Rooftops: Nashville Edition

Rooftop bars are hitting peak popularity and popping up all over Music City. The first to arrive to the party was the Hard Rock Cafe back in 2010, followed by Rock Bottom Brewery and ACME Feed & Seed in 2013 and 2014. Since then, over ten more rooftops have opened their doors and raised the roof, attracting both local clientele and tourists.

The surge in popularity comes as a direct result of the increasing desire to elevate experiences. The days of picking any old bar are over, now that guests have the option to choose a location with a killer view and an open-air environment -- one where you can soak up the sun or spend the night under the stars. Plus, rooftops make for some of the best cityscape Instagram posts (and we all know you're looking for that double-tap).

Below is a list of all of the rooftops Nashville has to offer in the downtown and surrounding areas. As the list grows (and we know that it will), we will be sure to post updated versions on our blog!

ROOFTOPS IN DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE

The Stage on Broadway

The whiskey's on ice and the music’s on fire. The Stage on Broadway is a little bit Texas and a whole lotta Nashville. It has become one of downtown’s hottest places to party with your rowdy friends, listen to country music, and soak up the city skyline. Best part? They never charge a cover!

Insider Tip: Check out the famous mural on the wall and the original oil painting of The Highwaymen that hangs over the front door (it once belonged to Waylon Jennings and hung in his Nashville home).

412 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 | Visit Website For More Info

FGL House Cruise Rooftop

Don't let the name fool you... the Florida Georgia Line House isn't in Florida and it isn't in Georgia. You'll find it smack dab in the middle of all the downtown Nashville, Tennessee hustle and bustle. Boasting the largest “Cruise” rooftop the city has to offer it's an all-day and all-night party up top. Oh and yes, the bar is absolutely owned by country music duo Florida Georgia Line.

Insider Tip: For a more intimate vibe, checkout the basement-level lounge, Little Red Corvette, complete with its own baby grand piano and cocktail menu inspired by ‘90s pop culture.

120 3rd Ave South, Nashville, TN 37201 | Visit Website For More Info

The George Jones

Nashville happens here. With live music, authentic BBQ, a rooftop bar, and world class museum highlighting the life of the country icon, The George Jones is definitely worth a visit! Located between 1st and 2nd Avenue, you'll be able to enjoy the beautiful view of the Cumberland River and Nissan Stadium from The George Jones Rooftop Bar day or night. 

Insider Tip: Go right before sunset to get photos both in the daylight and once the light strands turn on!

128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201 | Visit Website For More Info

Nudie's HONKY TONK

Ever wonder who has the longest bar in Nashville? Look no further. Nudie's Honky Tonk proudly wears that title! Three stories of honky tonk heaven, Nudie's consistently hires top-notch live music talent, provides excellent bar service, and is home to a 1975 Cadillac El Dorado Convertible that hangs above the stage.

Insider Tip: The bar is named after Nudie Cohn, a Ukrainian-born American tailor who designed decorative rhinestone-covered suits, known popularly as "Nudie Suits", for some of the most famous celebrities of his era, including Elvis Presley, John Lennon, John Wayne and numerous others! He was also famous for his outrageous customized automobiles.

409 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 | Visit Website For More Info

L27 Rooftop (Westin Hotel)

A rooftop with a pool... need we say more? Located on the 27th floor of The Westin, L27 is Nashville's highest downtown rooftop. You can rent a cabana and spend the day poolside sipping a cocktail or go later in the day and witness the transformation of the space as it turns into a vibrant nightlife lounge. 

Insider Tip: To avoid glare in any of the photos you take of the skyline, press your phone right up against the glass, or go to the second level to avoid the glass barriers completely!

807 Clark Place, Nashville, TN 37203 | Visit Website For More Info

Tootsies World Famous Orchid Lounge

If you're familiar with any of the Nashville honky tonks, you're probably familiar with Tootsie's World Famous Orchid Lounge. The purple-painted honky tonk has become even more popular since expanding and adding a rooftop bar and stage! Tootsie's always has plenty of cold beverages to wet your whistle and the very best up-and-coming talent performing on each of their three stages. Some of the famous early performers and customers were Kris Kristofferson, Faron Young, Willie Nelson, Tom T. Hall, Hank Cochran, Mel Tillis, Roger Miller, Webb Pierce, Waylon Jennings, Patsy Cline and many more!

Insider Tip: Get there early if you want to grab a table... it's not called "world famous" for nothing!

1 Terminal Dr, Nashville, TN 37214 | Visit Website For More Info

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Passionate about pints and maniacal for malts, Rock Bottom always has been and always will be about the beer. When you hit Rock Bottom, you'll not only enjoy their handcrafted brews and made-from-scratch food, but you'll feel a connection to the locals and the location that just doesn't happen at many other restaurants.

