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Expect a wait for a spot outside at White Limozeen, the Dolly-themed bar atop the Graduate
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28 Nashville Restaurants and Bars With Top Shelf Patios

A mix of posh rooftops with views and ground-level patio hangouts

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Expect a wait for a spot outside at White Limozeen, the Dolly-themed bar atop the Graduate
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New Nashville boasts quite the impressive resume when it comes to rooftop bars — with nearly over a dozen new options in the last couple of years alone. Sure, those rooftop hangs come serenaded by boozed-up bachelorettes singing Britney below from the Nashville Party Tractor, but before full-on summer sun hits Music City, the weather, frozen cocktails, and city views (plus people watching from afar) just might be worth it.

Sure, plenty of restaurants and bars have outdoor spaces, but certainly, not all are created equal. Here are over two dozen great patio spaces and rooftops that take it the extra mile.

Newcomers to the list in this update include Nashville Underground, the 404 Kitchen, the Lookout at Ole Red, Third and Home, and Nicky’s Coal Fired plus an impressive roster of new hotel rooftops like Zeppelin, Denim, Lou/Na, The Pool Club, and White Limozeen.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Pharmacy

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731 McFerrin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 712-9527
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The draws a crowd for its killer beer garden as well as burgers, wursts, and changing tap . The large landscaped outdoor space offers plenty of picnic table seating, with string lights overhead helping it transition from daytime to evening dining.

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2. Rosemary

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Forrest Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

If you didn't know it was there, you might walk right by Rosemary, mistaking it for just another cute house near Five Points. But make your way through the interior and this neighborhood cocktail bar’s expansive backyard patio is the perfect place to hang out on a warm summer day or night.

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3. The Treehouse Restaurant

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1011 Clearview Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 454-4201
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This Five Points hot spot has one of the most unique, eclectic outdoor dining spaces in town, outfitted with ample seating options, its own full bar, and a newly renovated outdoor space. .

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4. Vandyke Bed and Beverage

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105 S 11th St
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 730-5023
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East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood boasts the small luxury inn and bar with large street-facing windows that open in proper weather, complete with a welcoming outdoor patio courtyard in the center of the ground floor. There is also a private rooftop terrace, just for guests of the hotel’s eight spirit-themed rooms.

The patio is open to the public at Vandyke Bed and Beverage
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5. Geist

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311 Jefferson St
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 920-5440
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This Germantown hotspot is one of the best-looking restaurants in town, holding that title even (or especially) after rebuilding from 2020’s tornado destruction. It also has a charming outdoor area dubbed the ‘Champagne Garden’ which offers heating on cooler nights plus room for 50 to 80 guests.

6. Von Elrod's Beer Garden & Sausage House

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1004 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 866-1620
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German-style beer garden Von Elrod's has a massive patio just steps away from First Horizon Park, making it the perfect place to enjoy a few drinks before heading to a Sounds game.

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7. Third and Home

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919 3rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 645-7651
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A sports bar perched perfectly above the Nashville Sounds stadium, Third and Home is Germantown’s “bar with a ballpark”. Open in 2020, there’s a great cast of rotating specials alongside bites like fried pickle spears with Nashville hot ranch dip -- plus plenty of TVs for when there’s no Sounds game happening down below.

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8. Zeppelin Nashville Rooftop Restaurant

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505 3rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37201
(629) 236-0035
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Zeppelin’s clean, cool 4,500-square-foot space can transform into an entirely open-air rooftop oasis with its bi-fold windows. The space feels light and airy during the day and funky and vibey at night. Pick your poison and enjoy the classic cocktails and food from executive chef Aaron Thebault.

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9. Ellington's Mid Way Bar & Grill

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401 Union St
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 988-7333
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The throwback Fairlane Hotel’s fourth floor restaurant is surrounded by a large wraparound terrace overlooking the street below. Mid-century vibes, 180-degree views plus comfortable seating add to the overall allure of this hotel restaurant patio.

