Etiquette

  • Greetings Don't be overly physical if you greet someone. Some Americans will hug, urbanites may exchange cheek kisses, but most – especially men – shake hands.
  • Smoking Smoking is allowed in many bars in Nashville, but don't assume you can smoke, even outdoors. Most Americans have little tolerance for smokers.
  • Punctuality Be on time. Many Americans consider it rude to keep people waiting.
  • Politeness It's common practice to greet the staff when entering and leaving a shop. Also, Southerners tend to be friendly, and they smile a lot.