You’d be hard-pressed in Nashville to find a bar not serving great food, just as you would a restaurant without a great bar. And after running down the city's most impressive restaurant openings of the year, we thought we'd turn our attention to their slightly boozier, but equally delicious counterparts -- here are the most important new bars of 2014...
Nashville's 8 best new bars of the year
The Sutler first opened in '76, operating for 30 years as a premier dive bar for music lovers with performers from Townes Van Zandt to Johnny Cash gracing the stage. Two Nashville natives, Austin Ray (M.L. Rose, Sinema) along with the buildings developer, Joe Parkes Jr., brought The Sutler back to life in the same, Melrose Theater building. Chef Nick Seabergh serves pan-Southern classics turning this live-music dive into a culinary destination as well, thanks to rotating menu items that span from Southern Fish Fry to “Beast” Loaf in a TN Brew Works pan dripping with gravy.
Pinewood Social (outdoor area)
Pinewood is by far the most unique addition to the city of Nashville in recent months. The restaurant, coffee and cocktail bar, karaoke lounge, and vintage bowling alley opened last winter, but the outdoor space complete with two, 4ft dipping pools and an Airstream trailer serving tacos and classic and contemporary cocktails opened mid-summer. Despite the pool being closed during colder months, they left the new outdoor patio open, and it features a full bocce ball court, ping pong, lounge area, and a full menu is available.
Two Bits opened at the beginning of the year and it continues to be a favored spot to play, and by play, we mean Super Mario Kart, Ms. Pac-Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, Connect Four, Jenga... the list goes on. Challenge friends to some vintage arcade games over their Bacon Popcorn and Dragon Wings or settle into a booth for dinner of Yazoo Mussels and Stout Pot Roast by Executive Chef Will Zuchman. The gaming controls are wireless and you can choose from a selection of Xbox or PlayStation games, or go nostalgic with Atari, Nintendo, or Sega Genesis.
The original Tin Roof opened on over Demonbreun in 2002 as a place near Music Row where musicians can play and hangout after. The popular Nashville chain opened its first Lower Broad location this summer, attracting more locals to the tourist-thick area, and offering tourists a taste of Nashville that doesn’t involve line dancing. You’ll find the same Tin Roof memorabilia on the walls, live music, cheeeeeese dip, a crowd of regulars, and the unbreakable rule; “no bitchin'/whinin' beyond this point”.
The Beer Pale opened in the fast-growing West Nashville area on Charlotte. Creating an environment for brew lovers and craft newbies alike to enjoy a pint or flight of a local favorite. The bar’s name is a nod to the original growler, combined with their love of a good pale ale. Oven-baked and steamed sandwiches are on hand to provide a delicious, starchy base making room for more hop-juice at the bar or take it home in your own, modern growler.
The Field House is the sports bar for Nashville sports lovers. It’s the official sports bar of the Nashville Predators and the Nashville Sounds and is also conveniently located near LP field, within walking distance to Titans games. There are 15 flat-screens, 18 tap handles, and a full, bacon-inspired menu from bacon buttermilk biscuits to bacon mac & cheese and bacon tacos.
A new beer hub and growler station has opened in the creative, Wedgewood Houston neighborhood giving the hardworking community nearby a meeting place come happy hour. The list is long for deli-style sandwiches from the traditional Rueben to the classic BLT and the selection to wash it all down with is full of German-style lagers, heady IPAs, APAs, ciders, and stouts.
A new addition to the Nashville Farmers' Market, The Picnic Tap offers a plethora of local and regional brews on 15 rotating taps poured into pints, flights, or growlers. Enjoy in the beer garden with picnic-style provisions, locally sourced charcuterie from Porter Road Butcher in East Nashville and The Hamery in Murfreesboro, along with cheeses from Sweet Valley Farm and Provence bread.
1. The Sutler Saloon2608 Franklin Road, Nashville
2. Pinewood Social33 Peabody St, Nashville
3. Two Bits1520 Demonbreun St, Nashville
4. Tin Roof Broadway315 Broadway, Nashville
5. The Beer Pale4109 Charolette Ave, Nashville
6. Field House507 Main St, Nashville
7. Clawson’s Pub & Deli1205 4th Ave South, Nashville
8. The Picnic Tap900 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville
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.
This waterfront spot in Rolling Mill Hill has the layout of an MTV Cribs home -- just look at its 6 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 very much a see-and-be-seen kind of place, which goes hand-in-hand with the pool, bocce ball field, and the strong cocktails.
Two Bits is part bar, part restaurant, and part arcade. And Not only is it stocked with classic arcade games like Pac-Man, Galaga, and Space Invaders, but they also have board games and even Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles.
One of a number of Tin Roof locations, the Broadway spot captures the classic, fun ambience as the rest with live music, great drinks specials, and a crowd of rowdy regulars.
The Beer Pale has created an environment for beer lovers and craft newbies alike to enjoy a pint or flight of a local favorite. The bar’s name is a nod to the original form of a growler, when beer was carried home in a metal pail combined with their love of a good, pale ale. Oven-baked and steamed sandwiches are on hand to provide a delicious, starchy base making room for more beer at the bar or take it home in your own, modern version growler.
Field House is the sports bar for Nashville sports lovers. It’s the official sports bar of the Nashville Predators and the Nashville Sounds and is also conveniently located near LP Field, within walking distance to Titans games.
Located in the Wedgewood Houston 'hood, this beer hub and growler station features an extensive selection of deli sammies and a hearty selection of draft beers.