Whiskey is as engrained into the fabric of Nashville as probably any other city. With the Jack Daniels distillery less than a two hour drive away, whiskey is a major player in the Nashville bar scene. And there are some places here that know how to serve whiskey the right way. Here are some of our favorites.
Whiskey Neat Barbershop
What’s better than sitting back in a relaxed atmosphere, getting your hair cut and styled, and sipping on some complimentary whiskey? Damned if I know. With comfortable leather chairs, friendly barbers, and a surprisingly wide selection of whiskeys to choose from, Whiskey Neat Barbershop is definitely a stop worth taking before a night out. Plus all the products they use by Whiskey, Ink, & Lace are made right next door for guaranteed quality.
Though I haven’t collected all the data, it would be safe to say Oak Bar has one of the largest whiskey lists in Nashville. Originally opened as a private gentleman’s club in 1910, this bar features over 130 bottles of bourbon (woof) and offers a whiskey tasting of four signature bourbons. What’s more, their whiskey cocktail list isn’t something to ignore. Definitely a good jumping off point for any (mis)adventure in downtown Nashville.
With a name like that, how can I not mention the Gulch’s Whiskey Kitchen? Plus, every Tuesday, two oz. whiskey is sold for the price of one, a deal that should be common practice in every bar in the world. Settling in at the bar with a glass of whiskey and a plate of their creole shrimp and grits sounds like a great way to spend an evening if you ask me.
Often jam-packed with eager customers, Two Ten Jack is worth the occasional-hour long wait for just their extensive single malt whiskey list, which features 20 Japanese whiskeys and 13 scotches. Then throw in their incredible Japanese food menu, and you’ve got yourself one of Nashville’s best restaurants.
Corsair is a distillery that is quickly rising in popularity around Nashville, with some of the best craft cocktails in the city. Their headquarters distillery tour is definitely worth the price of admission. While on the tour, you’ll get to taste the full Corsair spirit lineup, including rare bottles that you won’t find in your typical liquor store. You could also visit their brewstillery in Marathon Village. One part brewery, one part distillery, this location offers paired tastings of their whiskey and small batch beers.
Run by Sean Brock, a chef known for his southern cuisine and using local ingredients, his bar shows a same respect for cocktails. Many of his cocktails feature local bourbons like Belle Meade, Prichards, and Corsair. The whiskey menu is incredibly extensive and eclectic, featuring bourbon, corn whiskey, and rye.
Opened in 2015, Embers is a whiskey sipper’s dream, with a number of whiskey flights to try, including local whiskey, Japanese, and a rare collection. Their menu is made up of whiskeys from around the world if you want to be more selective, but whatever kind of drink you’re looking for, you can most likely find it here. And Embers cozy ski lodge atmosphere is a perfect place to hunker down and enjoy a whiskey or two with friends.
We love a great whiskey bar, so if you have any suggestions we might have missed, let us know in the comments! Cheers!
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.