Nashville has transformed in recent years, drawing a slew of vacationers who want to live it up in the Music City. What better place to sip and celebrate than at a rooftop bar? As Nashville has evolved, it’s ushered in an era of open-air lounges and scenic hotspots of all shapes and sizes.
Whether you want to dance the night away to a live band or have small talk and small bites in an elevated setting, Nashville, Tennessee has a place for you.
Looking for the best rooftop bar Nashville has to offer? Enjoy this list of scenic spots that we know you and your crew will love.
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- Best with Rooftop Bar in Midtown. Graduate Nashville in Midtown is home to the kitschy and fun, Dolly-Parton themed White Limozeen rooftop bar. In addition to the bar, an à la carte breakfast is available each morning at Graduate Nashville. At the Poindexter Cafè, you can enjoy hot beverages.
- Best with Rooftop Bar in Printer’s Alley. Just steps away from the live music and entertainment on Broadway Street in downtown Nashville, the Bobby Hotel is a vibrant boutique hotel that offers a rooftop pool and lounge, on-site restaurants and upscale amenities throughout the custom design atmosphere.
- Best with Rooftop Bar in SoBro. The Westin Nashville is home to the rooftop bar, L27, a hidden gem that features amazing views and cocktails. You’ll also find other onsite restaurants and a spa on property.
The honky tonk Capital of the World: Home of the Ryman Auditorium (the original Grand Ole Opry stage), Bridgestone Arena, and endless bachelorette parties.
If you want to truly experience the rowdy, fun-filled phenomena of a night out on Broadway, head over to Nashville Underground. There are cold beers, hot chicken, and live music.
The hot spot features four rooftop bars and claims to be the largest multi-level rooftop in Nashville, meaning you don’t have to leave to find a new place to hang out. Bowl, play arcade games, or ride one of their mechanical bulls.
NUDIE’S HONKEY TONK
Nudie’s is the honky tonk to go to in Nashville. Located inside a historic building, the space features country music memorabilia and stage costumes that delight anyone who loves old-school Nashville.
The honky tonk honors Nudie Cohn, a tailor who became famous for creating rhinestone suits and customized cars. You have to check out his rhinestone-clad Cadillac ElDorado they have on display.
The rooftop area features live music and a classic Lower Broadway Ambiance. There’s cold beer, standard yet refreshing cocktails, and greasy bar food that you’ll crave after line-dancing the night away.
ACME FEED & SEED
Acme Feed and Seed is a celebration of all things Nashville: great southern cooking, regional craft beers, a store full of local products, and a simple yet stylish atmosphere that stands apart from its neighboring honky tonks.
Its rooftop bar is right on the Cumberland River and often has live music and special events. On the lower levels, you’ll find lounge seating, sushi bars, a gift shop, and vintage games.
It’s a rustic event space that honors the building’s history as a farm supply store during the mid-twentieth century. Acme Feed & Seed is definitely a fun place to visit while in Nashville.
THE LOOKOUT AT OLE RED
Ole Red is Blake Shelton’s bar in Downtown Nashville. The rooftop area varies in its vibe – sometimes you can drink and dance to live music, or sometimes it’s a low-key place to have a great lunch.
There’s a full menu at The Lookout at Ole Red. It includes fried green tomatoes, “Redneck Nachos,” and Shrimp and Grits.
The drinks are what you’d expect from a kitschy Lower Broadway bar: hit-or-miss and high-priced. But it’s the experience you’re coming for, the chance to dine and drink in a place custom-made for Nashville’s honky tonk scene.
LUKE’S 32 BRIDGE
Luke Bryan’s rooftop bar is a multi-level space that features live music and nightly DJs.
Luke kept it simple when he created 32 Bridge: good beer, good music, and good food. It’s not the most Instagram-worthy place, but the rooftop has great views of Broadway and Nissan Stadium in the distance.
AJ’S GOOD TIME BAR
A lot of Alan Jackson’s songs take place inside bars, so it’s no wonder he finally created a honky tonk of his own. AJ’s Good Time Bar features live music, a level dedicated entirely to karaoke, and a rooftop lounge.
Alan Jackson fans won’t leave disappointed. The bar is all about Alan. There are giant posters and personal artifacts, a slew of drink options named after song lyrics, and a dive bar vibe that he celebrates in his music.
There are not really any food options at AJ’s Good Time Bar, but it’s a great place to have a drink on Lower Broadway. Head up to the rooftop to throw back a “Hoochie Coochie Shooter” or a “Midnight in Montgomery.”
Don’t forget to snap a selfie with the life-size cutout of Alan Jackson before you head out for more downtown adventures.
Redneck Riviera is the honky tonk created by John Rich (half of the country duo Big & Rich). But instead of celebrating the musician, this spot is all about honoring America’s military and first responders.
