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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Nashville

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Nashville? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you book, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Stillery Midtown restaurant
4.8
4.8 (96)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Music Row
About the restaurant
The Stillery is the kind of place you can relax, eat outstanding, fresh food, and enjoy a signature mason jar cocktail.
We serve up amazing brick fired pies, juicy stacked burgers, fresh salads and tantalizing starters. The menu is comprised of what could be best explained as 'a chef's comfort food.'
Our signature cocktails are made with the south's best shines and whiskeys. Looking for an amazing local beer, we have plenty to choose from.

This is the 'Midtown' location at 1921 Broadway.

Top review
KristinQ
Dined on 23 Feb 2024
Food was amazing! Environment was awesome! Live Music was good!
A photo of Star Rover restaurant
4.8
4.8 (17)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Germantown
About the restaurant
Star Rover Sound is throwing it back to the great American steakhouse, an institution that transcends time and trend. Steak Dinners at Star Rover will offer the complete experience – cut in-house steaks paired with crisp salads and crisper cocktails, bottomless triple-cooked fries and onion rings, fresh-baked dinner rolls, live music, and good times.

Just like the 1970s West Texas steakhouses that Chef/Owner Ford Fry so fondly remembers, guests will be reintroduced to an era when steak dinners weren’t just for special occasions but were an everyday luxury – complete with checkered tablecloths, a candlelit glow, and Sharpies for signing the walls.

Top review
RachaelS
Dined on 25 Feb 2024
We loved everything about Star Rover, except our server. She seemed liked she didn't want to be at work and barely came to our table to check on us. :(
A photo of Sonny's Patio Pub and Refuge restaurant
4.8
4.8 (133)
$30 and under
American
Germantown
About the restaurant
We are a fun-lover's neighborhood hangout serving up Good Mood Food, Power Packed Drinks and an Action-Packed atmosphere with bar games galore!
Top review
MarkNvip
Dined 2 days ago
The music is way too loud! It’s a nice touch to have a DJ but if you have to yell just to talk to the people at your table, it ruins the experience.
A photo of Blanco Cocina + Cantina - Nashville restaurant
4.7
4.7 (777)
$30 and under
Mexican
Downtown / Sobro
About the restaurant
Blanco is more than your typical Mexican restaurant, it‘s an escape from the ordinary, a happy hour hang out, a place to sit back, recharge and party. It’s a vacation in your neighborhood that helps you relax with your favorite people. For food, margaritas, and good times, Blanco is the perfect place to find your bliss.
Top review
NashvilleSteakLover
Dined 5 days ago
Wonderful place to enjoy a great meal! We went during Dine Nashville and it was a memorable experience.
A photo of Honky Tonk - The Twelve Thirty Club restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1261)
$30 and under
American
Downtown / Sobro
About the restaurant
For the best reservations availability, please book through our website at TheTwelveThirtyClub.com or call us.

The Twelve Thirty Club is where the best elements of hospitality, music, design and entertainment collide to amplify everything iconic about lower Broadway in Nashville. The food. The drinks. The atmosphere. The music. It’s where you want to be - where you need to be. Kindred spirits sync and unique menus greet you on every level. It’s an all-encompassing destination pulsating with endless possibilities designed to satisfy your soul.


Your table will be reserved for 1 hour and 30 minutes for parties of up to 4; and 2 hours for parties of 5+.

Top review
Sandy27vip
Dined on 14 Feb 2024
Wonderful experience! We actually ate there rice for lunch while on Lower Broadway. Excellent all around! Food & drinks, service and music! Nice escape from the crowds and barbecue!
A photo of Kokomo Trading Company restaurant
4.7
4.7 (80)
$30 and under
Caribbean
Franklin
About the restaurant
Island inspired, music city infused. Kokomo Trading Company is a fusion of delicious chef-created cuisine, extraordinary beverages, and exceptional live music. Familiar and exotic flavors that satisfy and immerse our guests in an atmosphere of warmth, relaxation, adventure and the Spirit of community.

Executive chef and one of three owners, David Morrow, was born and raised on the Emerald island of Ireland. David was recognized early on for his outstanding ability in the Culinary Arts. He was eventually recruited and trained by Irish Celebrity Chef and television personality, Neven Maguire, at the world famous MacNean House. Chef Morrow brings his passion for excellence in food along with years of experience and love for agriculture, farming, producing and sourcing only the finest, nutrient rich products.

