Situated east of downtown Nashville, Tennessee, across the Cumberland River, is the area known as East Nashville, a quarter of the city that is well-known for its amazing nightlife, great restaurants and bars, and a citizenry that really knows how to kick up its heels and party.
The nighttime entertainment scene in East Nashville, whose main thoroughfare is Gallatin Avenue and Ellington Parkway, with smaller arteries interconnecting the various neighborhoods in the community, is actually quite legendary, as this particular section of the city is home to a countless number of great pubs, cocktail lounges and nightclubs, each with their own character and personality. Whether you’re looking for a quiet night out with the love of your life, or a place where you and a bevy friends can drink and dance the night away to live music, East Nashville definitely has you covered.
To illustrate this point, below we have highlighted and described several of the best bars in East Nashville, a description that includes the type of crowd you can expect to encounter at each drinking destination, the ambience and décor of each bar, and the delicious drink and food menu offered at each location.
A laidback bar and eatery, the hotspot known as the Pharmacy is just what the doctor ordered when you’re looking for great food, cool cocktails and great conversation. Located at 731 McFerrin Avenue in East Nashville, the Pharmacy boasts a fully stocked collection of well, call and top-shelf spirits, but its true claim to fame is its beer menu, with over 50 selections of domestic, imported and craft beers on tap, and even more varieties of bottled beer. Guests who visit the Pharmacy can sidle up to the rustic, oak-finished bar, with seating for approximately 30 patrons, or head to the outdoor beer garden, which boasts comfortable chaise-style seating and an ultra-relaxed atmosphere.
In terms of food, the Pharmacy offers a full menu of sandwiches and snack foods, and its burgers are generally considered some of the best in the city. The bar’s signature offering—the Farm Burger—is simply out of this world, a “Tennessee beef patty topped with apple wood-smoked bacon, and a fried farm egg.”
The Pharmacy is open seven days a week from 11:00 AM until Midnight (2:00 AM on the weekend nights), and because this great drinking destination can get quite crowded on Friday and Saturday evenings, we recommend you show up early if you want to secure a seat at the bar.
Located at 1011 Clearview Avenue, the Treehouse is one of East Nashville’s most unique and well-loved drinking establishments. The bar takes its name from the actual tree house that is located behind the bar, a fort-inspired, one-room structure made from a hodgepodge of different woods and logs—a place where a child could whittle away hours on a hot summer day.
The Treehouse Bar, however, is not for children, but it does boast the type of atmosphere and character that makes it an adult’s dream; and the great menu of signature cocktails and craft beer is like a cherry a top. The Treehouse is also a full-scale eatery, serving mostly American-style comfort food, burgers, sandwiches and an impressive menu of delicious appetizers, all of which go on sale during the tavern’s happy hour: Monday through Friday from 5:00 until 7:00.
Seating is available in the actual backyard tree house by reservation, and you must have at least six people—and a maximum of ten people—in your party.
With a name like “Mickey’s Tavern” you can probably guess that this East Nashville hotspot is the very embodiment of a true neighborhood bar, a place where regulars, many of whom have occupied the same seats since the bar’s founding, gather for great drinks and even better conversation.
Boasting a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Mickey’s Tavern offers a well-stocked bar, with great selections in the well for those classic drinks, and top-shelf spirits that include Maker’s Mark Whiskey, Johnny Walker Scotch, Bullit Rye and Corsair Gin. Twelve draught beers are poured from the bar’s taps, with varieties rotating about once every three months, and nearly 80 different kinds of bottled beer, including a number of locally-brewed craft beers, are also available.
The bar at Mickey’s Tavern is always packed with thirsty patrons talking loudly over the tavern’s great jukebox, with bigger groups seated at the large tables that surround the long, straight bar. The pool tables and dart boards near the back of the room also see a lot of action, as do the arcade-style video games and the foosball table.
By day (Mickey’s opens at 11:00 AM and closes at 2:00 AM), the crowd at Mickey’s Tavern consists mostly of older, regular customers, many of whom are retired, with the working class arriving right about Happy Hour. After 10:00 PM, however, expect to see a younger crowd, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.
3 Crow Bar
Situated at 1024 Woodland Street, the 3 Crow Bar is a popular hangout among locals, with a great selection of craft beer on tap and a tempting menu of refreshing signature cocktails. Their scrumptious food and appetizer menu includes many dishes in which the chef incorporates alcohol into the fare, such as chicken tenders marinated in tequila, onion rings battered in a Pabst Blue Ribbon concoction, beer cheese nachos, and hot wings marinated in Yazoo beer.
The epic theme nights at the 3 Crow Bar are very popular with patrons that span the age spectrum, the most popular being its Trivia Night, which kicks off every Thursday night at 8:00 PM.
Village Pub and Beer Garden
East Nashville’s Village Pub and Beer Garden is styled after a small-town English pub, specializing primarily in local craft beer that is brewed and bottled throughout the city. Situated at 1308 McGavock Pike Road, the bar, which consists of both an indoor and outdoor seating area, boasts a comfortable, stay-a-while atmosphere and a lively crowd of regulars and tourists.
In addition to its great menu of great beer, wine and cocktails, the Village Pub and Beer Garden is a great place to nosh on some delicious snack-style fare, including their calorie-packed Stuffed Pretzel Sandwich, one of the best sandwiches in the city according to the local newspaper—made with your choice of meat and veggies stuffed generously into a giant pretzel bun.