On almost every corner, there’s a bar filled with hopeful musicians trying to make it in Music City alongside agents, business people and tourists taking it all in. While the list is vast, there are a few that really stand out as favorites for a consistent atmosphere and a unique draw of regulars as well as visitors. These are those that might not be on your radar, but spots you should add to the checklist for a perfect Nashville vacation.
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If you are seeking a truly authentic experience, grab a friend and head to Santa's Pub. This obscure bar inside of a trailer actually attracts famous faces along with karoke fans every night. Since they are open until 3am, it's also a late night hang for the 'over-served' crowd looking to really cut lose. It's an - all cash joint (you don't need much since prices on beer are $2 and less). There's nothing PC about the place, as even smoking in the small space is completely allowed and welcomed. If you are looking for pretentious cocktails, this isn't the place, but it's great for those with a sense of humor and adventure. (615-593-1872)
Relatively new to the downtown scene, this little gem is all exposed brick, vintage seating and clever food presentation. One of the biggest assets is being a block from the downtown honky tonks and directly across from Bridgestone Arena, making it ideal for pre or post show cocktails. (615-780-4005)
The food in this happening Midtown spot is a big draw, as the appetizers, sandwiches and daily 'quickie' special are always fresh. But, even if you are on an all-liquid diet, you can't miss a trip to the bar. The specialty cocktail menu is an array of infused flavors and muddled magic. A careful approach to choosing just the right spirits and enhancers puts this at the top of any cocktail lover's list of regular places to stop for a pick me up. From early in the week to the wee hours on weekends, seats are filled with smiling, satisfied faces. (615-320-8580)
The Treehouse at SouthStreet
Second floor level of a bustling, biker friendly seafood stop, this long-running hang out never wavers on attracting celebs and residents seeking a spot to wind down. Fireplace for cold days and open air garage-door style windows for warmer weather. Waiters are fast, music is usually rock or crooners like old school Johnny Cash and big tubs of ice are always filled with beer. Just be sure to order a bucket of steamed shellfish to enjoy the full SouthStreet experience. (615-320-5555)
Hops & Crafts
Recently opened, this new, distinguished pub is already building quite a reputation. A passion for beer and great service are earning rave reviews with local patrons and the hipster set in the neighborhood. Come for the suds, but don't forget to sample a few temptations from the kitchen. ((615) 678-8631)
The Holland House Bar and Refuge
This East Nashville haunt has been featured in numerous national publications for talent behind the bar and in the kitchen. Every delivery is a clever mix of hand created or sourced ingredients and the staff's superior knowledge is helpful in finding a new favorite concoction. (615) 262-4190)
While this is bar is part of the neighborhoods largest restaurant, it really is a setting that stands on it's own. Unusual architecture and natural woods with lots of curved walls and paths create areas of mystery while both sides of the open bar are serving up cocktails, well priced wines by the glass and celebratory shots. (615-679-9342)
You cannot go wrong here, whether you choose a large booth or one of the hightop tables with a full view of big screen tvs to watch the game. Firepits on the patio are a draw at night when the crowd really builds. Pizzas, sandwiches, entrees and even a number of healthy wraps and salads are as inviting as the long list of specialty whiskeys, bourbons and other liquors. This is also one of the most happening places for lunch 7 days a week. (615-254-3029)
The Patterson House
At this cocktail bar, things are private, perfect and well, past tense. The throwback to a prohibition-era luxury speakeasy, this cocktail haven draws the most discriminating palettes for precise libations served in a classic fashion. For an additional treat, be sure and order the donuts, a house favorite. (615-636-7724)
Rumours Wine and Art Bar
Every afternoon, local professionals and creative personalities from Music Row gather at this well decorated, intimate space. The bartenders and service staff are always suggesting new vinos to try. They have an extensive list of by the glass (with generous pours) and bottles and perfect plates and tapas for sharing over the boutique vintage of your choice. (615-292-9400)
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