36 Ways To Beat Holiday Anxieties And Be The Amazing Hostess You Really Are!

36 Ways To Beat Holiday Anxieties And Be The Amazing Hostess You Really Are!

The Holiday season is supposed to be about joyful times being spent with family and friends. Instead, nearly a quarter of Americans report feeling “extreme stress” at this time of year.

According to a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, women are more likely than men to experience increased stress levels during the Holiday season, and they’re less likely to take the time to relax or manage that stress in constructive and healthy ways.

With just a few, short weeks between now and Christmas, we have put together an emergency survival guide that we hope will help our women clients cope with the overwhelming challenges of budgeting, planning and cooking for big Holiday parties and family get-togethers, while keeping their anxiety under control, their health on point and their sanity intact. Read on for some very interesting ideas and tips that will help you organize and enjoy the season to the fullest this year:

# 1: There Isn’t `Plenty Of Time’

Don’t leave your Holiday planning for later, buoyed by the false notion that there’s still “plenty of time”. It’s November and there really isn’t. Amazing how time just seems to fly during this last quarter of the year, and you can’t afford to sit back and wait for Thanksgiving to be over before you shift gears to Holiday mode. Do it now, start shopping now, so you can really enjoy a stress-free December.

# 2: Get Over Thanksgiving

Before you can see Christmas in the horizon, you have to close the Thanksgiving chapter — fully and finally — for this year. That means cleaning out the refrigerator, putting away your Thanksgiving dinner paraphernalia etc. Empty your living space and your mind to make room for Christmas because — like you well know — it’s going to demand all of it!

# 3: `Feel’ The Meaning Of Your Holiday

Know what you’re planning before you actually start planning. What do you want from this season? The answer’s pretty easy because most of us want the same thing — to feel elevated and overjoyed in the renewed connection with our community, family, friends and ourselves. That’s the true magic of the season and visualizing this state of mind empowers our Holiday planning with so much positivity, enthusiasm and anticipation. 

# 4: Peg Down Your Holiday Budget

Credit cards are a great thing, until the bills come flooding in to replace all the Holiday joy with payment worries. Nearly two-thirds of American families overshoot their budget because they didn’t make one in the first place. Have an amount in mind that you’re comfortable spending, and keep it pegged down by a few hundred dollars of grace space. That way, if you overspend, you’re still okay.

# 5: Make Your Cards Post Office Friendly

Help the Post Office help you with speedy greeting cards delivery. With the automated mail delivery system, the 3 Golden Rules of writing addresses are these: use capital letters; don’t use any punctuations like periods or commas; include the long, 9-digit postal code if possible. The USPS website has a Zip Code Locator that will spew out the full zip code of an address in a jiffy.

# 6: Here Is Santa’s Canadian Postal Code

H0H 0H0. For all moms out there, this is Santa’s official postal code in Canada. Any letter sent to him with this postal code will be opened and answered by Santa’s busy elves at the Canadian postal office. Remember that the `0′ is the number zero and not an alphabet. The full mailing address should read: Santa Claus, North Pole, Canada H0H 0H0.

# 7: Did Santa Write To Your Kids?

You can get “authentic” handwritten letters from Santa for your kids to find under the tree on Christmas morning. The little ones are so smart these days, but they cannot possibly doubt Santa’s favorite font and the official North Pole postmark on their letters, right? Visit HandwrittenSantaLetters.com to request Santa to write a personal letter to your family this year.

# 8: Start The De-Clutter And Say “No More Clutter!”

Daily life brings daily detritus of clutter that pile up in spite of our best efforts. Starting now, look around the house and plan to de-clutter a little bit at a time even while you’re going about your daily chores. Do it by room or just pick up as you go. When the time comes to start heavy-duty pre-Holiday cleaning, so much will already have been accomplished without even trying. Keep an eye out for new clutter build-up possibilities, and just say “No!”. 

# 9: Take Away All Decorative “Extras”

Before you start decorating, take a moment to think if you really need all the usual decorative pieces that do not support the Holiday mood. Make room for Holiday inclusions by removing breakable and other portable stuff that don’t belong in the December decor scheme. Not only will your living room look less overloaded, there will be so much more space for your guests to put down their glasses, plates, platters and other entertainment paraphernalia you want them to enjoy.

