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16 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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After several long years of battling COVID, there’s a newly discovered appreciation for open-air dining. When it comes to rooftop bars and ground-level patios, Nashville boasts an impressive resume. Whether the day calls for cold beers sipped at picnic tables, light bites at perches over 30 floors up, or champagne cocktails and brunch among blooming flowers, Music City has plenty of scenic spots. Here are 15 picturesque patios and soaring rooftops that take it the extra mile.

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Blue Moon Waterfront Grille

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Nashville lacks many waterfront dining options, but the Blue Moon Waterfront Grille overlooking Rock Hill Marina is one of the very few places where diners can take in a serene waterfront view alongside dinner. The satisfying menu pairs perfectly with the scenery — mahi sandwiches, seafood po’boys, and rum-filled boat drinks.

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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.

The Pool Club

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The Virgin Hotel’s rooftop 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).

This popular Germantown restaurant turns heads with well-dressed spaces. The interior includes brick walls, soaring ceilings, plush blue and also tan leather banquets, and crystal chandeliers inside. Meanwhile, the charming, all-weather patio, with brick fencing, wrought iron, and a brick fireplace, is dubbed the “Champagne Garden.”

The patio at Geist includes wrought iron and brick walls.
The patio at Geist includes wrought iron and brick walls.
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The 404 Kitchen

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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 while sharing menu favorites like catfish bites, mushroom toasts, frascatelli, or whole smoked fried chicken.

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LA Jackson

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This go-to rooftop in the Gulch 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. The menu is short and sweet with garlic parm fries, shishito peppers, and burgers.

Zeppelin Nashville Rooftop Restaurant

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Zeppelin’s clean and 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 bites like bucatini pomodoro, raw oysters, and soft-serve.

Bourbon Steak

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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.

Bobby - Rooftop Lounge

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Bobby’s rooftop lounge stands out as the only spot in Music City where patrons imbibe in the back of a 1956 retrofitted Scenicruiser. 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.

 

rooftop at Bobby in Nashville.
The Bobby sports a colorful rooftop lounge.
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The Rooftop at the Twelve Thirty Club

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At this Justin Timberlake-backed spot, guests can sip under the stars and feast on weekend brunch with a killer view of Lower Broadway. The menu features an array of wine, champagne, beer, and cocktails, but also six frozen drinks including frose, piña coladas, lava flows, and sparkling slushies. There’s swanky, large-format lounge service available only by reservation. 

City Winery Nashville

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Nashville’s 36,000-square-foot outpost of the entertainment and dining complex in SoBro is a favorite for wine and boozy brunches, and the restaurant’s skyline patio offering dazzling views of downtown certainly helps make it a draw. It’s a magical rooftop indeed, with food and drinks are served for dinner nightly and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

City Winery

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 menu features fresh salads, charcuterie spreads, and thin Roman pizza from James Beard Award-winner and Michelin-starred chef Tony Mantuano, served with a side of sweeping skyline and views of the Cumberland River. You can elevate the experience by reserving a cabana.

Pool and deck at the Joseph in Nashville.
The Joseph’s rooftop is 21 floors up.
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Acme Feed & Seed

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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. The patio 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.

The Pharmacy

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The Pharmacy draws crowds for its burgers, wursts, and interesting beer options including wild and sour options. The large, landscaped outdoor space provides a lively backdrop for plenty of picnic table seating and strings of twinkling lights, making it ideal for daytime or evening dining.

The Treehouse Restaurant

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This buzzy Five Points cafe serves smart plates like duck sous vide with pickled cherries, gnocchi stir-fried with mushrooms and sriracha, and crispy fried oysters with masago mayo. The eclectic, colorful patio has plenty of seating and its own full bar for cocktails like the “Oaxaca Old Fashioned” filled with smoky mezcal.

Exterior patio at the Treehouse in Nashville.
The Treehouse’s patio includes a dedicated bar with plenty of seating.
Treehouse

Rosemary & Beauty Queen

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If you didn’t know it was there, you might walk right by Rosemary and Beauty Queen, mistaking it for just another cute house near Five Points. 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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Blue Moon Waterfront Grille

Nashville lacks many waterfront dining options, but the Blue Moon Waterfront Grille overlooking Rock Hill Marina is one of the very few places where diners can take in a serene waterfront view alongside dinner. The satisfying menu pairs perfectly with the scenery — mahi sandwiches, seafood po’boys, and rum-filled boat drinks.

