Luaus are underway in East Nashville. Pearl Diver, an exotic bar and lounge, officially opened on Sunday, July 29, 2018. The relaxed cocktail lounge is the creation of Corey Ladd and Matt Spicher (Treehouse) alongside Ben Clemons (No. 308) and Jamie White (No. 308 drink expert). Nashville Guru jumped in line early to get a look inside the already-popular drink haven.
The Interior & Patio
Expect island time and island vibes when you arrive at Pearl Diver. Sea foam green booths, tropical plants, palm tree wallpaper, boat-like circular windows, and island music summon a sense of Hawaii. Watch surfer movies on the projector screen or observe tiki drinks in the making at the bar. There’s a colorful outdoor patio with a variety of seating, including cabanas and a pool-like pit area.
Pearl Diver’s green and red sign is pretty easy to spot from Gallatin Avenue. Parking is extremely limited, so take Lyft or another ride-sharing service to make it easy.
Pearl Diver focuses on tropical adult beverages and food. The drink portion of the menu is lengthy and broken down into five main sections: Classic Drinks; Tiki Favorites; Strange and Wonderful Signature Cocktails; Signature Shots and Shooters; Beer and Wine. So whether you want a Tecate, margarita, or a Pearl Diver signature cocktail, there’s a long list of options.
Food menu items include oysters, Yuca fries, shrimp, egg rolls, wings, fish tacos, lo mein, yakitori, Cubano sandwich, big kahuna burger, pu pu platter, ama salad, and snacks like wasabi peas and plantain chips. See the opening menu below.
There are a lot of reasons people are waiting in line for Pearl Diver. Get their early to enjoy quick and easy entry (and a mai tai).
- Address: 1008 Gallatin Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206
- Phone: (615) 988-2265
- Good to Know: Reservations aren’t accepted. The place is first come, first served and open seating. There are no servers or table service. The idea is to explore all the little areas without being tied to one spot. Walk up to the bar (or the patio’s walk-up window) for a drink or the food window for grub.
- Official Website