Nashville is at once historic and a vibrant living thing. Home to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Music Row and so much more, city bars have been elevating their game—literally. Some of the hottest places to grab a drink and listen to live music now come with unprecedented views. These are 13 of the best rooftop spots in Nashville to see and be seen.
Atop the Westin Nashville downtown, enjoy a dip in the glass enclosed dipping pool with views all around or relax on the outdoor terrace or indoor lounge while imbibing a specialty cocktail like “Day at the Races” (rye whiskey, fresh lime juice, mint syrup, IPA float).
Acme Feed & Seed
Impressive views of Broadway Street, Cumberland River and Nissan Stadium Riverfront Park await on the rooftop, home of the Friday and Saturday DJ dance parties. Picnic with fast, casual food from the first floor and wash it down with drinks such as the "Adderol Spritzer" (Pickers Blood Orange Vodka, Aperol, Cava, tropical Red Bull).
The George Jones
Once you make it through the George Jones Museum, the spacious roof awaits to delight. It directly overlooks the yearly CMA Fest, but each day the long bar delivers up live music with incredible vistas below with drinks like "Music City Mule" (Whiskey Jam blackberry whiskey, housemade lime sour, ginger beer), beer, slushies, wine and shared drinks for four to five. Chow down on food with a Southern/Nashville spin downstairs from The Smokehouse.
Rock Bottom Brewery
Panoramic views of and short walks to major attractions downtown are a plus, but the Broadway districts's only brewery draws with 11 beers on tap, delivered from tank to table. Discover tastes from the Southern Flyer, an American light lager, to Earl Grey E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter) with malt and hop flavors with a dash of Earl Grey English black tea.
Tootsie's Orchid Lounge
You never know who might turn up to perform on a nightly basis at Tootsie's. It proudly displays a list of who's who in the country music world, which originated in the '60s; the list includes Willie Nelson, who got his start on stage here.
Check out the indoor/outdoor bar on the top of the Thompson Nashville. Open daily at 3 pm, DJs provide the soundtrack to an experience filled with everything from bruschetta to burgers and wine, beer, Champagne and cocktails.
Head to the roof for panoramic views of Broadway Street, but you'll be tempted by three stories that include six bars and three stages. Grab a specialty handcrafted cocktail to help down the “Crazy Town Burger,” angus beef topped with hot chicken, Crazy Town sauce and all the fixings.
The Rooftop Lounge at the Bobby Hotel
The only hotel around with a bus on its roof, chill out in the back of a 1956 Greyhound bus—or up front to overlook Fourth Avenue. The day's relaxed pool atmosphere changes to a seductive vibe inside the lounge at night where beer, wine, liquor and Champagne flow.
The rooftop terrace holds up to 150 people but the attraction here is the award-winning Asian-fusion cuisine from the robata grill and sushi bar ... and sake.
Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row
Touting "Broadway's Tallest Rooftop Bar," Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row delivers live music every day with a perfect view. Try food with a Southern bent like catfish and grits and fried pickles or come for the weekend brunch featuring a mimosa tower and live DJ. And of course there is plenty of whiskey to go around in addition to beer, wine and craft cocktails.
Thirteen floors up on Fourth Avenue is a rooftop lounge that is built for the entire year. Wood-burning fireplaces, overhead heaters and weighted blankets help keep the chill away as do available s'mores kits. A trip wouldn't be complete, however, without sampling one of 10 impressive butcher boards.
Country duo Florida Georgia Line's Cruise Rooftop Bar is built for all-day partying to the sights of the Nashville skyline. Live music daily, focused on today's country, is a house specialty as is its own Old Camp Whiskey, as featured in "Party People," (Old Camp Peach Pecan, pear liqueur, lemon juice, honey syrup, soda).
UP, a rooftop lounge
Find this upscale spot atop the Fairfield Inn & Suites Nashville. Choose indoor or outdoor seating while sipping top-shelf liquor and indulging in fare including a gourmet charcuterie board, Nashville hot chicken tacos and chocolate salted caramel brownie sundaes.