Food & Drink

The 11 Finest Patios in Nashville

Published On 07/14/2015 Published On 07/14/2015
Brita Britnell
Acme Feed & Seed/Jake Giles Netter
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12 South Taproom & Grill
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Pub5
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Fat Bottom Brewing
Virago
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Rumours East
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1. Acme Feed & Seed 101 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 (Downtown)

If you're wandering Lower Broad and have a hankering for poultry, try Acme and their Hot Chicken Sandwich with green peppercorn aioli, American cheese, and pickles, served true American-style between two slabs of white bread. Chicken's certainly not your only option, though; The menu here is divided by meat, so just take your pick of chicken, beef, pork, fish or vegetarian and you're sure to find a modern spin on a classic American dish. Pair it with an affordable cocktail or a domestic draft from their impressive list.

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2. Rosepepper Cantina 1907 Eastland Ave, Nashville, TN 37206 (Nashville)

Rosepepper has become known for their margaritas, which have been voted best in town 10 years running. Enjoying one on their covered outdoor patio is definitely a good way to beat the heat in the summer.

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3. Pinewood Social 33 Peabody St, Nashville, TN 37210 (Sobro)

This waterfront spot in Rolling Mill Hill has the layout of an MTV Cribs home -- just look at its six vintage bowling lanes, dining room, lounge and outdoor courtyard. While the food is indeed tasty (after all, Catbird Seat veteran Josh Habiger helms the kitchen), people seem to gravitate to Pinewood for the social scene: it's a see-and-be-seen kind of place, which goes hand-in-hand with the pool, bocce ball field, and the strong cocktails.

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4. 12 South Taproom & Grill 2318 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204 (12south)

When the owners at 12 South Taproom couldn't find the perfect place to drink great beer with friends, they opened their unassuming craft beer and comfort food shack complete with a patio and a constant din of happy conversation. With 30 rapidly rotating craft taps and over 70 bottles, nothing gets on this menu without passing through the lips and approval of knowledgeable staff members. Pair your local and national brews with zesty, hot wings, toasty, inventive sandwiches, hefty burgers, and Southern-inspired tacos (think salmon, trout, pulled pork, and tender ribeye).

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5. The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden 731 McFerrin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden dubs itself “Nashville’s Wurst-Burger Joint,” which is a cute play on words but might lead the uninitiated to believe the burger here is not, in fact, one of the best in the city. Which it is, and it also happens to have a variety of traditional wursts on offer. It’s also Nashville’s original beer garden -- with an extensive selection of German brews -- as well as an old-school soda jerk. Get some wurst, get the burger, get a pilsner, and definitely get an egg cream to wash it down.

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6. Pub 5 104 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 (Downtown)

Located right by the Bridgestone Arena, the rooftop patio at Pub5 is a great place to grab drinks or food before an event.

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7. The Stone Fox 712 51st Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209

A rockin’ club by night and creative eatery by day, The Fox serves creative cocktails and craft beers all the time. But during the popular weekend brunch, they know exactly what you need, from chicken and waffles to donuts!

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8. Fat Bottom Brewery 900 Main St, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

Head to this East Nashville brewery and taproom, where you can learn how they cook up (and sample) all their popular barley pops, including Ruby Red American Ale, Black Betty IPA, and Java Jane Coffee Porter.

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9. Virago 1126 McGavock St, Nashville, TN 37203

Virago is Asian fusion at its best (yes, they have sushi too). It may be a little on the chic side, but the food here is certainly worth the fuss. For something different (and Asian-fusion-y) try the Ninja Bacon: crispy pork belly, red curry, and coconut.

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10. M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers 4408 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209

Between M.L. Rose's 34-tap craft beer program, eight of which rotate through local, seasonal, and small batch brews, and the simple, greasy American pub fare, the relaxed and decidedly cool atmosphere will make you want to hang around and have a few (especially when the fire pits get going on the patio). If you have any trouble picking what you want from the short menu, it's because you can't choose between loaded waffle fries and a fat, craft burger like the signature Nash Vegas stacked with a thick beef patty, savory pimento cheese, crispy tabasco onions, and tangy barbecue on a fluffy potato bun. The best part is that the full menu is served nightly until 1am.

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11. Rumours East 1112 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

Located in East Nashville, this wine bar and tapas resto offers a lovely outdoor patio area to enjoy your drinks (wine, beer, and mixeds), as well as a diverse menu with options for brunch, dinner, and dessert.

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