We’ve decided that it’s time to do some remodeling at our house, so I’m trying extra hard to curb my entertainment spending. (Which isn’t hard to do, since I’m spending a lot of my free time pulling and pricing items for an upcoming yard sale – wish I could tell you a magic way to make that sound like fun!) And, just as I was pondering what fun activities I could write about for the upcoming weekend, I got an email from City Winery in Nashville, offering me free tickets to a show Friday night!
Why would City Winery offer me such a thing, you ask? Well, it’s not because of my immensely entertaining and widely-read blog – it’s because back when they first opened their Nashville club in 2014, I signed up as a Vinofile member. I think I paid $75 for this, and I’ve more than broken even on this expense, even though they don’t quite have things organized yet. So I’m going to do a little plug for them on this.
First off, Vinofile members get notices about upcoming concerts a few days earlier than the general public – which means that we get first shot at purchasing seats. And, I’ve designated my favorite seats in the room, so I will automatically get those seats if they’re still available.
Next, Vinofile members don’t have to pay the $5 valet parking fee at the Nashville City Winery (and get discounted valet parking at City Winery locations in other cities). I estimate that I have saved at least $40 in parking fees since last fall.
Best of all, I get these emails from City Winery on a fairly routine basis, offering free seats for an upcoming show. Sometimes, the shows are weeknight concerts from up-and-coming artists (that wouldn’t cost very much even if purchased). But on a couple of occasions I’ve scored tickets for myself and my husband for a show that would have cost us at least $40 apiece. So gratifying!
Now, even with a free show, an evening at City Winery can easily add up to a $100 date night. Their food is pretty good, but there are better options for the money. And their wines and cocktails are more expensive than many places in Nashville. (A glass of “tap” wine runs from $9 – $13; other wines by the glass are similarly priced. A premium gin martini costs $13.) So if you’re trying to save up for a new master bathroom (!), I recommend having dinner at home, arriving just before the show starts, and ordering one of the less expensive wine options. After all, you aren’t going to get a crappy glass of wine at a place that prides itself on its wine list, right? Right!
There are more features to Vinofile membership that haven’t worked out exactly as smoothly – but I’m optimistic that they’ll get better organized, so I already know that I’ll be re-upping my Vinofile membership when it expires!