We all know that Broadway is one of the best places to bar hop in Nashville, but there’s so many bars that are hidden. From cozy speakeasies to intimate lounges — you’ll taste some of the finest, creative and best craft cocktails in Nashville!
No matter the occasion, whether you’re having a Girls Night Out, Date Night or just trying to avoid all the Bachelorettes on Broadway, any Hip and Hidden bars on this list is a must-do no matter what area of town you are visiting in Nashville. Click on the pin point emoji to take you directly to Google Maps for directions.
📍 1711 Division St (Midtown)
The Bar at The Patterson House
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Photo by Ashley Hylbert | The Patterson House
Are you looking for the perfect date night that includes amazing cocktail choices, tasty bar bites and cozy ambiance? Or to catch up with a friend? The Patterson House
is one of the BEST
intimate cocktail lounge/speakeasies I’ve experienced in Nashville. I wouldn’t advise bringing a big party here because they’re always packed and it’s a small, intimate atmosphere.
Everything impressed food-wise at The Patterson House too. The Fried Chicken Po Boy Sliders were so tender and the slight touch of remoulade sauce made it perfect. The Patterson House has so many options on the drink menu. It’s categorized by spirits: rum, gin, vodka, tequila, whiskey and a few more, which is easier for you to find a drink of your taste. The quality of their drinks are finely crafted and worth the price.
Overall, the upscale speakeasy vibes of The Patterson House reminds me of an old library from the 1700s. No matter the occasion, the bartenders will cater to your needs. So sip and savor your drink, while enjoying your company!
📍 210 4th Ave N (Downtown Nashville)
Dirty Little Secret
Inside Dirty Little Secret
is located in the shadows of Printer’s Alley and is part of Dream Hotel
. They offer music and a nightlife scene with live performances. They always feature a weekly rotation of emerging musicians and turntablists. Dirty Little Secret is a nightlife experience for dancing and listening to a mix of EDM
and Top 40
On occasion, there are theme nights at Dirty Little Secret such as Latin Night or “Come as You Are” nights. You can also go next door to SNITCH, which is Dirty Little Secret’s speakeasy neighbor in Printer’s Alley. They serve CBD-infused Pina Coladas and more. Check out their music calendar for live music! Dirty Little Secret is not that big so it fills up fast and you can reserve table service at email@example.com.
📍 200 4th Ave N. (Downtown Nashville)
Hidden Bar at Noelle
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Photos by Hidden Bar at Noelle Hotel Nashville
It’s called Hidden Bar for a reason. Beneath Noelle Hotel
is the Hidden Bar where you can find curious cocktails and surprising pairings. Finding the bar can be confusing, but it’s worth the search.
Get to Noelle Hotel and take the elevator to the lower level. This might be strange, but you have to go through a door that says storage. Don’t stop and keep walking. The Hidden Bar at Noelle usually has inspired pop-ups. During the holiday season, experience Miracle – the Christmas themed pop-up bar that has everyone talking.
Hidden bar is a fun and ever-changing speakeasy to check out when you’re in Downtown Nashville that’s full of surprises.
📍 514 5th Ave S (Sobro)
If you see a building by 5th Ave South and Peabody (off Broadway) with vines growing on the brick building then you probably wouldn’t think of going in there. However, that’s Bar Sovereign and you should most definitely go in there. It’s super easy to miss this place because of everything that is going around Downtown Nashville.
Bar Sovereign’s decor is random and funky with a cozy fireplace, couches and animal skin rugs! It’s spacious with a Country-Western vibe that feels like Narnia because it’s a true hidden gem. It’s slow and chill until about 10pm when the DJ arrives. It’s usually still relaxed throughout the rest of the evening though.
This eclectic cocktail bar is worth a visit because of its original, simple and unusual ambiance. It’s not one of the trendy hipster bars, but rather a cozy bar in which to escape from the Honky Tonk madness in Nashville.
📍 230 4th Ave N (Downtown Nashville)
Bobby's garage-inspired bar
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Photo by Lisa Diederich Photography | Bobby's Garage Bar
The name of this bar is exactly what it portrays to be: Bobby’s garage-inspired bar. The garage door entrance completes the whole rustic vibe located in Printers Alley. Bobby’s Garage Bar
is apart of Bobby Hotel
which has three other bar concepts (Tavern at Bobby
, Bobby’s Rooftop Lounge
and Café at Bobby
The space reminds me of an old workshop that my dad would fix cars in, added with a twist of rock n’ roll persona. I like how the scene is different from other bars with the graffiti wall, salvaged car parts and mechanic rags. Plus there’s a lot of vintage and street decor like a Rock Ola Jukebox, Lloyd’s AM-FM radio and pedestrian signal lights.
