Thanks to Nashville’s notoriously unpredictable weather, it can get cold and rainy at any time of the year. You can always hunker down at a bar or restaurant, especially one equipped with games, but why not be a bit adventurous when you’re trapped indoors? Here are the best ways to play without stepping foot outside.
The Best Indoor Activities in Nashville
Bowling is the ideal bad-weather group activity. Brooklyn Bowl is the newest, high-end bowling option in Nashville with great food and drinks! Lanes are first come first serve, the cost is $15 per half hour for up to eight people, shoe rentals are $2.95, and socks are available for $3. Pinewood Social is another bowling option with six reclaimed wood lanes, vintage ball returns, scoring tables, and food and cocktails just a few steps away. Lanes are $90 per 90 minutes for up to 8 people—this includes shoe rentals. If you’d rather go to a good old-fashioned bowling alley, there are still a few out there, including Franklin Lanes, Donelson Bowl, and Strike & Spare’s multiple locations.
If you make your way downtown to Lower Broadway you’ll find duckpin bowling at Nashville Underground. Nashville Underground’s first floor, Bowl & Bull, features four lanes, arcade games, a mechanical bull, and prizes. For larger groups, we recommend checking out Pins Mechanical Co. and 16-Bit Bar + Arcade. This popular Gulch establishment combined concepts so guests can enjoy duckpin bowling, themed pinball machines, over 30 classic arcade games, video games, foosball, bocce ball, and drinks all at the same time. This gaming mecca is a crowd-pleaser for all types of groups.
Trivia is almost like a sport in Music City—things can get very competitive. Popular trivia nights around town include M.L. Rose in Sylvan Park (Monday at 8:00pm) and Bottle Cap in 12 South (Tuesdays at 7:00pm).
From pinball machines to skeeball, arcade bars have it all. Up-Down Nashville, located in East Nashville, is a 10,000-square-foot arcade bar with over 80 arcade games from the ‘80s and ‘90s, skeeball alleys, and a Nintendo 64 gaming console. If you make your way over to the Gulch you’ll find 16-Bit Bar and Arcade which features over 30 classic arcade games and video games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Mario Bros. Down in South Nashville is the Game Terminal where gamers can enjoy over 200 vintage and new arcade games and pinball machines with all games varying from 50 cents to $1.
The Escape Game
Since opening in 2014, The Escape Game has quickly become one of the most popular indoor activities in Nashville. The interactive phenomenon features scenarios of varying plausibility (like Ruins: Forbidden Treasure and The Heist), and players must work together to free themselves from a room within 60 minutes. Can your team crack the code—maybe even in record time?
This is not your typical golf outing. The goal of Topgolf is to hit microchipped golf balls at various targets in a giant outfield—your score is calculated by computerized readers on the field based on distance and accuracy. With more than 100 covered climate-controlled hitting bays, plus a full-service restaurant and bar, you could spend an afternoon here without having to step foot outside.
Music City Indoor Karting likely has the answer somewhere in its 77,000-square-foot facility if you’re seeking an adrenaline rush. MCIK offers head-to-head racing with karts going up to 40 miles per hour. Get discounts and other perks by purchasing an annual membership.
What has been considered a traditional Canadian backyard pastime is now one of the most popular indoor activities nationwide. Bad Axe Throwing, situated in the SoBro neighborhood, not only offers axe throwing but also is a full restaurant and bar. Looking to accommodate a large party? Bad Axe Throwing has you covered! This establishment can host large groups of 30 or more.
Nashville is well acquainted with classic karaoke bars, like Ms. Kelli’s, Santa’s Pub, WannaB’s, Lonnie’s, The Lipstick Lounge, and Cross-Eyed Critters Watering Hole. Expect to take in some stellar performances, but don’t be too intimidated to grab the mic yourself—there are plenty of average and below-average singers in Music City, too.
Bring out your inner Chazz Michael Michaels at the Centennial Sportsplex rink, which offers public ice-skating and skate rentals throughout the year. For ten bucks ($7 for rink access and $3 to rent skates), you can blow off some built-up energy and take embarrassing videos of your friends who have never hit the ice.
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