It's not summer, it's patio season. And failing to eat, drink, and generally have fun outside is, we assume, an arrestable offense. Helping you to avoid a lengthy jail term, here are the finest Music City spots for outdoor merrymaking...
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Downtown Acme Feed & Seed not only has great food and a long list of refreshing beverages, its rooftop patio is also one of the best in town, overlooking downtown and the Cumberland River. It has live music playing outside on a regular basis so check the schedule to know what’s going on. And if you’re into it, during the summer months it also hosts "Yoga Buzz" on the rooftop, which is yoga thankfully followed by drink specials.
East Nashville Voted best margarita in town for over 10 consecutive years, there was really no doubt that Rosepepper’s patio would make the list. The outdoor space is large, covered, and surrounded by a decent number of fans so it’s a good option even during the most brutal summer months.
Downtown Pinewood Social prides itself on being a social gathering place fit for everything from a quick coffee date to happy hour with friends and even a cocktail by the pool. That’s right, it has an outdoor patio area that’s complete with two dipping pools, bocce ball, a large courtyard, and an Airstream bar. The patio even has its own special food & cocktail menus.
12South With a rather large patio, 30 beers on tap, and over 70 different bottled beers, the 12 South Taproom would probably still be enjoyable in a blizzard. It has a great selection of local brews and constant drink specials happening, and if all of the great beer isn’t quite enough for you, it also has a great bar menu to boot.
East Nashville Not only does The Pharmacy have some of the best burgers in the city, but it also has a great patio area that it refers to as the beer garden. There’s lots of extra seating in the garden and even an additional bar outside where you can grab a drink while waiting for your table.
Downtown If you’re looking for a good place to relax before or after an event at Bridgestone Arena, Pub5 is your spot. Directly across from the arena, the rooftop patio overlooks much of downtown and Lower Broad. (Oh, and if you go during lunch hours, don’t forget to take advantage of the free valet parking.)
West Nashville Not only is it one of the best cocktail bars in the city, and one of the best brunch spots in the city, but the Stone Fox can also add its spacious patio to its list of superlatives. Not only is it nice to sit out on, but you won’t go hungry or thirsty, that’s for sure.
East Nashville Fat Bottom has a pretty decent outdoor space for you to park your own fat bottom -- the patio area is covered, and you can enjoy a nice meal with your brew, as well as a pretty gorgeous courtyard area.
The Gulch If you crave sushi & sake during the summer months (don’t we all?), then this Asian-fusion restaurant in the Gulch is where you want to be. Compared to the rest of the more relaxed patios on this list, Virago’s outdoor space has more of a formal dining vibe with artistically served cuisine and some rather fancy cocktails. Many locals will also argue that Virago’s elaborate sushi menu is the best in all of Nashville, and it’s HALF OFF on Mondays.
West Nashville While both M.L. Rose locations have great patios, the one on Charlotte in West Nashville has an especially killer outdoor area. One of the most popular things about the patio -- besides the fact that it has great food and drinks -- is that it’s dog-friendly. After all, our four-legged friends deserve to enjoy a nice relaxing patio as much as the next guy.
East Nashville This pre-Prohibition-style craft cocktail bar is in the heart of the East Side and has one of the most relaxed outdoor patios in all of Nashville. It’s in the "backyard" of an old Victorian-style home-turned-restaurant, which gives the place a very cool vibe. And with heaters and a fire pit outside, the patio is enjoyable even in the cooler Nashville months.
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