Midtown: Nashville, TN




  1. Patterson House

Order: Romeo + Juliet

Average Price: $$$

Perks: The sister bar in Chicago, called The Violet Hour, is one of my favourite places that I’ve ever visited. Velvet drapes, chandeliers, high-backed chairs over low-standing tables, and flickering candlelight make The Violet Hour incredibly romantic. Much in the same way, The Patterson House has a distinct speakeasy feel that captures an essence of Nashville. Bookcases line the walls, filled with old, gold-lettered and tattered book spines, and watching the bartenders prepare drinks is a show in and of itself. It’s a bit of a splurge, but worth going to once or twice.

Caught My Eye: Receipts come in books – leave a quote or two in there when you go. Red-backed booths lining all four sides.

Also Try: The rotating menu changes with the season, but I haven’t had a drink that I didn’t like from The Patterson House. Anything with egg white in it makes for the creamiest, smoothest drink.


  1. The Row

Order: The Mac n’ Cheese

Average Price: $$

Perks: If you are looking for distinct Southern fare, I would come here. They have a wonderful plate of grits as well, and the interior is crowded with pictures of country stars and singers.

Caught My Eye: Weekend brunch menu. Outdoor patio with lights in the evenings. Live music.

Also Try: Chicken and Waffles

Other Favourites:

Hattie B’s = for the acclaimed hot chicken

Tavern = for the weekend brunch

Soulshine Pizza = for the unusual crawfish soup

Two Boots Pizza = for a really good, cheap slice of pizza, open late

J J’s Market = for live music, the writing area, and almond muffins



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