Winters in Nashville can be chilly and unpredictable, but when the temperatures go down and frost starts to creep on your windows, you can still dine outdoors in style. Whether you’re looking for fine dining and fancy drinks or margaritas and a burger, there are plenty of places you can enjoy fresh air and city views without your teeth chattering. Snuggle up with some friends at a cozy firepit or stay warm on a heated rooftop at these outdoor patios around Nashville.Read More
Stay Warm This Winter While Dining at These Heated Nashville Patios
Where to eat and drink outside when temperatures dip
Enjoy icy margaritas on Eastland any time of year in Rosepepper Cantina’s enclosed patio thanks to multiple large gas-powered heaters. The colorful decor evoking a Sonoran cafe is made even brighter with Christmas lights in the winter — the perfect ambient lighting for enjoying some of the cantina’s warm bowls of chile colorado and queso with chorizo.
Dino's Bar & Grill
Chill with a frosty brew at a picnic table in the enclosed outdoor patio next to a hanging heater lamp at East Nashville’s oldest dive bar. Keep extra cozy with some of its famous chili, or take the liquid blanket approach and fortify yourself with a $6 shot.
Rosemary & Beauty Queen
Dancing the night away under the disco ball at this multi-room, two-level East Nashville institution will certainly warm you up — but if you’re looking to take a break, sit on a swing and sip a cocktail on their heated rooftop patio. Decorated somewhere between an eclectic mid-century modern house and a vintage shop, Rosemary & Beauty Queen also offers Mexican-style food to munch on like tacos, burritos, and elote.
Urban Cowboy Nashville
There are three huge outdoor fire pits blazing at this kitschy boutique hotel and restaurant housed in a restored Victorian mansion on Woodland. You’ll also find three more (smaller) indoor fires at the hotel’s Parlor Wine Bar. Plus, Roberta’s Pizza is also on the premises firing up their brick pizza oven seven days a week to warm you up with a slice.
Geist Bar + Restaurant
Jefferson Street eatery Geist reopened in 2020 with an upgraded Champagne garden after the historic building (built in 1886) sustained severe tornado damage. Enjoy buckets of Champagne on ice — winter or summer — in the brick-lined outdoor area under a retractable patio covering equipped with multiple heaters.
Stay warm and watch bundled-up fans make their way to and from the Nissan Stadium at the Rutledge’s front patio in downtown. Located just a few steps from the Pedestrian Bridge, the patio is outfitted with electric heaters and is a great before or after-party stop on game days — their happy hour offers $5 hot chicken and chuck sliders and $5 rotating draft beers.
Heirloom Rooftop – Holston House Nashville
The rooftop of historic downtown hotel Holston House used to be the only penthouse garden in Nashville, which isn’t hard to imagine amidst the current faux-greenery and upscale garden party decor at Heirloom Rooftop. Perch on the insulated rooftop of this over 150-year-old building and sip on a PB&B Hot Toddy with peanut butter whiskey and nutmeg by the pool. Indulge in a bespoke tea service in the garden at the Sunday Rooftop Tea every week, with finger food and tea from local purveyor High Garden.
Nothing says cold weather like sharing hot coffee by the fire — or perhaps passing around a huge Nitro Charged Espresso Martini with an entire group (the drink serves 10-12 people) by some outdoor fire pits while taking in the city skyline. When temperatures drop, Harriet’s Rooftop at 1 Hotel Nashville is an oasis of evergreen accents, twinkling lights, and roaring fire pits to snuggle up next to and nibble on Asian-inspired bites in downtown.
With acclaimed restaurant Yolan downstairs and the upscale spaghetti-western-themed speakeasy Four Walls, the Joseph Hotel is a choose-your-own-adventure of fine dining and drinking options — and that also includes the rooftop bar Denim. It has a completely enclosed indoor portion as well as a sleek outdoor pool framed with elegant cabanas and poolside heaters for outdoor dining year-round. Celebrate “Bonfire Season” with the eponymous drink featuring mezcal, chile liqueur, dark chocolate, and toasted almond bitters.
Social media influencers and brunch enthusiasts can keep flocking to this Thompson Hotel rooftop for the highly photogenic food — like Champagne glitter chicken and a hushpuppie butter board — and equally social media-worthy views of the Gulch, because when the weather gets cold there are plentiful space heaters scattered through its outdoor rooftop. The indoor portion of the patio also has floor-to-ceiling windows offering stellar street views.
Be transported to a tranquil garden oasis at chic Sylvan Park restaurant Miel’s semi-private outdoor veranda with a wind guard and overhead heating for the cooler seasons. Its locally sourced, French-inspired menu rotates daily and features a variety of head-to-tail cuts along with a tightly-curated wine list.
Urban Grub on 12 South serves up a roaring fireplace and multiple heaters along with wine flights and oysters. Share a custom charcuterie board with your friends by a fire pit, or have a dry-aged bone-in New York strip from their butcher shop all to yourself (don’t skip out on the bone marrow bordelaise butter).