There’s a neon Rolling Stones tongue logo, concrete floors, and scribbled writings. For all the beer lovers, there’s a wide selection of drafts, canned and bottled beers. They offer other “Swigs” such as wine and cocktails. As well as “Digs” including pimento cheese and chips. If you’re looking for something super laid back and low-key, then Bobby’s Garage Bar is the place for you.
📍 1102 Forrest Ave (East Nashville)
Endless dancing nights at Rosemary and Beauty Queen
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Photo by Nick LeTellier | Rosemary and Beauty Queen
The bar scene in East Nashville is different with a wide variety of bars in the area.
Located near Red Door Saloon, Rosemary and Beauty Queen looks deceiving on the outside. At first, I was hesitant wondering if I would crash someone’s house party. But the line and bouncer on the front porch gave it away. The yellow-paneled house was pretty large and the fenced-in backyard is strung with patio lights.
It feels like a speakeasy, but add a little hipster with old antique vibes. The music at Rosemary is pretty loud, but the DJ gives a mix selection. There’s stained glass windows behind the bar, beautiful crystal chandeliers and a bookshelf filled with books. There is an Asian-fusion cuisine on the menu with Sake, Soju and bao buns!
You can host your own private event at Rosemary and Beauty Queen. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
📍 2905B Gallatin Pike (East Nashville)
The velvet booths at The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club
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Photo by Kate Dearman | The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club
Close your eyes and imagine an Art Deco designed space with a touch of modern, celestial blue, velvet booths. It feels like one of those Earth-toned preset filters you put on your photos with the same consistent color scheme throughout. The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club
is breathtakingly beautiful from inside and out.
It’s located in East Nashville behind Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen. You’ll see a large skull fox mural and that’s when you know you made it. The Fox has a small space and a more intimate setting. If you love a classy cocktail with some small bites like charcuterie, then I would highly recommend this place. The Fox offers vegetarian and vegan food, as well as dessert items which attracts many people.
Every cocktail is made with fresh ingredients and super creative. The most important thing I was impressed by was how big they are on reducing waste. I screamed when I saw a metal straw instead of plastic and real cloth hand towels. A lot of upscale bars need to take notes from this place. Overall, The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club is 10/10 place for conversations with friends, date night or a well-crafted cocktail.
📍 1603 Woodland St (East Nashville)
Sip on a cocktail around the fire pit at Urban Cowboy
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Photo by Dave Krugman | Urban Cowboy Public House
A place for locals and tourists, The Urban Cowboy
is a Boutique Hotel
in East Nashville featuring a range of craft cocktails, beers and historic vibes. This is another bar that features reclaimed wood with an Southwestern style decor
. It first originated in Brooklyn by two lovers: Lyon Porter and Jersey Banks
. With its second location here in Nashville, this Public House is a rustic-chic spot in a stunning traditional Victorian Mansion.
Urban Cowboy has a campfire feeling with retro elements from the cactus to the red, metal armchairs. I find this spot super interesting because you can go to the patio where there’s a round fire pit or to the dining area in front of the bar.
Sadly, Urban Cowboy is no longer offering food, fire grilling or a brunch menu. But there’s lots of drink and lounging options for everyone to chill and relax! I’m a big fan of the indoor and outdoor space, so if you’re around Lockeland Springs, Urban Cowboy is a must visit.
📍 1008 Gallatin Ave (East Nashville)
The bar area with the pineapple lights at Pearl Diver.
Go grab a fresh cocktail at Pearl Diver!
Bring your friends out to Pearl Diver and slide into these sea-foam green booths!
Your cocktails will be crafted to perfection at Pearl Diver.
The tropical style bars and Asian-fusion food are becoming more popular in East Nashville. Pearl Diver has seafoam green booths, palm tree wallpaper and pineapple inspired lights that hang down at the bar. This vintage, tiki pastel colored lounge is island-inspired with torch lights. Plus they have an expansive list of drinks to offer and small bites from classic drinks to yakitoris and eggrolls.
Also for you selfie queens, the bathroom at Pearl Diver is to die for. There’s also palm tree wallpaper inside and a circle mirror with perfect back lighting to keep it subtle. So, if you’re into bathroom selfies, you have to go for the aesthetics.
