“Nashville is a drinking town with a music problem.” This phrase neatly sums up our city’s penchant for partying. Nashville has long been known as a place where one can let loose, but don’t let what you’ve heard fool you: Nashville is so much more than bachelorette parties and honky tonks (although, yes, our honky tonks are great).
We’ve compiled a list of our favorite spots as A Breadown of All the Best Bars to go out and drink (or not) in Music City.* Whether this is your first time here or you’re a native, there is something to suit every type of occasion and mood you’re in.
Here are general bar hopping neighborhoods to know and what vibe to expect.
- Hillsboro Village: The Village is a perfect spot to sit outside and with a laid back feel!
- Broadway: Classic Nashville honky tonks with bright lights and blaring country music. A must-see for tourists.
- Division St.: An eclectic mix of trendy bars, sports bars, and country bars, that usually draw a younger crowd from nearby Belmont and Vanderbilt.
- Demonbreun: Casual, larger bars best suited for groups and watching your latest SEC or Predators game.
- East Nashville: The funky, edgy, artistic side of town. Bars here tend to be spread out across a larger area.
For a casual drink, enjoy a locally crafted brew at one of these hangouts. Nashville has a ton (emphasis on ton) of breweries, so as not to overwhelm this article, we’ve only listed some of the top.
- Yazoo Brewery (The Gulch)
- Jackalope (Pie Town)
- Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint (Germantown)
- Fat Bottom (The Nations)
- Bearded Iris (Germantown)
- Southern Grist (East Nashville)
These spots are probably best to get a unique cocktail and take in a cool crowd. All are great options for a date night.
- L.A. Jackson (rooftop bar of the Thomspon Hotel in The Gulch)
- Rosemary & The Beauty Queen (East Nashville – 5 Points)
- Old Glory (Edgehill Village)
- Bar Louie (The Gulch)
Party On, Dance On
For your next girls/boys night out or Nashville-style bachelorette party, look no further than these spots if you’re down for some serious partying and dancing. (Note that most of these spots are on Broadway. It’s probably best to stick to Broadway if you’re looking to get wild.)
- Florida Georgia Line House (Broadway)
- Robert’s Western World (Broadway)
- The Back Corner (Germantown)
- Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge (Broadway)
- Crazy Town (Broadway)
- Tin Roof (Demonbreun)
Want to catch a midday game, grab some brunch, or enjoy the sun on a patio? Nashville is a place that takes Sunday Funday very seriously, so there is no shortage of daytime-appropriate venues.
- Belcourt Taps (Hillsboro Village)
- Pinewood Social (SoBro)
- Acme Feed & Seed (Broadway)
- Kung Fu Saloon (Division)
- Pastime (Germantown)
- Dawg House (Demonbreun)
Friendly & cozy.
- The Pub (The Gulch)
- Ember’s Ski Lodge (12 South)
- Germantown Pub (Germantown)
- M.L. Rose (2 locations, Melrose and West Nashville)
- Duke’s (East Nashville – 5 Points)
For when you want the cheapest drinks as possible and don’t mind smoking inside (or maybe even prefer it.)
- Belcourt Taps (Hillsboro Village)
- Santa’s Pub (South Nashville/Berry Hill)
- Mickey’s Tavern (East Nashville – Inglewood)
- The Crying Wolf (East Nashville – 5 Points)
- 3 Crow Bar (East Nashville – 5 Points)
Not big on drinking? We still have a place for you. Here are some options for those who might want to do something else besides drink, and what attractions they offer beyond booze. However, these are all still bars, so the option is there, should you change your mind.
- Clyde’s on Church (Midtown) – Games
- Ms. Kelli’s (Printer’s Alley) – Karaoke
- Skull’s Rainbow Room – Burlesque Shows
- Tavern (Midtown) – Great food
What are your favorite spots to go out to in Nashville? Are there any other awesome places we missed that you’d like readers to know about? Let us know in the comments below.
*Please note that this article does not include best music venues, or best places to go out and see live music. We will cover that in a future post!