Nashville

The Best Happy Hours in Your Nashville Neighborhood

Butchertown Hall
Butchertown Hall
Butchertown Hall

Thanks to Nashville’s status as a party destination, it’s gotten pretty darned expensive to drink in this town. The already stratospheric prices of cocktails at some luxury boutique hotel bars get hammered with additional fees including sales, alcohol, and hospitality taxes that lead drinkers to wonder if they ordered that Old Fashioned from Ticketmaster. Fortunately, there are still a few great drinking deals in Music City at good ol’ happy hour. If you’re looking to drink on the cheap, here are some of the best bargains in town, organized by neighborhood for your convenience.

Josephine on 12th
Josephine on 12th
Josephine on 12th

12South

Josephine
When: Monday-Friday from 5-7 pm (bar only)
The deal: If you wonder why Jospehine has become one of Nashville’s favorite dining destinations, look no further than their happy hour deals, including food specials like a $6 burger made with a Porter Road Butcher beef patty on a Martin’s potato roll; their version of a boilermaker, “The Music City” (a can of Hap & Harrys and a shot of George Dickel) for just $8; a rotating Coupe du Jour cocktail for $9; and a sommelier’s choice (sparking, white, or red wine) for $7.

Stay Golden
Stay Golden
Stay Golden

Berry Hill

Stay Golden
When: Monday-Friday from 4-6 pm
The deal: This stylish bar/coffeehouse/restaurant shows out during their weekday afternoon Golden Hour with a rotating selection of food and drink specials, including $2 off wine, $1 off beer, plus classic cocktails and menu items for just $8. It’s a great place to wait out the rush hour traffic of the neighborhood.

Capitol Grille
Capitol Grille
Capitol Grille

Capitol Hill

Oak Bar
When: Daily from 3-5 pm
The deal: They’re happy to give you a head start on happy hour at Oak Bar, one of the classiest watering holes in town. Blow off the last two hours of the work day to enjoy selections of snacks from the Capitol Grille kitchen and $2 off select wine, beer, and cocktails for an afternoon delight.¬†

M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers (Capitol View)
M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers (Capitol View)
M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers (Capitol View)

Capitol View

M.L. Rose
When: Monday-Friday from 3-6pm
The deal: More than just a fantastic burger and beer joint, (although they are great at both) M.L. Rose offers a full bar and happy hour specials of $1 off appetizers, liquor, wine, and beer. On Tuesdays, the deal gets even sweeter with two-for-one craft beers from 3pm until close and double tall well drinks until 10pm.

Listening Room Cafe
Listening Room Cafe
Listening Room Cafe

Chestnut Hill

The Listening Room Cafe
When: Monday-Friday from 11am to 5:30pm
The deal: Not only is The Listening Room Cafe a premiere performance venue for local singer/songwriters, but it’s also a fine place to day drink thanks to “Happy Days” deals of $3 drafts, $4 mimosas, $5 bloodys, $5 house wine, and $5 house cocktails.

East Nashville

The 5 Spot
When: Friday from 6-8:30 pm
The deal: This popular gathering spot for East Nashville’s music scene throws a helluva party every Friday with “Tim Carroll’s Rock ‚Äėn Roll Happy Hour.” There’s no cover charge to watch some of the city’s best rock bands play for tips, plus $2 ice cold tall-boy beers. Food trucks park out back if you need party sustenance for the rest of the night.

Eighth Avenue

Mangia Nashville
When: Monday-Thursday from 4-7 pm
The deal: This convivial Italian eatery offers changing nightly specials Monday through Thursday, but the $3.50 draft beer deal remains constant. Other treats to expect include half-price Martini Mondays, $4 house wines on Wine Wednesdays, and discounted apps and wine specials on Thursdays before the karaoke kicks off at 8. 

Farmer’s Market

The Picnic Tap
When: Thursday from 4-8 pm
The deal: Thursdays at The Picnic Tap are “Pint Nights.” Take advantage of the ample parking at the Nashville Farmers’ Market to enjoy $4 featured pints, buy the beer and keep the glass deals, plus other free swag and live music.

Five Points Pizza
Five Points Pizza
Five Points Pizza

Five Points

Five Points Pizza
When: Monday-Friday from 2-6 pm
The deal: This popular slice shop on the east side is especially attractive during their weekday happy hours when you can pick up any slice plus a draft beer for $8 or go a little more basic and grab a slice of pepperoni or cheese pizza along with a High Life or PBR for only five bucks.

