When the sun’s out, it’s time to hit the patio. Whether you want to avoid a sunburn under a covered patio or soak up the rays while playing a round of corn hole, one of these patios in Nashville is sure to fit the bill. If you want to get a little closer to the sun, check out these top rooftop bars.
THE Best Patios in Nashville
The beer garden at Von Elrod’s is massive—and massively popular. Just a few reasons everyone is flocking here: tons of seating, 36 beers on tap, a pup-friendly atmosphere, and easy access to First Horizon Park.
M.L.Rose has three Nashville area locations: Sylvan Park, Melrose, and Capitol View. The Sylvan Park location has an outdoor “Golf Garden” with a putting green, fire pit, and multiple TVs. The Melrose location is mostly covered, while the Sylvan Park and Capitol View locations provide more access to sunbeams.
SandBar is a hidden gem off Charlotte Avenue in the ONEC1TY development. If you like volleyball or just getting your toes in the sand, visit this laidback outdoor hangout. Coconut drinks await!
Jacqueline at The Optimist
The Optimist’s outdoor bar and patio has its own name—Jacqueline. This new go-to spot in Nashville serves up beautiful shaved ice cocktails for the perfect photo op. Be sure to call ahead because hours are limited and weather dependent.
East Nashville Beer Works
If you’re on the east side, East Nashville Beer Works is the place to go for your patio needs, especially if you have kids tagging along. As of March 10, 2021, they have expanded and upgraded their patio to include a playground and an outdoor bar.
Superica in the Gulch has a 1200-square-foot exterior patio with about twelve tables you can dine at and an open area where you can just drink and hangout. If you’re craving cervesas and queso, this is the patio for you.
Martin’s BBQ (SoBro)
For one of the most unique indoor/outdoor spaces in Nashville, head to Martin’s BBQ in SoBro. This patio has an open roof and is surrounded by lush greenery. Make your way to the covered areas for darts, shuffleboard, ping-pong, and additional seating.
Pins Mechanical Co.
Pins Mechanical Co. and 16-Bit Bar + Arcade is a great destination for indoor or outdoor fun. Inside you’ll find 30 classic arcade and video games, duckpin bowling, themed pinball machines, foosball, and bocce ball. Outside there is plenty of seating, fire pits, giant beer pong, and food trucks.
The 12 South neighborhood is filled with some of Music City’s most frequented restaurants, including Bartaco. Their outdoor patio may be the most popular in town. They also have an enclosure and canopy when needed.
6th & Peabody
Ole Smoky Distillery + Yee-Haw Brewing Company share a space in SoBro called 6th & Peabody, which has one of the best outdoor beer gardens in Nashville. There are picnic tables, an outdoor stage, a huge TV screen, Prince’s Hot Chicken food truck, a lawn area, and games like corn hole, Giant Jenga, basketball, bocce ball, Giant Connect Four, ping pong, and foosball.
The Hop Yard at Fat Bottom
Local craft beer just tastes better when playing a round of corn hole. The Hop Yard at Fat Bottom Brewing has the perfect courtyard for sippin’ on suds after a long day at work. Tour the brewery, get a bite to eat, and then throw some bags outside.
If you want a tropical vibe on the east side, look no further than Pearl Diver. There are tiki torches, cabanas, picnic tables, wooden benches, and a central pit area.
Sonny’s Patio Pub & Refuge
When “patio” is in the name, there’s a good chance the place is proud of its outdoor space. Sonny’s Patio Pub & Refuge in Germantown has a fun vibe, games, and a wide range of seating, including private cabanas.
Diskin Cider in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood has made some nice upgrades to their outdoor patio. If you want an expansive space, fire pits, comfortable seating, and, of course, the best cider in Music City, stop by this popular hangout.
Saint Anejo has a patio tucked away on McGavock Street that you may not notice at first. It has a great indoor/outdoor vibe since the glass wall at the bar opens up to the patio. You won’t be disappointed in the food or margs either.
The Mockingbird is a modern diner that serves comfort food influenced by global flavors from Mexico, Italy, France, Korea, Japan, South America, and more. The Mockingbird has two separate patios—a covered patio upstairs and an open-air patio downstairs.
Urban Cowboy Public House
Urban Cowboy is a bed-and-breakfast in East Nashville, but the Urban Cowboy Public House located behind the guest quarters has been buzzing since opening in late 2016. The mix-and-mingle patio has a 16-foot fireplace, patio seating, string lights, and a fire pit. Dogs are welcome, too.
For a casual outing, drop by Edley’s, which has locations in Sylvan Park (pictured above), 12 South, and East Nashville. You can check out what’s going on in the neighborhood while you eat and drink on any of these patios.
Butchertown Hall has one of Nashville’s sunniest patios. They also have brews you won’t find anywhere else, which will go down smoothly in the beer garden.
Kung Fu Saloon
12 South Taproom
12 South Taproom has a low-key covered patio with fans. On nice days, it can be hard to find a table, but if you do, it’s a real treat. They have an extensive beer selection and a variety of cuisines. Bring your pup!
Tennessee Brew Works
Sunshine pairs nicely with top-notch beers at Tennessee Brew Works. This spot has an upstairs patio and a downstairs patio, making it a popular sunny-day destination.
If you’re looking for a nice dinner restaurant with a patio, Urban Grub is calling your name. At this spot in the bustling 12 South neighborhood, you can see all the action but still feel secluded on the patio.
Bella Napoli in Edgehill Village is a hidden treasure—their patio will make you feel like you’re on a tiny side street in Rome. With picnic tables, Italian lights, and live music on weekends, this might become your new favorite outdoor spot.
The Southern has a ground-level covered patio in SoBro, which is a rare find. You can sit back and experience all the buzz of downtown Nashville. Enjoy happy hour before hitting up a couple honky-tonks afterward.
The Pharmacy in East Nashville has a huge outdoor beer garden. With ample picnic-style tables and string lights, this place illuminates with energy at night. Get a milkshake to cool you down.
It may not look like much from the outside, but Mafiaoza’s patio is one of the most popular in town. It’s covered, so you can go rain or shine, and it’s always a good time. Whether you head there for 2-for-1s or a delicious pizza, get a seat on the patio.
Rebar in Midtown is a fun place to camp out for several hours. If you go early, you can grab a big table and catch up with friends. They also have corn hole.
Rosepepper in East Nashville has clever signs, strong margaritas, and a lively patio. The patio is covered, which makes it a good destination if a sunburn isn’t on your agenda.