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The Continental’s bar director Jon Howard created a cocktail program that quickly became a destination for its innovative selections of beverages and stunning presentations. 
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Where to Drink Cocktails in Nashville Right Now

18 standbys and trendy hot spots for boozy and non-alcoholic drinks alike

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The Continental’s bar director Jon Howard created a cocktail program that quickly became a destination for its innovative selections of beverages and stunning presentations. 
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Despite numerous hurdles caused by the pandemic over the last two years, bartenders continue to innovate how cocktails are created and served, continuing to impress with stellar boozy and non-alcoholic drinks. Nashville bars are fully back at regular capacity — touting big business on weekends, and the city has more choices than ever for great cocktails, beer, and wine.

With both trendy haunts mixing up complicated renditions filled with hard-to-pronounce ingredients alongside reliable destinations for more simple standards, this list surely has something for everyone.

Here, find a dose of standby Music City cocktail dens (here’s a full list of essentials) along with new additions that are getting major buzz around town.

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The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club

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This excellent East Nashville bar showcases an Art Deco-style interior alongside cocktails curated by veteran barman Will Benedetto. Cocktails clock in at $12 to $15 each — with options ranging from light and refreshing to high octane and boozy. The monthly old fashioned is always a good call, here. To eat, there’s vegan charcuterie, hot chicken hummus, and Old Bay-dusted popcorn.

Pearl Diver

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East Nashville’s first laid-back island lounge might be housed in a former garage, but it’s nearly impossible to tell that when stepping inside the highly-detailed, brightly decorated space with plenty of patio seating. Patrons are abuzz about Pearl Diver’s tropical bites and island libations, from a classic daiquiri and paloma pitchers to coconut shrimp and hot Cuban sandwiches.

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Chopper

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The tropical lounge from Barista Parlor’s Andy Mumma, Isle of Printing founder Bryce McCloud, and longtime Husk Nashville bar manager Mike Wolf brings the East side a unique Jetsons-meets-Polynesia aesthetic. The cocktail list riffs off of tiki classics — like the mai tai and Singapore sling — while using fresh juices, spices, and generous pours of rum. Small bar snacks are available nightly — plus weekend brunch appearances featuring birria and more from Julio Hernandez’ popular Maiz de la Vida food truck.

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Willie B's Kitchen & Lounge

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Feast on fried crawfish tails and Voodoo pasta while sipping on bar manager Derrick Diggs’ whiskey cocktails and carafes of mimosas at the self-described “Creole seafood social restaurant and lounge” named after owner Christopher Jones’ grandmother who inspired his passion for food at a young age.

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Attaboy

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This New York City cocktail stalwart opened an outpost in East Nashville a few years ago, and partners Sam Ross, Michael McIlroy, and Nashville managing partner Brandon Bramhall remain true to the original. Knock on the door to be seated, answer a short round of questions, then wait while the bartender creates something tailored just for your palate.

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Mother's Ruin

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Nashville landed the first outpost of the NY-based bar, named as a nod to the mid-eighteenth century nickname for gin. But non-gin enthusiasts can breathe a sigh of relief because they’re pouring much more than just gin here. To eat, find fabulous Old Bay waffle fries, green chile queso, and oreo bombs to pair with the slushy du jour among plenty of other rotating cocktails.

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Geist Bar + Restaurant

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This storied brick-clad building was originally built in 1886, but it took a massive hit with the March 2020 tornado. Luckily Geist’s story doesn’t end here — it has risen again with the same breathtaking interior and solid cocktails from Freddy Schwenk, plus Nashville’s only year-round champagne garden for outdoor seating.

Jane's Hideaway

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The cocktail den from John Peet (Old Glory, House of Cards) provides a nightly oasis from Broadway insanity as well as a bang-up weekend bluegrass brunch. Enter for strong Southern Americana vibes with plenty of excellent bites, live music, and of course, cocktails. The address once housed legendary saxophonist Boots Randolph’s supper club (and most recently — Sea Salt). Visitors can enter off Third Avenue or through the back Printer’s Alley entrance (just follow the signs to the bar).

Layer Cake Social Kitchen

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The splashy, built-for-social-media Layer Cake debuted at the beginning of June, bringing a four-level, “choose-your-own adventure” bar and restaurant meant to offer a different experience on each floor. There’s a casual, ground floor bar, a full-serve dining room on level 2, a stylish rooftop marked by neon signs, DJ booths, and bottle service, and the Cherry Lounge, an invitation-only cocktail lounge whose location in the building is kept mysterious (though you can inquire about VIP table service by texting a phone number).

