Food & Drink

The 9 Best Cocktail Bars in Nashville

Published On 01/14/2015 Published On 01/14/2015
Pinewood Social
City House
William Collier's
The Crying Wolf
The Sutler
The Stone Fox
Union Common
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1. Pinewood Social 33 Peabody St, Nashville, TN 37210

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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2. City House 1222 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

The James Beard-nominated City House has become a Nashville staple for its creative spin on Italian dishes. The weekly Sunday Supper with its ever-changing lineup is always a hot event, but be sure to make reservations in advance. This Germantown spot is also a great place for wine lovers. Its small, secluded bar is a great place to meet with friends for a quick glass after work, and even solo diners can have a great experience sitting at the pizza bar with a glass of Sangiovese and watching the talented kitchen work the wood-fired oven.

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3. William Collier's 1402 Clinton St, Nashville, TN 37203

William Collier’s promises “craft cocktails sans suspenders” and also boasts of one of the best whiskey collections in Nashville. Combine these factors for an entertaining evening of unpretentious drinking in Marathon Village.

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4. The Crying Wolf 823 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206

Featuring all the staples of a hipster haunt -- taxidermy animals, chevron bar top, sprawling patio designed for the consumption of cheap beers -- The Crying Wolf is a East Nashville destination. Burgers are definitely the focal point of the food menu, seconded by a tot-obsessed appetizer list. While you're sure to see plenty of trendsters sipping PBR, the bar also boasts a pretty legit collection of whiskeys (including a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle for good measure).

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5. Husk 37 Rutledge St, Nashville, TN 37210

The Nashville outpost of Chef Sean Brock's Charleston-born restaurant, Husk changes its menu twice daily depending on the freshest finds in produce and protein. Self-described as “a celebration of Southern ingredients,” local ingredients (including herbs from a backyard garden) are at the forefront, and diners are encouraged to pair modernized Southern classics like shrimp and grits or a hot fish sandwich with a cocktail from the lauded whiskey list, over 60 bourbons on offer. But one thing that doesn't change: the Husk Burger. It's (one of) Brock's culinary masterpieces: two Tennessee-raised beef patties are ground with bacon, griddled with onions are tucked onto the patty then smothered by American cheese, topped with pickles and mustard on a squishy sesame bun.

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6. The Sutler Saloon 2608 Franklin Road, Nashville, TN 37204

Located in the Melrose neighborhood, The Sutler serves pan-Southern classic fare and is home to live music, making it a premier dinner and a show destination in Nashville.

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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. Union Common 1929 Broadway, Nashville, KY 37203

Union Common is located where Division meets Broadway in Midtown in lofty space with a triangular dining room where cars stream by on both sides of the restaurant. The art deco interior and cool jazz playing create the perfect ambiance and backdrop for a creative menu designed for sharing large format steaks, served pre-sliced for easy distribution around the table.

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9. Sinema 2600 Franklin Pike #102, Nashville, TN 37204

Situated in the former Melrose Theatre space, this trendy eatery serves New American fare and craft cocktails in a glitzy, Art Deco-inspired environs. Food offerings provide modern twists on classic dishes, with elegantly presented favorites ranging from truffle arancini to filet mignon. A stellar Sunday brunch menu attracts the masses, but it's a lively dinner spot as well thanks to the extensive whiskey list and corresponding specialty cocktails.