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From 12South to Downtown, there’s no shortage of places to grab a drink in Nashville. There’s nothing wrong with grabbing a cold one at a Broadway honky-tonk now and then, but locals know where to go to find a cocktail with a little finesse. From lively tiki bars to swanky speakeasies, we’re sharing a local’s guide to the best cocktail bars in Nashville (in alphabetical order). Cheers!

A Local’s Picks: Best Cocktail Bars in Nashville

Attaboy 

8 Mcferrin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Getting its start in New York, Attaboy is a no-menu cocktail bar located in East Nashville. Once you arrive at the speakeasy-style bar, knock on the door and wait to be let in. After you are seated, a bartender will ask you a series of questions to determine the right drink for you, based on your taste preferences. If you’re feeling adventurous (and trusting), simply share your spirit of choice and ask for a surprise.

Attaboy Cocktails

At Attaboy, share your cocktail preferences, or choose to be completely surprised. Image: Mix it With Merricks

Bastion

434 Houston St STE 110, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 490-8434
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. 

Half bar, half restaurant, Wedgewood-Houston’s Bastion is a popular watering hole for Nashvillians in need of a nightcap. Their spacious, laid-back bar area — known as the “Big Bar” — offers a comprehensive drink list that features a rotating punch, a classic cocktail of the day, and a seasonal drink list. Whatever you do, pair your cocktail with a plate of their famous nachos. (Trust us.)

Bastion cocktail

Break up your week with a visit to Bastion’s ‘Big Bar’ in Wedgewood-Houston. Image: Instagram

Chopper

1100 B Stratton Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, noon to 1 a.m.; Sunday, noon to 11 p.m.; closed Monday

Chopper is East Nashville’s very own robot-themed tiki bar. (Think hidden island oasis with subtle infusions of futuristic robot technology throughout the space). Their cocktail list features tiki classics — like the Mai Tai, Singapore Sling, and other vacation-inspired, tropical drinks made with freshly-squeezed juices, exotic spices, and very generous pours of rum. Try the popular “Robo Zombie,” which arrives on fire and is limited to one per guest. (Did we mention they’re generous with the rum?)

CHOPPER

Who’s ready for a techno tiki cocktail? Image: Anne Henley Walker

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Embers Ski Lodge

 2410 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 866-5652
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 3 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, noon to midnight; and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.

Embers Ski Lodge is a 12South favorite. Inspired by the après-ski scene, Embers emanates the warmth and camaraderie of a ski lodge. (They also host one of the best happy hours in town!) With daily drink specials including two-for-one beers and seltzers, $5 margaritas, and more, Embers attracts a steady crowd of regulars and visitors alike. They offer a straightforward menu of signature cocktails, but they can make just about anything that strikes your fancy. And, don’t leave without ordering their award-winning Belgian fries accompanied by one of their housemade dipping sauces.

Embers Ski Lodge

A ski lodge in the heart of Music City! Image: Facebook

Flamingo Cocktail Club 

509 Houston St, Nashville, TN 37203 • (786) 942-8279
Hours: Wednesday. 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Thursday, 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Friday,  5 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.; closed Sunday through Tuesday

Take a trip to Miami without leaving Nashville! Flamingo Cocktail Club, a Miami-inspired cocktail lounge, is located in a renovated church in Wedgewood-Houston. Sip cocktails while enjoying live music in the high-ceilinged, pink-hued space filled with funky, textured couches, live plants, and of course, flamingos. The drink menu is a fun and inventive selection of signature and seasonal cocktails, such as the “Dill,” a tequila cocktail with cucumber and lime, rimmed with garlic salt.

Flamingo Cocktail Club

Transition to late-night tunes while sipping cocktails at this Miami-inspired cocktail lounge. Image: Flamingo Cocktail Club

Mother’s Ruin

1239 6th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 953-7317
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Germantown plays host to another New York transplant here in Music City – Mother’s Ruin. Part bar, part restaurant, this spot opened in early 2020, just in time for the devastating effects of a tornado, followed almost immediately by shutdowns related to COVID-19. Despite a difficult start, Mother’s Ruin has become an essential part of the Germantown scene. Open daily until 2 a.m., this neighborhood hotspot draws a hip crowd in the market for great food, great cocktails, and loud music. All of their signature cocktails are tasty, but don’t miss their slushy of the day, which is especially good paired with their spicy fried chicken sandwich.

Mother's Ruin slushy du jour

A Mother’s Ruin slushy is always worth the brain freeze. Image: Facebook

Never Never

413 Houston St, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 649-8475
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Saturday, noon to 3 a.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Located in a former welding shop across from Bastion, Never Never kept the original shop’s industrial feel while still creating a cozy and inviting aesthetic. A small food menu offers vegetarian and regular chili, nachos, and bar snacks to munch on. Drink menu highlights include creative combinations like the “Cosmonaut,” a delicious vodka cocktail with Aperol and passion fruit.

