Get a haircut and a shave (followed by a stiff drink) at Blind Barber
After a few delays, Blind Barber finally opened its doors on Friday, October 6 in the Gulch. The Nashville location joins spots in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, and Philadelphia to mark the New York City-based venue’s seventh location.
By day and early evening, Blind Barber functions as a classic three-chair barber shop marked solely by an iconic striped barber pole. Haircuts, shaves, blow dries, and styles will feature the brand’s signature line of grooming products endorsed by Blind Barber co-owner and. partner, Major League Baseball All-Star Bryce Harper. Complimentary signature cocktails are offered with every service.
After hours, guests can enter through a door in the back into a 70’s-inspired speakeasy outfitted in gold trim and accents with velour booths, a spacious dance floor, an expansive bar serving cocktails, mocktails, and light snacks. To make reservations for the barbershop or to reserve a table, book online or download the app.
Feast on coastal Italian cuisine in Franklin
Frank Pullara, owner and executive chef of the popular Franklin Italian restaurant Culaccino, has opened a second concept across the street from his Main Street flagship location. Bestia Mare, which opened on October 9, pulls inspiration from the Italian South with a strong focus on coastal Mediterranean dishes and seafood.
The light, airy space utilizes sustainably seafood sources and features a raw bar with oysters, caviar-topped tuna tartar with house-made chips, and octopus carpaccio, as well as starters like stracciatella and arancini. Mains include a snapper al cartoccio (baked in parchment), Faroe Island salmon, and land-based dishes like Cornish hen and a pork rib chop.
Grab a beer and throw a few darts at Schulman’s
Icon Entertainment & Hospitality (House of Cards, Skull’s Rainbow Room, Nudie’s Honky Tonk) opened Schulman’s Neighborhood Bar on October 5 in East Nashville. Named in honor of David “Skull” Schulman, the local behind Skull’s Rainbow Room and the pioneer of Nashville’s authentic dive bar scene, Schlman’s honors the dive-bar ethos with wood-paneled walls, vintage signs, dart boards, a jukebox, and an old-school cigarette machine that dispenses cartons (smoking is only allowed on the outside patio, though).
Drinks are tightly curated with a stripped-down selection of cocktails that includes a martini, a negroni, a frozen margarita, and the Frozen Fernz with rum, Fernet, coconut, and mint. The bar — which also offers fried bologna sandwiches and fried pickles for munching on — is open seven days a week until 2 a.m.
Stock up on cool Halloween candy at Lucky Rabbit
Female entrepreneurial duo Allison Holley (Apple & Oak) and Camille Alston (N.B. Goods) have teamed up to open Lucky Rabbit Candy Shop on October 21 at 703 Porter Road in East Nashville. The brightly-colored 240-square-foot microshop, which will offer classic and current pre-packaged candy and sodas, joins both Holley and Alston’s businesses at the Shops at Porter East. In addition to seasonal favorites and local Nashville sweets, Lucky Rabbit will offer a variety of merchandise, foreign sodas, and nostalgic candy that are difficult to find around Nashville, including gluten-free and vegan options. The shop will be open daily starting at 11 a.m.