Insider Tip: The rooftop is best for drinks and appetizers. If you're looking for a meal, head downstairs. The food menu served on the rooftop is only a small fraction of the extensive menu the main dining room offers!

111 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 | Visit Website For More Info

Acme Feed & Seed

Owned in part by "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" country music singer Alan Jackson, Acme Feed & Seed is a 4-story restaurant concept. The first floor is an updated take on the classic honky tonk. The second provides a lounge, bar vintage games, a photo booth and multiple televisions broadcasting sporting and special events. The third floor is home to The Hatchery at Acme (the largest one-level event and music venue on lower Broadway). Last but certainly not least, is the open-air rooftop bar that overlooks the entire downtown area, providing sweeping views of Broadway, the Cumberland River, Nissan Stadium and Riverfront Park.

Insider Tip: Try the frozen Cow Tipper or Mule Kicker! 

101 Broadway, Nashville, TN 3720 | Visit Website For More Info

Photo Credit: Sarah Frenzel, Jakes Giles Netter

Mellow Mushroom Broadway

Don't let the name fool you, Mellow Mushroom on Broadway is one of the pizza chain's most lively locations in the Southeast. It's also the only Nashville pizzeria with a rooftop! Order a slice or two and enjoy the downtown view.

Insider Tip: Vegan? They have vegan pizza!

423 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 | Visit Website For More Info

Crazy Town

Crazy Town definitely lives up to its name with six bars, three stages, two outdoor patios, and a panoramic view of Historic Broadway packed into a 3-story honky tonk. The interior of the bar is eclectic, fun & funky. It contains walls of five reclaimed barns, antique signs, enormous hanging guitars, handmade chandeliers, and even a barber’s chair used to take shots & pictures!

Insider Tip: Make sure you try the “Crazy Town Burger” a certified Angus Beef grilled to perfection and topped with hot chicken, Crazy Town sauce, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion & pickle.

308 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 | Visit Website For More Info

The Valentine

Travel back in time to the 1920's and 1930's prohibition era in this 4-story upscale saloon located between Tin Roof and Crazy Town. The Valentine is a full service restaurant serving up timeless bar favorites, as well as local specialties such as the Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich. Nashville’s hottest musicians grace the stage week in and week out while some of the best DJs in the Southeast keep the dance floors packed on the third floor and rooftop every weekend. 

Insider Tip: Don't leave without ordering the Totchos (tater tots topped with smoky gouda fondue, bacon, & chives)! 

312 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 | Visit Website For More Info

Hard Rock Cafe

Located at the corner of 1st Avenue and Broadway, The Hard Rock Cafe Nashville is a tourist favorite! If you're a little more rock & roll than you are country, this is a great option for lunch, dinner, drinks, or just a good time in general. Inside, you'll find tons of music memorabilia to check out throughout the restaurant. 

Insider Tip: There is always something happening, from live-band karaoke to live shows so make sure to check out their Calendar for a list of updated events!

100 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 | Visit Website For More Info

ROOFTOPS IN THE GULCH

LA Jackson (Thompson Hotel)

Notably one of the most bougie rooftops in Nashville, arriving at the LA Jackson is like stepping into a celebrity Instagram account. Locals and tourists alike find themselves here to experience the breathtaking view underneath the illuminated tree. Oh, and although The Thompson Hotel is one of our favorite places to stay, you don't have to book a room to enjoy the rooftop!

Insider Tip: They have an ice cream sandwich called the Jolene (vanilla ice cream, apple crumb pie, and rum caramel)... yum!

401 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 | Visit Website For More Info

Photo Credit: Andrea Behrends

Virago

If Japanese and Asian cuisine are how you roll, Virago Robata Grill & Sushi Bar is where you should wind up. Part of the famous M Street restaurant family in Nashville, Virago is home to a rooftop terrace with a scenic view, the city's best sushi, and most extensive sake list.

Insider Tip: Ask your server about the Tiger Roll -- you won't find it on the menu!

1126 McGavock St. Nashville, TN 37203 | Visit Website For More Info

Up! A Rooftop Lounge

Walk into the Fairfield Inn & Suites, take the elevator up to the top floor, and as the doors open you'll find yourself arriving at Up! a rooftop lounge. You can grab a cocktail from the Mixologist, order a couple of sharable plates, and then take in one of the most expansive views of the Nashville city skyline. 

Insider Tip: The charcuterie board and the Nashville hot chicken tacos are two of our personal favorite menu items.

901 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203 | Visit Website For More Info