Butchertown Hall
Butchertown Hall
Butchertown Hall

Germantown

Butchertown Hall
When: Sunday-Thursday 2-6 pm
The deal: Take a trip to Texas Hill Country at this smoked meat emporium which showcases $6 margaritas and palomas, $4 and $5 beer deals, and $5 wines plus small plate food specials during its hours of happiness.

The Gulch

Peg Leg Porker
When: Thursday-Saturday from 4-6 pm
The deal: Unlike other places that try to draw customers in during their slow nights, at Peg Leg Porker they like to throw down during prime party time, especially in their new upstairs play lounge they call “The Pig Pen.” If you need convincing to climb all those steps, how do these grab you: $2 Old Milwaukee cans, $1 off local drafts, $6 Watermelon Froz√©s, and $6 for a Kool-Aid pickle margarita. Does that last one sound weird to you? Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

Lockeland Springs

Lockeland Table
When: Community Hour six days a week, Monday-Saturday from 4-6 pm
The deal: Neighborhood favorite Lockeland Table likes to call their special time “Community Hour” since a portion of sales goes back to local schools. They offer shareable dishes and glasses of wine starting at $6 plus a kids menu with healthy options, because Lockeland recognizes that working parents need to feed their kids while unwinding with a glass of wine after a long day.

Sinema
Sinema
Sinema

Melrose

Sinema
When: Monday-Friday from 5-6:30 pm
The deal: The sultry bar in this upscale restaurant is the place to go for $6 well highballs, $6 Old Fashioned cocktails, $6 champagne cocktails, $6 select beers, $6 house wines, and $6 select bites from their food menu. Sixes are apparently wild.

Union Common
Union Common
Union Common

Midtown

Union Common 
When: Monday-Friday from 4-7 pm
The deal: Union Common makes their happy hour deal easy to remember with half off on craft cocktails, wine by the glass, and small plate appetizers. Simplicity is bliss!

Music Row

The 404 Kitchen
When: Monday-Thursday from 4-6 pm
The deal: Gertie’s Bar on the ground floor of The 404 Kitchen has, without a doubt, the best whiskey collection in town, but they showcase other things during happy hour, including half-price beer and wine by the glass and half-price signature cocktails including the Old Fashioned, the 404 Vesper, Margarita, and a darned fine Negroni.

Nicky's Coal Fired
Nicky’s Coal Fired
Nicky’s Coal Fired

The Nation’s

Nicky’s Coal Fired
When: Monday-Thursday from 5-6:30 pm
The deal: In addition to rotating drink specials, this delightful Italian ristorante offers a half-off antipasti menu which includes rotating hot and cold appetizers including antipasti like lardo, Cotto, and Copa.

ONEC1TY

SandBar 
When: Monday-Friday from 4-7 pm
The deal: It’s always happy at this convivial outdoor dog-friendly bar with its sand volleyball courts and drinks served in real coconuts, but in the first three hours after opening they up the ante by throwing in free Jell-O shots with the purchase of any boozy beverage.¬†

Tennessee Brew Works
Tennessee Brew Works
Tennessee Brew Works

Pie Town

Tennessee Brew Works 
When: Monday-Friday from 3-6 pm
The deal: This stylish modern craft brewery and taproom serves great food, too. It’s especially attractive during happy hour with discounted small plates like spinach dip, hot chicken hush puppies, and brisket street tacos plus $1 off drafts and $4 well drinks.

Black Rabbit
Black Rabbit
Black Rabbit

Printer’s Alley

Black Rabbit 
When: Monday-Friday from 4:30-6:30 pm
The deal: Happy hour at Black Rabbit always features $5 select drinks plus other rotating specials like a burger, beer, and side dish deal for $15 on Tuesdays and Triple T Thursday where tacos, Tecate, and tequila will set you back just ten bucks.

SoBro

The Green Pheasant 
When: Monday-Saturday from 2-6 pm
The deal: This stunning modern Japanese restaurant gives 5% of their midday sales back to the community through local charitable organizations, but they also give some pretty good deals to their customers, too. Enjoy $5 house red wine, 2-for-1 Kirin Ichiban drafts and great deals on sake and shochu while knowing you’re giving something back.

