Even introverts like to go out occasionally, and what better way to go out than with a coterie of people you already feel comfortable with? There are, of course, some activities that lend themselves more readily to larger groups than others, but there’s more to hanging with a group of buds than barhopping, outdoor concerts, and sporting events (although we do recommend Ascend Amphitheatre for outdoor chillin’-on-the-lawn jams, as well as the Nashville Sounds baseball team and Nashville SC soccer club if you want bang-for-your-buck sporting fun).
If you like darts (and perhaps Game of Thrones) but want to throw something a little larger, check out The Backyard Axe Throwing League (BATL), located in East Nashville. You can walk in on weekends, but it’s best that you reserve a “lane” online (they accept groups of up to six people, and you can reserve multiple lanes). You may also want to try the Nashville Roller Girls, a Roller Derby league, which has attracted a number of Watkins students.
Looking for something a little less…medieval? Consider The Escape Game, which has three locations in town: Downtown, Berry Hill, and Opry Mills. Experiences include an art heist, a prison break, a Mars mission, and more. It’s a great way to indulge your inner art thief/jailbird/astronaut without any nasty prison sentences or decades of schooling.
Pinewood Social contains within its perimeter a top-flight restaurant, a coffee shop, a welcoming work space, a craft cocktail bar, a bowling alley, and a swimming pool/lounge area. It’s part of a larger national move (or move back) to the social club era, when folks would gather together at one place that had everything in lieu of spreading their dollar far and wide.
Climb Nashville has two locations (east, off of Eastland Avenue in East Nashville, and west, off of Charlotte Avenue), and both offer thrills-a-plenty unless you suffer from acrophobia (fear of heights). Both locations offer something for beginning climbers and experienced alike, and no previous climbing experience is required. What’s more, you can rent everything you’ll need on site. For those looking for a more ground-bound experience, they also offer yoga and fitness classes.
Water more your thing? Then grab your pals and head to Paddle Up Nashville located on the water in Rock Harbor Marine next to the Blue Moon Waterfront Grille. You can learn to paddleboard here in no time at all, and they rent everything you’ll need (excepting swimwear and an ability to swim). The only paddleboard experience located on the Cumberland River, Paddle Up fills up fast in the spring and summer, so it pays to sign up in advance.
And don’t forget, around Halloween, or any time of year, about Performance Studio, which is a costumer without peer. Their motto: What may we help you become?