KB in the City: Nashville Pedal Tavern

The Nashville Pedal Tavern is a staple in the Music City tourist agenda, so raise your drinks to a good time on the boozy bike.

Written by Kelly Brickey
KB in the City: Nashville Pedal Tavern
Photo from Nashville Pedal Tavern

Nashville. Music City. The Athens of the South. This Tennessee town may have built its reputation based on the simple stereotypes that tourists seek out on TV, but in our Nashville, we follow the trends while honoring the traditions that built this spot into the legacy it’s created. Each week, we focus on the latest gallivant around the streets we’ve come to call home for a new adventure and give readers an inside look on what makes this city special. Join us as we chronicle the hilarious and wild experiences with KB in the City.

They see ‘em rollin’, they hatin’ because it’s the Nashville Pedal Tavern riding straight through the rowdiness of downtown Broadway.

The iconic Nashville attraction gained attention not too many years ago when it hit the streets with its wagon-meets-bicycle exterior complete with rousing screams and Solo cup toasts all around. Without fail, locals hear the hollering echoing throughout the streets from miles away day after day as Music City has become the hottest town for throwing down.

As one of the newest Nashville staples, a friend and I jumped onto the back of a Pedal Tavern for the night and let’s just say the party doesn’t stop from the moment you strap into the bike until hours after the ride finishes.

Giving radiating energy from the get-go, we got introduced to our spontaneous drinking buddies for the evening—a 40th birthday party group and a bunch of guys throwing what they dubbed ‘a bachelor party without any grooms.’ Regardless of the celebrations though, this Pedal Tavern didn’t need a reason to crack open a cold one and cheers to Friday eve because the festivities felt like they were kicked into high gear.

Our fearless leader, Dan, took the directing reins and bumped the jams as each guest sang along with the pop-meets-rap-meets-country playlist filled with jams from Luke Bryan to Journey to everything in between. Upon pumping the brakes at the city stoplights, Dan introduced red light socials to keep the good vibes alive even without a green light go-ahead.

Photo from Nashville Pedal Tavern

Photo from Nashville Pedal Tavern

The ride rolled into an even more interesting proposition: which side of the tavern could high-five more tourists than the other. What was at stake? Well, it’s the Pedal Tavern, so the friendly gesture turned into a drinking game and every slap of the hand translated into a sip of the drink. Guzzling down the brews, our brave chariot parked us at our first destination of the evening at Swingin’ Doors Saloon.

Breezing by Broadway to hit the riverfront beauty that SoBro has to offer, Dan opted for the family photo in front of the beloved vehicle as everyone huddled in with beers in hand for a bonding moment to remember.

Perks of the ‘Pedal’ meant happy hour drink specials as our clique moseyed on into the off-Broadway bar for a pit stop. Returning back to the bike in a flash, the Tavern made another loop baring witness to those hitting up honkytonks as the night wavered on. Landing by another grouping of haunts by the likes of Headquarters Beercade, Doc Holliday’s and George Jones Museum and Bar, each of us got our fill of food and drink before trucking off to the end of the journey.

Going out with a bang, the team cycled down Demonbreun to kickstand at the final stopping point to the sounds of “All I Do is Win.” The Nashville Pedal Tavern definitely did make us win that night, as they do with each round-up they take out on the rambunctious roads every day.

Visitors who grace the streets of Nashville can book a tour with the Nashville Pedal Tavern seven days a week at various times and routes throughout the city. Each tour costs $38 a person, with private tours available for larger parties starting at $325 for weekdays and $440 for weekends. Reservations must be made through the Nashville Pedal Tavern website, through their Book a Route tab on the main page.