The Best Bars in Nashville
Collected by Jennifer Justus , AFAR Local Expert
From down and dirty honky tonks with live music to sophisticated cocktail lounges and start-of-the-art distilleries, Nashville's got drinking down. You'll be spoiled for choice in Music City, so here's a roundup of our favorites to help.
407 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206, USA
This bar, along gritty Gallatin Avenue in East Nashville, serves expertly made cocktails like the Sam Malone with bourbon, rose vermouth, and cherry liqueur to a eclectic group of folks. The shotgun space has a long elevated bar on the right-hand...
2225 Bransford Ave, Nashville, TN 37204, USA
A guy they call Santa (see long white beard) owns this trailer painted in Christmas motif in an up-and-coming area just south of downtown. There’s karaoke every night and cheap beer for cash only. A house band plays every Sunday from 7 p.m. to 9...
818 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37210, USA
Tucked in a strip-mall space a few blocks from downtown, this spot named for its cross streets has hosted some big acts over the nearly 20 years it has been open. Guests at the venue can relax at tables too with full menu (appetizers, sandwiches,...
402 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
There are dozens of gigs, every night, in Nashville. But there's only one must-see. Not everyone knows about the Time Jumpers' regular Monday night slot at the Station Inn, but that's a good thing, because it's already a weekly sell out. They are...
416 Broadway B, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
Storied honky-tonk joints—and tourists—crowd lower Broadway. But the classic country feel of Robert’s Western World attracts locals, too. Two-step around the tiny dance floor to covers of songs by such favorites as Hank Williams,...
116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219, USA
The original home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman is a place of pilgrimage for every country music fan. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see a gig there—so we went one better and got up onstage ourselves. The Ryman tour—a good...
1 Cannery Row, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
Lately, the sounds of Music City have trended toward rock and folk, especially in the Eighth Avenue South District. One Cannery Row offers three venues under one roof that have hosted the likes of the North Mississippi Allstars, She & Him, and...
4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215, USA
At the 100-seat Bluebird Cafe, hear aspiring songwriters as well as chart-topping geniuses perform their original works. Featured on the TV series Nashville, the venue first gained acclaim as a testing ground for country singer-songwriters...
900 20th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212, USA
This bar on the bottom floor of the Adelicia Condominiums in Midtown is the first outpost of The Tippler in New York City. You’ll find a gorgeous space filled with gorgeous people of varying types such as a few famous faces, maybe, who keep homes...
1200 Clinton St #110, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
Housed in the historic Marathon Motor Works, which turned out automobiles until 1914, Corsair makes and shares its range of spirits. Drop by the tasting room for sampling, and enjoy a cocktail in the festive, enclosed courtyard or hit the tap room...
935 W Eastland Ave, Nashville, TN 37206, USA
This beautiful little bar and restaurant with chandeliers and exposed brick through plaster is a favorite in this enclave of East Nashville for its cocktails. And should you crave a change of scenery, The Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden...
1711 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
A host will show you to your seat behind the thick velvet curtain at this gorgeous bar with expertly crafted cocktails. You’ll smell the house-made bitters and hear the clink of several kinds of ice created to best suit the cocktails as a wall of...
910 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
One of Nashville’s most popular local breweries celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, but it was unofficially founded when Linus Hall bought a homebrew kit off the back pages of Rolling Stone magazine. Years later and more education at the...
701 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
The two women who founded this brewery met during school in Scotland (over beers, of course). About eight years later Bailey Spaulding and Robyn Virball joined forces to create the brewery, and later welcomed Steve Wright as an owner. Look for...
2312 Clifton Ave, Nashville, TN 37209, USA
Kent Taylor co-founded Blackstone Brewery with Stephanie Weins in 1994, long before the current craft beer boom. After 17 years in the business, Blackstone opened a new brewing facility and bottling operation two years ago. So in addition to...
319 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
Located in the booming Gulch neighborhood, Hops + Crafts, which opened in summer of 2013, features 36 craft beers on tap at a time for tasting by the glass or taking home in growlers in 32-ounce or 64-ounce options. While they feature beers from...
2952 Sidco Dr, Nashville, TN 37204, USA
One of the most popular new breweries in town, Black Abbey Brewing Company opens its "fellowship hall" tasting room Thursday through Sunday. Have a seat at one of the communal tables for a bite of cheese, olives and meats while tasting your way...
2502 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204, USA
This is home brew headquarters for classes and beer-making equipment, but it's also a great place to taste a variety of locally made and seasonal craft beers such as Black Abbey Brewing and Yazoo. With tables inside, a dart room as well as patios...
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