The rooftop area is somewhat small, but it’s the perfect place for playing yard games and people-watching.
Is it the vibe you’d expect from the man behind “Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy?” It depends on the night and the crowd. But it’s worth stopping by if you like an all-American honky tonk experience.
JASON ALDEAN’S KITCHEN + ROOFTOP BAR
Yes, it seems like nearly every country music star has a bar on Lower Broadway, and almost all of them have a rooftop lounge.
But many people come to Lower Broadway just to dine and drink at Jason Aldean’s Kitchen & Rooftop Bar. There’s a full stage with live events. It’s a popular spot that can get crowded, but it’s all part of the bustling, party-centric experience of Lower Broadway.
THE TWELVE THIRTY CLUB
If you’re looking for a more elevated experience as you bar hop through Lower Broadway, check out The Twelve Thirty Club.
The rooftop bar is next to the venue’s Supper Club, which is a dapper restaurant above the honky tonk. Its views are incredible, and the atmosphere is relaxed yet fun.
After enjoying the views from a rooftop bar, it’s time to head out into the Music City. Try one of these fun activities!
- Hop-On and Hop-Off on this Nashville Trolley Tour. Discover the attractions of Nashville at your own speed on this hop-on hop-off trolley bus tour. Forget about driving or parking and just sit back, relax, and get off to explore any of the 13 stops.
- Head out to the Grand Ole Opry. Enjoy a night out watching the show that made country music famous at the Grand Ole Opry. See legendary artists on the same stage as the stars of tomorrow. Reserve your seat now and see music history live and in person.
- Enjoy a Music City Pub Crawl. Experience Nashville’s oldest pub crawl. Head off on a tour with legendary guides, exclusive drink specials, intriguing Nashville history, games, prizes, karaoke, bull riding, live music, and more!
PRINTER’S ALLEY / ARTS DISTRICT
An eclectic area just a couple blocks north of Lower Broadway, near the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and the Hermitage Hotel.
The rooftop lounge area at the Bobby Hotel is a retro dream. Perched 10 stories above downtown’s Printers Alley on 4th Ave N, the outdoor space features a poolside bar, regular events, and a 1950s motorcoach transformed into a dining space.
There’s a great view of the iconic Batman Building, and the regular live performance creates a really fun atmosphere. Reserve a heated igloo in the winter to enjoy this space year-round with a small group.
Stay Here: Bobby Hotel
The Rare Bird is on the 13th floor of the Noelle Hotel and features views of the Cumberland River with Nissan Stadium just beyond it. The avian-themed outdoor lounge boasts “a colorful airborne bar scene.”
You’ll find draft cocktails that change with the seasons: warm, rich flavors in the winter and refreshing sippers during the summer. You likely won’t be too impressed by their small food menu, but there are enough options that you don’t have to leave hungry.
SOBRO (SOUTH OF BROADWAY)
This is the downtown area directly south of Lower Broadway Nashville, including Bridgestone Arena, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Ascend Amphitheater, and numerous hotels.
While the Florida Georgia Line House is technically off-Broadway, it shares the same honky tonk sensibilities of the Lower Broadway scene. Most visitors agree that it’s the rooftop that makes this bar great.
There’s live music, great drinks, and a small menu of American fare you can enjoy in the outdoor setting.
If you’re looking for a hidden gem, check out L27 at the Westin Nashville. It’s trendy but still approachable, happening but not too crowded. And the inventive menu with unique bites and shareable plates ensures you’ll be eager to return.
Killer cocktails include the “Stay Up Beet,” which features gin, prosecco, and beet juice. There are limited food options that are tasty and relatively reasonably priced.
Stay Here: Westin Nashville
THE HAMPTON SOCIAL
The Hampton Social brand has found success in cities across the country, but its Nashville location might be the best one. There are chic coastal vibes, a signature Rosé, craft cocktails, downtown views, and a retractable roof.
The open-air rooftop has its own menu with elevated bar food: think truffle fries and flatbread pizzas. Are you ready to sip a Gardner’s Bay Breeze from a giant seashell? Come check out the Hampton Social for one of the best rooftop bars in Nashville.
Bourbon Sky is the rooftop lounge at Bourbon Steak, an upscale bar and restaurant by Michelin Star chef Michael Mina. It’s decidedly chic: a circular bar area that feels like you’re floating in Nashville’s skyline. This is definitely one of the ritziest rooftops in Nashville and is great for a special occasion.
Come dressed up: they recommend business wear or smart casual, though you could definitely don your cocktail attire for a fancy night out here.
Located on the 19th floor of the 1 Hotel Nashville, Harriet’s Rooftop is one of Nashville’s newest open air lounges. It features lounge seating, panoramic views, and an elegant atmosphere.
Come here for innovative cocktails, unique bites, and an evening of refined liveliness. The offerings are seasonal and locally inspired yet offer a global appeal.