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10. Bobby - Rooftop Lounge

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230 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 600-5400
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Rooftop vibes at the Bobby’s rooftop lounge involve the only spot in Music City to drink in the back of a 1956 retrofitted Scenicruiser. Or take the driver’s seat for a photo op and a look down at historic 4th Avenue and the Avenue of the Arts. Only hotel guests have access to the pool, but good times still await with large format watermelon basil margaritas, a rooftop live music series, and private cabanas.

 

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11. Rare Bird

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200 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 254-6412
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This rooftop option is located above the 12th floor of downtown’s hotel Noelle, and is a great place for an after-work drink, offering a great indoor/outdoor space with downtown and river views and fireplaces for those unpredictable Tennessee nights.

12. Nicky's Coal Fired

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5026 Centennial Blvd
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 678-4289
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Artisan bagel shop by day and scratch-made Italian spot and pizzeria by night, Nicky’s Coal Fired features an airy outdoor patio that seats 35. Enjoy their Italian home cooking accompanied by rosé, which is half off all day on Wednesdays (carafes and bottles only).

13. Nashville Underground

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105 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 964-3000
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This refreshing Broadway rooftop was the tallest in Broadway when it opened and was also the first double-decker patio on the popular strip. One section has turf and yard games while the other boasts an LED dance floor and plenty of TVs to enjoy while taking in city views over flatbreads and Nashville hot chicken.

14. The Lookout at Ole Red

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300 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 780-0900
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Escape to the Lookout atop Blake Shelton’s Ole Red on Broadway, for a glam-meets-grit rooftop hideaway. To eat, feast on an Oklahoma onion burger or a Nashville hot chicken sandwich, or share a bucketful of “redneck” nachos slathered with smoked chicken, Velveeta beer cheese, and Ro-tel.

15. Acme Feed & Seed

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101 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 915-0888
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There is probably no better view of Broadway and the Cumberland River than that from Acme Feed & Seed’s rooftop patio, recently reopened after a yearlong hiatus due to the pandemic. The patio space wraps around the corner of 1st and Broadway, allowing guests two different Nashville city photo ops. There is also a full bar and both covered and open-air seating options.

16. Downtown Sporting Club

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411 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 271-4395
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Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday through Sunday, the multi-level Broadway ax-throwing bar, restaurant, and hotel from Strategic Hospitality offers a true fourth-floor rooftop oasis. Drink frozen cocktails with Broadway-appropriate names like ‘pageant material’ while appreciating the green space, plush seating, and city views, and laughing at downtown’s daily antics from a safer distance. Save room for throwback Paradise Park bites.

17. TENN on Top at Holston House Nashville

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118 7th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 392-1234
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During daylight hours, the Holston House’s rooftop TENN on Top is a fine spot for fabulous views, poolside. Occasional DJs, live music, and a bar stocked with carefully chosen bourbons, scotches, and whiskeys add to to draw. TENN on Top is open Monday to Thursday: noon to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

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18. Pinewood Social

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33 Peabody St
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 751-8111
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Few outdoor spaces can compare to Pinewood Social's, where you can enjoy tiki drinks from the Airstream bar while playing bocce ball and ping pong, or lounge in the two wading pools.

19. Lou/Na

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1000 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 622-1234
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Perched on the 25th-floor of the new Grand Hyatt Nashville, lou/na offers ample outdoor seating alongside a small menu of bites and city views from high above Broadway.

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20. Blue Moon Waterfront Grille

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525 Basswood Ave
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 356-6666
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Nashville as a whole severely lacks waterfront dining options, but the Blue Moon Waterfront Grille overlooking Rock Hill Marina is one of the very few places where you can enjoy a great waterfront view along with your meal.

