When the weather is beautiful, patio dining beckons. But perhaps you want patio dining with a view — a rooftop view. Yes, sometimes we really do want to be above it all. Here are a few of Nashville’s best rooftop bars to consider next time you want an elevated experience.
Note: When we first compiled this list in 2015, there were just five rooftop bars included. We keep updating the list every few months, and as of January 2020, we’re up to 27 that we like, all for different reasons. But one thing is for sure, Nashville sure does enjoy eating and drinking on a rooftop. If you have a bucket list for spring and summer 2020, be sure to add some of these to it.
The Best Rooftop Bars and Dining in Nashville
Acme Feed & Seed
101 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 915-0888
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to close; Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to close
Acme Feed & Seed is such a fun spot, with each floor showcasing a different way to be entertained. With the gift shop, restaurant and live music on the first floor, and a bar, Sam’s Sushi and numerous flat-screen televisions on the second floor, there are plenty of things to grab your attention. While we are fans of the other levels for dining, we love to grab a drink on the rooftop while feeling the breeze from the river. The rooftop bar offers beer and cocktail options and a gorgeous view of Nashville.
AJ’s Good Time Bar
421 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 678-4808
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.; Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Note: 21+ after 6 p.m.)
A visit to one of Broadway’s classics, AJ’s Good Time Bar, just feels right. This happening spot is located in the oldest building on the stretch, but this bar will never fail the test of time. With three floors of great tunes and topped off with a rooftop and a great view, AJ’s promises to fulfill all of your Honky Tonk dreams. And yes, karaoke takes place every single night on the third floor, so it’s irresistible to stop on your way up to or down from the rooftop.
308 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 254-5460
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily
One of Broadway’s many rooftop bars, CrazyTown, attracts a younger crowd. With three stories, six bars, three stages and two outdoor patios, there are plenty of places to enjoy the lively fun at CrazyTown.
Downtown Sporting Club
411 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 271-4395
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Newest on the scene and occupying the space that said “goodbye” to the beloved Paradise Park and then “hello” again (thankfully), Downtown Sporting Club brings something a little different to Broadway. Inside, find ax throwing and game screening, but on the rooftop, find a “garden oasis” complete with games like shuffleboard and corn hole and drinks served late into the night.
Ellington’s Mid Way Bar & Grill
401 Union Street, Nashville, TN 37129 • (615) 988-7333
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Saturday, 3 p.m. to midnight; Sunday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Head to the fourth floor of the Fairlane Hotel to enjoy a refreshing cocktail and delicious eats with a spectacular view from Ellington’s Mid Way Bar & Grill. The wrap-around patio is perfect for a scenic lunch, dinner or late-night visit.
110 2nd Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 933-5000
Hours: Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Out there at the very edge of Broadway lies the one and only Famous Saloon, with a rooftop that begs a visit. This spot offers panoramic views of downtown with frozen drinks and the perfect spot to host your crew. Don’t be afraid to visit this rooftop on those evenings with cooler temperatures, as the rooftop has weather adaptability!
120 3rd Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 961-5460
Hours: Rooftop & Cruise, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Little Red Corvette, 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Sundaze Brunch, 10 a.m. on Sundays (Note: 21+ after 10 p.m. Little Red Corvette is 21+.)
Country band Florida Georgia Line opened a Broadway bar aptly named FGL House. The bar’s “Cruise” rooftop offers views of the Nashville skyline and is one of the most popular places at FGL House. Another favorite spot to enjoy music and booze is the basement-level lounge, Little Red Corvette.
The George Jones
128 2nd Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 818-0128
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Atop the museum that celebrates the life and legacy of George Jones, a rooftop bar boasts views of Nissan Stadium and the Cumberland River. Enjoy the sights, live music and a huge menu of food — such as shareable appetizers, smokehouse meats and hearty salads. Grab a group and order one of the Fish Bowl drinks (might we suggest the Mega Mimosa?) for what will surely be a fun adventure on the rooftop.
Hard Rock Cafe
100 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 742-9900
Hours: Monday through Thursday & Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday & Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Your trek down Broadway is well worth it when you pop into Hard Rock Cafe and head to the rooftop. Enjoy your spread of nachos and drinks with a hard-to-beat view of downtown Nashville and Cumberland River. We also recommend you swing by on a Thursday night for live band karaoke.
Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar
307 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201
Rooftop hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Restaurant hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
If it’s live music you seek, we all know Jason Aldean does not leave you hanging. When you visit his downtown watering hole, you’ll find a great menu of craft beer, tunes from local artists, Jason’s mother’s famous Homemade Peach Cobbler and the famed rooftop, dubbed “My Kinda Party.” Don’t forget to check out the actual Big Green Tractor on your way to the top.
Kid Rock’s Big Honky Tonk & Steakhouse
221 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 248-2706
Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily
Yes, you may have to traverse through four levels to reach the illustrious rooftop at Kid Rock’s Big Honkey Tonk & Steakhouse, but it is indeed worth the trip. Multiple stages promise constant performances, and a huge menu offers something for everyone – those steaks will surely leave you full and satisfied.
L27 Rooftop Lounge
807 Clark Place, Nashville, TN 37203 • (629) 800-5070
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Friday & Saturday, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.
L27 sits 27 floors above Nashville, atop the Westin Hotel. Stop by for sips, snacks and stellar views! You might never want to leave. In addition to the outdoor terrace, L27 boasts an indoor lounge, where you can also enjoy cocktails, food and a lively atmosphere. From the Winter Ski Chalet in the colder months to a festive outdoor concert lineup in the summer, L27 provides a gorgeous hub for any time of year.
