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This Nostalgic Cocktail Bar Has ’80s Music and Snow Cones

Scrunchies not required for admittance

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Minerva Avenue, located in the Historic Buchanan Arts District of North Nashville, will open Friday, September 7, at 5 p.m. The eclectic cocktail bar will be the mix radio station of bars, featuring classics from the ’80s, ’90s, and today (really).

Located at 1002 Buchanan Street, Minerva Avenue will serve concoctions influenced by prominent Nashville mixologist, Freddy Schwenk. Each cocktail is titled after movie lines from box office hits. Take for instance the Toy Story nod, “To Infinity and Beyond” — a blend of gin, honey, vanilla, and lemon. The tequila and verdita shot is appropriately coined “Bye Felicia.”

Food offerings are, interestingly, deli sandwiches and gourmet popcorn named after popular songs from the ’80s and ’90s. (Old fashioned with ham and cheese, anyone? Anyone?) Alcoholic and non-alcoholic snow cones offer respite from the heat, and cigars are available for purchase.

Minerva Avenue’s founder, Robert Higgins Jr., says he was inspired by his childhood home in St. Louis, Missouri, where his parents bought their first home and raised him and his siblings. That house was on Minerva Avenue (thus the name of his new North Nashville bar). The exterior exudes that home-like feel, outlined by a residential fence, and welcoming patrons via a wooden door, complete with a peephole. Use the phone at the wooden door or knock for entry.

Minerva Avenue and Make-A-Play Hospitality Group are committed to supporting the community where they’ve made their new home. They have hired heavily from the Buchanan neighborhood, and they are training them on the craft cocktail industry in hopes of bringing a sense of appreciation and pride to the North Nashville community.

Once open, Minerva Ave.’s hours will be Tuesday-Friday, 5 p.m. until 2 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m. until 2 a.m. It will be closed on Monday.

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Minerva Avenue

1002 Buchanan Street, , TN 37208 (615) 973-0962 Visit Website