Nashville
1. City Winery
SoBro
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You might have attended a concert at City Winery in the comfortable showroom or enjoyed a meal or a glass of their house made wines in the eating and drinking areas scattered around the complex. But if you haven’t experienced the joys of dining al fresco on the Skyline Patio with its sweeping views of downtown, you haven’t really gotten the full experience. Fix that ASAP.

2. Zeppelin
Downtown
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Standing seven stories high atop the TowneSuites Hotel, Zeppelin is a whole lot cooler than you’d expect from a chain hotel restaurant/bar. The expansive open-air patio has quickly become a neighborhood hot spot, especially on weekends when the deck is packed with beautiful people sipping cocktails while admiring a view of the Nashville skyline that is rarely seen from that particular perspective. Guests dine on small bites from the tapas menu and pose for neon-lit selfies among the art installations on the roof to create the ideal Instagrammable experience.

 

3. Lou/Na
Downtown
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This stylish rooftop bar is named after the old Louisville/Nashville railroad line, which is quite appropriate considering the Grand Hyatt towers above the railroad gulch where trains still bisect downtown. Even the indoors portion of the bar makes you feel like you’re soaring in the clouds twenty-five stories up, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap around the room. Step out on the deck for an assortment of flexible seating options from couches around a fire pit to bistro seating along the railing for the non-acrophobic. A covered area allows for a little shade for outdoor summer frivolity.

4. Jane’s on Top
Downtown
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When local beverage professional John Peet took over a historic building on Printer’s Alley to create his dream cocktail emporium, Jane’s Hideaway, locals knew he would come up with something cool. The cherry (literally) on top came when he opened an intimate rooftop bar that offers an indoor/outdoor spot that feels completely hidden away from the downtown craziness below. In addition to frozen drinks, sangria “booze bags” and late-night pizza, Jane’s on Top also often features live music, a rarity in that part of downtown. Hide away far from the madding crowds at Jane’s.

5. Denim
SoBro
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While you have to be a guest at The Joseph to actually take a dip in their rooftop pool, anyone can enjoy the view from the luxury hotel’s pool bar, Denim. The walls are indeed covered with various shades of blue jean fabric, creating a lovely homage to Nashville’s country music tradition, but the big surprise comes from the food and drink menu. Superstar chef Tony Mantuano provides the inspiration for Italian classics like flatbreads and antipasto plus a damned fine double smashburger. Signature cocktails include a couple of non-alcoholic options, and Denim also offers plenty of local craft beers as well as wine and bubbles by the bottle or the glass.
 

6. The Pool Club
Music Row
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They’re all about the delicious excess at the Virgin Hotel, and an afternoon spent in a cabana at their rooftop Pool Club is about as decadent as it gets. Lush landscaping creates an oasis environment in the middle of a commercial district until DJs get the party pumping later at night. Groups are welcomed, and actually encouraged thanks to the availability of large-format drinks like punch bowls, porróns, and beer sold in bulk served in a retro Igloo cooler.

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