Ah, summertime in Music City — when a ride on a pedal tavern or even a quick trot from the house to the car can end in a massive pond of sweat. These 13 boozy frozen libations (obviously along with a healthily-functioning a/c unit) can help bring down that body temperature during these final throes of summer. Pools and donut floats are not included but feel free to bring your own to the party.Read More
Where to Cool Off in Nashville With Boozy Frozen Drinks
Beat that end of summer in Nashville heat with one of these icy libations
Tons of tiki favorites and tropical vibes await at East Nashville’s first relaxed island lounge. Bartenders here blend up everything from classics like pina coladas and daiquiris — to a rum and grapefruit Floridita — and namesake Pearl Diver, with blended rum, orange, and West Indies spices.
If you’re looking for tiki bar vibes on the East side, look no further than Chopper — a hush-hush tropical hideout brimming with futuristic robot technology. Thirsty non-robot visitors can find frozen drinks like painkillers, daiquiris, and piña coladas all on offer in fun glassware with crazy straws for sipping. The Maiz de la Vida food truck is parked permanently outside so you can sop up those frozen drinks with tacos using nixtamalized corn tortillas.
Jacqueline at The Optimist
The Optimist’s outdoor bar, Jacqueline, is only open seasonally, so your days of nabbing one of its frozen margaritas or a Deep Blue Sea (rum, blue curacao, lime, and coconut) garnished with gummy sharks are sadly numbered. This whitewashed New England-style shack in Germantown also dishes up light bites to go with its drinks — like smoked fish dip and oysters — and has a bocce court if you’re feeling competitive. The bar is open (weather permitting) every Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Edley’s didn’t invent barbecue or the Bushwacker, but they do a bang-up job at making both. And the popular Nashville milkshake-like libation made with rum, coconut cream, and chocolate syrup is just $5 on Wednesdays at all of their multiple locations throughout the city.
The Band Box at First Tennessee Park
When asking Nashvillians about their go-to frozen drinks around town, many of them immediately cite The Band Box. The outdoor venue at First Tennessee Park serves a George Dickel Whiskey and Coke Icee and a Field of Dreamsicle featuring Pickers blood orange vodka. And both pack quite a punch.
There’s a whole menu of seven boozy slushies to explore at the popular purveyor of creative hot chicken dishes. Whether at the original location, Murfreesboro, or the newest outpost in Donelson, consider the grown-up’s cherry limeade or the Bourbon Banana Banshee — a piña colada with Tennessee twang.
Acme Feed & Seed
Sweet tea is undeniably the drink of the South. But if one had to sip it in boozy form, it would probably taste a lot like the Mule Kicker at Tom Morales’ tri-story Broadway bar complex. Blending Acme’s moonshine slushie with Mello Yello, thirsty bar-goers can choose to add a flavored Ole Smokey floater for further fun. There’s also a refreshing frozen rose.
Hospitality firm Strategic Hospitality runs a renowned bar program, so it’s no surprise that coffee shop-cum-gathering-place Pinewood Social (which is one of their efforts) serves exquisite slushy sippers poolside for under $14. The frosé here is made with rose water, pisco, and grapefruit, and the frozen margarita is spiced up with blood orange and tajín.
Put on your swimsuit, bring your dog, and have a beach day at this outdoor beach-themed bar on the West End. It’s only open during the summer months, so head over before they close up shop and sip on some frozen piña coladas in pouches while playing beach volleyball in the (literal) sandbox.
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The avocado margarita at the plant-based restaurant in the OneCity complex is one for the books. Don’t knock it until you try the balanced blend of avocado, reposado tequila, lime, agave, and orange juice. It’s finished with a whisper of orange dust, cilantro, and a lime salt rim.
This casual West End hang knows how to make some serious frozen cocktails, like the citrus-forward frosé off their “Frozen Fabrications” menu. Pair it up with an order of the larger-than-life nachos or a crisp, cool salad before heading to their game room for some competitive rounds of air hockey and basketball hoops.
GoodTimes Full Service bar
Replenish all the liquid you sweated out after a hot afternoon cheering on Nashville SC at GEODIS park (or pregame before) with a frozen Blue Hawaiian made with rum, blue curacao, coco cream, and pineapple juice — the whimsical, retro bar is right around the corner from the stadium.
M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers - Melrose
M.L.Rose’s Boozy Frozen Dole Whip is listed under cocktails, but it’s indulgent enough to be a dessert. Sweet pineapple is mixed with coconut rum and whipped cream vodka to create a drink you may want to eat with a spoon. If you’re on a budget and in the Melrose area, get $1 off your apps during happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.