Vanderbilt/West End

Mason Bar 
When: Daily from 5-7 pm
The deal: This cozy bar in the lobby of the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel doesn’t care what day of the week it is; they want you to be happy for at least a couple of hours. Special “craft on draft” cocktails are featured for $8 along with $5 deals on domestic draft beers including from the local favorites at Yazoo Brewing Co. Add on discounted hot chicken sliders and tuna tartare tacos to make a meal of it.

Wedgewood/Houston

Earnest Bar & Hideaway 
When: Monday-Friday from 3-6 pm
The deal: Tucked away on the ground floor of the Houston Station building, Earnest really is a hideaway with exposed stone walls and rough-hewn ceilings. Yet they still make it feel cozy, perhaps thanks to the $4 draft beers and $10 selected cocktail deals they offer during happy hour. The talented bar staff is always willing to help you find a new favorite.Sign up here for our daily Nashville email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun the Music City has to offer.

Chris Chamberlain is a food, drink and travel writer based out of his hometown of Nashville. Find out what else really chafes his hide on Twitter @CeeElCee.

Nashville

How to Get into Nashville’s Best Speakeasies and Secret Bars

Nashville's speakeasies have impeccable cocktails and even better vibes.

One More Cocktail Club
One More Cocktail Club
One More Cocktail Club

It’s not like it’s difficult to find a spot for a proper cocktail in Nashville, except when it’s intentionally hard. Some of Nashville’s finest bars are a little more hidden away, to create a sense of exclusivity and limit crowds so that talented bartenders can offer the sort of individualized attention that their inventive drinks deserve. Besides, it’s nice to have a conversation at a bar where you don’t have to yell to be heard. Here are some of our favourite places to chill.

The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club
The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club
The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club

The Fox Bar and Cocktail Club

South InglewoodThe talented mixologists at The Fox are a big part of the attraction, and some of their novel takes on classic cocktails have actually won national awards in recipe contests. But even if all you want is a proper gin and tonic, you’ll be delighted by the cozy library vibe of the East Nashville emporium. The bar staff insists on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, so the drink menu changes frequently. Don’t worry if your favourite rolls off, because there’s sure to be something new to delight you.

Danielle B. Atkins
Danielle B. Atkins
Danielle B. Atkins

Attaboy

East NashvilleAn outpost of the James Beard Award-nominated NYC cocktail bar, Nashville’s version of Attaboy is no slouch either. Well, the building is kindy slouchy, a cinderblock edifice hidden away in an alley where guests are invited to “knock gently” to gain entry. If the bar is full, you’ll have to wait outside, but once you gain entrance, the fun really begins. Bartenders interview patrons about their drink preferences and then compose cocktails on the fly to fulfil their wildest dreams. Sit at the bar or settle into a blue velvet booth to enjoy a completely crafty cocktail or two.

Hidden Bar
Hidden Bar
Hidden Bar

Hidden Bar

DowntownThis subterranean lair in the Noelle hotel downtown is intentionally difficult to find. The entrance is through a door you’d probably never pass through unless you work for the hotel cleaning staff, but it’s a passage to something wonderful. Hidden Bar often stages thematic pop-ups that extend to both the riotous decor and the drink list, and large-format drinks are designed for sharing, so bring a few friends.

Skull's Rainbow Room
Skull’s Rainbow Room
Skull’s Rainbow Room

Skull’s Rainbow Room

Printer’s AlleySkull’s has been a Printers Alley institution since the middle of the last century, except for the few years it was closed when notorious club owner David “Skull” Schulman was murdered, reportedly by someone that knew he always kept the evening’s cash receipts in the top pocket of his trademark overalls. Since reopening, the showroom has revived the old-school vibe with nightly jazz and burlesque shows, classic cocktails served from an elaborate wooden bar and a restaurant that features an excellent chophouse menu. It’s easy to forget the time during an evening at Skulls. Heck, it’s easy to forget what decade it is.

Bar Sovereign
Bar Sovereign
Bar Sovereign

Bar Sovereign

SoBroTucked away in a nondescript strip mall among the towering hotel buildings of SoBro, Bar Sovereign’s entrance is marked only by a small golden plaque that is fortunately close to eye level. Inside is a wonderland of bold artwork covering the walls, a sculpture created from a disassembled piano behind the bar and a menu of interesting and affordable cocktails that is rare to find amongst the nearby tourist destinations. The atmosphere gets a little wilder late at night when DJs spin tunes for the party people and industry folks looking to blow off a little steam at the end of a shift.