Overall, there’s a lot to explore at Pearl Diver and the layout of the outdoor place is a cool concept. I give major points for the presentation of the drinks. They’re super colorful and topped with fresh flowers. It can get pretty busy and crowded, but that’s how you know Pearl Diver is a fun place to check out. You can reserve cabanas if you plan to bring a big party by contacting email@example.com.
📍 1100 B Stratton Ave (East Nashville)
The golden robot overseas the bar.
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Photo by Andrea Behrends | Chopper Tiki Bar
This isn’t any ordinary tiki bar, it’s a robot-themed tiki bar.
It’s very colorful, quirky and exotic. You might wonder how robots and tiki really relates? According to Chopper,
the fun history came from the wondrous ancient robotic technology on “Island X”
. You’ll see robot heads on the walls and a huge golden robot above the bar area. Chopper
has bright, scarlet red color booths and tiki glassware for your frozen drinks! They offer unique, exotic drinks
including some that light up in flames. You can’t go wrong with sharing their Scorpion bowl
that serves four (or two thirsty people).
Also, Chopper has an Asian-fusion food menu serving rice bowls, sandos and snacks. The pork belly rice bowl is sweet and savory glazed with mango and tamarind and served with daikon radish, luau style. It’s one of my favorites along with their Nori grilled cheese that’s seaweed wrapped with melted Havarti cheese and toasted bread.
Chopper Tiki Bar did a wonderful job of transforming the place with a Polynesian pop of bamboo and tropical plants like dumb canes (Dieffenbachia) and elephant ears (Colocasia). If you want a tiki-bar that’s different from the norm, then check it out. It’s fun and a unique addition to East Nashville.
📍 1200 Villa Pl #103 (Edgehill)
At the top entrance of Old Glory
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Photos by Victoria Leuang | © NowPlayingNashville
There might be some arguments here, but Old Glory
lands on my top three favorite speakeasies
in Nashville. This is truly one a hidden bar in Nashville because it’s tucked in the alleyway behind Taco Mamacita in Edgehill Village. No signs. Just a black door with a large golden triangle.
According to their website, the place used to be the boiler room for White Way Cleaners, formerly one of the largest steam cleaning facilities in Nashville. Once you open the door, you’re standing at the top of a staircase that takes you down to the cement floors, ginger-almond brown booths and loud ambiance. Warning: the music is really loud, but you can’t blame the industrial built space. Old Glory has the jams and it’s always a great vibe.
This speakeasy is unlike any that I’ve seen because they kept a lot of the original components such as the bricked walls and large blocks of cement that frame out the left side of the bar. You’ll see plants growing on the side of the walls too. The perfect touch of this speakeasy is a photo booth that is located in the back left corner, and it’s only $5 for two strips of photos! This hidden gem is the perfect place if you want to have a lively night, but not crazy. If you’re visiting Nashville or have friends in town, you must visit Old Glory, you’ll thank me later.
📍 136 Rosa L Parks Blvd (Downtown)
To get into this hidden bar in Downtown Nashville, you must have a secret phone number that you dial into a restored, antique London phone booth. Grab the exclusive phone number from from a member, concierge or friend!
The Red Phone Booth concept features traditional Neopolitan Pizzas, Creative Rare Craft Cocktails, and a Cigar Program in a safe 1920’s speakeasy atmosphere. The most notable cocktails are the Macallan 1824 flight which includes 1/2 ounce pours of the Macallan Rare Cask, Reflexion, No. 6 and the M, as well as the Pappy Van Winkle flight featuring the Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year, Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 year, Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 year, Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 23 year, and the super-limited Old Rip Van Winkle 25 year.
With a strict dress code to follow, this hidden gem features restored original brick and reclaimed tobacco barn wood floors, a honey onyx bar, intimate fireplaces, custom Italian leather couches, and hand-painted ceiling with back lighting.
So if you’re looking for a relaxing speakeasy hangout, get the access code and stop by the Red Phone Booth!
📍 413 Houston St (Wedgewood-Houston)
Never Never Bar
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Photo by Mike Luckett | Never Never Bar
If you see a pink neon lit sign that says BAR
in the industrial warehouse area next to Bastion’s gravel parking lot, then you spotted Never Never.
It’s kind of like a trailer house, but way cooler.
Never Never is still recent, but it’s a simple bar. If you sit on the bar stools, you’ll get a view of the train that passes by from time to time.
Located in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood, it’s a chill spot for locals and tourists to catch up and grab a drink. The setting is very casual with picnic tables on the patio and patio lights. The setting speaks a lot for the rest of the place. It has a simple drink menu. Just name a spirit and they will fix you something new on the spot.
