The Top 3 Rooftop Bars in Music City

Pumpkins, costumes and rooftop bars – CHEERS to fall weather’s arrival in Music City! Believe it or not, there are places other than Broadway to enjoy a cocktail and spectacular view of the “Batman Building” before it gets too cold – and they’re all hidden 300 feet above you.

It’s Lily again this week, and today we’re focusing on one of my favorite things about my city: bars in the sky. Nashville is scattered with some incredibly unique rooftop experiences that reveal an entirely new side of every country-music-lover’s dream destination. Read on to discover why these luxury lounges in the clouds are the perfect spot to eat, drink some imaginative cocktails and be scary this October.

L.A. Jackson

For the social sippers, this ritzy spot is the perfect fall place to bring a group, claim a table or section of a couch and enjoy a cold glass of pink Frozé. Still rosé, strawberry and lime come together for a tart, refreshing blend to taste while taking in the Nashville skyline from a few hundred feet above the Gulch. L.A. Jackson is perched atop the Thompson Hotel, a luxurious development with 255 rooms and amenities. If you’re looking for a livelier rooftop destination with a posh, glamorous atmosphere, this sky-bar is for you.

If the Frozé mix doesn’t appeal to you, or if you’re already ready for drink two, I highly recommend the Honeybird cocktail: scotch, peach, orange, lemon and egg whites create a satisfyingly creamy autumn beverage. This time of year, hauntingly clever Halloween décor can be spotted hanging from the impressive tree in the center of the terrace, adding another unique element to the lounge this season.

Rare Bird

This chic, beautiful bar is one of my favorite little corners of Music City. Nestled above Noelle, a breathtakingly artistic and upscale boutique hotel, Rare Bird embodies everything that has recently made Nashville such an anticipated stop for travelers: originality, creativity and delicious alcohol. Manager and bartender Amber was eager to talk to us about the menu flip coming up at the end of the week: Rare Bird is implementing some delicious seasonal drinks you won’t want to miss.

Amber made us a “Sport Pilot,” her favorite drink on the current menu that can still be ordered for a few more weeks if it piques your interesest. Sport Pilot is a brilliant fusion of Milagro Reposado, Montelobos Mezcal, cinnamon falernum, coconut, and lime. The drink was perfectly sweet and acidic and looked just as impressive as the up-close view of the “Batman Building.”

A trip to Rare Bird is sure to be uniquely relaxing and remote: from the walk through the lobby, featuring many of the 1929 details from the hotel’s first life, to the scenic, chic treat at the top. A favorite for those searching for a place to pause, receive excellent service, enjoy innovated drinks and a million-dollar view, Rare Bird is one of Nashville’s most luxurious hidden gems.  

Rooftop Lounge Bar at Bobby Hotel

A bus, a pool, superb views and igloos: I was blown away by my first time at the Bobby Hotel. A 1956 Greyhound bus resides on the roof of this prime downtown location as an inimitable spot to enjoy an inventive cocktail 100 feet in the air. The roof’s atmosphere matches the interior of the relatively new hotel: elegant, arty and reminiscent of a charming 1950s movie set.

We ordered the Bobby’s Go-To from the cocktail list: Chattanooga reserve, cocchi torino, maple, cardamom and lavender. The bartender’s recommendation is affectionately nicknamed the “Bobby’s To-Go” based on customers’ common misreading of the menu at first glance. The drink was fantastic – especially when sipped from the interior of the picturesque Greyhound.

In the next few weeks, the menu will flip to include delicious autumn mixes, but we were assured the “Bobby’s To-Go” will still be available for those who want to try it. Another seasonal addition: igloos. Bobby’s Rooftop Lounge plans to install igloos for guests to gather and drink during the fall and winter seasons.

The rooftop experiences don’t stop here: there are many other options hiding at the top of various stunning hotels around the city. Nashville is quickly becoming a draw for many types of tourists all throughout the year. This fall, rooftop lounges featuring seasonal drinks and décor are the perfect spot for residents and visitors alike who appreciate innovate ways to enjoy unique cocktails and iconic views.   

Cheers to fall, cocktails and Music City, Tennessee!

~ Lily