Buzzing Midtown is a major nightlife hub, with crowds packing gay bars and clubs on Church Street for drag shows, live music and variety acts There are also raucous rock gigs at Exit/In and The End on Elliston Place, while laid-back bars and late-night cafes fill up with students from Vanderbilt University. Centennial Park is a vast green space with a lake, sunken garden and a striking 1897 replica of the Parthenon.
While tourists excitement-lovers congregate in Midtown, the moneymakers and musicians of the Nashville scene gather around West End, referred to by locals as the intellectual side of town. Located adjacent to Vanderbilt and Belmont universities, this upscale neighborhood is home to many small shops, lots of excellent restaurants, and several hotels. Also known as Hillsboro Village, the area has a lively late-night dining scene fueled by the college crowd and well-heeled locals looking to see and be seen. At the edge of the West End is the affluent Belle Meade community. Mansions abound in Belle Meade, and country stars own many of them. Two such historic mansions — Belle Meade Plantation and Cheekwood — are open to the public
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