Nashville

How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Nashville This Year

For a successful St. Patrick's Day, hit these parades, barcrawls, parties, and festivals.

Von Elrod's Beer Hall & Kitchen
Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen
Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen

We’re always down for a party here in Music City, but this weekend is particularly, let’s say, indulgent. St. Patrick’s Day has finally arrived, and we hope you’re ready to crawl through pubs. If you’re looking to stay upright, however, you can also parade through East Nashville or even run a half marathon. Opportunities abound in Nashville to celebrate, so make plans now.

Music City Irish Fest
Music City Irish Fest
Music City Irish Fest

Celebrate the roots of country music at the Music City Irish Fest

Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18
Donelson
Country Music traces its roots back to Appalachia and the Scotch-Irish who brought their traditional folk music to the region. That’s why the fiddle is a central part of many tunes, and don’t call it a violin. The Grand Ole Opry reaches back in history this weekend to honour these traditions with a free Irish Party on the Plaza at the Grand Ole Opry House. Buy a ticket to the Opry show to see guest Irish musicians appearing alongside the country stars of today.
Cost: $55 and up

March in the East Nashville St. Patrick’s Parade

Saturday, March 18
East Nashville
It’s been almost two decades since Nashville hosted its last St. Patrick’s Day parade, and the Irish Network Nashville has decided that was long enough. The group recently hosted the Irish ambassador to the US to celebrate their formation, and they’ll be leading the parade through the Five Points neighbourhood for a day of Celtic music and frivolity starting at 10 am.
Cost: Free

Tin Roof Nashville
Tin Roof Nashville
Tin Roof Nashville

Rock the Block at the Lucky Stache Bash

Friday, March 17
Demonbreun Hill
Nashville’s longest-running St. Patty’s party returns to Tin Roof on Demonbreun Hill for the lucky 13th instalment. They’ll basically take over the whole block with bands on multiple stages all day and night, featuring Herobust as the headliner. They’ll be offering giveaways and drink specials throughout the party to maximize the merriment.
Cost: $15 – $20

Von Elrod's Beer Hall & Kitchen
Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen
Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen

Go cross-cultural at Von Patrick’s Day

Friday, March 17
Germantown
For one night only, the traditional German beer garden at Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen will morph into an Irish pub for a celebration of the man that drove out the snakes. Headliner band Rubik’s Groove will pump out the greatest hits of the ‚Äė80s and ‚Äė90s, and Von Elrod’s will offer drink deals at multiple bars set up around the venue. Come wearing your finest finery, because there will also be a Best Dressed contest with cash prizes.
Cost: $20 – $25

Team Magic
Team Magic
Team Magic

Kick off racing season at the St. Patrick’s Music City Half Marathon, 10k and 5k

Saturday, March 18
East Nashville
Even if you’re not yet in racing shape after a winter of couch surfing, lace up your sneakers and head to Shelby Park to take part in a convivial fun run. Three distances from 5K to 13.1 miles should challenge most ability levels, but most of all you’ll be helping to support the Friends of Shelby Park organization that helps to maintain the trails through the popular park.
Cost: $59 and up

Embrace surprise at the Clover Crawl

Friday, March 17
Downtown
Focusing on downtown bars, this crawl starts with a bit of a mystery since the organizers won’t text participants the starting location until the morning of the event. After that, the surprises will keep on coming as the crowd crawls between five bars taking advantage of exclusive drink specials and participating in St. Patty’s-themed games along the way.
Cost: $25

Explore some luxe lounges on the lack Bar Crawl

Saturday, March 18
North Nashville
Eschewing the traditional date and location of most bar crawls, this event showcases the bars and restaurants around Jefferson St. near HBCU Tennessee State University. Buy your wristband for a free brunch at Yay Yay’s, a complimentary cocktail at each of the five hotspots you’ll visit, discounted drinks and no cover charge. Some of Nashville’s hottest DJs will provide the entertainment at each stop.
Cost: $50 and up

Kung Fu Saloon
Kung Fu Saloon
Kung Fu Saloon

Rock the Row at the Luck of the Irish Bar Crawl

Friday, March 17
Division St./Music Row
While Lower Broad gets the bulk of St. Patty’s revellers, the Division St. corridor has its share of rollicking bars, as well. The party kicks off at Kung Fu Saloon and visits several bars along Division where crawlers will receive half-price drink specials, pay nary a cover and enjoy food specials. Live music and DJs will be featured at stops along the crawl route, and organizers will also host a costume contest for cash and prizes.
Cost: $25.99

Work it for the weekend on the Kiss Me, I’m Irish Crawl

Friday, March 17 through Saturday, March 18
Downtown
OK, we’ll admit that all these crawls are starting to run together at this point, but this one is different, we swear! Why? Because it lasts for two days, you can make it a weekend of crawling. Other than that, yeah, it’s pretty much the same downtown no cover/drink specials kinda thing.
Cost: $20 – $60

Crawl a mile in St. Patty’s shoes on the Green Mile Party Bus and Pub Crawl

Saturday, March 18
Downtown
This crawl really is different because it offers a party bus option. In addition to the self-guided crawl with discounted drinks at downtown bars, participants can sign up for a two-hour trip on a party bus equipped with a Fireball and Patron shot chiller plus a beer fridge, smoke machines and laser light system.
Cost: $20 – $50

Assembly Food Hall
Assembly Food Hall
Assembly Food Hall

Get Sharm-rock’d at Assembly Food Hall

Friday, March 17
Downtown
The massive Assembly Food Hall at Fifth + Broadway welcomes all comers to enjoy live bands, green beers and Irish-inspired bites from many of the food vendors spread across multiple floors in two buildings. Seating is first come-first sat, so pack your comfortable shoes and make sure to wear something green.
Cost: Free

The Countrypolitan
The Countrypolitan
The Countrypolitan

Grab some deals at The Countrypolitan

Friday, March 17 through Sunday, March 19
Downtown
The Countrypolitan is the new restaurant and bar at Hotel Indigo, and the country they’ll be celebrating this particular weekend is Ireland. All weekend long they’ll be offering drink deals and meal steals, like $6 Guinness pints and Jameson shots, specialty Irish-themed cocktails and an $18 chef’s special of cottage ribeye pie and Irish cheddar. In fact, you can save yourself a bit of cheddar by eating and drinking there.
Cost: Free

M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers
M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers
M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers

Eat some burgers at M.L.Rose

Friday, March 17
Various
All three locations of M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers will celebrate St. Patty’s with discounted drinks to power your party. Partake of $6 Guinness, $5 green beers, $8 Jameson shots, and Irish Drop shots. You could even create your own pub crawl by visiting every M.L.Rose in a day. (Please consider a ride share if you undertake that one.)
Cost: Varies

Take in the art of Irish Stepdancing

Friday, March 17
Donelson
The venerable Nashville Palace is best known for country line dancing like the Texas two-step and sweetheart Schottische, but for St. Patrick’s, they’re showcasing traditional Irish step dancing with a performance by a local troupe. Watch their flying feet and prepare to be awed. It’ll be like (Cumberland) River Dance.
Cost: $7

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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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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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