# 10: Do A Pre-Holidays Closet Check

What will you wear to the office Christmas party or family gathering this year? How about all the unexpected social engagements that invariably creep into your calendar as December draws closer? With so many chores occupying our mind, planning outfits becomes a hurried, last-minute decision we aren’t fully satisfied with. Now’s the time to do a closet check for the entire family.

# 11: No Home-Cooked Dinners? No Problem!

Time is a finite thing and you only have so much of it. The week or two before Christmas, you may well not have time to cook dinner for the family. Explain the situation to them, shop for ready and frozen meals, and don’t feel guilty. You’re putting up the show of the year here. You cannot get bogged down with daily cooking duties as well, if you’re short on time!

# 12: How Many Gifts Will Santa Bring? 

Too often, parents are unsure of their surprise Santa choices and end up spending too much money on too many gifts. Instead of frittering away their attention on a bunch of knick-knacks, a simple practice may be to limit Santa’s gifts to only 3 things per child. One gift to read, one gift to wear and one gift to play with. Remember that you can make each gift as special as your budget allows, and grandparents, aunts and uncles will be adding more to the loot under the tree in the evening!

# 13: Don’t Do Guilty Add-Ons To The Original Gift

More than 69% of Americans worry about gift budgets during Christmas. So, we buy a gift on sale, and then have guilt pangs about how it simply isn’t good enough. Then, we set about undoing the mistake by buying more stuff to support the first one. Result? We actually end up spending a lot more than we ever intended. Get it right the first time by not giving in to the temptation of a deep discount. Be confident that the gift is worthy on its own, and you won’t have second thoughts afterwards.

# 14: Think Of Non-Messy Stocking Stuffers

Candy is a popular choice to fill stocking with, as are dinky cars and other small goodies that get strewn about the house on Christmas morning, creating yet another clean-up chore in an already busy day. Instead of expecting the kids to set aside their excitement and tidy after themselves, it might be a good idea to not include any small, mess-prone stocking stuffers to begin with.

# 15: Pack Gifts With Airport Security In Mind

If you’re traveling home for the Holidays, wrap your gifts in such a way that airport security can look inside. A simple idea is to use lidded boxes and wrap the two pieces separately. Remember that security will be beefed up in all airports and luggage scrutiny will intensified. You absolutely don’t want anything among your Holiday gifts to look remotely suspicious.

# 16: Plan For Holiday House Guests

If you have friends or family staying with you during the Holidays, take some time out to think of their comfort. How you will prepare the guest room or which bathroom will they use or which sofa bed they will sleep on? Consider beddings, towels and other home stuff they will use from your closet. It’s always fun to prepare a simple “welcome basket” with some night snacks, toiletries and books/magazines that make guests feel less guilty about “imposing” and more assured of their welcome in your home.

# 17: Plan A Time-Out Just To Pamper Yourself

Book a massage or promise yourself a treat of mani-pedi – anything that makes you feel good about yourself. But don’t use it just yet! Save the break for later — much later — when you’re knee deep in Holiday preparation. As you’re mucking out the fireplace or looking at some serious carpet cleaning to be done, know that you’ll soon be pampering yourself with this special treat. It will make the ordeal of housework so much more bearable.

# 18: Get Enough B-Complex

B-complex vitamins help to calm frayed nerves, improve mood and relieve symptoms of fatigue. Get plenty of B-complex in your diet by eating vitamin B-rich meals like spinach omelets and three-bean salads. 

If you’re strapped for time, an IV therapy fortified with B-complex will quickly take care of the vitamin shortfall in your system.

Even while you’re preparing for the Holidays, real life does not stop happening and you need to be physically ready to multitask like a pro.

# 19: What’s Cooking For Christmas Morning Breakfast? 

If you want to start off Christmas day with a festive breakfast, you can still save time by choosing dishes that can easily be prepared ahead. We found a wonderful set of Christmas Morning recipes that will not have you slaving in the kitchen and missing out on all the family fun. From potato and kale frittatas to over-sized breakfast muffins and lox, eggs and onion quiche — find the most delicious and simple recipes here.

