Spring is in the air. Summer is around the corner. And if you want to breathe that fresh air while sipping cool suds, a patio is just what the doctor ordered (our doctor is a realist). Nashville boasts a plethora of patios, but not all are created equal. And we’re not talking about rooftop bars—that’s an article for another day. We’re talking about wooden decks and concrete slabs, picnic tables and park benches, good company and bad ideas, tasty foods and flowing drinks . . . and, most importantly, natural sunlight.
From Downtown to Germantown and everywhere around town, here are Outsider’s Best Patios in Nashville.
Best Patios in Nashville
- Shady confines: San Antonio Taco Co.
- Service with a smile: Otto’s Bar
- Big screens: Bringle’s Smoking Oasis
- Grub and games: Martin’s BBQ
- Dog days: Sonny’s Patio Pub & Refuge
- Sausage party: Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen
San Antonio Taco Company
Don’t let the name fool ya. San Antonio Taco Company (or SATCO for locals) has been a Music City staple since the ’80s. The Tex-Mex menu (try the chili taco), coupled with the old-school wooden deck and shade trees, make this Vanderbilt locale a go-to spot for a cool cerveza and bottomless salsa bar. – Jim Casey
Downtown is dominated by country music and honky-tonks, but Nashville has long been a rock & roll town. Otto’s Bar, in The Nations neighborhood, is one of the few bars that captures the authentic, edgier Nashville feel. The renovated auto shop does so with top-notch “service,” killer cocktails, and an intimate patio. – Jon D.B.
Bringle’s Smoking Oasis
Outdoor big screens to watch the games? Check. More cornhole than your throwing arm can handle? Check. Enough astroturf to landscape the Brady Bunch’s backyard? Check. Was that last reference too dated? Probably. But Bringle’s has all of that, and then some—including an ample arsenal of Southwest-style BBQ. Hold a beef rib in one hand, beanbag in the other. Throw the other. – Jim Casey
Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint (Downtown)
Not only does Martin’s have some of the best BBQ in Nashville, but its downtown location boasts a massive patio. Sure, they call it a “beer garden,” but that’s just fancy speak for an outdoor wooden patio where the beer flows like the Cumberland River. Grab a brisket sandwich, then stick around for some suds, sun, and live music—not to mention a trifecta of free bar games (ping pong, darts, shuffle board). – Jim Casey
Sonny’s Patio Pub & Refuge
Sonny’s in Germantown has everything a patio bar should have (including “patio” in its name): oversized yard games (huge Jenga, Connect Four, and Yahtzee), dogs (so many dogs), fire pits (for year-round fun), and food (the loaded tater tots are a need, not a want). Plus, it’s walking distance from Rolf & Daughters, Fifth & Taylor, and Mother’s Ruin, so you can continue the day-long festivities down the block. – Caroline Bynum
Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen
Invite everyone. Size doesn’t matter here. When you’re rolling with a big crew, Von Elrod’s massive Oktoberfest-inspired beer garden can accommodate your party. It’s also the perfect pre-party spot if you’re headed to a Nashville Sounds baseball game. With 36 beers on tap and housemade sausage, you’ll leave Von Elrod’s fat and happy. Emphasis on the happy. – Jim Casey