White Limozeen

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.

The Pool Club

The Virgin Hotel’s rooftop 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).

Geist

The patio at Geist includes wrought iron and brick walls.
The patio at Geist includes wrought iron and brick walls.
Sam Angel/Eater Nashville

This popular Germantown restaurant turns heads with well-dressed spaces. The interior includes brick walls, soaring ceilings, plush blue and also tan leather banquets, and crystal chandeliers inside. Meanwhile, the charming, all-weather patio, with brick fencing, wrought iron, and a brick fireplace, is dubbed the “Champagne Garden.”

The patio at Geist includes wrought iron and brick walls.
The patio at Geist includes wrought iron and brick walls.
Sam Angel/Eater Nashville

The 404 Kitchen

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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 while sharing menu favorites like catfish bites, mushroom toasts, frascatelli, or whole smoked fried chicken.

The 404 Kitchen/Facebook

LA Jackson

This go-to rooftop in the Gulch 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. The menu is short and sweet with garlic parm fries, shishito peppers, and burgers.

Zeppelin Nashville Rooftop Restaurant

Zeppelin’s clean and 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 bites like bucatini pomodoro, raw oysters, and soft-serve.

Bourbon Steak

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.

Bobby - Rooftop Lounge

rooftop at Bobby in Nashville.
The Bobby sports a colorful rooftop lounge.
Bobby Hotel/Facebook

Bobby’s rooftop lounge stands out as the only spot in Music City where patrons imbibe in the back of a 1956 retrofitted Scenicruiser. 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.

 

rooftop at Bobby in Nashville.
The Bobby sports a colorful rooftop lounge.
Bobby Hotel/Facebook

The Rooftop at the Twelve Thirty Club

At this Justin Timberlake-backed spot, guests can sip under the stars and feast on weekend brunch with a killer view of Lower Broadway. The menu features an array of wine, champagne, beer, and cocktails, but also six frozen drinks including frose, piña coladas, lava flows, and sparkling slushies. There’s swanky, large-format lounge service available only by reservation. 

City Winery Nashville

City Winery

Nashville’s 36,000-square-foot outpost of the entertainment and dining complex in SoBro is a favorite for wine and boozy brunches, and the restaurant’s skyline patio offering dazzling views of downtown certainly helps make it a draw. It’s a magical rooftop indeed, with food and drinks are served for dinner nightly and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

City Winery

Denim

Pool and deck at the Joseph in Nashville.
The Joseph’s rooftop is 21 floors up.
The Joseph/Facebook

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 menu features fresh salads, charcuterie spreads, and thin Roman pizza from James Beard Award-winner and Michelin-starred chef Tony Mantuano, served with a side of sweeping skyline and views of the Cumberland River. You can elevate the experience by reserving a cabana.

Pool and deck at the Joseph in Nashville.
The Joseph’s rooftop is 21 floors up.
The Joseph/Facebook

Acme Feed & Seed

There is probably no better view of Broadway and the Cumberland River than that from Acme Feed & Seed’s rooftop patio. The patio 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.

The Pharmacy

The Pharmacy draws crowds for its burgers, wursts, and interesting beer options including wild and sour options. The large, landscaped outdoor space provides a lively backdrop for plenty of picnic table seating and strings of twinkling lights, making it ideal for daytime or evening dining.

The Treehouse Restaurant

Exterior patio at the Treehouse in Nashville.
The Treehouse’s patio includes a dedicated bar with plenty of seating.
Treehouse

This buzzy Five Points cafe serves smart plates like duck sous vide with pickled cherries, gnocchi stir-fried with mushrooms and sriracha, and crispy fried oysters with masago mayo. The eclectic, colorful patio has plenty of seating and its own full bar for cocktails like the “Oaxaca Old Fashioned” filled with smoky mezcal.

Exterior patio at the Treehouse in Nashville.
The Treehouse’s patio includes a dedicated bar with plenty of seating.
Treehouse

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Rosemary & Beauty Queen

If you didn’t know it was there, you might walk right by Rosemary and Beauty Queen, mistaking it for just another cute house near Five Points. 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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