# 20: Wake Up Before The Kids On Christmas Morning

Don’t stay in bed until the kids come to wake you. Get a head start on all the excitement ahead by preparing breakfast — and a trash bag to immediately collect all the torn gift wrappers, tissues, ribbons and empty boxes before they explode all over the house. Play a Christmas CD to set the mood for the morning and have hot chocolate ready to greet everyone with on this rather memorable day.

# 21: Call Or Face Time Your Family Overseas

Calling or face timing with members of the family who are abroad is a great way to include them in your celebrations. As hostess, it is a very thoughtful gesture on your part and the people you call will feel so touched that you remembered them in the midst of hosting a party.

# 22: For People With No Holidays

Bake a few batches of cookies with your children and take them to distribute the cookies at your local fire station, police department or among staff at the local hospital — all people who don’t get to spend Christmas with their families because they are busy keeping us safe.

# 23: Release Christmas Wish Balloons 

It’s a very therapeutic practice for both adults and young. Fix a time when the whole family sits together to think about one wish they want to come true for the family in the New Year. Discuss the wish, enjoy a session of group positive thinking, and then write the wish down on balloons. Release the balloons and watch the winds carry them away. This simple activity will ground your anxieties and put you in a very optimistic state of mind.

# 24: Help Your Pet Help His/Her Own Community

Involve your pet in the Holiday spirit of Giving Back. Make up a goody bag with inexpensive toys, treats and food. Take your pet and the kids to donate it at a local dog/cat shelter or sanctuary, so some homeless animals can also have something to celebrate this year.

# 25: Notice The `Sensations’ Of Holiday Preparation

When monotony sets in with a chore, take the time to actually notice how the cookie dough is squishing under your fingers, how the wreath is taking shape with each piece of greenery you add to the circular frame. Smell Christmas in the crisp, wintry air. Engaging your sensations in the job at hand will remind you of the reason why you’re doing it — and the pleasure will all come flooding back again.

# 26: Expect Your Man To Annoy You

Men rarely understand the stress of hostessing. The fine nuances of great party-giving are often lost on the male population, as long as food and drinks are plenty. So yes, your man will annoy you, get in your way, question your concerns — basically be of no help at all. Take that as a given and move on. Find clever ways of engaging him with elbow grease chores and show him your appreciation by not being ornery at other times. 

Hard, we know, but he will be so grateful…and maybe more useful…  🙂

A large family are all helping serve Christmas dinner.

# 27: Be Prepared For Extra Guests

You better be because unexpected guests are a phenomenon that visits your home when you’re least expecting it. Imagine the possibility of extra seating at the table, prepare two people’s worth of extra food and put together a couple of small gifts, just in case. People feel so embarrassed showing up at the last minute, your thoughtfulness will definitely put them at ease.

# 28: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

It is so easy to fall behind on self-care when you’re in charge of a major event like throwing a Christmas party. Hydration is crucial at this time. If you’re feeling dehydrated, lackluster or low on energy, call us or email us and let us know. We’ll find just the right IV therapy cocktail to get you back in the saddle and charging ahead with your Holiday plans in no time!

# 29: Reduce Appetizers To Nibble-Size

Cut your appetizer recipe quantities by half at least. Make them toothpick or cocktail size for the simple reason that guests always show up hungry and platters of beautiful appetizers are so irresistible they overeat without meaning to and cannot do full justice afterwards to the wonderful sit-down meal you have slaved over.

# 30: Break Up The Tedium

Take frequent breaks while you’re doing all the heavy-duty preparation stuff. Step outside with a cup of chamomile tea or pop some crackly, air-popped snacks in your mouth. These actions really help in breaking up the tedium. Instead of music, listen to an audio book or a favorite radio program, news or an online speech. Keeping your mind occupied will make you forget what your hands are doing.

# 31: This Is A Good Time To Try Cryotherapy

Fortify yourself with a rush of adrenaline and feel-good, happy hormones by treating yourself to a Cryotherapy session. Just 2-3 minutes in a chamber cooled to temperatures between -238°F to -274°F with liquid nitrogen will help you relieve muscle and joint pains, reduce anxiety and stress levels and help you sleep better at a time when you’re probably awake half the night, making to-do lists in your head.

