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Nashville may be commonly known as Music City, but it’s no secret that this is a drinking town. Alcohol and music seem to go hand in hand, after all.

There are the standby old reliables like Mickey’s or Santa’s Pub. But with nearly 100 people moving to town every day, we need new bars to hold them all. Here are some of the newest ones worth checking out.


2909B Gallatin Pike
Nashville, Tennessee 37207

One of East Nashville’s newest hotspots, Walden is a quiet cocktail bar with numerous seating options, including a patio, stools, couches, and swings! Relive some childhood whimsy while sipping on a drink from their comfortably affordable cocktail list. They have wine and Fernet on tap, which is not a bad touch. And don’t get us started on their fig & brie grilled cheese sandwich!


Rare Bird

200 Fourth Avenue N.
Nashville, Tennessee 37219

Rooftop bars are a Nashville staple and there are new ones opening all the time. Sitting on the 12th floor of the newly opened hotel, Noelle, Rare Bird offers a number of cocktails on draft and drink machines that puts out frozen rosé and riesling. What’s more, it offers a cold food-only menu, such as charcuterie and cheeses, ceviche, and oysters (a personal favorite). Stay cool this summer at our new favorite rooftop haunt.


The Fox Bar and Cocktail Lounge

2905B Gallatin Pike
Nashville, Tennessee 37216

Less than a stone’s throw away from the aforementioned Mickey’s (and also just steps from Walden), The Fox Bar has a vintage feel  to it, with velvet couches and a glamorous bar. You’ll feel immediately transported to another place, another era. It’s great for small groups to hang out and enjoy craft cocktails, and their whiskey selection is not bad. Plus, their happy hour boasts a $5 old fashioned, which we’re big fans of.


311 Jefferson Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37208

With all-brick walls and simple, delicious cocktails, Geist is a new bar that’s definitely worth checking out. They opened in a converted blacksmith shop from the 1900’s and it’s provided a very interesting interior. It’s a very quiet and cozy atmosphere and perfect for your next date night.

(If you stop by these bars on a weekend, it’s fairly likely you may run into the Whiskey Neat/Whiskey, Ink, & Lace crowd there, stirring up trouble… Say hi if you see us!).

Did we miss any cool new spots? Drop us a comment and let us know what else is happening in Nashville!

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About Mike Wargo

Mike Wargo is a food, drink, and travel writer based out of Nashville, TN. Born and raised in South Bend, IN, he relocated to Nashville after graduating Ball State University in 2016. He likes expensive whiskey, cheap food, and the Whiskey, Ink, and Lace warehouse cat, Basil.

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