Long ago, when country music superstars were performing at the Grand Ole Opry, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge became famous for featuring those stars when the 'big show' was over. Fans still come here to see top-name performers and local artists alike, and the atmosphere hasn't changed a bit. The stage is small, but the sound is still huge. And country music lovers still ring up enormous bar tabs, just like in the old days.
This is "the" place to kick your spurs up in Music City. The dance floor is the largest in Nashville, and the music and dancing are virtually nonstop. If showing off your moves makes you hungry, the kitchen offers a full lunch and dinner menu and the bar serves up frosty mugs of your favorite imported and domestic brews. This place is perfect for a night out with friends, a birthday party or for "boot-scootin'" with your sweetheart.
Located in East Nashville's Riverside Village area, Village Pub & Beer Garden is a popular community meeting spot. Whether you're here for a bite to eat, to watch the latest game or to begin your evening out, this multi-faceted pub will exceed your expectations. The wrap-around porch is open all year long, perfect for enjoying that cold pint on a brisk autumn afternoon. The fireplace, large windows and vaulted ceilings add a sense of warmth. And with cuisine like the sausage stuffed pretzel sandwich and homemade confit bruschetta, its easy to see why the locals tend to stick around.
As one of Nashville's institutions, Santa's Pub's unconventional location is perhaps the least surprising part of this charming bar. Located on Bransford Avenue, Santa's is tucked away in a Christmas themed, graffiti-tagged double wide trailer. This cash only establishment is run by none other than Santa himself, also known as Denzel, and littered with Christmas decor, wood paneled walls and a man named Ichabod who's in charge of karaoke. The beer-only rule helps keep out the more rowdy patrons, helping to ensure Santa's Pub keeps up it zero fights streak. A colorful establishment to say the least, Santa's is a Nashville must visit.
In the mood to gorge on delicious food and wash it down with great beer? Visit the 12 South Taproom & Grill. Starters like herbed chicken wings or spicy shrimp and pita will whet your appetite. Healthy salads are also served. If you're in the mood for even more, grab one of their special burgers or 'veggie suprema sandwich'. They also have a large selection of Mexican specialties like tacos, burritos and quesadillas. Complete the meal with a delicious dessert. Be it Miller Lite or Sweetwater, they stock extensive varieties of beer.
Virago Robata Grill and Sushi Bar is a top notch upscale spin on the normal sushi joint. Unlike many other Nashville sushi bars which are more function than fashion, Virago is all about the ambiance and the experience. The sleek, trendy atmosphere offers Nashville locals a little taste of the New York scene. The Gulch location and superb service go hand in hand with what is, without a question, some of the best sushi in town. A bit on the pricey side, it is perfect for special occasions and a girls' night out. Be sure to try some of the more unique rolls and do not miss out on Virago's outstanding cocktails. -Lynn-nore Chittom
While Nashville may not be considered as a party capital on first glance, NashHouse Southern Spoon & Saloon will definitely prove you wrong. Serving authentic Southern cuisine and American classics with a whiskey collection that'll make you swoon, there's something for everyone at this landmark restaurant. Witness the amazing music scene every night as you munch some delicious burgers and guzzle down some beer, or cheer for your favorite team as you watch the big game on a giant screen. The ambiance is electric and boisterous, matching the soul of a pub and a restaurant. High ceilings, colorful murals on the wall and red, comfy booths will have your fancy instantly.
Open till 2a, Rippy's is the place to enjoy well-poured drinks in a lively atmosphere. With exposed-brick walls and dim lights, the place creates an old-world atmosphere. On certain evenings, the Rippy's is brought to life with live music, while happy hours keep patrons in high spirits. The terrace, overlooking the busy streets, is a perfect place for enjoying some pulled pork, fried chicken, rack of ribs and more. Rippy's is also extended for private events.
Nashville Crossroads is a fun place with amazing bands entertaining patrons throughout the night and good beers keeping their spirits high. The music played is always a mix of classic country and southern rock and roll. There is no cover charge and the drinks are usually quite cheap, so a win-win place for them on a budget. If you feel hungry, they've got it covered with their wide selection of scrumptious bar snacks. Head here to get to know Nashville, up-close and personal!
Bailey's Sports Grille can be termed as a local watering hole, attracting sports enthusiasts and fans of good food and budget drinks. The place has a vast menu of delectable appetizers and entrees which arrive at your table in generous portions. A full-bar ensures that you are always high in spirits with a wide selection of beers to keep you company during an intense game. On days when a game is on, all eyes are hooked at the television screens and the atmosphere is euphoric. On other days, patrons enjoy themselves at the billiard table.