When the winter months have been tucked away and the Tennessee heat is out in full force, Nashvillians know it’s time to start drinking at a bar with a view. In Music, there are plenty of rooftop bars that offer incredible views, tasty drinks and an unbeatable energy that brings tourists from around the world. These are the places to check out if you want to get your drink on several stories up.
With three existing locations in Dierks Bentley’s home state of Arizona, downtown Nashville is finally getting a piece of the action. Combining the country crooner’s love for music and sports, the venue has a rock ‘n’ roll vibe that radiates across three levels and rooftop patio. The second floor draws a crowd with its DJ booth, dance floor and VIP table service, but the rooftop views of Lower Broadway are the bar’s main attraction. Here, sip on cocktails like “Dierks’ Lemonade,” made with Tennessee’s own Jack Daniels, or a glass of frozé, while overlooking the city that made Bentley’s career.
Fact: George Jones had more country songs on the Billboard chart and more top 50 songs than any country artists in history. Another fact: the museum created in his honor has one of the best rooftop bars in Nashville. Originally curated by the country legend’s widow Nancy, the museum is a multi-story entertainment complex that houses a BBQ restaurant, live music and a rooftop bar that overlooks the Cumberland River and Nissan Stadium. The late performer’s legacy can be found throughout the museum in the form of original memorabilia and Jones’ inspired cocktails, like the peach vodka and elderflower “Sinner and Saint.”
Drawing inspiration from the Southern way of life, Rock Bottom offers delicious, made-from-scratch American cuisine, but the restaurant’s true claim to fame is its award-winning beer. With 13 varieties on tap, plus a commitment to maximum freshness, every sip of beer you take here is better than the last. Stop by for dinner and drinks during happy hour, snag a table on the rooftop patio and soak in the booze and views of downtown Nashville.
Owned by celebrity brothers and musicians Joey and Gavin DeGraw, Nashville Underground is a 40,000-square-foot hotspot and the only double-deck rooftop in downtown Nashville. Once up top, visitors can snack on the rooftop menu of flatbreads, tapas and raw bar items, before ordering a drink and dancing on the LED video dance floor. Expect a party, because live music is on the menu every single day of the week.
More restaurant than bar, Virago is an award-winning Asian-fusion joint creating intricate Japanese dishes for adventurous foodies. Come for the food, but stay for the large selection of sake and Japanese-inspired cocktails, like the “Wasabi Martini” that combines Stoli, lime and, you guessed it, wasabi. And while it’s not a traditional rooftop bar, there are plenty of huge outdoor tables perfect for big groups to sit back and sip up.
No matter what time of day it is, the FGL House is the place to be to experience Nashville’s party culture. Offering live music across several floors of food, drinks and entertainment, this downtown bar and -restaurant was founded by the “bro-country” rockstar band Florida Georgia Line. The “Cruise” rooftop offers incredible views of the Nashville skyline paired with cocktails inspired by the band’s hits, like “Sippin’ On Fire” and “Party People.” For those afraid of heights, the “Little Red Corvette” basement provides a relaxing lounge complete with a baby grand piano and a ’90s-inspired cocktail menu.
A Lower Broadway hotspot, Acme, as it’s known by the locals, has three floors and a large rooftop bar that offer live music, an eclectic selection of food and drinks and even yoga classes. Featuring casual cuisine, communal tables and a swanky bar, every level offers a different experience, though the roof is the spot to be seen. Here, guests can sip on signature cocktails day or night or dance with music from a DJ every Friday and Saturday night.