The Best Rooftop Bars in Nashville
By Nashville Guru for nashvilleguru on Oct 16, 2018
Warm days call for cold drinks. Elevate your experience at one of Nashville’s popular rooftop bars, most of which are found Downtown and in The Gulch. Read on for our top picks—and if you want to sit outside but don’t need the altitude, check out the Best Patios in Nashville.
THE BEST ROOFTOP BARS IN NASHVILLE
The George Jones
Tucked away on 2nd Avenue, The George Jones has a sprawling rooftop area that includes one of the longest bars in town. Enjoy live music, a dedicated Smokehouse menu, and views of the Cumberland River and Nissan Stadium. Bonus: The patio is partly covered, should you need shelter from the heat or a sudden downpour.
Acme Feed & Seed
Acme sets the bar high for the Downtown scene. With less focus on honky-tonk music and more emphasis on a welcoming atmosphere, the hangout has become a go-to for locals and tourists alike. Head to the fourth-floor rooftop patio and bar for views down Broadway and up the Cumberland.
L27 Rooftop Lounge
L27 at the Westin Nashville is the city’s tallest rooftop bar, with a pool lounge, tasty drinks, and a stunning view of the skyline. Newly remodeled, the space incorporates Asian-fusion decor and a variety of seating options (like velvet couches, leather banquettes, and wooden chairs). Whether you sit inside or on the patio, it’s an unbelievably swanky experience.
The buzzy and beautiful Rare Bird recently debuted atop Noelle, a stylish new hotel on 4th Avenue. The views are spectacular—you can see the Cumberland, Nissan Stadium, and the pedestrian bridge in one swivel—and the atmosphere is intimate, with fireplaces, sofas, and chairs. Look above the expansive bar for a birdcage-inspired design.
Nashville Underground‘s rooftop has two claims to fame: It’s Broadway’s tallest with panoramic views as well as the city’s only double-decker option. One rooftop level boasts real green grass and a dog-friendly atmosphere, while the other has an LED video dance floor and more than 40 TVs. The menu offers tapas, flatbreads, a raw bar, and more.
L.A. Jackson is a popular hangout in The Gulch, located on top of the Thompson Nashville (which houses two other restaurants as well). Take in an incredible view of the Nashville skyline and a great atmosphere, no matter what time you go. The menu focuses on Southern-inspired dishes and beers; they also have cocktails and wine.
Venture to the rooftop of Bobby Hotel Downtown for a killer atmosphere, including a 1956 Scenicrouser bus where visitors can hangout. There’s a large bar and patio seating, perfect for lite bites and cocktails. Hotel guests have exclusive access to the pool, but it provides a relaxing backdrop for non-hotel guests, too.
Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
This popular restaurant in The Gulch is known for its contemporary atmosphere and Asian-fusion cuisine. While many rooftop bars are easy to spot from the street, Virago‘s is a hidden gem. With a wall of booths, four-top tables, and an outdoor bar, this is the ideal spot for a specialty cocktail and sushi.
FGL House is a popular new bar at the end of Broadway and boasts a large rooftop with views that span both sides of the river. Enjoy local craft beers and cocktails while soaking up the sun or evening air. FGL House also serves Southern-style cuisine with California flair, if hunger strikes.
Tootsies is a Nashville staple, and it’s become an even bigger draw thanks to the addition of a rooftop patio and bar. From the corner of 5th Avenue and Broadway, you can watch a sea of people enjoying themselves atop the bold purple building. It’s hard to resist making your way up there to join them.