401 11th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 262-6007
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to midnight; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight
The Gulch’s trendiest hotel, Thompson Nashville, is home to a delicious seafood restaurant, quaint neighborhood coffee shop and fabulous rooftop bar. L.A. Jackson in an indoor/outdoor rooftop bar and restaurant offering fun vibes, exceptional views and menus for all your bites and beverage desires. And yes, brunch too!
The Lookout at Ole Red
300 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 780-0900
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, noon to 2 a.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
This 6,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor rooftop bar works for all weather. Ole Red is Blake Shelton’s Nashville bar and restaurant, so expect live music and lots of fun. This expansive deck is also the perfect place to host your next private party or reception.
Luke’s 32 Bridge Food & Drink
301 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 • (740) 341-6205
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Luke Bryan also certainly knows how to host (or “Crash”) a party. Luke’s 32 Bridge Food & Drink has live music on three floors all day and night, menus offering just about anything you could possibly be craving and a rooftop patio that is truly hard to beat. Worthy of note is the fact that the sushi bar is located on the rooftop … for all of your roll and Broadway view desires!
Mellow Mushroom Broadway
423 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 454-4990
Hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily
Downtown views, pizza and beer at Mellow Mushroom on Broadway guarantees the ideal rooftop trifecta. The restaurant’s rooftop patio sits on the third floor of the beloved funky pizza joint, located in the middle of all the downtown action. Grab a slice (or two) before a Preds game or just post up for a Saturday afternoon with a great menu of bites and brews.
105 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 964-3000
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Any regular Broadway goer knows Nashville Underground is certainly anything but underground. This multi-story downtown spot beckons all daytime and nighttime visits, with levels that promise fun drinks, a great menu of bites (with its own “Nashville Hot” section) and an exceptional dance floor. The rooftop even boats real grass, so you can play corn hole as you take in the views, unlike anyone’s backyard. At Nashville Underground, you might even be lucky enough to bump into Gavin DeGraw as he is part-owner of this fun locale.
Pancho & Lefty’s
104 5th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 933-3390
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
We were left heartbroken when Pub 5 closed their doors, but thankfully, Pancho & Lefty’s stepped in to save the day. The restaurant and tequila bar serves street tacos, burritos, nachos and of course, tequila. This is the ideal spot for snagging a bite to eat before embarking on a night in downtown. It also has the best view of Bridgestone Arena … it’s practically begging you to come by after catching a concert.
Rare Bird at Noelle
200 4th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 649-5000
Hours: Monday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Thursday & Friday, 3 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.
The beautiful and colorful Rare Bird is a spot worthy of a solid afternoon rooftop hang. A favorite for locals and tourists alike, of note are the cushions covered in Electra Eggleston fabric. Sip expertly-crafted cocktails, snack on delectable small plates and take in all that this cozy and chic spot has to offer.
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
111 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 251-4677
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
For beer lovers, Broadway’s only brewery offers 13 small specialty batches on tap. Rock Bottom‘s extensive menu has something for everyone and the patio features live music every night. If you have a big event coming up, the rooftop can fit up to 350 people and private brewery tours can be arranged!
The Rooftop Lounge at Bobby Hotel
230 4th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 782-7100
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
There is a full-size bus at The Rooftop Lounge at Bobby Hotel. If that doesn’t already grab your attention, we’re sure the gorgeous bar, inviting pool atmosphere and multiple views of the city will keep you occupied. And as you make your way to the roof you might just run into Sasha, the house dog for Bobby Hotel. Though we love a great summer trip to the Bobby’s rooftop, you don’t want to miss the cozy igloos and cabins in the winter months!
412 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 726-0504
Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily (Note: 21+ after 6 p.m.)
Locals and tourists alike can be found “boot-scootin’ boogie-in'” at The Stage on Broadway. Head upstairs to see who is playing on the bar’s top level, with an open-air patio and stellar views of downtown.
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge
422 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 726-0463
Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily
Tootsie’s is one of Nashville’s most famous honkey tonks, and we’re sure you’ll understand why (if you don’t already). Folks flock to the open-air rooftop patio for a good ole time, jamming to country hits and soaking up all that it truly means for a Honky Tonk kind of evening. There is sure to be a lively cast of characters drinking alongside your gang, plus you can see who is strolling the streets of Broadway!
UP! Rooftop Lounge
901 Division St., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 690-1722
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Friday & Saturday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
UP! Rooftop Lounge promises an emphasis on seasonal food, locally sourced and a rustic yet edgy approach to the menu, both for food and for cocktails. Find UP! at the top of the Fairfield Inn & Suites in the Gulch. This means free valet!
312 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 • (629) 202-6979
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.
The Valentine is a four-story saloon with a rooftop bar and patio. This downtown spot promises a “unique flavor that is something like Nashville has never seen.” Live music and DJs keep locals and tourists grooving while the bar keeps them full and happy. Catch the big game on the screens inside and sneak outside during breaks to catch a view of Broadway.
1126 McGavock St., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 254-1902
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
We’re just thankful that Virago‘s recent renovation didn’t abandon its heavenly rooftop bar. This trendy sushi hotspot in The Gulch is the perfect place to settle in for a few rolls and delicious cocktails. (SB TIP: head to Virago on Monday nights for “Maki Sake Monday” and enjoy half-priced select rolls of sushi.)
400 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (629) 203-7822
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Perhaps the best view of Nashville’s Batman building can be found at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row. If the weather is not great, know there is a covered, indoor part to this rooftop, making it usable – and enjoyable – year-round. We are big fans of the heaters allowing al fresco evenings, even when there is a chill!
Enjoy the view, the weather and the food. Rooftop bars and dining in Nashville … we could get used to this!
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