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A Guide to Where Nashville's Bartenders Go For Cocktails

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Where will you find bartenders getting their cocktail fix around town? Eater Nashville talked to some of the city's best and came up with eight spots where they like to enjoy a drink. Included is a mix of nationally recognized watering holes, a few less familiar names in the cocktail game and a couple of new spots on the scene.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bar No. 308

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407 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 650-7344
Brian Burchett, The Treehouse: "No. 308 is on everybody's list. I get the Brooklynite, which is made with P.D. Scotch Whisky rather than regular whiskey."

2. Cork & Cow

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108 4th Ave
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 538-6021
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Jeremiah Blake, Holland House Bar & Refuge: "When I get a chance to go out and drink, I tend to follow bartenders, not bars, so I'll go down to Franklin and see Chris Capaldi at Cork & Cow and order whatever he tells me."

3. The Crying Wolf

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823 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 953-6715
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Woody Willis, William Collier's: "For cocktails I just started going over to The Crying Wolf in East Nashville. It's a cool space and they've got a great Manhattan."

4. Merchant's Restaurant

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401 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 254-1892
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Brian Burchett, The Treehouse: "One of my go-tos is Merchants downtown, and I order up The Improved Whiskey Cocktail, which is a take on one of their listed drinks, but with maraschino cherry syrup added in."

5. Oak Bar

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231 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 244-3121
Jason Harris, The Crying Wolf: "When I'm downtown I'll head to the Oak Bar at the Hermitage Hotel. My standard order is a Michter's Manhattan."

6. Rolf & Daughters

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700 Taylor St
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 866-9897
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Mick Utley, Husk Nashville: "Rolf & Daughters is one of my spots. Bartenders choice every time, I'll never order the same thing twice." Jeremiah Blake, Holland House Bar & Refuge: "I like to keep it in the 'family,' so I go over to Rolf to see Bryce and Scott."

7. The Stone Fox

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712 51st Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 953-1811
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Jon & Lindsay Yeager with Pour Taste (cocktail consulting and services): "We've felt that The Stone Fox has been doing a pretty good job with their cocktail program and deserves some credit."

8. The Treehouse

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1011 Clearview Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 454-4201
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Kathryn Stashek, The Patterson House: "I recently went to The Treehouse in East Nashville on opening night and had some really good cocktails. What they are doing there seems really promising."

1. Bar No. 308

407 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Brian Burchett, The Treehouse: "No. 308 is on everybody's list. I get the Brooklynite, which is made with P.D. Scotch Whisky rather than regular whiskey."
407 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

2. Cork & Cow

108 4th Ave, Franklin, TN 37064
Jeremiah Blake, Holland House Bar & Refuge: "When I get a chance to go out and drink, I tend to follow bartenders, not bars, so I'll go down to Franklin and see Chris Capaldi at Cork & Cow and order whatever he tells me."
108 4th Ave
Franklin, TN 37064

3. The Crying Wolf

823 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN 37206
Woody Willis, William Collier's: "For cocktails I just started going over to The Crying Wolf in East Nashville. It's a cool space and they've got a great Manhattan."
823 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37206

4. Merchant's Restaurant

401 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Brian Burchett, The Treehouse: "One of my go-tos is Merchants downtown, and I order up The Improved Whiskey Cocktail, which is a take on one of their listed drinks, but with maraschino cherry syrup added in."
401 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

5. Oak Bar

231 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
Jason Harris, The Crying Wolf: "When I'm downtown I'll head to the Oak Bar at the Hermitage Hotel. My standard order is a Michter's Manhattan."
231 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219

6. Rolf & Daughters

700 Taylor St, Nashville, TN 37208
Mick Utley, Husk Nashville: "Rolf & Daughters is one of my spots. Bartenders choice every time, I'll never order the same thing twice." Jeremiah Blake, Holland House Bar & Refuge: "I like to keep it in the 'family,' so I go over to Rolf to see Bryce and Scott."
700 Taylor St
Nashville, TN 37208

7. The Stone Fox

712 51st Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209
Jon & Lindsay Yeager with Pour Taste (cocktail consulting and services): "We've felt that The Stone Fox has been doing a pretty good job with their cocktail program and deserves some credit."
712 51st Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209

8. The Treehouse

1011 Clearview Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206
Kathryn Stashek, The Patterson House: "I recently went to The Treehouse in East Nashville on opening night and had some really good cocktails. What they are doing there seems really promising."
1011 Clearview Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

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