There’s nothing wrong with grabbing a cold brew at a Broadway honky-tonk — there’s a proper time and place for that. But when Nashville wants a great cocktail, there’s no shortage of bars ready to step up to the plate. Glittering rooftop lounges: check. Dimly-lit speakeasies: check. A double-wide trailer owned by a guy who looks like that jolly bearded guy up in the North Pole: that’s a resounding “check.”
This map details the must-try bars around town, the ones with singular drinks and standout barkeeps who know their way around a bottle of bitters (or four). These 15 spots are the ones you’ll count on when you’re looking for a cocktail that can stand up to the woes of the work week or a follow-up spot for a first date that’s going exceptionally well. Because if there’s one thing that’s true it’s this: Nashville locals don’t just like to drink—they know how to do it well.
As always, points on this map are arranged geographically.