The young, hip set of visitors flocks to this contemporary watering hole to check out the latest in trendy cocktails and live music on the weekends. There are specials every night, attracting those seeking both fun and value. Appetizers are aimed to keep the theme of all things young and energetic and the cocktail service is on point for a lively crowd.
Local Expert tip: Check out the specials on Nashville-based Yazoo beers.
One of Tennessee's most famous exports has its own home in the Opryland Resort, and bourbon lovers flock to check out the variety of offerings as well as the memorabilia. The ambiance honors tradition in this casual hot spot for barbeque and the best of JD. Come hungry, leave full and be sure to pick up a souvenir on your way out.
Local Expert tip: Sample exceptional bourbon while listening to live music.
Some of the most expansive views of the city, the river and beyond can be enjoyed from the tables of this high level bar in one of central downtown's biggest hotels. There's regularly scheduled live music of all types, and the big screen televisions are always on. Visitors can gather here to watch happenings below while enjoying favorable American fare and consistent service.
Local Expert tip: The Bridge Bar is a great place for grabbing a cocktail while checking out the city's skyline at night.
This location isn't actually part of a hotel, but is literally steps out of the front door of the Marriott Courtyard West End, and is considered one of the most fun lounges by locals and visitors alike. The Italian restaurant on the first level is traditional, complete with white tablecloths and a small bar. But, the second level is a piano lounge where the more mature set looking for a bit of entertainment come to dance, drink and enjoy the wine list in a lovely, historic setting.
Local Expert tip: Enjoying some time at the V Lounge is a great way to finish an evening or start a night of celebrating.
This is where sports fans gather before, during and after Nashville Predators' games to fill up on burgers, specialty sandwiches and hearty appetizers. Full meal service is available at both the bar and the comfy booths. It's always crowded whenever there is an event, concert or game at Bridgestone arena, but is equally popular on typical downtown days for catching up on scores from the big screen televisions while sipping on one of their many draft options.
Local Expert tip: Get a table early on the patio and watch as crowds gather and red carpet arrivals happen across the street.
There's no need to fight the crowds to see live music in Broadway's honky-yonks every night when this new venue offers some of the best entertainment in town. Convention attendees can gather at the bar or spacious tables and soak up premium cocktails, a diverse bar menu and sounds from the stage. The atmosphere is upscale casual and prices are reasonable.
Local Expert tip: Live music is just part of the attraction in this hotel bar conveniently located at Music City Center.
Just completed in mid-2013, the renovation of the lobby and the expansive bar space has completely transformed the vibe of this Vanderbilt area hotel. Rows of crafted mason jars full of lights are overhead while multiple gathering and seating areas are appropriately placed. A big emphasis here is on the bar food, which is always fun, inviting and reflective of the city.
Local Expert tip: Do not miss trying the signature cocktails at Mason's, many made with locally crafted spirits.
There's a happy hour everyday here (yes, even weekends) which draws a steady stream of local business people. The wines by the glass are always extensive and fresh as they keep the best vino available year-round. The d�cor is modern and the scene always mixed. It's the perfect place to wind down late night as well, or to fill up on gourmet snacks from the 1808 Grille before a night out.
Local Expert tip: 1808 is a great place to meet friends during early evening or late night.
For a bit of Hollywood style glamour, escape to the chic Prime 108 Bar. While set off of the expansive historic lobby, the atmosphere in the bar feels completely modern. Perfect lighting for a nightcap and the ideal setting of grouped club chairs, sofas and tables for intimate conversation; this is the most romantic bar in town. The cocktails are just as lovely with extremely talented mixologists always creating something new.
Local Expert tip: Plan to stay awhile, as this space is as intoxicating as the libations.
This elegant and historic gathering spot on the lower level always feels cozy no matter what the size of the crowd. It's been a favorite shooting location for movies and the ABC series, Nashville and is equally popular with politicians, business owners and local celebs. Order one of their specialty bourbons or glass of champagne and enjoy the hospitality.
Stacie's expert tip: Don't miss the array of Southern appetizers served along with cocktails. They are produced by the adjacent James Beard recognized kitchen of Capitol Grille.