# 32: Don’t Panic If Some Guests Show Up Early

As any accomplished hostess will tell you, early-bird guests are the bane of last-minute preparations. Don’t get tripped up or caught with half your make-up on by completing all essential prep jobs at least 30 minutes before guests are scheduled to arrive. 

# 33: Avoid Fights With A Smart Seating Arrangement

As hostess, seat planning is a right you can exercise to make sure the meal progresses smoothly with no warring family members starting an embarrassing fight. Think about the politics among people on your guest list and place the volatile ones as far away from each other as possible.

# 34: Assess The Alcohol Intake

Christmas parties are never complete unless Aunt Agatha gets tipsy on the aperitif and Uncle Bob is inspired by excess wine to finish an unsettled dispute with Uncle Barry. Keep your guests hydrated with lots of water, and confiscate car keys if necessary. They will all thank you the day after.

We’re thinking an IV therapy at one of our Hydralive clinics may be a good idea too! Uncle Bob could certainly use a quick hangover cure! 

Contact us, and we’ll help you set one appointment up. Or two, or half-a-dozen depending on how many Uncle Bobs you have in the family… 🙂

# 35: Finally, Let Perfectionism Go

You have worked really hard to create a magical Christmas experience for your friends and loved ones. The deed is done, the guests have arrived. Now is the time to let down your guard and let the energy of the party carry things along. After the first few minutes, nobody will notice small things going wrong here and there. The camaraderie will have taken over, and as a seasoned hostess you job is to join the spirit. Go on, have fun! You’ve so earned it!

# 36: Treat Yourself At A Hydralive Clinic

Once the Holiday season is over, there is a shiny, new 2020 waiting just ahead with new hopes, new ideas and new resolutions for a whole new YOU. Step into this New Year feeling on top of the world!

Check out our list of therapies and cocktails that promote weight loss, diffuse anxieties and fortify your body against diseases. Control a variety of ailments via transfusion of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that don’t get spitted out by the digestion process but absorbed fully by the body because of the intravenous delivery system.

At Hydralive, we’re committed to helping you be the best version of yourself, and we’re walking every step with you.

Enjoy your Holidays! 

We’re right by your side, if you ever need some extra help.

National Healthy Skin Month: 6 Hydration Tips That Will Keep You Glowing This Fall

National Healthy Skin Month: 6 Hydration Tips That Will Keep You Glowing This Fall

November is National Healthy Skin Month, when everyone is encouraged by the American Academy of Dermatology to learn more about healthy skin and how to keep it looking its best.

At Hydralive, we think there couldn’t be a better opportunity to talk about skincare than this time of year. Humidity levels have dropped now, the air is drier, and many of you are currently feeling the dehydrating effects of Fall with parched, flaky skin that no amount of moisturizing creams is being able to cure.

You know why?

Because moisturizing and hydrating are not the same thing!

Cosmetic and skincare companies use the terms interchangeably on their product labels, which is why people often don’t understand the real difference and feel frustrated when their expensive moisturizing products don’t improve the condition of their skin.

Moisturizing products can only lock in whatever moisture is available and prevent its evaporation from the skin. Hydration, on the other hand, increases water content in your skin cells. So, unless you’re hydrating sufficiently, there is only so much that your moisturizing serums and creams can do to help you.

A second important factor that affects your skin’s hydration balance is ceramides. Ceramides act as a natural moisture barrier, but as you age, your reserve of ceramides gets depleted, which leaves the skin feeling excessively dry and prone to `crepey’ texture and wrinkles. 

The secret to plump, youthful, glowing skin that defies the passage of time is hydration. When plenty of moisture is available to the cells, skin elasticity improves, there is reduced oiliness and more protection from seasonal changes and environmental irritants. Accumulated toxins also flush out more effectively because your cells are getting the optimal amount of hydration they need to function at their best.

Drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water is common wisdom these days when it comes to hydrating the body. But it is still not clear if drinking sufficient water can really impact the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin.

So, what are the most effective ways to make sure you’re not dehydrating your skin? Here are 6 proven tips:

# 1: Get IV Therapy

The skin is not a priority when it comes to distribution of water in the body. Other organs use the available hydration first, which is why IV therapy can bypass the natural process and directly replenish your skin with essential fluids, vitamins and antioxidants like glutathione.