Bay 6
Bay 6
Bay 6

Bay 6

East NashvilleThis microbar has a double punny name. First of all, it is, indeed, crammed into the sixth bay of what used to be a self-service car wash before the building was converted into an elevated food and drink court with international carryout restaurants occupying the other quintet of stalls. Secondly, the menu is intentionally basic, with simple, well-made cocktails designed to be served quickly so that guests can enjoy them in one of the very few seats in Bay 6 or carry them out to the lively outdoor patio where patrons enjoy their food from one of the options at The Wash.

Green Hour
Green Hour
Green Hour

Green Hour

GermantownBy day, Tempered Fine Chocolates occupies this space, but on Thursday through Saturday evenings, they unpack the bottles, build a bar and flick on the green light that lets tipplers know that Green Hour is now in session. Dedicated to the exotic “Green Fairy,” absinthe, the bar offers pours of more than a dozen versions of the anise-flavoured spirit. Enjoy a classic absinthe service with drops of water to open up the aromas and flavours or order a flight of three for comparison. The bartenders also employ absinthe in an array of exotic cocktails, but if you don’t like licorice, you might want to pass.

Never Never
Never Never
Never Never

Never Never

Wedgewood-HoustonIt’s not like they’re trying to hide Never Never. It’s just that the former welding shop is so non-descript and hidden away next to the railroad tracks, you might need someone to show you the way to the front door. It’s worth the hunt, though, because the cocktails are both clever and cheap. Enjoy small bites, beer, wine and cocktails at the amiable dimly-lit bar or discover the patio oasis out back that feels like being a guest at a friend’s house party.

Minerva Avenue
Minerva Avenue
Minerva Avenue

Minerva Ave

North NashvilleDress to impress at this Tennessee State University neighbourhood cocktail lounge. A tall fence surrounds the compound to provide privacy, but once you knock for admission, you’ll encounter an expansive outdoor deck with cabanas, fire pits and an outdoor bar. Inside, it’s a little more vibey with plush booths, dramatic lighting accents as well as nostalgic music and artwork. Smokers can enjoy hookah service and cigars, and bottle service is available for high rollers.

One More Cocktail Club
One More Cocktail Club
One More Cocktail Club

One More Cocktail Club

DowntownTucked away in the hallway outside of Level 3 South at the Assembly Food Hall, One More Cocktail Club feels like worlds away from the tourist throngs below. There’s only room for a couple of dozen guests in the chic lounge, so everyone is treated like a VIP. The menu is a mix of new craft cocktails and classics, with special attention paid to creating beautiful works of art including appropriate garnishes. A tight menu of red, white and bubbly wines is also available for those in the know.

Pushing Daisies Underground Margaritas
Pushing Daisies Underground Margaritas
Pushing Daisies Underground Margaritas

Pushing Daisies

DowntownIf you park on the top deck of the garage below the Fifth + Broad retail/dining/entertainment complex across from the Bridgestone Arena, you’ll actually have to walk down to get to Pushing Daisies, home of “underground margaritas.” Named after the class of cocktails that feature citrus, sweet and sour, this hot new lounge concentrates on the tequila version of the whiskey sour or daiquiri. Margaritas are crafted using luxury ingredients and quaffed by a hip crowd of guests enjoying pumping music and dramatic lighting. It’s definitely a scene to be seen.

The Late Great
The Late Great
The Late Great

The Late Great

Demonbreun/Music RowFor the first year this cocktail lounge at the Virgin Nashville was open, it wasn’t really open. Instead, it was a private membership club with an entrance hidden away even from hotel guests. Now, we civilians can make reservations for a three-cocktail “experience” in this shrine to music and creativity, decorated like the writers’ lounge outside the legendary recording studios on nearby Music Row. Private memberships are still available if you’re so inclined and still flush with those songwriter royalty checks.

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Sarah Carter is a writer and country music lover living in Lebanon, Tennessee. Follow her (mostly southern) regional exploits and stories on Instagram.

Chris Chamberlain is a food, drink, and travel writer based out of his hometown of Nashville. Find him on Twitter @CeeElCee.

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