Commons Club, Virgin Hotels Nashville’s flagship restaurant, bar, and lounge, is now open serving boozy brunch and a small bar menu for dinner. Located on the ground floor of the new Music Row hotel, executive chef Ryan Lachaine is at the helm of the newly opened space.
Commons Club is Lachaine’s first endeavor outside of his home city of Houston, Texas, where he is co-owner and executive chef at the acclaimed restaurant Riel, which quickly became a staple in Houston’s standout restaurant scene. Joining Lachaine to handle day-to-day operations in Nashville is chef de cuisine Kevin Kobayashi, best known for his time at Ramen Tatsu-Ya, a collection of popular noodle shops with locations in Houston and Austin.
Commons Club serves as social epicenter of the hotel, with three distinct spaces: centerpiece area The Bar, small group space The Shag Room, and The Kitchen, an open style kitchen area and dining room.
The Bar at Commons Club debuts with a small plates menu offering comfort foods like chicken fried mushrooms with country gravy, Korean fried chicken wings, and butter burgers alongside lighter options like salmon crudo, blistered shishitos, or campechana with crab and rock shrimp. The bar and lounge are open Tuesday through Saturday, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted on a first come, first served basis.
On Sundays, Commons Club transforms into a boozy brunch destination complete with bottomless mimosas and beats by popular local DJ j.howard, founder of Nashville’s Queer Dance Party. The menu features classic brunch dishes including Eggs Benedict with houseCanadian peameal bacon, pho (known to help hangovers) with top sirloin, and a honey butter chicken biscuit with dill honey butter. Brunch-time cocktails include “pumpkin spiked” cold brew with rum, and the “tea party” with Earl Gray-infused vodka and coconut cream. The Early Bird is a large-format Bloody Mary with all the fixings, served in a birdcage. Guests can also order a selection of Natalie’s juices, Jenwey tea and Laughing Man® coffee.
Brunch is available from 10 a.m.- to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Reservations are encouraged (via OpenTable). See some of the brunch menu items and a tour of the space below.
The Commons Club Bar features drinks from Lead MacKenzie Tierney, who has worked behind the bar at a number of Nashville spots. The menu includes spirit-forward classic cocktails alongside rotating seasonal drinks like the “obligatory vodka cocktail” with yes, vodka, pineapple, and black cherry. A smoky Willie Nelson tribute “redheaded stranger” features Herencia de Plata Añejo tequila, Giffard banan,a and blood orange. Wines and local beer including drafts from Jackalope, New Heights, Mantra and more are on offer.
The Bar offers a variety of weekly specials and activations including: The Bachelorette viewing parties on Tuesdays, 50% off select bottles of wine on “Wined Down” Wednesdays and local DJ residencies with food and beverage specials every Thursday through Saturday. DJ sets include Justin and Darren (Thursday), Marissa Sardar (Friday) and The Get Up (Saturday). Commons Club is pet-friendly and offers complimentary water and treats for all four-legged friends.
Commons Club also offers an outdoor patio with heaters perfect for al fresco dining this fall. The Shag Room, Commons Club’s swanky semi-private space, is also open for guests to relax or enjoy an evening nightcap. The intimate space is bookable for small gatherings for any occasion from birthday parties to watch parties and everything in between, featuring a big screen TV, AV capabilities and food and beverage packages.
Commons Club joins two other Virgin Hotels Nashville dining and drinking destinations — rooftop restaurant and bar The Pool Club, and Funny Library Coffee Shop.The Kitchen at Commons Club, anticipated to debut in early 2021, will offer an expanded dinner menu, dining room, and a chef’s table experience.
Reservations are currently being accepted and can be made directly on the hotel’s website. See the full bar and brunch menus below.