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Honky Tonk – The Twelve Thirty Club

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Walking into the First Level of the Twelve Thirty Club from the shenanigans of Broadway is a refreshing, elevated escape — with plenty of $14 cocktails to make you forget the beer and shots you just took in down the way. The espresso martini and chamomile gin and tonic are both instant winners here.

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Otto's Bar

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The Charlotte Avenue bar from James and Louisa Green (the husband-and-wife duo who owns Headquarters Coffee just down the street) opened in October of 2020. The former auto shop turned cocktail and taco spot feels like it’s been there for years — with approachable drinks, neighborhood vibes, and throwback 1980s crispy tacos.

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Gertie's Bar

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Matt Bolus’ ground-floor cocktail spot even touts a members-only whiskey society for the most serious of imbibers. The bar’s 404 Old Fashioned is an instant favorite — with Jim Beam bonded, homemade brown butter, roasted pecan syrup, and Dale Degroff’s bitters. Currently from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, enjoy half off the esteemed whiskey list, while on Thursdays you can score $5 off old fashioneds.

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Fable Lounge

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This West End cocktail and piano bar provides a gilded backdrop for sophisticated drinking. The cocktail list is built up with classics like a proper old-fashioned, negroni, or sazerac.

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Never Never

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Never Never took over a former welding shop across from Bastion last summer, and the owners here kept the space’s industrial feel inside. A tiny food menu offers vegetarian and regular bang chili, bang chili nachos, and bar snacks to munch on while sipping whiskey cocktails and prosecco punch.

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pH Craft Cocktails

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Wedgewood-Houston resident and first-time restaurant owner Marcus Capehart’s pH Craft Cocktails set up shop in mixed-use Six10 Merritt at The Finery in summer of 2019, and is a fine destination for creative cocktails and food from fried green beans to cheeseboards. On Sundays, find a Nashville hot chicken biscuit and shrimp and grits and 2-4-1 champagne special. Happy hour is Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. with $8 cocktails and $6 small plates.

E3 Chophouse

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The celebrity-owned three-story rustic-chic space in Hillsboro Village features a fantastic rooftop bar. E3’s eponymous Manhattan is stiff and smooth — featuring vanilla and cocoa notes via framboise-infused Rittenhouse Rye, while the fruit-forward “Amarillo sky” builds on rum with blackberry and pinot noir.

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Sipping a cocktail in Sinema’s upstairs lounge feels like enjoying a cocktail as a star in a glamorous Hollywood movie (as does taking a #sinemaseslfie in the well-lit ladies' bathroom). Roger Miller’s seasonal cocktails also shine —like the gray whale gin-based ‘ocean planet’ with lillet rosé, clarified blood orange juice, simple syrup, and tarragon mint oil.

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Find Nashville veteran barman Jonathan Howard making more standout cocktails at Sean Brock’s swanky new spot at the Grand Hyatt Nashville. Choose from an exquisite dirty martini or the “white lady” with Ford’s Gin, Fino sherry, aqua de cedro, lavender, lemon, and froth.

Rice Vice by Proper Sake Co.

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There’s a new bar dedicated to the art of sake, a gorgeous East Nashville space serving a revolving selection of sakes brewed onsite, koji beers, highballs, ferments, and food from hot pop-ups like Fox Den IzakayaAlebrije, and Kisser. Eventually, dumplings will be available on nights when there isn’t a chef pop-up. From Byron Stithem, Rice Vice is now open Wednesday through Sunday, 4 to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 1 to 10 p.m. on weekends., with plans to expand hours soon.

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The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club

This excellent East Nashville bar showcases an Art Deco-style interior alongside cocktails curated by veteran barman Will Benedetto. Cocktails clock in at $12 to $15 each — with options ranging from light and refreshing to high octane and boozy. The monthly old fashioned is always a good call, here. To eat, there’s vegan charcuterie, hot chicken hummus, and Old Bay-dusted popcorn.

Pearl Diver

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East Nashville’s first laid-back island lounge might be housed in a former garage, but it’s nearly impossible to tell that when stepping inside the highly-detailed, brightly decorated space with plenty of patio seating. Patrons are abuzz about Pearl Diver’s tropical bites and island libations, from a classic daiquiri and paloma pitchers to coconut shrimp and hot Cuban sandwiches.