What’s more, the skin-boosting nutrients are absorbed quickly when administered intravenously, showing results within 24 hours, which is why a lot of celebrities use IV therapy for skin before appearing for a major event to look fresh and glowing for the cameras.

# 2: Use Pure Coconut Oil

Hydrate your skin naturally with pure coconut oil. Apply the oil directly on the face, and massage it into your neck, arms and legs if necessary, before going to bed. Coconut oil will hydrate hair too if you leave it on overnight and shampoo the morning after.

Remember that coconut oil in its purest form will harden at room temperature during this time of year and has to be held over a heat source or zapped in the microwave for 10-15 seconds in order to melt before use.

# 3: No More Hot Water Showers

It’s tempting to relax in hot water showers during Fall and Winter, but this habit can damage keratin cells and leave the skin feeling dry, dehydrated and itchy. Use lukewarm water instead.

# 4: Apply A Moisturizer While Still Damp

The job of moisturizers is to lock in hydration, and they are most effective when applied straight out of the shower over damp skin.

# 5: Exfoliate With Natural Ingredients

Exfoliation removes dry, dead skin cells, unclogs pores and allows moisturizing creams and serums to penetrate the skin. Some natural, homemade exfoliating pastes we recommend are:

• Oatmeal

• Sugar mixed with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar

• Ground rice mixed with yoghurt

• Turmeric mixed with milk

# 6: Use Collagen Or Silk Pillow Covers

Your face has more contact with a pillow cover than any other fabric, so it is part of your healthy skincare too. Collagen-infused pillowcases soften and hydrate the skin while you sleep. Silk pillow covers keep moisture close to your skin and help it stay more hydrated than many fabrics on the market. If nothing else, change your pillowcases regularly as they collect oil, sweat, dirt, allergens and bacteria.

Boost Your Tailgate Experience This Year – By Having A Safe One!

Boost Your Tailgate Experience This Year – By Having A Safe One!

What’s a football season without at least one epic tailgate party?

Tailgaits, the much-loved American tradition where people gather pre-game to share food, beverages and team spirit at a stadium parking lot, is as important to the football experience as the game itself. Bratwursts, burgers, buffalo wings and beer, all served off the back of trucks to a gathered group of fans who are rooting together for their teams in the most boisterous and excited ways.

The atmosphere is high-energy and everybody’s in a mood to party – which means chances of dehydration, indigestion and sunstroke are pretty high too.

If you’re attending a tailgate this season, enjoy the heck out of the event, but make it a safe one as well!

# 1: Hydrate With IV Therapy Before You Go Tailgating

One of the safest ways to avoid the sudden onset of dehydration from too much sun exposure or `frontloading’ (drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in a short space of time) is to prepare your body in advance with minerals and nutrients.

AtHydralive, we offer the convenient services of `mobile clinics’ that will come to you on game day if you don’t have time to come to us. An RN will be in attendance, who will administer the treatment. There is a $ 120 house call fee and all normal membership discounts will apply.

# 2: Snack Before You Feast

One of the biggest attractions of a tailgate party is of course the food but eating a high-protein/high-fiber snack beforehand will reduce temptations to binge on all the greasy tailgate fare that can cause indigestion and heartburn.

# 3: Eat Off A Plate

Instead of grazing at the tailgate buffet, serve yourself on a plate. You will be fully aware of how much you are eating then, and also be able to balance your intake with fruits and salads.

# 4: Be Careful Of Food Poisoning

Don’t take unnecessary food-poisoning risks. Tailgate food is often left out in the open at temperatures that promote bacterial contamination. Choose items that are fresh off the grill and use a hand sanitizer before you touch anything you eat.

# 5: Focus On Socializing

Tailgates are a great time to make new friends while catching up with old ones. Use the opportunity to enjoy conversations with others, as this will keep you engaged in activities other than the food and drink.

# 6: Move At Half Time

Go for a brisk walk, for example, at half time to get an energy boost and work off some of the tailgate food and drinks you have consumed.

# 7: Resist The Temptation To Nibble And Sip

Food and drinks at a tailgate are like popcorn at the movies. Be aware of mindless eating and keep a bottle of water in your hand instead of reaching for another beer.

