There was a time in Nashville’s history when the only thing a bar needed was stiff drinks and good music. In recent years, the city’s taste has changed to embrace leading mixologists who concoct creative drinks at sophisticated bars and lounges. Nashville is now home to an overwhelming number of amazing nightlife venues that offer guests a wide variety of experiences. When planning your next trip to Music City, stop by for a toast at any of these bustling cocktail destinations.
Dirty Little Secret
Hidden among the shadows of Printer’s Alley, Dirty Little Secret is fueled by a dark and seductive energy that has guests coming back again and again. The entertainment theater and nightlife hotspot boasts an ever-changing list of musical performances including live DJs, bands, solo acts, and surprise guests.
Located in The Gulch, this popular rooftop hangout can be found on the top floor of the pristine Thompson Nashville Hotel. The great atmosphere of L.A. Jackson comes in part from their incredible views of the Nashville skyline and the lounge setup that accentuates it. The menu takes focus on Southern-inspired dishes and beers, but handcrafted cocktails and unbelievable wines can be found on the menu as well.
The Patterson House
The Patterson House is a great and unique cocktail bar in Midtown that comes with a short list of bar-specific rules. First, no phones are allowed anywhere near the bar. Second, drinks can only be ordered from a server. These rules are put in place to ensure that everybody has a positive experience and nobody is held up too long waiting for an excellent cocktail. The Patterson House is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for a calm evening with great conversation and some of the best cocktails you’ll ever have.
UP Rooftop Lounge
Located on top of the beautiful Fairfield Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown/The Gulch, UP, a rooftop lounge provides visitors with an upscale and eclectic menu of both cuisine and drinks. The high-end, country-chic lounge atmosphere is sure to bring a sense of relaxation and entertainment to anybody who visits. With both indoor and outdoor seating, there is never a bad time to head up to UP and enjoy the incredible views of the Nashville skyline.
Embers Ski Lodge
Embers Ski Lodge is a unique location that brings the overall aesthetic of skiing in Aspen right to the heart of Nashville. A mural of snow capped mountains, a vintage conical fireplace, and a custom metal sculpture of a mountain work together in perfect harmony to make sure that you feel like you’re really gliding down a cliff. As for the drinks, Embers Ski Lodge offers a wide variety of unique cocktails, but their true passion is whiskey. The bar offers visitors a selection of 170 whiskeys, to be exact.
Located in the former Melrose Theater, Sinema brings Nashville a menu of New American cuisine and handcrafted cocktails in a strongly Art-Deco inspired environment. The modern twists on classic American dishes provide a sublime eating experience, while the cocktails leave you needing just one more.
Husk brings a fresh breath of life into its historic 1800’s Rutledge Hill home with a modern Southern style that pays homage to the city’s past but looks into their future as well. Brought over to Nashville from Charleston by Sean Brock, Husk’s head chef and owner, the restaurant and bar gives visitors an incredibly fresh menu that changes up to twice daily, and an extensive whiskey list with over 60 bourbons to choose from.
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