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Off Broadway: Guide to Nashville's Newest Up and Coming Neighborhood, Chestnut Hill

By: Bento Living / 14 Nov 2022

Stationed exactly one mile from the hustle and bustle of Broadway, historic Chestnut Hill proves revival can be done right. Despite heavy hitters like Apple, Live Nation, and the new Nashville Soccer Stadium building in the area, the neighborhood retains its original character, attitude, and charm. Nestled in between rows of 19th century homes, the incoming homages (not developments) are what help define Chestnut Hill as a must-stay, must-dine destination-- all while setting it apart from the other boroughs in Music City. 

Where to Stay:

Jutting out on the corner of Hart Street, BentoLiving Chestnut Hill offers unobstructed panoramic views of the city skyline towering above rows of classic Victorian homes and quaint farmhouses. Just steps away from community favorites Jackalope Brewing CompanyNever Never, and Earnest, there's no way you can stay at Bento without being fully immersed in the Chestnut Hill lifestyle. Rather than catering to the bachelorette crowd, BentoLiving is built for those with a local mindset. Whether they're test-driving life in Nashville, entrepreneurial-minded, or working from home— Bento guests value experiences over things. 

Floor plans include studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and five-bedroom suite options. Other highlights are 24/7 concierge and valet, on-demand services like housekeeping and dry cleaning, and self-check-in kiosks. Additionally, the first floor Bento Bodega acts as a benefit to the residential community surrounding the hotel, offering staple foods, a curated wine selection, local craft beers and even locally-sourced toiletries. 

BentoLiving spaces are designed to be a "minimum impact" community, intelligently designed like tiny houses to cram as much comfort and amenities into a small space – think Murphy beds and the sort of clever multi-purpose furnishings that make you covetous when walking through an Ikea furniture showroom. Parking is also maximized by the use of an innovative stacked garage which automatically moves cars on an elevator and tracks to upper levels to stack them efficiently until they need to be retrieved by a guest, like the vending machine at Carvana.

Get Social: @bento_chestnuthill 


Where to Dine: 

It's impossible to talk about dining in Chestnut Hill without mentioning Bastion. A 24-seat restaurant where reservations are required (and necessary due to their preceding reputation), Chef Habiger curates a seasonal, continually changing cuisine with an emphasis on sharing and local sourcing. No two meals are the same at Bastion, and this is one of our favorite places to hit each time we are in the neighborhood. 

Through a literal hole in the wall, the other side of the space is aptly named "The Big Bar." While a rotating selection of vinyl records bounce off the brick walls and high ceilings, Bastion's Big Bar offers some of the best craft cocktails in the city alongside BBQ nachos -- a match made in middle-maintenance heaven that pleases both the bougiest and the most down to earth. 

Get Social: @bastionnashville


Where to Play: 

Unlike the old days, you don't have to go downtown to catch the next big thing in Music City. On every corner, in every bar, there is some serious talent taking stage. In the Chestnut Hill neighborhood, we love Flamingo Cocktail Club. By day, the location serves coffee and plant-based foods under the moniker Falcon Coffee Bar. At night the Flamingo takes flight-- opening their back bar and porch and transforming into a swanky, neon-hued dreamland. 

While Flamingo's happy hour is divine, we highly recommend waiting til the sun has set to partake. After hours, the bar is buzzing with live performances from some of the best underground acts in Nashville, and home to surprise sets from nationally touring acts-- like funk guitarist Cory Wong of Vulfpeck-- during their Invite series. 


Get Social: @theflamingonashville 


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