If you want booze with views and cocktails in the clouds, the sky’s the limit in Music City which has an ever-growing array of vibrant hangouts high above the ground. From luxury terraces atop swanky hotels to honky-tonks and dive bars, there’s something for everyone in this pulsating city. Get ready to elevate your experience at some of the best rooftop bars in Nashville.
The 7 Best Rooftop Bars in Nashville
Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row is an American gastropub that draws a lively crowd looking to party. It’s also the highest honky-tonk rooftop on Broadway, the main thoroughfare that runs through the heart of downtown Nashville. The views are great, but so too is the music and vibe. When you need a break from two-stepping and swing dancing, there are lots of comfy couches spread across the deck area.
L27 at the Westin soars 27 floors high above downtown Nashville. It is one of the city’s tallest rooftop bars, and one of the most beautiful too. This Nashville rooftop bar has a pool complete with gorgeous loungers so you can soak up the sun as you soak in the views. Chilling on the patio with a refreshing cocktail in hand is a fabulously swanky experience. As the sun goes down and the volume turns up, and the party vibe really takes hold.
Located right on the corner of Lower Broadway, this rooftop bar affords cool views of the Cumberland River, Nissan Stadium and the entire strip. You can even wave at party-goers across the way on nearby rooftops. The historic building that houses this honky-tonk was built in 1890, and its decor pays homage and respect to its history. To pair with those terrific views, ACME serves up made-from-scratch food and local craft beers.
For an elevated rooftop experience, head to Up, a rooftop lounge, perched atop the Fairfield by Marriott in the Gulch neighbourhood. The spacious rooftop lounge has inside and outside seating areas and superb views of the downtown Nashville skyline. Menus feature upscale libations and shareable plates, for instance, delicious charcuterie boards and signature cocktails. This is the place to come for a stylish night out where you can curl up and chill out by the cosy fire-pits and laze under the pretty hanging lanterns.
The purple-hued Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge is an iconic downtown honky-tonk that has operated across the alley from the Ryman Auditorium almost continuously since 1960. Photographs and memorabilia line walls and scenes from the Loretta Lynn biopic Coal Miner’s Daughter were filmed inside. The live music here is terrifically toe-tapping and the top floor opens right out onto the roof. The rooftop has a few tables and chairs but you’ll find it impossible to sit down as you’ll want to join in with all the dancing.
White Limozeen is fun, funky and full of flair. You’ll find this indoor-outdoor rooftop bar and restaurant on top of the Graduate Hotel near Vanderbilt University. The rooftop is a tribute to musical legend, and Tennessee native, Dolly Parton. For those who don’t know, White Limozeen is the name of a 1989 Dolly Parton album and song. The rooftop has an onyx wraparound bar, glitzy chandeliers, hot pink fringed umbrellas and oversized floral daybeds as well as a wading pool. It’s over the top and fabulous, just like Dolly herself.
7. Bobby Hotel
The rooftop bar in Nashville’s Bobby Hotel is a lively spot with a fun, friendly vibe. From here you are treated to lovely views over the Nashville skyline and down the Avenue of the Arts. The green space features a pool with cool cabanas and a 1956 Scenicruiser bus that’s retrofitted for late-night parties under the stars. The drinks menu is extensive and eclectic and the food menu features tasty Southern-inspired dishes. During the summer you can enjoy live music and dance the night away al fresco.