Never Never Cosmonaut

Unwind with a Cosmonaut. Image: Never Never

Old Glory

1200 Villa Pl Suite 103, Nashville, TN 37212
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Old Glory is a well-curated speakeasy with a rotating roster of spirit-forward craft cocktails hidden inside an old boiler room in the Edgehill Village neighborhood. Enter the speakeasy through a semi-secret door tucked in an alleyway, and climb down the bar’s sweeping staircase. While the extremely high ceiling creates the illusion of extra space, it’s actually quite intimate. The dimly lit, hip ambiance makes Old Glory an ideal spot for a date night.

Otto’s Bar

4210 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209  • (615) 678-4086
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; closed Monday

Otto’s is Charlotte Avenue’s upscale version of a dive bar. Situated in a renovated auto repair shop, the bar’s interior features iconic pieces from around the neighborhood — including the orange booth from the old International Market and repurposed street and mechanic signs. On Tuesdays, take advantage of their $2 tacos and $6 margaritas while unwinding on their semi-closed patio. Any day of the week, their spicy margarita is a must.

Otto's spicy margarita

Sip a spicy margarita on Otto’s outside patio – and thank us later. Image: Anne Henley Walker

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Pearl Diver

1008 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 988-2265
Hours: Saturday through Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Pearl Diver, an East Nashville lounge and bar, offers an escape to island time. Well-thought-out design details include palm-printed wallpaper, blue-green and brass accents, and flashing surf films. Drinks pay tribute to island classics and Hemingway favorites. Try the bar’s namesake, “The Pearl Diver,” an iced drink blended with honey buttercream, orange, and baking spices, or the tequila-based “Devil’s Flower” with hints of kiwi and lime. The food goes in a similar direction, with island-inspired fare like Hawaiian meatballs cooked in a sweet and tangy marinade.

Pearl Diver specialty cocktail

Escape to Pearl Diver for an exotic cocktail. Image: Anne Henley Walker

Rosemary & Beauty Queen

1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 730-7700
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday, 3 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Occupying a historic home in East Nashville, Rosemary & Beauty Queen is a discreet hangout boasting a garage bar that doubles as a small dance club. Classy decor, a spacious courtyard, and various DJ nights make this local hang a must-visit. Order classics like their dirty martini with bleu cheese olives or their signature RBQ blackberry mojito. They even have swings that patrons can sit in while sipping their beverages.

The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club

2905B Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Fox is a speakeasy-style bar where Art Deco-inspired design and an interactive cocktail menu define the experience. Visuals on the cocktail menu show the type of ice served with the cocktail, the kind of glass it is served in, and what you can expect from the beverage. Try finding clever foxy details hidden in unexpected spots — our favorite is the imprinted ice cube in their Old Fashioned of the Month.

Fox Bar cocktails

The Fox offers a little something for every taste! Image: Facebook

The Greenhouse Bar

2211 Bandywood Dr, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 385-4311
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.

In the heart of bustling Green Hills, one can find a hidden botanical paradise — The Greenhouse Bar. A plant lover’s dream, the bright and lush greenhouse is the perfect place to enjoy a pleasant afternoon or a happy hour with friends. We recommend their “Tipsy Tea,” Nashville’s famous fruit tea spiked with vodka.

The Greenhouse Bar

Come for the greenery — stay for the drinks. Image: The Greenhouse Bar

The Patterson House 

1711 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Patterson House is a true Midtown jewel. It manages to be sophisticated yet unpretentious and is viewed by many as having set the standard for mixology in Music City. Handcrafted cocktails are the main focus here, with dozens to choose from. Patrons are invited to savor drinks made with housemade syrups, fresh-squeezed juices, and eight types of twice-filtered ice. Its pre-Prohibition atmosphere and “house rules” add to the experience, making it one of Nashville’s most talked-about bar concepts.

The Patterson House Bar

Let The Patterson House’s mixologists make you something special. Image: The Patterson House

Urban Cowboy Nashville’s Public House

103 N 16th St, Nashville, TN 37206 • (347) 840-0525
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to midnight

Public House is an indoor-outdoor bar concept nestled behind the Urban Cowboy Nashville, a restored Victorian mansion located in East Nashville. Public House is decorated in a Nashville-appropriate cowboy style, complete with vintage elements, rustic woodwork, and Watuski bull skulls. A neighborhood favorite amongst locals, Public House offers ample indoor and outdoor seating and multiple campfire-style fire pits. Kick back and relax while savoring delicious small bites and refreshing libations. During the cooler months, their Hot Toddy is an absolute must.

Urban Cowboy Public House outdoor patio

Make sure to snag a seat outside. Image: Public House

You’re ready for your cocktail tour de Nashville! Enjoy.

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