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Wanna Drink? Your Guide To Nashville’s Coolest Bars


Sit down. Drank. Stand up. Drank.
We may not approve of Kendrick Lamar’s tips on alcohol consumption, but there’s no doubt that Nashville is a city that enjoys kickin’ back with a cold one! Whether you fancy an old-fashioned or a Mike’s Hard Lemonade (no judgement), this city is filled with really awesome bars. Need to find one that fits your specific needs? We thought so. So here it is…Wannado brings you the best bars to:

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Channel Your Inner Rock Star:
Santa’s Pub

Photo Credit: Michael W. Bunch for the Nashville Scene

It’s a double-wide trailer owned by Santa. No, really.


Tucked away just past 8th on Bransford Avenue!


Make sure you hit the “want cash back” button next time you make your weekly Kroger trip, because this place is cash only. They also only serve beer, but there’s freedom in the simplicity – trust us.


Santa’s Pub is the stuff of Nashville legend. A double-wide psychadelic trailer, people come for the stories they’ll leave with. This place DELIVERS. Oh, does it deliver. The big draw is the karaoke. This isn’t the weird fancy karaoke where you rent a private room (what’s with that anyway?)…it is a true, communal, old-fashioned and slightly embarrassing karaoke session. Whether you see Drake Bell belting out “Proud To Be An American” with some locals or you participate in a group-sing of Benny and the Jets (is there anything in the world better than that?), you are going to have a good time. Make sure to grab a picture with the owner…you can’t miss him. Because he looks like Santa.

To Feel Like Jay Gatsby:
Patterson House

The Leonardo Dicaprio version, obviously.

Smack dab in the middle of Midtown, Old Sport.


Oh my stars, the list is so long. If you want to feel like you’re vacationing in The Hamptons with Leo himself (or Daisy Buchanan for the men, if you don’t mind a high maintenance lady), you have to get The Long Vacation! It is maybe the best drink in the whole world. No lie. They have food too, and it’s all good stuff! A little on the pricey side, but it’s worth it if you get those donuts. Those. Donuts. They’ll make you want to be a better person.


Nashville’s very own speakeasy, Patterson House is a place to go when you’re feeling swanky. The entryway is non-descript, and you enter through a velvet red curtain. Let’s face it, we all love a little added drama. Modeled after on-the-down-low Prohibition era bars, the place also looks like a big library! Low lighting, dramatic decor…everything your F. Scott Fitzgerald-loving heart could ever want.

To Catch The Big Game:
Sam’s All American Sports Grill

Beer and sports. The American Dream.

Hillsboro Village is the location we frequent, but they’re all over!


Go big or go home, y’all. Wing platter and a Yazoo Dos Perros (or 3). They don’t call us the Titans for nothing.


Sports fans are passionate people. Nashvillians are passionate people. Beer-lovers are passionate people. When you put it all together, you’ve got a room full of good-crazy people all cheering for the same cause (usually – an odd man out won’t get harrassed). The result is electrifying, and it’s no wonder Sam’s got voted as one of the top 16 bars in America to watch a game by Maxim Magazine. That’s the Nashville we know and love!

To Break Out Your Suspenders:
Holland House Bar & Refuge

Read up on those style blogs – their patrons are as fashionable as their drinks.

The place where the Warby Parker-wearers go…East Nashville, of course.


Well first off, you best check that happy hour. Dare we say it’s the best deal in town? Their small plates are to die for: try the kentucky mash, but most importantly, try the truffled frites. Ask for extra garlic aioli and brace yourself, because you haven’t experienced joy this pure. As far as drinks go, get the Chelsea Sidecar if you love a pink drink with sugar on the rim. Guys, don’t let that deter you – if you order it, we’ll all just marvel at how secure you are in your masculinity, because that drink is GOOD. For something a little stronger, the Manhattan hits the spot every time. Sweet and strong – best of both worlds!


Try that new thing with your hair that you saw on Pinterest, because Holland House is super fashionable. A lot of people look like they stepped out of some street photography. Tat sleeves, wing-tipped shoes, juke hair for days…it’s a nice view, y’all. But that’s not even the best part! The staff is wonderful. We were at the bar the day Justin Timberlake’s album was released; one mention of how badly we wanted to hear it and it was downloaded and on the loudspeakers. As long as they’ve got that suit and tie, we’ll be loyal customers.

To Catch Up With Friends:
The Red Door Saloon

Where “We should get together sometime!” actually happens.

Two places: Red Door Midtown (right by Patterson House, Tavern, Hattie B’s, etc.) and Red Door East (near 5 Points)


It’s a pretty standard bar menu, but they pour their drinks pretty strong. Try a classic well drink to jump start your catch-up chats! Don’t forget their happy hour (which you can find in the app) – 2 for 1 Tuesday nights!


We’ve all heard it. See a friend in passing and both of you feel the need to say: “We should totally grab a drink sometime! *sidehug*”. Take them to Red Door! You and your group of friends feeling a little disconnected? Send out that group text and tell em’ to meet you there in 5. This bar is always a good hang and is supportive of big groups! No nonsense, no frills, just good conversation under some red lights. And isn’t that what the bar experience should be about?

So make it a party, Nashville, and get your drink on (responsibly). After that 9 to 5 workday, you can catch us at any of the places above and more…there are way too many good bars in this town to name. Nashville problems. We love it!

Check out our list of happy hours in the app under the “Explore” tab for all kinds of drink specials! Because being an adult is hard, and sometimes you need to talk to some wine about it.


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