Introvert

The idea of the reclusive artist isn't entirely false; here's how to be one in Nashville.

If you’re an artist, there’s a decent chance you might have the qualities of an introvert. Many creative types prefer their own company to that of anyone (and sometimes everyone) else. Others of us have moments or seasons of introversion, when the wider world seems a little too wide, and we need to scale back our socializing. Sometimes this means recharging in a place of respite; think Superman and his Fortress of Solitude, Dr. Strange and his Sanctum Sanctorum. Even the most solitary among us need to get out sometimes, however. When you get that itch, try some of the following for low-key, solo-style adventures.

No Quarter is a pinball bar: meaning, stocked with loads of pinball machines and video games, and, if you’re of age, suds to wash it down with. Going during the week (especially during off hours), and you can have a load of fun for under a tenner (the “no quarter,” in addition to being an exceedingly awesome Led Zeppelin song, is also a nod to the fact that none of the games take coins). Sundays are “all ages” days, and anyone is welcome.

Vinyl Tap is a place whose name tells you everything you need to know. It’s a record store (the “vinyl”), a bar/restaurant (the “tap”) and a place that doesn’t take itself too seriously (the name is a nod to the humorous/fictional band Spinal Tap from the mockumentary This is Spinal Tap). (Note: you need not be 21 to enjoy Vinyl Tap.)

East Nashville’s The Catio, a cat café…wait, just what, you may be asking, is a cat café? Fair enough. It’s a place that is one part bakery and coffeeshop (with a heaping helping of vegan treats) and one part cat rescue/adoption service. You can sign up for a room with one of the kitties, or just enjoy your snack in a warm and inviting, purr-filled space. There’s also a mobile Catio truck, so keep your eyes peeled.

One truly solitary activity, and one that you may enjoy, is writing. Sometimes it is helpful to listen to and learn from other writers. If you’re looking to put more punch in your prose, check out The Porch Writer’s Collective. They offer ongoing and affordable classes on such topics as arranging and publishing chapbooks, writing and recovery, writing erotic scenes, and turning prose into song. What’s more, each class is capped at a small number of people, so you can get truly personalized attention from someone who knows what it’s like to live a writerly life.

One sure way to get out of your own head is to be of service to someone else. Want to help, but not sure where to start? Contact the good folks at Hands on Nashville. It’s a great way to get outside of your own head or home, and meet people besides. There are listings for every day of the week. You can begin the day with an itch to get involved and end that same day knowing you helped give back to your community. Best of all, it’s completely and utterly free.