Nashville Rooftop Bars: Find Great Views, Food and Vibes

From swanky hot spots to iconic Music City gems, Nashville offers interesting places to hang out with friends and family. And there’s no better place to do so than the city’s outdoor spaces – which have grown in popularity. Plus, they all have views of top attractions and people. If visiting soon, don’t miss these Nashville rooftop bars.

Best Nashville Rooftop Bars for Dining and Nightlife

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Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge

Not only does Tootsie’s rank among the best Nashville rooftop bars, it’s also one of the most famous honky-tonks in the U.S. Plus, it sits directly across from Ryman Auditorium – one of the best Nashville’s live music venues. The restaurant/venue opened in the 60s, and Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline have played here.

The menu offers traditional saloon food such as burgers, sandwiches, chicken tenders, chili, wings and appetizers. Most come to Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge for beer, cocktails and live music, which plays day and night. It’s also a top place for nightlife and people-watching from the roof.

The George Jones

The George Jones is much more than a Nashville rooftop bar. It also serves as a smokehouse with live music and museum – all set on two floors on 2nd Avenue.

The bar overlooks Cumberland River and downtown skyline, surrounded by Nashville’s Southern charm. During CMA Festival, this bar overlooks the Riverfront stage. But there’s more than a great view. Guests also find smokehouse favorites, Nashville hot chicken bites and taco baskets. Then wash it all down with a specialty drink, beer, slushie or wine.

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Nudie’s Honky Tonk

Another favorite place for nightlife is Nudie’s Honky Tonk, which has welcomed country music fans since 1947. The restaurant features three stories, music and pop-culture memorabilia, and live music on Broadway’s honky-tonk row.

As with most Nashville rooftop bars, Southern cuisine is a top draw. Appetizers include fried pickles and chili. Then try burgers, pulled pork, hot chicken, tacos and hot dogs. Nudie’s Honky Tonk also showcases live music every day and offers beer and drinks.

Nashville Underground

Ranked among the highest and largest Nashville rooftop bars, Nashville Underground has two decks and sits on Broadway. This provides visitors a place to unwind and enjoy 360-degree views of downtown.

On the menu, select from Southern staples – such as boiled peanuts, hot chicken, meat and threes, and burgers. Those looking for more than food will find a mechanical bull, live music, DJ booth, LED dance floor, and welcoming fireplace.

Acme Feed and Seed

Located in a historic building dating to 1890, Acme Feed and Seed offers three stories and an open-air rooftop bar that overlooks downtown. While dining, see Broadway, Cumberland River, Nissan Stadium and Riverfront Park. The bar also hosts weekend DJ dance parties.

Start on the first floor and order Southern fare. Popular menu items include hot chicken sandwiches, beer belly tacos, ribs, burgers and seafood. On the second floor, guests can sample fresh Asian-inspired cuisine including sushi and house specialties.

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Jason Aldean’s Kitchen and Rooftop Bar

This hot spot also sits on Broadway. Jason Aldean’s Kitchen and Rooftop Bar serves Southern food with flair and has downtown views and live music. Fun fact: Jason Aldean has shown up to perform surprise pop-up shows for visitors.

When it’s time to eat, select from country cornbread, greens and home-style favorites. Jason Aldean’s Kitchen and Rooftop Bar has earned top food accolades for steak and meatloaf. Other options include grandma’s pot roast and Southern dish of the day. In addition, guests enjoy a large drink menu, beer and Bloody Marys.

Pancho and Lefty’s

Pancho and Lefty’s sits directly across from Bridgestone Arena on 5th Avenue. Many visitors enjoy visiting this spot before or after Nashville Predators hockey games and concerts hosted at Bridgestone.

This cantina ranks among the best Nashville rooftop bars for its location and Mexican food. Start with nachos, queso, guac or beans. Then sample tacos, burritos and quesadillas. In addition to tasty food, Pancho and Lefty’s offers a selection of tequila, whiskey, beer and house cocktails.

L27 Rooftop Lounge

Located at the top of The Westin Nashville, L27 Rooftop Lounge offers a more upscale environment. This rooftop bar sits 27 floors above downtown Nashville complete with skyline views. Visitors will also find comfy seating and a warm ambiance.

To add to its upscale vibes, L27 Rooftop Lounge serves fresh food and seafood. For traditional Nashville fare, try hot chicken sliders and spicy waffle fries. For something different, select from a local cheese board, lobster rolls, jerk grilled octopus and L27’s burger. Please note: After 5 p.m., guests must be 21 and older and adhere to a dress code.

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