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Take a First Look Inside This Moody New Underground Lounge in Melrose

It’s electric with dim lights, vibrant pops, and boozy cocktails

Rambler, the electric new underground bar-within-a-bar opens this evening (September 25) — a cocktail oasis hidden beneath 8th Avenue South’s Sutler Saloon and beside Melrose Billiard Parlor.

Owned by Austin Ray of A.Ray Hospitality, and Joe Parkes, Jr., David Parkes, and Gary Parkes of The Parkes Companies, the underground cocktail bar at 2600 8th Avenue South offers well-made cocktails that patrons “won’t need a dictionary to understand.” A selection of three-ingredient cocktails proves that sometimes simpler is better, and consulting bartender extraordinaire Freddy Schwenk’s other contributions are modern interpretations of classics like the haymaker — a play on an old fashioned made with amaro, banana, and cacao.

The bar menu from Von Elrod’s Jason Brumm has eight snacking options — from a bar mix with house cheetos, to parmesan tater tots, goat cheese fundido, and crab rangoon. There’s just one sweet option — a warm butter pecan skillet cookie.

Rambler’s hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight, then Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Weekday Happy Hour is Tuesday – Friday, 5-7 p.m. with select $8 cocktails, $7 wines by the glass, and $5 draft beer. Rambler’s WeDrink Wednesdays from 5-10 p.m. offers eight signature cocktails for $8 (normally $13).

Take a first look at the electric, moody space, and see the menu below.

This vibrant sign greets you once you descend the Sutler’s staircase
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First approach to Rambler, on the right, after descending the stairs
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Definite wow-factor upon entering the hidden bar
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Contributing artists for the space are Nathan Brown, Ola Subomi, and Remick Moore Architects
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Cozy booths line the dimly lit lounge
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The bar offers an “easy to understand” menu of cocktails that are well-executed
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Plush seating with plenty of space for groups
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A wide view of the underground oasis beneath the Sutler
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Vibrant details abound in every nook and cranny of the space
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The space is dark yet playful
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The Sutler Saloon

2600 8th Avenue South, , TN 37204 (615) 840-6124 Visit Website

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