Harriet’s is the elevated rooftop bar that Nashvilians have been waiting for.
Stay Here: 1 Hotel Nashville
The Joseph Hotel has created an impressive pool deck lounge in SoBro. The dapper space features chic decor and seasonal cocktails that will impress any local or traveler.
Their shareable plates are great for gatherings, and the cocktails will satisfy anyone who’s been hard at work or enjoying a long day of play in Nashville.
This is a place for conversation and connection, which means it’s a great spot if you want a break from the blaring music of Broadway.
Stay Here: The Joseph Hotel
The quieter side of Broadway, between I-40 and Rosa Parks Blvd. This is where you’ll find the Frist Art Museum and Union Station Hotel.
Lou/Na at the Grand Hyatt takes itself pretty seriously – its signature cocktails are expertly crafted, and its wine list is extensive.
The food options epitomize southern-inspired trendiness: whipped pimento cheese served with cranberry mustard; and pork belly served alongside shrimp & grits with kimchi.
Come here to try creative cuisine, get attentive service, and enjoy a great view of Downtown. There are also happy hour specials here, so it’s a great after-work spot.
Stay Here: Grand Hyatt Nashville
An upscale area of Downtown between Upper Broadway and Division Street.
L.A. Jackson sits perched high above the Gulch in downtown Nashville. It’s a spot as refined as its neighborhood, yet still approachable. It’s among the highest-rated rooftop bars in Nashville, thanks to its creative cocktails, fantastic skyline view, and space for large groups.
Their drink menu is distinctly creative: “Cumin In Hot” is a tequila cocktail with cumin and Thai chili. “Funny Bunny” includes gin and carrot.
Also come here if you have an appetite. Their menu features elevated bar food, like the Champagne Glitter Chicken and Hushpuppy Butter Board.
The L.A. Jackson is on the top floor of the Thompson Hotel.
Stay Here: Thompson Nashville
UP! A ROOFTOP LOUNGE
UP! A Rooftop Lounge calls itself Nashville’s original hotel rooftop lounge. And it certainly has a classic feel – a space comfortable with its identity.
Order a charcuterie board for the table, or pick an adult happy meal with one of their signature adult juice boxes.
UP, A Rooftop Lounge sits atop the Fairfield by Marriott in the Gulch.
Stay Here: Fairfield by Marriott
One of Nashville’s newest rooftop bars is PROOF, a playful and scenic spot in the W Nashville.
Its modern decor and art displays are set against the backdrop of Nashville’s ever-growing skyline. It features floor-to-ceiling windows so you can still enjoy the incredible view of the Nashville skyline,
The menu includes a small selection of local beers on draught, specialty cocktails, and small bites. PROOF also offers bookings for private parties and special events.
Stay Here: W Nashville
SUNSET BAR AT WET DECK
Want to make a splash during your rooftop bar outing in Nashville? Check out WET DECK, a 9,700-square-foot pool area perched atop the Gulch neighborhood.
This stylish spot is also at the W Hotel in the Gulch. It’s available to hotel guests and to the public through RESORTPASS. Those willing to pay the reservation fee and meet the steep food-and-beverage minimum can spend the day relaxing on the stylish pool deck and enjoying food and drink from the hotel’s Sunset Bar.
The WET DECK and Sunset Bar are open seasonally.
MUSIC ROW & MIDTOWN
Music Row is where the magic happens – the collection of radio stations, recording studios, and record labels in the blocks surrounding Music Squares West and East.
Midtown is just west of Music Row and I-40. It includes Vanderbilt University, Centennial Park, the Parthenon, and multiple medical centers.
THE POOL CLUB
The Pool Club at Virgin Hotel Nashville teeters between retro maximalism and modern minimalism, depending on where you settle in. Outdoor seating features candy-striped umbrellas that pop against Nashville’s silver skyline. Meanwhile, the indoor area boasts a greenhouse vibe with layers of lush greenery and exposed beams.
It’s the summer party scene you dream of year round. Umbrella drinks and suntan lotion, in-house DJs on warm weekend nights. It’s the perfect spot for a bachelorette party, though anybody can have a great time at this Music Row attraction.
Stay Here: Virgin Hotel Nashville
The White Limozeen at Midtown’s Graduate Hotel is everything a themed bar should be: memorable and maximalist, kitschy and fun. It’s also everything you’d want from a Dolly Parton-themed bar: over-the-top yet inviting, totally inventive, and extraordinarily feminine.
There is so much pink. There is a giant Dolly bust (as in a sculpture of her head and neck, of course!). And there is a menu that features elevated southern fare. You’ll have so much fun at White Limozeen, whether having a date night, a bachelorette party, or ending a hard day’s work.
Stay Here: Graduate Nashville
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