The lively Nashville night scene seems to stand out from those in other cities. From dive bars to honky-tonk havens, the music is loud and the booze is flowing. If you love music (especially country music), you've probably found yourself dancing the night away more than once. Using this guide, you can visit the coolest bars in Nashville, Tennessee that only locals know about.
With Nashville being such a popular city, lots of tourists and travelers visit throughout the year, so hot spots like Nudie's and Robert's Western World can become super packed on the weekends. If you're looking for something estranged from the tourist traps, you can hit up these top-secret gems.
The Green Hour
Address: 1201 5th Ave. N., Nashville, TN
Why You Should Go: This speakeasy is actually in a chocolate shop that literally turns green after hours. Located in Tempered Cafe, this sultry bar turns into one big absinthe party (along with lots of other craft cocktails, beer and wine). When the green light is on, you know it's open for business.
The Patterson House
Address: 1711 Division St., Nashville, TN
Why You Should Go: This Prohibition-centric speakeasy is the whole 1920s shebang. You'll be greeted by the old-fashioned aesthetic with cherry wood, coffered ceilings, leather seating, elaborate chandeliers and the classic bookshelf. Party Gatsby-style with tons of freshly curated libations.
Hidden Bar at Noelle
Address: 200 4th Ave. N., Nashville, TN
Why You Should Go: The name says it all. This secret bar is hidden in the Noelle Hotel. The sleek and modern design and decor are matched by a fully stocked bar to create unique and whimsical cocktails. This is truly a top-secret spot but just look for the storage closet in the basement to gain access.
Address: 2905B Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN
Why You Should Go: This classic scene with a trendy twist boasts a marbelized booths and private, intimate seating perfect for date night. You'll be supporting the community because The Fox uses local ingredients in many of their drinks and food. They even have a vegan charcuterie to pair with your snazzy cocktails.
Skull's Rainbow Room
Address: 222 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN
Why You Should Go: This timeless Nashville icon is more than just a bar. In addition to an eclectic cocktail, beer and wine menu, the space features a stage on which Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash once performed. They host burlesque shows as well, so your adventures here will be a true trek through the past.
Bar: Cigar Especial
Address: 701 4th Ave. S., Nashville, TN
Why You Should Go: When you walk through the doors here, you may feel like you're in an episode of Mad Men. The casual, open space makes for an interactive social scene, embellished with cushioned leather couches and chairs. Browse through an abundant stash of rare and unique cigars and you can puff away with a whiskey neat in hand to truly embody the '70s.
Address: 8 Mcferrin Ave., Nashville, TN
Why You Should Go: When you arrive at this swanky hideaway, you'll slip through a black curtain and immediately be immersed in a sultry ambiance coupled with soft, velvet booths. There's no menu here so ask the bartender to surprise you or see what you can come up with on your own.