21. Denim

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401 Korean Veterans Blvd Floor 21
Nashville, TN 37203
(629) 231-3180
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Denim is the stunning Joseph Hotel’s 21st-floor rooftop’s all-day, indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge — centered around a gorgeous outdoor pool and deck. The newest iteration of the menu features fresh salads, charcuterie spreads, and thin Roman pizza, served with a side of sweeping skyline and views of the Cumberland River. You can elevate the experience by reserving a cabana.

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22. Bourbon Steak

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201 8th Ave S 34th floor
Nashville, TN 37203
(629) 208-8440
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With sweeping city views from the 34th-floor steakhouse’s outdoor terrace and bar, Bourbon Steak’s Sky Lounge is easily one of the best patios in Nashville. Over-the-top shellfish platters and reserve caviar offerings (and of course, steaks) go down even more nicely with stunning cocktails, expertly paired wine, and those stellar views.

23. L27 Rooftop Lounge

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807 Clark Pl
Nashville, TN 37203
(629) 800-5070
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Located on the 27th-floor rooftop of the Westin Nashville, L27 is a double-decker rooftop hang with great views, cocktails, and a small menu of bites to share.

24. LA Jackson

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401 11th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 262-6007
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This Gulch go-to gave the city its first legit rooftop bar and hang out when it opened in 2016, and with ample seating both inside and out, along with impressive views of downtown Nashville, it remains a staple on the scene today.

25. The 404 Kitchen

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507 12th Ave S Fl 2
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 251-1404
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For those who might be averse to the extreme heights on some local rooftops — enter the 404 Kitchen’s spacious second-floor patio for prime Gulch people-watching on weekends. Taste your way through one of the city’s longest whiskey lists white sharing menu favorites like scallop toast, pimento cheese, frascatelli, or whole smoked fried chicken.

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26. The Pool Club

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1 Music Square W
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 667-8000
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The Virgin Hotel’s rooftop, the Pool Club, is quite the scene on weekends, with a rotating cast of regulars and a long wait to get in. To secure a seat at the Music Row hotspot, book a stay or snag a cabana for some guaranteed interesting people watching while sipping large-format cocktails for a crew (including rose sangria served in a flamingo).

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27. White Limozeen

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101 20th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 649-7239
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The Graduate’s glam rooftop is a pink-splashed eclectic ode to the queen herself Dolly Parton, and you can expect a wait for a seat overlooking the city and the governor's pool. Reservations book up weeks ahead of time, so plan early for a visit to sip frozen aperol spritzes and prettier-than-a-picture champagne Jell-o shots.

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28. Epice

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2902 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 720-6765
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The floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the front of Epice’s dining room open up to the patio, giving outside diners an inclusive feeling and those inside a taste of al fresco dining, and allowing everyone to take in the energy bustling 12 South while feasting on hummus, falafel, and bone-in lamb shank.

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1. The Pharmacy

731 McFerrin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
John Brassil

The draws a crowd for its killer beer garden as well as burgers, wursts, and changing tap . The large landscaped outdoor space offers plenty of picnic table seating, with string lights overhead helping it transition from daytime to evening dining.

731 McFerrin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

2. Rosemary

Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Eater Nashville

If you didn't know it was there, you might walk right by Rosemary, mistaking it for just another cute house near Five Points. But make your way through the interior and this neighborhood cocktail bar’s expansive backyard patio is the perfect place to hang out on a warm summer day or night.

Forrest Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

3. The Treehouse Restaurant

1011 Clearview Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Treehouse [Official Photo]

This Five Points hot spot has one of the most unique, eclectic outdoor dining spaces in town, outfitted with ample seating options, its own full bar, and a newly renovated outdoor space. .

1011 Clearview Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

4. Vandyke Bed and Beverage

105 S 11th St, Nashville, TN 37206
The patio is open to the public at Vandyke Bed and Beverage
Sam Angel / Eater Nashville

East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood boasts the small luxury inn and bar with large street-facing windows that open in proper weather, complete with a welcoming outdoor patio courtyard in the center of the ground floor. There is also a private rooftop terrace, just for guests of the hotel’s eight spirit-themed rooms.

