Enjoy a Relaxing Night Out at East Nashville's Best Bars

East Nashville is known for being hip, trendy, and artsy--but the folks on the east side of town know how to enjoy a good night at the bar, too. From high-class cocktail bars like Holland House to laid-back pubs where you can find a good game of darts, East Nashville is a great neighborhood for night life. 

If you're in the mood for a glass of wine, look no further than the backyard at Rumours East. Looking for live music? There's a reason why The Family Wash has earned a reputation as one of the best music bars in the city--go see it for yourself. If you want to skip the crowds and enjoy a fine pint, the Village Pub is the best place for you.

The best part about going out in East Nashville is that you can leave your fancy shoes in the closet. East Nashville bars don't skip on quality--in fact, some bar tenders on the east side have received national press for their creative cocktails. But high quality doesn't mean a stuffy atmosphere in this part of town. Check out our guide to the best bars in East Nashville and plan a long night so you can hit a few of them before last call arrives.

Rumours East
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Located in a historic home, Rumours East is the perfect setting for a nice glass of wine or a craft cocktail. The restaurant seating area is set up around a fireplace, while bar patrons can pull up a stool at a handmade wooden bar. But the best...  Read More

The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden
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Designed like a throw back to the old days of soda fountains and classic burger joints, The Pharmacy has had a constant line out the door since it opened. Burgers are on trend to be sure, but The Pharmacy bucks those trends by offering...  Read More

The Family Wash
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This laundromat-turned-neighborhood bar is known for its cozy vibe, fantastic music, and delicious shepherd's pies. This hangout is the ideal place if you're looking to hear some local music--especially if you're a fan of soul, rock, jazz or...  Read More

The Holland House Bar and Refuge
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You might have seen this East Nashville haunt featured in a national publication in recent years. The knowledgable bar and waitstaff has been lauded for their knowledge of hand-created drinks and locally-sourced ingredients. If you're looking...  Read More

Red Door Saloon East
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This unique watering hole doesn't hold a large crowd. That makes it perfect for weeknight beers, happy hour drinks, and weekend night hangouts. The decor is interesting and will keep you occupied if your party starts to get bored. Look for...  Read More

Mickey's Tavern
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Mickey's is the epitome of a neighborhood bar. Some of the same regulars have been sitting at the bar since before the join operated under its current names. People who live nearby come in to spin their favorite songs on the jukebox and get a...  Read More

No 308
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No. 308 is one of the most unique bars in the city. The décor is decidedly mod, with low coffee tables, angular furniture, wood paneling and taxidermy. Lounge at one of the back tables or grab a seat at the bar. If you sit near the bartenders,...  Read More

3 Crow Bar
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It's a dive bar, yes. But 3 Crow Bar is the kind of place you can go to cut loose, let your hair down, and hang out with large groups. If you're not the type who can sit at a bar stool for hours, the dart board is calling your name. If you're...  Read More

Mad Donna's
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One nice thing about Mad Donna's is that the bar upstairs is separate from the downstairs dining room. It's common for night owls to head to the restaurant for dinner (try the burger!) and then go upstairs to hear local music at the bar. On...  Read More

Village Pub and Beer Garden
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The Village Pub and Beer Garden is a little off the beaten path, but it's worth a venture into East Nashville if you're looking for a laid-back spot to eat and drink. "The pub," as locals call it, is a melting pot of different types of people...  Read More


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