If you’re fluent in the contemporary American dialect of Brooklyn hipster, then you’ll know Jersey Banks’ designation as Urban Cowboy B&B’s “Director of Cultural Curation, Park Ranger and Ranch Hand” translates loosely as the one-woman inn-keeper. She has been keeping a clientele of creatives and influencers comfortable at Urban Cowboy’s four-room property in Williamsburg with the poise you would except from a former model and dancer. Now, along with her partner, founder Lyon Porter, Banks has turned her hand to her newly adopted neighborhood of East Nashville.
It is telling that Urban Cowboy chose to open in East Nashville, one of the country’s most rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods. Although the architecture of the 1890s Queen Anne mansion stands in stark contrast to their converted Brooklyn townhouse, the synchronicity in the sensibilities of both properties is clear. The new location—in an up-and-coming enclave where dive bars and cheap housing is beginning to mix with craft breweries and coffee bars—is reminiscent of Williamsburg before the high-rise hotels.
That is likely why Banks is such a seamless transplant in her new surroundings, readily making recommendations and coordinating reservations for guests with an adopted local’s savvy. Here are her five favorite Nashville haunts.
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“Dino’s is the first place I ever went in Nashville and it really set the tone for why we came here. It’s one of the oldest dive bars in East Nashville, serving up great burgers, drinks in plastic cups and limited ice.” (Image: Matt Hranek)
“Two sisters have restored a 1920s boiler room with 40-foot ceilings to create the speakeasy vibe of the Old Glory (1200 Villa Place, Suite 103). This is easily my pick for the best cocktail bar in Nashville.” (Image: Facebook.com/old-glory)
“Nashville Palace is the sister location to Robert’s Western World and the place to go for true local flavor. The huge honky-tonk has two stages and plenty of room to two-step. It is the place to be on a Wednesday night.” (Image: nashvillepalace.com)
“Mas Tacos Por Favor serves up Mexican-style street food that you can literally eat everyday. The chicken tortilla soup is everything, and the tamales on Wednesday come a close second as my pick of their best dish.” (Image: Facebook.com/mastacos)
“The chef at The Treehouse is incredible, turning out amazing dinners and then switching over to a late-night menu that crushes. The fried chicken, which you can order by the piece, is to die for.” (Image: nashvilleguru.com)