105 S 11th St
Nashville, TN 37206

5. Geist

311 Jefferson St, Nashville, TN 37208

This Germantown hotspot is one of the best-looking restaurants in town, holding that title even (or especially) after rebuilding from 2020’s tornado destruction. It also has a charming outdoor area dubbed the ‘Champagne Garden’ which offers heating on cooler nights plus room for 50 to 80 guests.

311 Jefferson St
Nashville, TN 37208

6. Von Elrod's Beer Garden & Sausage House

1004 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
Sam Angel

German-style beer garden Von Elrod's has a massive patio just steps away from First Horizon Park, making it the perfect place to enjoy a few drinks before heading to a Sounds game.

1004 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219

7. Third and Home

919 3rd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201
Third and Home/Facebook

A sports bar perched perfectly above the Nashville Sounds stadium, Third and Home is Germantown’s “bar with a ballpark”. Open in 2020, there’s a great cast of rotating specials alongside bites like fried pickle spears with Nashville hot ranch dip -- plus plenty of TVs for when there’s no Sounds game happening down below.

919 3rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37201

8. Zeppelin Nashville Rooftop Restaurant

505 3rd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201
Emily Dorio

Zeppelin’s clean, cool 4,500-square-foot space can transform into an entirely open-air rooftop oasis with its bi-fold windows. The space feels light and airy during the day and funky and vibey at night. Pick your poison and enjoy the classic cocktails and food from executive chef Aaron Thebault.

505 3rd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37201

9. Ellington's Mid Way Bar & Grill

401 Union St, Nashville, TN 37219
Ellington’s [Official Photo]

The throwback Fairlane Hotel’s fourth floor restaurant is surrounded by a large wraparound terrace overlooking the street below. Mid-century vibes, 180-degree views plus comfortable seating add to the overall allure of this hotel restaurant patio.

401 Union St
Nashville, TN 37219

10. Bobby - Rooftop Lounge

230 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
Bobby Hotel [Official Photo]

Rooftop vibes at the Bobby’s rooftop lounge involve the only spot in Music City to drink in the back of a 1956 retrofitted Scenicruiser. Or take the driver’s seat for a photo op and a look down at historic 4th Avenue and the Avenue of the Arts. Only hotel guests have access to the pool, but good times still await with large format watermelon basil margaritas, a rooftop live music series, and private cabanas.

 

230 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219

11. Rare Bird

200 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219

This rooftop option is located above the 12th floor of downtown’s hotel Noelle, and is a great place for an after-work drink, offering a great indoor/outdoor space with downtown and river views and fireplaces for those unpredictable Tennessee nights.

200 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219

12. Nicky's Coal Fired

5026 Centennial Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209

Artisan bagel shop by day and scratch-made Italian spot and pizzeria by night, Nicky’s Coal Fired features an airy outdoor patio that seats 35. Enjoy their Italian home cooking accompanied by rosé, which is half off all day on Wednesdays (carafes and bottles only).

5026 Centennial Blvd
Nashville, TN 37209

13. Nashville Underground

105 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201

This refreshing Broadway rooftop was the tallest in Broadway when it opened and was also the first double-decker patio on the popular strip. One section has turf and yard games while the other boasts an LED dance floor and plenty of TVs to enjoy while taking in city views over flatbreads and Nashville hot chicken.

105 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37201

14. The Lookout at Ole Red

300 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201

Escape to the Lookout atop Blake Shelton’s Ole Red on Broadway, for a glam-meets-grit rooftop hideaway. To eat, feast on an Oklahoma onion burger or a Nashville hot chicken sandwich, or share a bucketful of “redneck” nachos slathered with smoked chicken, Velveeta beer cheese, and Ro-tel.

300 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37201

15. Acme Feed & Seed

101 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201