Thanksgiving is a time most people spend with family or close friends that feel like family. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving though, that’s a time to cut loose and have some fun before you’re knee-deep in cranberry sauce and stuffing.
If you’re in Nashville, you’ve got a ton of places to grab a cocktail, enjoy a craft beer, or peruse a dense, well-curated wine list. Use this list of 10 top Nashville-area bars to find a hangout before the Thanksgiving holiday.
Nashville bars to visit on Thanksgiving Eve
1. Tin Roof
The Tin Roof, sometimes known as the Original Tin Roof, is a bar that specializes in live music. With warm wood décor and a well-worn aesthetic, Tin Roof isn’t the place to get picky about martinis. Instead, look to grab a table or sidle up to the bar to catch a band with a beer and a shot or a well drink.
Where: 1516 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37203
Something of a polar opposite to Tin Roof, Acme Feed & Seed is an elegant 2-story bar that specializes in craft cocktails. The first floor is described as an updated honky-tonk, offering classic southern charm with a revamped menu and killer cocktails. On the second floor, you can make reservations for some of the best fine dining and sushi you’ll find in a bar anywhere.
Acme is an ideal first stop on a bar crawl, or a mid-evening detour when it’s time for some grub.
Where: 101 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201
A loud, packed bar pretty much every night of the week, Tootsie’s is not the place to take grandma for her 90th birthday. It is an excellent place to get down with your friends over a PBR or Jack and Coke, especially if you’re in the mood for some fast, brash honky-tonk or rock ‘n’ roll.
Located on the main drag of Broadway, Tootsie’s is close to a host of other bars on this list as well.
Where: 422 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
4. Crazy Town
Located just a short walk from Tootsie’s, Crazy Town is a vintage-inspired bar that will feel authentic even to dyed-in-the-wool Nashville residents. With 3 levels and live music almost every night of the week, Crazy Town serves up an exceptional list of craft beers and unique cocktails, offering a little something for everyone.
Get a bite to eat from the oversized bar menu that features items like classic beer can chicken to healthy, delicious salads.
Where: 308 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201
With locations in Midtown and East Nashville, The Red Door Saloon is a rustic, casual kind of place where the strict dress codes of a lot of upscale bars won’t apply. That doesn’t mean The Red Door Saloon doesn’t care about its customer though, as numerous lists over the years have put it in the top 10 for customer service.
Head to the Red Door Saloon for a relaxed, comfortable evening and a few beers with your buddies.
Where: 1816 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203
Located near Tootsie’s and Crazy Town, Honky Tonk Central has a huge food menu and a decent list of imported and domestic beers. Stop in for a bite and a brew at this unique bar that also hosts live music on a regular basis.
Where: 329 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201
Another casual spot with an industrial metal theme, this workmanlike watering hole features classic menu items like potato skins, chicken wings, and a variety of specialty pizzas like the charmingly-titled “power drill.” Pull up a seat at the bar and take advantage of daily drink specials like the killer “bushwacker” cocktail.
Where: 1919 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203
A sports bar with inventive hot dogs, pizza, and pub classics, Dawg House Saloon is amazing spot in Nashville to check out live sports. You’ll also find at least a dozen beers on tap and competent bartenders who can make you pretty much anything you can imagine.
Where: 1522 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37203
Clyde’s on Church is home to some of the best bar food in the city according to regulars, and if you’re a barbecue enthusiast, the smoked pork is a must. Clyde’s also boasts an impressive craft beer list and a menu featuring more lively cocktails than you’d be able to take down in a week.
Foosball, ping pong, and shuffleboard tables are available so you can play the night away.
Where: 1700 Church St, Nashville, TN 37203
A honky-tonk style saloon with a Western interior to match, Rippy’s offers a monster menu with everything from nachos to signature rib dinners. Featuring a full bar and a perfectly acceptable beer list, Rippy’s is a place you must check out at least once if you’re in Nashville.
Where: 429 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Nashville is a city with more bars than you could check out in a month. If you’re getting friends or family together for food and drinks before the holidays, why waste time with anything but the best?
Add a few of these bars to your must-visit list this Thanksgiving season.