Food & Drink

6 Best Nashville Bars That Aren’t on Lower Broadway

The bright lights and country music of Nashville’s Honky-Tonk Row on Lower Broadway attract millions of visitors to town each year.

With cheap drinks and great bands, it’s easy to spend your entire vacation within those few blocks. Take it from this local, there’s much more to see and do outside the neon signs. These six bars are worth the drive and might even make you fall a little more in love with Music City.

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6. Two Bits

Two Bits
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Two Bits is the ultimate bar for the kid in all of us. Whether you gravitate towards video games or board games, there’s something for everyone. Choose from giant Jenga, arcade classics like Ms. Pac-Man and Space Invaders and even booths with classic gaming consoles. The menu features elevated bar food like lamb tacos and pimento BLTs with a full bar.

5. Fleet Street

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This British­-themed bar is a true hidden gem. The location in a basement in the famous Printer’s Alley makes Fleet Street the perfect quick escape from the crowds of Lower Broadway. Inside, you’ll find a jukebox playing classic Brit­-pop, British beers on tap and a menu featuring favorites like shepherd’s pie & English crisps.

4. Village Pub

Village Pub
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This is one of the best-kept East Nashville secrets. Village Pub is a true neighborhood watering hole. No live music here, just a relaxing patio for a laid back evening. Be sure to order a stuffed pretzel and a mule.

3. Holland House Bar & Refuge

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If you’re looking to impress your date, this is the place to go. Holland House is famous for their crafted cocktails, so grab a seat at the center bar to watch the magic happen. The house­-cured meats and farmstead cheeses aren’t to be missed either. For the best deal, go during happy hour from 4-­6 PM.

2. Santa’s Pub

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Have you ever sung karaoke in a Christmas­-themed trailer? Well here’s your chance. Santa’s has long been a local favorite for letting off steam. Bottled beer & the chance to embarrass your friends on the karaoke machine all while surrounded by tinsel and Christmas lights. The owner and sometimes-bartender even looks like Santa. What more could you ask for?

1. 12th South Taproom

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This bar is exactly what it sounds like, a neighborhood taproom featuring rotating local and regional brews with one of the best bar food menus in town. It’s a low-key hang where you’ll find everyone from college kids to dads on their night out. Go on Mondays to catch the Kenny Vaughan Trio closing out the night.

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