South of Beale is the city's first gastropub, a title the restaurant's owners earned when they opened for business in 2009. Since then, the establishment has become one of Downtown's go-to spots for great food and drinks.
Located just a couple blocks south of Beale Street in the north end of the South Main Historic Arts District, South of Beale has inventive chef-driven meals that are perfect for a group gathering, date night, or pregame dinner. In fact, show up with a ticket for that day's basketball game at FedExForum, and get 20 percent off your food.
But as good as the food is at S.O.B., the drinks and atmosphere are even better. The draft beer selection isn't huge, but it is focused on regional selections. The bartenders are creative with their chalkboard specials; the cozy dining room is filled with local art hanging on faux brick walls; and an eclectic mix of music sets the mood.
Pull up a stool at the bar, or if the weather cooperates, find a seat at one of the neighborhood's best patios. And don't miss the spicy and sweet popcorn that comes out to every table.