Sunny days in Tennessee call for cold drinks, rays and shades. If you want to elevate your patio experience, get off the ground and in the air at one of these popular rooftop bars in Nashville. Rooftop bars are mainly found Downtown and in the Gulch, so this guide separates the rooftop bars by area, starting with Downtown. If you’re just looking for patios without the rooftop aspect, see the Best Patios in Nashville Guide.
ROOFTOP BARS: DOWNTOWN
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The Valentine is one of Nashville’s newest bars, and they’ve kicked things up a notch. Their rooftop bar and patio is polished and inviting. There’s a little shade from the sun, too, which can get unbearable on Nashville’s warmer days.
Acme Feed & Seed
Acme on lower Broadway set the bar high for the Downtown scene. With less focus on honky tonk music and more emphasis on a welcoming atmosphere, Acme has become a go-to Broadway hangout for locals and tourists. Head up to the 4th floor rooftop patio and bar if you want some sun and views of Broadway and the Cumberland River.
The George Rooftop Bar
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The George Jones Museum on 2nd Avenue has a rooftop bar and patio called The George. They have one of the longest bars in town and plenty of space. The patio is partly covered, too. Enjoy views of the Cumberland River and the football stadium.
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Tootsies is a Nashville staple, so its always packed. With the addition of their rooftop patio and bar, though, its even more packed. From the corner of 5th and Broadway, you can see groups of people enjoying themselves atop the bold purple building (and its hard to resist making your way up there).
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The Stage‘s rooftop bar has become a popular place for Broadway-goers. While The Stage is best known for its live music, their rooftop patio offers full sun and fun views of Broadway.
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Crazytown is a fresh bar on Broadway, which has quickly become a popular nighttime hangout. There’s a rooftop section on the third floor with an up-close and personal view of the Batman Building.
If you want something slightly off the beaten path, hit-up Pub5 on 5th Avenue across from Bridgestone Arena. They have a cozy rooftop patio that’s a little less raucous than some of the Broadway spots.
Rock Bottom Brewery
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Rock Bottom Brewery has locations all over the U.S., but the Nashville location definitely has a top-tier rooftop patio. It’s one of the original rooftop options downtown, with seating inside and out. If you can get a corner spot, you’ll have the best views in the house.
Hard Rock Cafe
This international brand has been a Broadway destination since 1994. The Nashville Hard Rock Cafe features a spacious rooftop patio with comfortable seating. They often have live music on the roof, too.
ROOFTOP BARS: THE GULCH
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 rooftop is a hidden gem. With numerous booths, four-top tables, and an outdoor bar, Virago’s rooftop is the ideal spot for a specialty cocktail and sushi.
L.A. Jackson is a popular nighttime hangout spot in the Gulch. It’s located on top of the Thompson Hotel, which has two other restaurants as well. L.A. Jackson has an awesome view of the Nashville skyline and a great atmosphere. The menu focuses on Southern-inspired dishes and beers. They also have great cocktails and wine. See more photos.
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Watermark Restaurant in the Gulch is one of Nashville’s pioneer restaurants with one of the first rooftop patios. If you want fine-dining, a great wine selection, and exceptional service, this rooftop patio is a no-brainer.
Up, A Rooftop Lounge
For an incredible skyline view, Up, A Rooftop Lounge is the place to go. Up is a hotel bar and restaurant on top of the Fairfield Inn in the Gulch. While some may be hesitant to go to a hotel bar, they change their minds when they see these views. It’s the perfect photo op.