Nashville

The Most Terrifying Haunted Houses in Nashville

Haunted Hell Nashville
Haunted Hell Nashville
Haunted Hell Nashville

As if real life isn’t frightening enough, some of you really like to go to commercial haunted houses to get the bejeebus further scared out of you. Psychiatrists would call this “displacement,” but others would call it fun. We’re not here to settle who’s right, but we are here to point you to the most terrifying haunted houses in Nashville, should that appeal to you. As it’s the spookiest of seasons, Middle Tennessee offers plenty of unsettling venues where patrons can walk among the dead and get their heartbeats pumping. These are the best of the best.

Nashville Nightmare Haunted House
Nashville Nightmare Haunted House
Nashville Nightmare Haunted House

Nashville Nightmare Haunted Houses

North Nashville
There are actually six separate attractions at this monstrous haunted complex. Options range from a reimagining of The Exorcist featuring an evil nun to a haunted morgue to a full-on zombie apocalypse. To fill up your scary agenda, there are also carnival games, mini escape games, and ax-throwing classes, because you never know when you’ll need that particular set of skills to defend yourself from the ghouls.
Cost: $24.99-$33.99

Slaughterhouse

Hermitage
Located in an old theater multiplex, Slaughterhouse makes for the perfect scary date night experience. While you wait in line, you’ll be entertained by a DJ and dancers. Once you make it into the attraction, there are five separate theaters to explore filled with spookiness from some of your favorite old movies. Speaking of movies, you can watch classic scary movies after the trip through the “sin-ema.” The talented tattooists of Lone Wolf are also on hand to permanently commemorate the occasion in ink if you’re so inclined.
Cost: $25 general admission, $32 with a movie, $50 with a movie and dinner

Devil's Dungeon Haunted House
Devil’s Dungeon Haunted House
Devil’s Dungeon Haunted House

Devil’s Dungeon

East Nashville
Located right across the Cumberland River downtown, Devil’s Dungeon is one of Nashville’s oldest and most beloved (behated?) haunted houses. With more than 20,000 square feet of creepy dark hallways to feel your way through and rooms filled with grotesque costumed performers determined to make you scream, Devil’s Dungeon is scarier than sharing a pedal tavern with a bachelorette party from Auburn!
Cost: $20, with a $30 speed pass

Haunted Hell Nashville

Antioch
Lines to get into this attraction can get scary long, but it’s worth the wait (or the cost of the speed pass) because once you enter Haunted Hell, you’ll encounter scores of frightening actors spread across the decrepit ruins of the property. Attractions range from a pitch-dark maze to navigate to a thoroughly disorienting distortion room with flashing strobe lights and a floor that seems to shift beneath your feet. In addition to little surprises and jump-scares, there are also larger grotesque tableaus decorated in intricate detail to shock and awe.
Cost: $25, with a $35 speed pass

BEAST HOUSE – The Money Back Haunted House

North Nashville
This multi-attraction experience actually offers a full refund if you can complete the tour through the haunted house, a free-fall from the roof and a special “Beast Challenge” that purportedly involves eating something really nasty. Even if you don’t get your money back, you’ll get to spend an enjoyable evening making your way through the Isaac Kechem Mansion between Madison and Goodlettsville that has more than a century of history of being haunted as hell!
Cost: $25 general admission, $15 Beast Challenge, $10 Beast Jump, $50 combo

Clarksville Zombie Hunters, LLC
Clarksville Zombie Hunters, LLC
Clarksville Zombie Hunters, LLC

Clarksville Zombie Hunters

Clarksville
During rush hour, the drive up Interstate 24 to Clarksville can be scary enough. Now add zombies. This attraction includes outdoor movies shown on a big screen for your pre- or post-zombie killing pleasure, along with a pitch-black maze to navigate, a shooting gallery to practice your skills before you go hunting for walkers, and two separate zombie missions to help thin out the crowd of undead. One option is more of a militia scenario traipsing through the woods while the other puts you on top of a Zombie Assault Vehicle with a turret-mounted paintball gun to sweep the area with. You’d almost have to feel sorry for all those ghouls, except they have no feelings. Because, y’know… zombies.
Cost: $49 all-access pass

Creepy Hollow Haunted Woods
Creepy Hollow Haunted Woods
Creepy Hollow Haunted Woods

Creepy Hollow Haunted Woods

Spring Hill
Bundle up, because this is an indoor/outdoor haunted experience. There’s a cozy bonfire to keep you warm while you watch horror movie clips to keep you entertained in line. The journey begins with a traditional indoor haunted house with a disorienting mirror room and plenty of creepy crawlies roaming the hallways before pouring you out into the haunted woods where you’ll encounter scary scenes and bloodcurdling actors. Guests can also take a haunted hayride to extend the evening’s enjoyment.
Cost: $28

Dead Land Haunted Woods

Lebanon
You’ll have to survive three trials to make your way out of this frightening forest. “The Curse” revolves around the region’s days of yore stretching back to indigenous Native American legends through Civil War battles in the area, with frightening actors reenacting the haunted history. “The Portal” features more modern nightmares like zombies and Slenderman. “The Crypt” is a hybrid maze/escape game filled with eerie creatures and spectacular special effects. It’s a bit of a haul out to Lebanon from Nashville, so you might as well tackle all three once you get there.
Cost: $15 each for The Portal and The Curse, $10 for The Crypt.

Bloody Acres Haunted Woods
Bloody Acres Haunted Woods
Bloody Acres Haunted Woods

Bloody Acres Haunted Woods

Gallatin
Bring some folding money, because this attraction is cash-only. Plus, you’d hate to miss out on experiencing 20 scare zones spread out over 17 acres of wooded trails just because you only brought your debit card. Each zone features multiple scenes straight out of horror canon, like a movie unspooling before your eyes. Oh, there will be blood, but it’s mainly aimed at family fun as long as your kids can survive a little goofy gore.
Cost: $15

Millers Thrillers Haunted Woods

Columbia
If you’ve learned nothing else in this roundup of Halloween-themed attractions, it should be that THE WOODS ARE FREAKING HAUNTED around here. It’ll take you most of an hour to wend your way through the paths that crisscross along an old mining trail that is inhabited by all sorts of creepy denizens. Stay with your group lest you lose your way in the freaky forest. If you’d rather ride than walk, take the haunted hayride where you can shoot paintballs at hordes of staggering zombies. Don’t forget to spring for some extra ammo so you don’t run out before the herd is defeated!
Cost: $20 Haunted Woods, $20 Zombie Paintball Hayride, $30 combo, $10 entertainment zoneSign 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 him 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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