Picture this: You're on a beach in Hawaii with ocean waves splashing at your feet and a tiki cocktail in hand. Although you can't get exactly that in the heart of Tennessee, you can get the next best thing. This super trendy tiki bar in Nashville is where beach-lovers go to revel on island time.
Pearl Diver, a beachy bar in Nashville located inside a converted mid-century auto garage, opened its doors in July 2018. The one-of-a-kind space incorporates a modern, sultry ambience with a unique mesh of tropical paradise and chill vibes.
The color schemes of blue, green and aqua coupled with the tiki-esque wooden architecture set the stage for a nautical night out. The small, round windows on the walls mimic those of a submarine and after a few drinks, you may be convinced you're actually venturing at sea.
You can pop a squat at the tiki bar or lounge on the plush cushioned booths, but even more shoreside vibes can be found outside. With whimsical colors, exotic plants, tiki torches, cabanas and a walk-up bar, you'll want to fully let loose as if you're truly vacationing in the Caribbean.
Pearl Diver has an exquisite menu of decadent seafood like shrimp, oysters and fish tacos, but the cocktails here are the real "catch of the day."
Pearl Diver offers craft unique cocktails including the Kilauea bowl served in a giant "clam shell" and the Colovaria Swizzle, a color-changing drink named after a Harry Potter spell. They even have drinks served inside an actual egg shell.
It goes beyond these crazy libations as the menu continues with signature shots, shooters and a list of wine and beer. Needless to say, they've pretty much got you covered no matter your alcohol preferences.
Circling back to beach-inspired bites, the menu features more than just seafood. Drawing inspiration from several cultures, the bar offers selections like Cuban sandwiches, egg rolls and yakitori. Come hungry, thirsty and ready to party seaside.
Protip: Snap a pic in front of the palm tree wallpaper to capture the true Luau aesthetic.
Address: 1008 Gallatin Ave., Nashville, TN
Why You Need To Go: Take a trip to the tropics without leaving your city at this super mod bar with all the beach vibes and crazy drinks.