Top review
CherylC
Dined 5 days ago
This was our first trip to Kokomo Trading Company and it was well worth it. We will definitely be going back. The service was wonderful and the food was delicious!
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A photo of The Countrypolitan Bar & Kitchen restaurant
4.5
4.5 (177)
$30 and under
American
Downtown / Sobro
About the restaurant
The Countrypolitan Bar & Kitchen hosts authentic Nashville musicians in a fun bar and restaurant atmosphere within historic Printers Alley. Good Times are created with our local cocktails paired with a southern inspired kitchen and Americana, Blues, and Alternative country music.
Top review
JessK
Dined 2 days ago
Outstanding service!! Friendly people! Gonna make it my regular place! Outstanding singer! Tana Matz was amazing! Will come back again when she is there
A photo of City Tap House-Nashville restaurant
4.3
4.3 (827)
$30 and under
American
Downtown / Sobro
About the restaurant
City​ ​Tap​ ​House​ ​boasts​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​area's​ ​most​ ​extensive​ ​local,​ ​national​ ​and​ ​international​ ​microbrew​ ​line ups,​ ​including​ ​over​ ​60​ ​draughts​ ​and​ ​an​ ​extensive​ ​bottle​ ​collection,​ ​as well​ ​as​ ​a​ ​house​ ​made​ ​specialty​ ​cocktail​ menu.​ ​Complimented​ ​by​ ​our​ ​contemporary American​ ​regional​ ​cuisine​ ​and​ ​gourmet​ ​brick​ ​oven​ ​pizza​ ​menu,​ ​City​ ​Tap​ ​House​ ​offers​ ​guests​ ​a​ ​rustic, comfortable​ ​dining​ ​and​ ​bar​ ​setting.

Ten floors up, we have one of the best rooftops in Nashville complete with a dual indoor-outdoor bar, a frozen drink machine and lounge seating.

Enjoy​ ​happy​ ​hour​ ​in​ ​our​ ​bar​ ​area​ ​Monday​ ​-​ ​Friday​ ​from 3:00pm​ ​-​ ​7:00pm, and catch the game on our 18ft television with premium sound.

We offer both semi-private and fully private event space. Please inquire about large group accommodations and catering menus for happy hours, private events and full venue buyouts.

Top review
JamieCvip
Dined 4 days ago
Dinner was so good last night at City Tap. We return again and again because of great service and consistently good food. We were lucky enough to get there during happy hour on a Friday night and got a great deal on the hushpuppies appetizer. The burgers were great and your key lime pie is really, really good. We will definitely be back!! We love City Tap!
A photo of Big Machine Distillery & Tavern restaurant
4.3
4.3 (90)
$30 and under
American
Berry Hill
About the restaurant
Please visit https://www.bigmachinevodka.com/reserve, for parties of 7 or more. ***Reservations for brunch are $25.00 per person, for parties of 7 or more, which includes a drink package.****


Brunch and Bottomless Vimosas Saturday & Sundays only from 10:00am-4:00pm.
2021, 2022, and 2023 OpenTable Diner's Choice Award Winner!

Top review
Shay
Dined on 25 Feb 2024
Awesome place. Great food and vibe. You should definitely check this place out.
A photo of Nashville Underground restaurant
3.8
3.8 (640)
$30 and under
Southern
Downtown / Sobro
About the restaurant
Owned by brothers Joey and Gavin DeGraw, Nashville Underground was named a Top 20 Celebrity-Owned Restaurant by The Food Network, and we're just getting started...

Boasting the largest and only double-deck rooftop on Broadway, Nashville Underground delivers an intimate experience where you can Drink, Taste and Hear Nashville. Here, we celebrate the rich history of Music City combining all the elements that make Nashville so unique.

Come experience the best Nashville Hot Chicken in town, a Mimi's staple, and finish it off with a slice of homemade Pecan Pie. Choose from our many draft selections or relax with a classic cocktail. We'll be waitin' for ya!

Top review
KayV
Dined on 25 Feb 2024
We were there for my daughter's 21st birthday and it was a lot of fun. I did expect a birthday treat at the end but no luck. Drinks were pricy and lots of ice.
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