The Best Bars in Downtown Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville's downtown bars offer both delectable drinks and plenty of ambience
Nashville's downtown bars offer both delectable drinks and plenty of ambience | © James Schaedig / Alamy Stock Photo
After a long day exploring Nashville’s best, a glass of something chilled is just the ticket. Whatever your tipple, Nashville’s bars are sure to provide the drinks, entertainment and vibe you’re looking for. Our local insiders have the scoop on the best bars in Downtown Nashville.

L27 Rooftop Lounge at The Westin Nashville

Bar, American, $$$

If you’re looking for a treat, head to the swankiest rooftop spot in Nashville. Atop 27 floors, you’ll be blown away by dazzling views of the city, and the menu is hot to boot. Ideal for date night, spend an evening stargazing over a Winter Sangria or a Steeplechase Julep. Chase your drinks with honey bourbon wings with caramelized shallot ranch or the lobster rolls with tarragon mayonnaise. Interiors are slick and fancy – just how you’ll feel when dining here. The pool is a standout feature, and the glass sides mean you can view the city in just your swimwear. Just make sure you’re a hotel guest before you jump in! Recommended by local insider Chaney Curd

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Dinner, Dessert, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Romantic, Gourmet, Stylish, Modern, Outdoors, Nightlife

Rare Bird at the Noelle Hotel

Bar, American

Often cited – but rarely true – the Rare Bird actually is a hidden gem. Experience some of the best views of the Batman Building from some of the comfiest and most colorful outdoor furniture. Instagrammable interiors, a droolworthy cocktail menu and, frankly, delightful snacks are all part of the package. High summer is undoubtedly the prime time to visit, but this place is equally enjoyable in the winter months. With roaring fireplaces and a hot drink in hand, this is the kind of spot you could while away the hours with that special someone. If there was ever a chance to splurge on a bottle of bubbly, this is it. Recommended by local insider Chaney Curd.

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Meal service:

Late Night

Atmosphere:

Cosy, Casual, Modern, Nightlife, Outdoors

Dirty Little Secret at Dream Hotel

Bar, American

Half the fun of Dirty Little Secret is finding it. Located in the shadows of Printers Alley, this secret bar feels worlds away from the rest of the Nashville scene. Once you’ve made it inside, you’ll find DJs, dancing and bottle service. With smart interiors and dark lighting, this place is indulgent. “Dark and seductive with a hint of excess” is the tagline – a hedonist’s dream. Surprise acts grace the decks at a moment’s notice, so be prepared to party. Recommended by local insider Chaney Curd.

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Meal service:

Late Night

Atmosphere:

Secret, Stylish, Modern, Loud

Bobby Hotel Rooftop

Bar, American

What do you get when you mix a retro airstream bus, excellent drinks and a very unique atmosphere? Bobby Hotel’s rooftop. It is truly one of a kind with its quirky interiors and banging views of Music City. Try The Witching Hour cocktail – St. George spiced pear liqueur, Cointreau, lemon, sage and orange flowers – simply delicious. Lounge in one of their secluded areas or kick off some yard games – the brave can even sit in the driver’s seat of the Greyhound bus and peek over the edge. In winter, you’ll find igloos on the rooftop, and the place transforms into a magical winter wonderland. Recommended by local insider Chaney Curd.

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Yee-Haw Brewing Co.

Bar, American

What a spot to spend a sunny afternoon. The Yee-Haw Brewing Co. is a great place to spend hours with your favorite people. Sprawl on the grass, snack on whatever the pop-up food trucks are offering that day and hone your skills at the yard games. The beer here is good – really good – as they make it themselves on-site. You can even watch the magic happen yourself on one of their brewery tours. If you fancy something other than pale ale or porter, the Moonshine Margarita is truly something special. Recommended by local insider Chaney Curd.

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Meal service:

Late Night

Atmosphere:

Relaxed, Casual, Outdoors, Loud, Modern

Noelle’s Hidden Bar

Bar, American

It’s not quite the wardrobe to Narnia, but you get the same feeling of excitement when you make your way through the storage closet at Noelle’s. Speakeasy vibes await you at this hidden bar in a clandestine hotel basement. There are cocktail aficionados at the helm, so if you like your drinks bold and interesting, head to Noelle’s. Pop-up events are their thing, so keep an open mind and, as they say, expect the unexpected. It’s also a great backdrop for a night out with the girls. Recommended by local insider Erica Commisso.

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This article is an updated version of a story originally written by Chloe Hanschen.

These recommendations were updated on June 10, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.