Good luck!

7 Things To Do At The Gulch In Nashville – Besides A Hydralive Therapy Session At Our Newly-Opened Clinic, Of Course!

7 Things To Do At The Gulch In Nashville – Besides A Hydralive Therapy Session At Our Newly-Opened Clinic, Of Course!

The Gulch in Nashville, TN

Trendy industrial vibes rule over The Gulch in Nashville, TN – an echo from its not-so-glorious past when this area between Music Row and Downtown was nothing but a collection of abandoned warehouses, dilapidated buildings and empty lots.

Today, The Gulch is where all the action is in the city, and the place is overflowing with chic hotels, high-end fashion boutiques, art dealerships, museums and so much more. The restaurant scene is lively and offers some of the best food experiences in Nashville. The art deco buildings add color, majesty and a sense of excitement to the LEED certified neighborhood where both tourists and local converge to drink craft beer, eat Southern-inspired foods, listen to music and have a unique Nashville experience.

There’s never any shortage of things to enjoy in The Gulch, but we have listed 8 of our favorite things that you simply must do the next time you visit:

# 1: GRAB A BITE AT: THE BURGER REPUBLIC

420, 11TH Avenue S

 Burger Republic, serves what is arguably the hottest burgers, shakes and beers in the Gulch with the motto: “defend quality”. Try the famous Tennessee Burger (with a Jack Daniel’s honey glaze) and `spiked’ shakes like Frozen Black Irish and Maple Bourbon.

# 2: EAT INCREDIBLE FUSION FARE AT: KAYNE PRIME

1103 McGavoc Street

Taste dishes you won’t find anywhere else in town at this trendy steakhouse – such as the housemade bacon with a fluff of maple candy sitting on top. Or the cream corn brulee…

# 3: CHECK WHAT’S CURRENTLY ON TAP AT: HOPS + CRAFTS

319 12th Ave South Nashville, Tn 37203

Grab a beer flight, sit back, relax and play a competitive game of cards here. Hops & Crafts brings local varieties of craft beers from the region offering IPAs, pale ales, lagers, pilsners, wheat beers, ambers, blondes and other specialty flavors. New beers are added regularly and you can sample them all.

# 4: ENJOY COFFEE AS AN ART FORM AT: BARISTA PARLOR GOLDEN SOUND

610 Magazine St, Nashville, TN 37203

They make their coffee by the cup, grinding it only after you order it. The espresso machine is state-of-the-art, popping out customized brews, cup by the cup, and the baristas have perfected the pour with impressive latte arts.

# 5: LOOK WHAT’S NOW SHOWING AT: THE FRIST CENTER FOR VISUAL ARTS

919 Broadway, Nashville

The Frist is different from other art museums in that it has no collection. Instead, it hosts a series of rotating exhibits and works borrowed from other museums. So you never know what you’re going to see!

# 6: SHOP FOR A PIECE OF NASHVILLE AT: TWO OLD HIPPIES

401 12th Ave South

This Gulch boutique is a destination in itself with 8,000 sq ft of space filled with apparel, shoes, gifts, decorative items and tons and tons of books. They host live music 5 nights a week on their stage, and even have a space called `The Vault’ with a premium selection of guitars, where you can disappear for a while and play in a quiet place.

# 7: BROWSE FOR `EFFORTLESS JEWELRY’ AT: UNCOMMON JAMES

601 9th Ave S, Nashville

The whole point of the Uncommon James collection by celeb Kristin Cavallari is effortless jewelry. She wants you to throw these pieces on and never take them off. She wants them to work with practically everything you wear!

#8: REVIVE AND REJUVENATE AT: HYDRALIVE THERAPY

1207 McGavock Street, Ste. B

Get more out of your exploration of The Gulch with an energizing IV therapy session at Hydralive Therapy.

An IV therapy will safely rehydrate your body in a soothing, spa-like environment and the menu of services is excitingly full of rejuvenation possibilities. Doctors have long touted the benefits of IV infusion therapy to dehydrated patients and it’s one of the most effective ways to recover quickly from a long flights and road trips and hit the ground running.

Learn more about Hydralive by clicking HERE.

