climb Nashville West offers birthday party packages that include harnesses, staff belayers, and pizzas for 10 or more people. FYI: M.L.Rose is just down the road, if the phrase “post-bouldering bushwackers” speaks to you.
A Group-Friendly Concert
If you live in or are visiting Music City, chances are you’re a fan of live music. And no matter the day of week or time of year, concerts abound. Low-key venues on the medium to larger side are best suited for group outings, since you’re less likely to be shushed. Ascend Amphitheater, Bridgestone Arena, Marathon Music Works, the Basement East, and 3rd & Lindsley offer well-rounded lineups that won’t disappoint.
Photo Credit: Arrington Vineyards
Arrington has surely earned its status as one of the most popular local getaways: It’s got gorgeous hillside views, easy access to award-winning wines, and, at 25 miles south of town, it’s really not that far away. Bring your own picnic setup (blankets, nibbles, water) and settle in for a relaxing birthday escape at Arrington Vineyards.
Reserve one (or more) of Pinewood Social‘s six reclaimed wood bowling lanes, each of which can accommodate up to eight people. The cost is $40 per hour—sweet rental shoes included—and you can stick around afterward for cocktails at Pinewood’s massive bar.
A Private Dinner
Treat yourself (and your nearest and dearest) to a private or semi-private dinner at one of Nashville’s hot spots. You can’t go wrong with reservations at Kayne Prime, 5th & Taylor, or Sinema, and we have a fleshed-out list of even more intimate options here.
TopGolf offers packages for groups of seven to 12 (which includes two hours of play in two bays) and groups of 13 or more (which gets you a dedicated staff). Thanks to the top-notch food, drinks, and atmosphere, there’s no need to be a golfer to have fun here.
A Brewery or Distillery Tour
Sure, you could go to your favorite rowdy bar—again—or you could make this special occasion truly special. Pick a local brewery you’ve been meaning to visit (check out our guide here) and book a tour for you and your go-to drinking buddies. You can even hit up several places in one afternoon, for a mature spin on the traditional pub crawl. If liquor is more your thing, Mint Julep now offers day trips to two different circuits of area distilleries.
A Sporting Event
Nashville, a sports mecca? Kind of! Regardless of when your birthday falls, there’s a regular-season sporting event with your name on it. Check out the Nashville Sounds at First Tennessee Park (April to September), the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena (October to May), the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium (September to December), or the Nashville SC (March to October), also at Nissan. If your birthday is in January or February, keep your fingers crossed for a playoff game.
A Virtual Reality Experience
Photo Credit: The Rabbit Hole VR
Gamers in your crew? Get everyone together for the ultimate virtual reality gaming experience at The Rabbit Hole VR in Midtown. Friends can play together, fly solo, or spectate on the sidelines. There are over 30 games to choose from ranging from 15 to 60 minutes in length.