Nashville loves a good pop-up, and Halloween is just as good as any excuse to transform a bar or restaurant into a wild alter ego. With a few weeks left in October, you still have plenty of time to soak up all the mystical magic cropping up around town in the form of pop-up experiences ready to transport you to the Land of Oz, the Shining’s Overlook Hotel, and even Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Below, a list of six Halloween pop-up experiences in Nashville with a couple of tricks up their sleeves and plenty of treats.Read More
6 Fun and Freaky Halloween Pop-Ups in Nashville
Channel the spirit of the season at a Wonka-style candy factory, a Shining-themed speakeasy, and more
Emerald City at Fairlane Hotel Nashville
This Oz-inspired pop-up starts with a deconstructed yellow brick road leading guests to an elevator that deposits them inside the penthouse of the Fairlane Hotel, where green-tinted windows and neon lights enrobe Art Deco decor. Inside, you’ll find themed cocktails at the OzDust Bar like the emerald-hued Green Elixir with Midori and vodka, along with small bites like the Munchkin Land Morsels (caramelized onions and goat cheese bites) and macarons. The experience runs Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 2 p.m. to midnight, and Sundays from 2 to 10 p.m.
The Cocktail Factory at Dream Nashville
Dream Nashville’s seasonal pop-up bar, “The Cocktail Factory,” brings Willy Wonka’s world of pure imagination to downtown with themed cocktails and bites (like the Oompa Loompa with Licor 43, orange liqueur, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal milk with a green cotton candy garnish), fluorescent gumball light fixtures, golden gates, and a larger-than-life outdoor mural of Wonka himself. The pop-up resides in the hotel’s Parlour Bar and is open from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Room 237 at Hidden Bar at Noelle
The Shining’s infamous Overlook Hotel has taken residence at Noelle’s Hidden Bar until October 31, bringing to life scenes from the movie including Danny Torrance’s typewriter and manuscript, the Grady sisters, and the “here’s Johnny!” door set. Drinks at the bar mirror the theme — the Red Rum with coconut rum, pinot noir, and habanero tincture is a standout. Room 237 is open Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
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The Haunted Hideaway by Anonymous at the Rutledge
The Rutledge, located below the Four Seasons Hotel Nashville in downtown, will open the doors at the end of the month to its invite-only speakeasy: Anonymous. From October 26 to 31, the spooky experience will be first-come, first-serve for restaurant guests and will feature haunted decor and a specialty menu of Halloween cocktails from 5 p.m. to close. Reservations are recommended and can be made here.
Apotheca at Bode Nashville
Sidebar Nashville, the carport-turned-bar located within the Bode Hotel on 2nd Avenue South, has transformed into a 17th-century apothecary appropriately named Apotheca. At 5 p.m., the doors of the bar open into a mystical hangout offering guests a variety of chilling concoctions and elixirs. Entry is $12 and includes a complimentary shooter and sticker. Purchase tickets at the door or online through October 31.
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Numbskull at Pearl Diver
National Halloween cocktail pop-up Numbskull is making its way into Nashville, taking over East Nashville’s Pearl Diver. Expect creepy, circus-esque decor and a set cocktail menu with drinks like the Human Canvas (mezcal, squid ink, aloe vera, ghost chile, falernum, lime acid) and the Pennywise Punch (dry gin, rum, salted banana, coconut, forbidden rice, lemon); $7 shots; and fun themed merch.