Top 3 Bars In Nashville You Simply Must Visit

Top 3 Bars In Nashville You Simply Must Visit

From live-band honky tonks and dive bars with character to whiskey spots and smoky speakeasies crafting delicious cocktails, bar-hopping in Nashville, TN, is a lot like the city itself – dark, relaxed and refusing to call it a night!

There is no dressing up to worry about here, the drinks are strong, the music is loud and the locals are about the friendliest you’ll find in bars anywhere in the United States.

Drinking your way through Nashville makes for some hollerin’ good times, but if your visit is short in the city and you want a napkin list of just three bars you absolutely cannot miss, here’s where we from Hydralive would want to send you:

# 1: Bar No 308

What makes Bar No 308 so special? Tasty, innovative cocktails, cozy but energetic atmosphere and a friendly neighborhood vibe.

No 308 in Nashville is hip. Really hip. The decor will remind you of some sort of a hipster’s hangout with checkerboard flooring, bright color blocking in the entranceway and a simple open bar ambience. And the drinks are good! (Try their signature Whisky Ginger to see what we mean…)

They make their own colas. The bartenders mix up homemade syrups infused with soda carbonation that pair seamlessly with the wide variety of whiskeys on offer.

Happy Hour’s from 5 pm to 7 pm, Sunday through Friday. Try their well drinks, offered with soda, on the rocks, neat or as a shot. Or enjoy half-off bottle of wine.

• Address: 407 Gallatin Road, Phone:  615 650 7344, Website: bar308.com

 # 2: Mickey’s Tavern

No DJs at Mickey’s Tavern. No bands, no karaoke, no trivia nights either. Mickey’s Tavern describes itself as `just a world famous neighborhood bar where East Nashville’s local can drink’. They have pool, foosball, darts, an award-winning jukebox, and a nice deck out back.

Walk into Mickey’s Bar before dark and you’ll need some time to get used to the lack of lighting. Two tiny windows leak some daylight into the space that is otherwise illuminated by some moody neon lights.

Mickey’s is the place to try a wonderful list of established and pedigree whiskies. They specialize in having the Antique Line from Buffalo Trace as well as many other specialties that are hard to find elsewhere. “We have over 75 varieties including selections from all five regions of Scotland,” they say. “Our well drinks are better quality and cheaper than you’ll generally find elsewhere.”

If you’re looking for the opposite of a raucous, bawdy bar scene, consider grabbing a drink at Mickey’s Tavern. They do have some food, like Cuban sandwiches and hot ham-and-cheese, but

there’s a great restaurant next door called Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen. You can bring food in from Nicoletto’s to eat with your drinks.

• Address: 2907 Gallatin Pike, Phone: 615-852-5228, Website: mickeystavernnashville.com

# 3: Husk

Husk is as popular with locals and they are with tourists who are looking to check a famous Sean Brock restaurant off their bucket lists.

The kitchen boasts of its commitment to seasonality and Southern ingredients only – which means the menu is changing all the time and the flavors are unapologetically homegrown. Seed-saving, heirloom husbandry, and in-house pickling and charcuterie-making is foundational to the cuisine at Husk.

There’s an on-site cocktail apothecary program serving some of the most delicious drinks in the South. The wine list will impress any terroir-loving oeneophile: it’s first broken up into categories and then subdivided by soil type.

• Address: 37 Rutledge Street, Phone: 615-256-6565, Website: husknashville.com

HUNGOVER IN NASHVILLE?

Trying to keep up with Nashville, a medium-sized city with an XXL-sized bar scene, means waking up most mornings with a killer hangover.

Quite fittingly then, Hydralive Therapy®  already has two locations here where pm partiers can rebound from an am hangover with something a lot more curative than Bloody Mary and a bacon sandwich: IV therapy.

Reverse your hangover (or get a treatment before you go bar-hopping) with a high dose of fluids and vitamins that rehydrate and detoxify cells, plus anti-nausea and acid reflux meds that alleviate headaches and distress.

All served up in a safe, soothing, spa atmosphere by experienced health and wellness professionals at:

Broadway Location:

212 Broadway, Suite 400

4th Floor

Nashville, TN 37201

Phone: 615-678-5493

 

The Gulch Location:

1207 McGavock Street, Ste. B
Nashville, TN 37203

615-902-3858

 

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