L.A. Jackson patio (Courtesy L.A. Jackson)
Nothing says summer more than outdoor dining. Fans of fair weather can thank us—we've sought out the eight best bars and restaurants with incredible patios and/or rooftop space in all of Music City. A subjective list to be sure, but as sure as the sun shines, we don't think you'll be disappointed.
Located along the Cumberland River in Nashville’s Lower Broadway district, ACME’s rooftop patio has some of the best views in the city. Catch the live music from nearby honky tonks and watch tourists with cowboy hats and boots enjoy the sights.
Possibly the most unique outdoor space in Nashville, Pinewood Social has dipping pools, a food truck and a bocce court. The pools are open daily from 11 am to 11 pm, so anyone can escape the heat with drink in-hand.
One of Nashville’s newest and most sophisticated patios, the rooftop at L.A. Jackson atop The Thompson Hotel is the perfect spot for a fine cocktail and a beautiful sunset. The menu ranges from bar snacks, to vegetable tapas, to impressive seafood platters with oysters, shrimp and more.
This airy space has open-air seating and garage doors attached to the indoor dining room, making it easy to enjoy the fresh air no matter where you grab a table. With a full-service menu and an extensive rum list, diners can cozy up and stay a while.
The dreamy courtyard behind this wine bar has twinkle lights, lots of greenery and an herb garden. When the weather’s right you’ll want to stop by early to grab a coveted seat on the patio and enjoy a glass of wine (or three!).
A mainstay in Hillsboro Village, Jackson’s has been home to one of the city’s most enviable patios for years. Prime for people watching, patio tables are highly sought after, and they fill up fast. If you manage to score one, stay awhile and enjoy some drinks from the full bar or grab the cookie dough egg rolls for dessert.
This hipster’s paradise has craft cocktails and a wood-fired food menu, and it’s a great place to relax outdoors from the afternoon until late at night. If the temperature cools, Public House has plenty of blankets to pass around to guests. Plus, you can count on a few burning campfires to keep you warm.
With a wraparound porch and an expansive beer garden, Butchertown Hall offers the perfect ambiance for cocktails and dinner. The Butchertown Hall kitchen utilizes a wood-fired oven and a high-capacity smoker to offer an acclaimed menu with Texan brisket, charred vegetables and craft tacos.