📍 509 Houston St (Wedgewood-Houston)
Pink neon light sign when you enter Flamingo Cocktail Club
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Photos by Victoria Leuang | © NowPlayingNashville
If you see a small-flamingo pink colored building, then you found the spot. Flamingo Cocktail Club
is hands down my go-to place if you’re looking to dancing
, this is the place to hit the dance floor. Most people do not know about this hip, chic hidden gem.
The big, shiny disco ball adds the finishing touch to the dance floor at this club with its starlight effects reflecting everywhere in the room. Just get down and boogie to the amazing hit music!
If you start getting too hot from busting out too many dance moves, just step outside and lounge around in the wooden seating area. If you love to dance like myself, then you wouldn’t want to leave this club once you start feeling the music. Make sure you’re in cocktail attire because they will deny you at the door if you’re wearing sneakers, tank tops or tees.
📍 434 Houston St. STE 110 (Wedgewood-Houston)
Laid-back and hipster.
The space at Bastion
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Photo by Andrea Behrends | Bastion
Those are the two words that describes Bastion
, and I’m not ashamed to say it. Located in Wedgewood-Houston,
Bastion has built-in bleachers in the back, indoor patio lights and some of the coolest refurbished furniture and decor. There’s also long Catholic praying candles throughout the bar to light up the place. All of their music spins on vinyl.
there’s bubble hockey
that you can play for 50 cents and a hook and ring toss game
. It definitely sets the tone of the bar.
Bastion is a two-in-one bar and restaurant, but I usually love coming to this bar for the fresh crafted cocktails and wicked records. I’ve heard fantastic things about their restaurant which is located in the wooden sliding door area in the back on the far right of the entryway.
The bar is the type of place to lounge around with your friends. Bastion usually has a punch of the day that is always refreshing- just ask the bartender! Also, if you get a little hungry while you’re drinking away, order the nachos with or without meat because it’s literally bomb dot com. It has the perfect toppings to chip ratio, plus it’s the only thing they serve at the bar. Even better, they hand you a metal rack holder of condiments with a balloon attached while you wait for your nachos.
Also, another thing that is unique about Bastion is they recently started a Hip Hop Karaoke on certain Sundays from 7pm-10pm. Keep an eye on their Instagram where they usually announce the date.
📍 438 Houston St. Suite 160 (Wedgewood-Houston)
Stop by the by at Earnest Bar & Hideaway for a refreshing well-crafted cocktail!
Grab yourself a cocktail at Earnest Bar & Hideaway
Earnest Bar & Hideaway, formerly known as Hemingway’s completes the industrial strip of bars in the Wedgewood-Houston area. This Ernest Hemingway-inspired bar and restaurant serves up one of the best old-fashioned drinks. I love the interior of Earnest because it takes you back in time with the simple wooden pillars and tables. The chandeliers inside the bar set a timeless and classy atmosphere.
If you’re looking for more of a social area to wine it down for the night, then this is for you! Seriously grab a bite here and order something off their bar menu. I fell in love with their burger–it’s so simple but very flavorful. Stop by Earnest after dancing away at Flamingo’s!
📍 1201 5th Avenue North (Germantown)
This pop up located in Germantown features Craft Cocktails and Absinthe in a lounge atmosphere. Only open on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights, the bar has a diverse menu of cocktails. I highly recommend eating beforehand.
Tempered Cafe has created a unique menu of drinks. On the absinthe side, try the La Muse Verte or opt for a Flight of any three absinthes paired with Tempered truffles. On the cocktail side, try the Green Hour paired with one of the cafe’s Dark Chocolate Absinthe Truffle for an extra $2.
Try the Green Hour Cocktail & Absinthe Lounge for a late night cocktail!
📍 2600 8th Ave S. #109 (Melrose)
Cozy seats and booths at Rambler Cocktail Bar
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Photos by Victoria Leuang | © NowPlayingNashville
This vibrant neon cocktail bar lives underground at The Sutler on Melrose. I’ve always known about The Sutler Saloon
, which is why I was confused when my best friend took me here.
The Rambler Cocktail Bar is an upscale lounge with modern plush seating. Following their slogan, this was one of the “hard to find, easy to love moments.” They have signature cocktails that are amazing (especially the Jamaican old fashioned). There’s also a dance floor where you can unwind and dance with your friends. The music never disappoints either, so that’s a bonus.
Experience the other side of nightlife in Nashville besides Broadway. Overall, I personally love every single bar that I’ve listed and they’re special for their own reason. We all have different opinions, taste and style, so go check them out for yourself. Comment below on some of your personal favorites as well!