Nashville’s bar scene might conjure up images of Broadway bachelorettes and five-story honky-tonks they frequent, but this is only a small part of the city’s many offerings. These two phenomena are popular, but there are many other places in Nashville that will impress the most discerning drinker. Without further delay, here are some Nashville’s most iconic bars and watering holes.
The Green Hour
We start with a bang. The storefront is open during the day as a chocolate shop. But at night, it transforms into an alcohol and cocktail bar. It’s a smart idea to ask Jeremiah Blake, the bar manager, to make you something unique if it isn’t too busy. Beware of Claustrophobes: This tiny shop can get quite crowded.
Henrietta Red, located just one block from the Green Hour is the new seafood spot that quickly became one of Nashville’s most popular. Pat Halloran, the former bar manager at The Patterson House, has a great bar program. Henrietta Red has a varied drinks menu and is proud to offer a special form of spirit that’s often overlooked by regular spirits consumers. Halloran says that there have been more than 87 Jello shots since opening, all of which are based on classic cocktails.
The Patterson House
This is an obvious answer. It is the most common response to anyone who asks about the best bar in Nashville. The Patterson House is a speakeasy, so there won’t be a sign indicating its existence. A host will greet you as you enter the house, standing in front a velvet curtain. Ifthey’re available, they’ll take you in immediately, but otherwise, you’ll need to wait.
This is the second edition of the iconic New York bar, which was opened by Sam Ross & Michael McIlroy. It’s where patrons will find an abundance of delicious spirits. Brandon Bramhall, the managing partner of Restaurant Ji, says that their bartenders are meticulous and knowledgeable. While they have a flair for creating unusual cocktails, their bartenders are also well-versed in classic cocktail recipes. This one has at least signage.
Although this is a clear departure from the places listed above, it merits to be mentioned. Santa’s pub is an all-cash-only beer bar that is located in a trailer with a double width. It is decorated year-round in Christmas garb. Santa, a large man with a white hairstyle and beard is the proprietor. Santa’s Ice Cold Pickers plays every Sunday night. You don’t want to be at a karaoke bar with no expletives that has attracted the likes Kacey Musgraves or Mumford & Sons. To all those who have the nerve to get on stage, I wish