When the weather is nice, 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 the best rooftop bars to consider next time you want an elevated experience.
As a side 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 May 2019, we’re up to 21 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 2019, 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
Acme 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.
308 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 254-5460
One of Broadway’s many rooftop bars, Crazy Town 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 Crazy Town.
Downtown Sporting Club
411 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 271-4395
Newest on the scene and occupying the space that was once Paradise Park, Downtown Sporting Club brings something a little different to Broadway. Inside, find axe throwing and sports watching, but on the rooftop find a “garden oasis” serving drinks late into the night.
Ellington’s Mid Way Bar & Grill
401 Union Street, Nashville, TN 37129 • (615) 988-7333
Head to the fourth floor of the Fairlane Hotel to enjoy a refreshing crafted 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.
120 Third Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 961-5460
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 Second Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 818-0128
Atop the museum that celebrates the life and legacy of George Jones, a rooftop bar boasts views of Nissan Stadium and Cumberland River. Enjoy the sights, live music and food — such as shareable appetizers, smokehouse meats and hearty salads.
L27 Rooftop Lounge
807 Clark Place, Nashville, TN 37203 • (629) 800-5070
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.
401 11th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 262-6007
The Gulch’s trendiest hotel, The Thompson, is home to a delicious seafood restaurant, neighborhood coffee shop and rooftop bar. L.A. Jackson in an indoor/outdoor rooftop bar and restaurant located on the top floor of the hotel. The views are great, the vibes are great, the drinks are delicious and the food is tasty.
The Lookout at Ole Red
300 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 780-0900
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.
Mellow Mushroom Broadway
423 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 454-4990
We prefer our views of Nashville with a side of pizza and beer. Thankfully, we can have all three at Mellow Mushroom‘s Broadway location. The restaurant’s rooftop patio sits on the third floor and is situated on Broadway, in the middle of all the action.
Pancho & Lefty’s
104 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 933-3390
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.
UP, a rooftop lounge
901 Division St., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 690-1722
UP 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!
Rare Bird at Noelle
200 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 649-5000
Rare Bird is known for their cocktails, small bites and beautiful views. A favorite for locals and tourists alike, of note are the cushions covered in Electra Eggleston fabric. If you’re looking for a place to check in on Facebook and impress your Nashville friends, this is it.
The Rooftop Lounge at Bobby Hotel
230 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 782-7100
There is a full-size bus up on this rooftop, and it’s really fabulous to see in person. Trust us. In addition, you’ll enjoy the bar, pool and views of the city. We love the fact that on the way through the lobby to make your way to the roof you might just run into Sasha, the house dog for Bobby. Like many of the hotels in this part of Nashville, The Rooftop Lounge at Bobby Hotel is a great place for locals to gather as well as visitors.
412 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 726-0504
Locals and tourists 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.
Tootsies Orchid Lounge
422 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 726-0463
Tootsies is one of Nashville most famous honkey tonks. Folks flock to the open-air rooftop patio for a good ole time. 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!
312 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 • (629) 202-6979
The Valentine is a four-story saloon with a rooftop bar and patio. The Valentine promises a “unique flavor that is something like Nashville has never seen.” Live music and DJs keep locals and tourists grooving and the restaurant and bar keep them full and happy.
1126 McGavock St., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 254-1902
Virago‘s rooftop bar offers a stunning view of Nashville. The sushi is as good as the views, so settle in for a few rolls and drinks, and enjoy the sights of Nashville! Insider tip: head to Virago on Monday nights for a 1/2 price sushi for select rolls.
400 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (629) 203-7822
Perhaps the best view of Nashville’s Batman building is here at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row. If the weather is not great, know that there is a covered, indoor part to this rooftop, making it usable 12-months out of the year. We are big fans of the heaters allowing al fresco evenings, even when there is a chill!
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
111 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 • (615) 251-4677
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!
Enjoy the view, the weather and the food. Rooftop bars and dining in Nashville … we could get used to this!
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