There is no shortage of cocktails or talented mixologists in Nashville. Highly lauded programs exist all over Music City, creating some of the most delicious cocktails in the South. And, now and then, we’re willing to pay the worthy price. However, we are pleasantly surprised when we encounter a cocktail that’s well-crafted and checks out in single-digit dollars during normal hours — not a happy hour. Admittedly, they are few and far between, but today we let you in on some of Nashville’s best cocktails at $9 or less.

Bastion

434 Houston St STE 110, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 490-8434
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Daily punch, $9; Old Fashioned, $9

Some of Nashville’s best cocktails can be found at Bastion, a popular Wedgewood-Houston watering hole. The cool cocktail bar boasts a comprehensive list of cocktails, including the $9 daily punch and $9 Old Fashioned. Each day, the bartender creates a refreshing punch — half of the fun is trying something new and unexpected! Or, if you’re more of a classic cocktail lover, you can’t go wrong with an Old Fashioned.

Cocktail at Bastion

This $9 concoction of rum, strawberry, mango and passionfruit looks refreshing and light. Image: Bastion 

Chopper

1100 B Stratton Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Strawberry-banana Daiquiri, $9

The new Nashville hotspot, Chopper, is a robot-themed tiki bar. It’s specific, in the best way, and it’s also colorful and fun. The cocktails are served in on-theme robot mugs or topped with tiki-themed accessories, depending on your drink of choice. The strawberry-banana frozen daiquiri is $9 every single day, and it’ll transport you out of Nashville and somewhere tropical. It’s currently the fall seasonal frozen daiquiri, while last season was the Jungle Bird. Try it for just $9!

a delicious frozen cocktail at Chopper

Who says frozen cocktails have to be restricted to summer? Image: Chopper

Downtown Sporting Club

411 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 271-4395
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Punch Pouch, $8

Sit atop one of Broadway’s newest rooftop bars and sip on something nostalgic. Downtown Sporting Club’s punch pouches are reminiscent of your childhood favorites, but this iteration packs more of, well, a punch. The tequila, orange and elderflower cocktail is served in an easily sippable pouch complete with a twisty straw. Fruity and slightly floral, it’s an inventive cocktail all around.

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Sippable Punch Pouch- delicious cocktails

Enjoy nice views and nicer drinks at Downtown Sporting Club’s rooftop bar. Image: Downtown Sporting Club

El Fuego

3249 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216 • (615) 928-7897
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Margarita, $3.99

The one that started it all! This is Nashville’s hidden gem cocktail, and we’d be lying if we didn’t mention that there was some hesitation around the office about spilling this secret. El Fuego serves fresh-squeezed margaritas for an almost-unbelievable price of $3.99. They’re not just a steal, but they are created from scratch, so the flavor is clean and citrusy and never too sweet. Trust us, you’ll want to try this one!

El Fuego Margarita

The El Fuego Margarita is just $3.99. Image: Jenna Bratcher

Saint Añejo

1120 McGavock St, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 736-5301
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Paloma, $9.50

Okay, it’s 50 cents above our budget, but since it doesn’t technically tap into double digits, we’re letting this one slide. Saint Añejo’s Paloma is a classic concoction of Blanco tequila, grapefruit, fresh lime and sparkling water. The tart grapefruit is the perfect pair for your salty chips and creamy queso.

Delicious cocktails- Paloma at Saint Añejo

Grab a classic Paloma at Saint Añejo for just $9.50. Image: Saint Añejo

Saltine

1918 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 327-4410
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Painkiller, $9

Saltine clocks in strong with four different cocktails at $9 each. There are two frozen options, frosé sangria and a Tennessee mule, as well as two classic options, a sazerac and a painkiller. The latter, our cocktail of choice, is a mouthwatering combination of rum, pineapple, cream of coconut and orange juice topped with freshly grated nutmeg. Pair it with a few bites of seafood for a mini tropical escape!

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Painkiller at Saltine- delicious cocktails

Don’t miss Saltine’s $9 take on a tropical classic. Image: Saltine

Walden

2909 Gallatin Pike B, Nashville, TN 37216 • (615) 760-5808
Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Thursday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Apple Pie Mule, $8

Walden has a long list of cocktails for less than $9 on their daily menu. From margaritas to sangria to the My Little Pony with vodka, honey lavender syrup, lemon juice, soda and butterfly pea flower, the menu is filled with delicious deals. Our seasonal pick, though, is the Apple Pie Mule. Infused apple cinnamon vodka, ginger beer and lime juice create a warm, yet refreshing sipper.

Walden's Apple pie mule- delicious cocktails

Stop into Walden to try one of their many cocktails for less than $9. Image: Walden

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