Nashville’s New Rooftop Patios
We’ve rounded up the newest spots to take in the sights and sounds while dining and drinking al fresco along the skyline.
Written By: Chris Chamberlain, Erin Byers Murray & Nancy Vienneau
Photographers: Audrey Spillman
A warm breeze, soft sunshine, and rosé in a glass: It’s patio season, Nashville. So, we’ve rounded up the newest spots to take in the sights and sounds while dining and drinking al fresco along the skyline.
Perched atop this rooftop patio, you’re just a smidge higher than the surrounding buildings, which means the views are unrivaled—at least on this side of Broadway. Shaped like a guitar, naturally, this outdoor space features its own bar and a turf-covered lawn for basking in the sun.
What to order: A margarita and fried green tomatoes
105 Broadway, 615-964-3000; nashunderground.com
TRUE Music Room and Bar
Five stories above street level, this hidden oasis offers poolside dining, umbrella-covered seating, and a foosball table. Grab a seat overlooking Broadway and settle in for a little downtown escape.
What to order: An Elder Havana with light rum and elderflower liqueur, and an artisan flatbread
Cambria Nashville Downtown, 118 8th Ave S, 615-515-5800; cambrianashville.com
The boys from Florida Georgia Line are all about entertainment—in their music and at their popular, multi-level bar and restaurant in SoBro. The Cruise Rooftop Bar is where the party gets pumping the hardest with live acts and DJs providing the dance music and a voluminous outdoor deck filled with revelers having the best time the law will allow.
What to order: Party People cocktail made with FGL’s Old Camp Peach Pecan whiskey and an order of nachos from the Grub Shack
120 3rd Ave S, 615-961-5460; fglhouse.com
TENN on Top
The swanky new Holston House has opened up its rooftop pool deck to visitors, though you have to be a hotel guest to actually take a dip in the pool. TENN on Top features sweeping views of downtown from an elevated aerie within easy walking distance of events at the Ryman, TPAC, and Bridgestone Arena.
What to order: Frozen watermelon margarita and a Shrimp Roll with spiced aioli and tarragon
Holston House, 118 7th Ave N, 615-392-1234; holstonhousenashville.com
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Dierks Bentley’s Lower Broad honkytonk boasts the “Tallest Rooftop Bar on Broadway,” and we’re not going to argue with them. The Whiskey Rooftop has a separate entrance from the street than the rest of the bar, so you can head straight up toward the fun. The drinks are cold, the music is loud, and the vista is tough to beat.
What to order: Dierks’ Dram (his take on an Old Fashioned) and an order of grilled whiskey wings
400 Broadway, 629-203-7822; dierkswhiskeyrow.com
Following the theme of this hotel, The Rooftop Lounge at Bobby Hotel offers a glimpse of what a once-touring musician might do with their tour bus once they’ve settled down—in this case, landed it on top of a hotel and outfitted it with seating for the ultimate indoor-outdoor cocktailing lounge. There’s a pool nearby and plenty of space to relax, plus some of the best views you’ll ever catch from a parked bus window.
What to order: A French 75 made with Martin Miller’s gin and grilled lamb “lolli-pops”
230 4th Ave N, 615-782-7100; bobbyhotel.com
From the seating upholstery to the limestone fireplaces, Rare Bird offers countless custom design details, most of which were commissioned by locals. Slide in to one of the leather and steel bar stools (with detailing by Emil Erwin) and scope out the views of the horizon.
What to order: A glass of frosé and a plate of oysters
Noelle, 200 4th Ave N, 615-649-5000; noelle-nashville.com
L27 Rooftop Lounge
With a fresh new design, thanks to the local interior pros behind Pierce & Ward, the rooftop lounge at the Westin Nashville now feels like a little piece of Beverly Hills dropped into Midtown, complete with textured tiled floors, curtained cabanas, and greenery throughout. Sitting 27 stories above the ground, and now boasting two levels with full bars, L27 is the ultimate place to play hooky. Reserve seats within a cabana or on the comfy outdoor sofas where you’re rewarded with views of the infinity pool and the skyline beyond.
What to order: Baja fish tacos and a Prosecco Pop to beat the heat
Westin Nashville, 807 Clark Pl, 629-800-5070; l27nashville.com