The 15 Coolest Things Coming To Us Cities In 2017

Nashville, Tennessee

A rare solar eclipse passes over posh new rooftop lounges.
A pleasant side effect of Nashville’s boom in new entertainment venues and hotels has been the proliferations of rooftop venues. This puts the discerning visitor well above the tourist throngs who pedal tavern their way around town, bachelorettes woo-hooooooing all the way.

But on August 21st, 2017 those rooftop bars will also represent the ideal viewing platforms for «The Great American Eclipse,» a rare event in which the moon will pass in front of the sun, leaving a brief, 70-mile-wide band of shadow to race across the country.

Nashville’s the biggest city in what’s called the «band of totality,» so in the Music City you can enjoy almost two minutes of bonus nightlife starting at 1:27pm. The L27 Rooftop Bar on top of the modern new Westin will be a hotspot for nerdy party people, thanks to amenities like private cabanas, an infinity pool, and expansive views of Downtown — plus you’ll be 27 stories closer to the sun than the street-level plebes. Closer to the Earth and more down-to-earth will be the top level of country music icon Alan Jackson’s new AJ’s Good Time Bar right in the middle of Lower Broad. You’ll at least have all those neon lights to illuminate your path to the bar.