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8 Great Choices For Outdoor Dining In Nashville
by TJ Anderson
One of my favorite things to do in Nashville once spring rolls in: take advantage of opportunities for outdoor dining. Spending the winter cooped up (or at least the parts of it on the frigid side of Nashville’s weather yo-yo) makes soaking up the sun or an evening breeze exceptionally welcome.
I have a long list of favorite local restaurants, with ones I love for different reasons. Here are a few places that land on my list for having great outdoor spaces, in neighborhoods I find myself in pretty regularly.
If you’re new to Nashville or house-hunting in Nashville — particularly if you’re drawn to more vibrant, less sleepy parts of a city — it’s definitely worth checking out these places, and these neighborhoods. (And if you are looking for a home and the right area and could use some direction, let us know — I’d love to show you around these neighborhoods, or others.)
The New Orleans-vibed Holland House Bar and Refuge (1112 Woodland St.) recently expanded its patio — pictured up at the top — and added a Happy Hour menu of classic cocktails, like Manhattans and Old Fashioneds, for $5 from 4 to 6 p.m. If you’re thinking beer more than cocktails, walk back just a little to The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden (731 Mcferrin Ave.) — their backyard beer garden (pictured above) is a deserving al fresco favorite, so don’t be surprised if there’s a decent wait. More of a wine mood? Rumours East (1112 Woodland St.), operating out of a 1900s Victorian, has a great selection, and a backyard that feels upscale without being stuffy.
One of the best ways to enjoy the walkable urban vibe of Germantown: Have drinks and incredible Italian food out on the front patio at Rolf & Daughters (700 Taylor St.). A new neighborhood addition I have high hopes for this spring/summer: the beer garden at Butchertown Hall, which opened at 1416 4th Ave. N. in February.
For going low key: nachos and a craft draft on the patio at 12 South Taproom (2318 12th Ave. S.).
The always-busy Gulch might be best experienced from up top on the roof deck at the upscale and worth-a-splurge Watermark (507 12th Ave S.), where you’re out of the mix but able to enjoy the view.
I love sports, so I love a good sports bar, and M.L. Rose (2535 Franklin Pike) does that right (read: burger, waffle fries and craft beer). That they have a great biergarten/patio is an added bonus.
Fellow Nashvillians: What other neighborhoods/restaurants should I have listed here? Love to hear about your favorite al fresco dining spots.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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