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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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1. Acme Feed & Seed101 Broadway, Nashville
2. Rosepepper Cantina1907 Eastland Ave, Nashville
3. Pinewood Social33 Peabody St, Nashville
4. 12 South Taproom & Grill2318 12th Ave S, Nashville
5. The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden731 McFerrin Ave, Nashville
6. Pub 5104 5th Ave S, Nashville
7. The Stone Fox712 51st Ave N, Nashville
8. Fat Bottom Brewery900 Main St, Nashville
9. Virago1126 McGavock St, Nashville
10. M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers4408 Charlotte Ave, Nashville
11. Rumours East1112 Woodland St, Nashville
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.
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.
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.
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).
This beer garden also boasts an old-school soda fountain, allowing you to hop between pilsner and egg creams all night long.
Located right by the Bridgestone Arena, the rooftop patio at Pub5 is a great place to grab drinks or food before an event.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.