Pearl Diver/Facebook

Chopper

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The tropical lounge from Barista Parlor’s Andy Mumma, Isle of Printing founder Bryce McCloud, and longtime Husk Nashville bar manager Mike Wolf brings the East side a unique Jetsons-meets-Polynesia aesthetic. The cocktail list riffs off of tiki classics — like the mai tai and Singapore sling — while using fresh juices, spices, and generous pours of rum. Small bar snacks are available nightly — plus weekend brunch appearances featuring birria and more from Julio Hernandez’ popular Maiz de la Vida food truck.

Sam Angel / Eater Nashville

Willie B's Kitchen & Lounge

Willie B’s/Facebook

Feast on fried crawfish tails and Voodoo pasta while sipping on bar manager Derrick Diggs’ whiskey cocktails and carafes of mimosas at the self-described “Creole seafood social restaurant and lounge” named after owner Christopher Jones’ grandmother who inspired his passion for food at a young age.

Willie B’s/Facebook

Attaboy

Michael McIlroy/Attaboy

This New York City cocktail stalwart opened an outpost in East Nashville a few years ago, and partners Sam Ross, Michael McIlroy, and Nashville managing partner Brandon Bramhall remain true to the original. Knock on the door to be seated, answer a short round of questions, then wait while the bartender creates something tailored just for your palate.

Michael McIlroy/Attaboy

Mother's Ruin

Mother’s Ruin [Official Photo]

Nashville landed the first outpost of the NY-based bar, named as a nod to the mid-eighteenth century nickname for gin. But non-gin enthusiasts can breathe a sigh of relief because they’re pouring much more than just gin here. To eat, find fabulous Old Bay waffle fries, green chile queso, and oreo bombs to pair with the slushy du jour among plenty of other rotating cocktails.

Mother’s Ruin [Official Photo]

Geist Bar + Restaurant

This storied brick-clad building was originally built in 1886, but it took a massive hit with the March 2020 tornado. Luckily Geist’s story doesn’t end here — it has risen again with the same breathtaking interior and solid cocktails from Freddy Schwenk, plus Nashville’s only year-round champagne garden for outdoor seating.

Jane's Hideaway

The cocktail den from John Peet (Old Glory, House of Cards) provides a nightly oasis from Broadway insanity as well as a bang-up weekend bluegrass brunch. Enter for strong Southern Americana vibes with plenty of excellent bites, live music, and of course, cocktails. The address once housed legendary saxophonist Boots Randolph’s supper club (and most recently — Sea Salt). Visitors can enter off Third Avenue or through the back Printer’s Alley entrance (just follow the signs to the bar).

Layer Cake Social Kitchen

The Broadway Girl from Layer Cake.
Mandy Reid/Milkshake Concepts

The splashy, built-for-social-media Layer Cake debuted at the beginning of June, bringing a four-level, “choose-your-own adventure” bar and restaurant meant to offer a different experience on each floor. There’s a casual, ground floor bar, a full-serve dining room on level 2, a stylish rooftop marked by neon signs, DJ booths, and bottle service, and the Cherry Lounge, an invitation-only cocktail lounge whose location in the building is kept mysterious (though you can inquire about VIP table service by texting a phone number).

The Broadway Girl from Layer Cake.
Mandy Reid/Milkshake Concepts

Honky Tonk – The Twelve Thirty Club

Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

Walking into the First Level of the Twelve Thirty Club from the shenanigans of Broadway is a refreshing, elevated escape — with plenty of $14 cocktails to make you forget the beer and shots you just took in down the way. The espresso martini and chamomile gin and tonic are both instant winners here.

Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

Otto's Bar

Otto’s Bar/Facebook

The Charlotte Avenue bar from James and Louisa Green (the husband-and-wife duo who owns Headquarters Coffee just down the street) opened in October of 2020. The former auto shop turned cocktail and taco spot feels like it’s been there for years — with approachable drinks, neighborhood vibes, and throwback 1980s crispy tacos.

Otto’s Bar/Facebook

Gertie's Bar

Andrea Behrends/Gertie’s Bar

Matt Bolus’ ground-floor cocktail spot even touts a members-only whiskey society for the most serious of imbibers. The bar’s 404 Old Fashioned is an instant favorite — with Jim Beam bonded, homemade brown butter, roasted pecan syrup, and Dale Degroff’s bitters. Currently from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, enjoy half off the esteemed whiskey list, while on Thursdays you can score $5 off old fashioneds.

Andrea Behrends/Gertie’s Bar

Fable Lounge