Nashville is abuzz, and with the newly constructed Music City Center, it’s become a destination for corporate events. Business travelers representing a variety of industries have seminars, presentations and client meetings on the horizon — and it’s important to make a great impression, especially if they are unfamiliar with Nashville and what it has to offer.
We understand the demands of an important client meeting. In fact, Signature Transportation has been offering top-notch luxury transportation for corporate travelers for nearly 20 years. We also know Nashville and are proud to call it home.
As experts on the ins and outs of both corporate meetings and Music City’s many charms, we decided to share a guide to hosting a productive, successful client outing in Nashville.
Choose Chauffeured Car Service
If your client is flying in from out of town, the best way to make an immediate impression is to pick them up from the airport in a comfortable luxury vehicle, complete with a professional chauffeur to help them with their bags.
Booking car service for your client outing is the first step towards success, for a variety of reasons.
Firstly, car service removes multiple stresses from your client’s plate. They don’t have to fumble with booking and acquiring a rental car at the airport; paying ridiculous rideshare app surcharges; or struggling through traffic in an unfamiliar city.
Secondly, when they arrive, they can head straight from their plane to their vehicle with no delays. A professional chauffeur will help them with their bags, and they can begin their journey to the first business meeting or dinner.
Chauffeured car service communicates your foresight and regard for your client’s comfort, from the moment their plane lands.
Find a Great Restaurant
Finding a great Nashville restaurant to be the centerpiece of your client outing is undoubtedly important. You’ll need to perform careful research to find the best restaurant for you. That might be easier said than done. The amount of great restaurants in Nashville is enough to make your head spin.
Here are a few of the best business restaurants in the city; places that provide a favorable environment for talking, a solid cocktail list and the ambiance to help your client feel at ease:
+ The Southern Steak & Oyster: In addition to offering an atmosphere that will help your client feel comfortable, The Southern provides a quintessential Nashville culinary experience. The restaurant is housed on the ground floor of the Pinnacle Building and offer selections like the double-cut smoked pork chops and prime sirloin.
+ The Farm House: With its emphasis on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, The Farm House is the perfect spot for a client dinner. The inventive, yet accessible menu contains dishes like chicken-fried pork steak, braised brisket and ribeye.
+ 1808 Grille: Located in the Hutton Hotel, the 1808 Grille offers a casual, yet refined dining area to charm your clients. The food and drink menus change seasonally, so there is always something new and exciting to try.
Find a Great Cocktail Bar
Treating your client to a delicious cocktail during your night out is another way to make a solid impression. Nashville offers plenty of intimate locations that serve some of the best specialty cocktails in the country. Here are a few of our favorites:
+ The Patterson House: Located in an unassuming building on the corner of Division and 18th Avenue South, The Patterson House is vintage speakeasy that serves some of the finest handcrafted cocktails in the city. Friendly, knowledgeable cocktail servers are more than happy to walk guests through the menu to help them select a drink that suits their taste preferences. Dim lighting, private booths and expert mixologists make it a great place to entertain out-of-town clients.
+ The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium: The Flying Saucer, located in the Gulch, is another great spot for its atmosphere and huge selection of craft beers. Choose from over 100 craft beers and offer your client the opportunity to experience some true Nashville culture.
+ Old Glory: If you’re looking for something entirely different, head to Old Glory in Edgehill. The speakeasy-style bar occupies a former boiler room and has an extensive list of inventive cocktails. In a city with cool new bars opening up every week, Old Glory has to be one of the coolest. Plus, the service is first-rate.
With these tips for making the most of your client meeting in Nashville, you can rest assured that you’ll make a good impression and show your client an enjoyable time, regardless of the nature of the meeting.