I've lived in Nashville for close to two years now, and I wanted to share a few of my favorite craft cocktail bars. There are new establishments opening every week, but so far these are the ones that stand out in my mind as Music City's best:
The Patterson House A small speakeasy tucked away in an unmarked building right off Music Row in Midtown. One of the most coveted seats in town to get high end pours. You’ll find yourself waiting alongside other patrons in anticipation of being led behind a velvet curtain to a small room that is centered round a four sided bar. The walls are lined with books and your check will also be delivered in the form of a bookmark. The Goldberg brothers’ priciest eatery is located just above your head.
308 The first of two establishments in town courtesy of Nashville's Soler Sisters. Dimly lit and adorned with taxidermy, many East Nashvillians find it a great place to dance late on the weekends. The drink menu is adventurous and the tattooed bar staff knows how to get you drunk enough to shake that butt.
Old Glory New to Edgehill Village, this is the second and most recent project brought to you by the Soler sisters. It offers a more industrial vibe to Nashville’s drink scene. Housed in the old dry cleaning space, the ceilings make way for a four story boilermaker. There are several nooks and crannies where you can whisper into your friends’ ears while watching people walk down the curving staircase that leads to the main bar. A little more sceney than its East Nashville counterpart, the crowds could easily be mistaken for the same in LA or New York.
The Cellar (at The Sutler) Located in the burgeoning Melrose neighborhood, just a stone’s throw from 12 South. Walk into The Sutler and find your way down a flight of stairs that has been decorated with scores of cowboy boots. At the bottom of the stairs, you can go left to the bathrooms and green room for the bands who play in the main dining area. Or, you can go right and push open the two swinging doors into a rectangular shaped lounge of sorts. Turn of the century furniture and barber chairs face the long bar where expert cocktail craftsmen await your request. At the time of writing this guide, the owners of The Sutler were doing some renovations to Melrose Billiards, another favorite just beyond the basement’s walls.
The Crying Wolf A former employee of 308 decided to open this grittier version of the East Nashville watering hole. Stuffed wolves and other animals line the walls and even find their way onto the bathroom handles. There’s an elevated patio for smoking and their parking lot below heats up with summer pool parties once an above the ground pool makes its appearance.