Thanks to Nashville’s status as a party destination, it’s gotten pretty darned expensive to drink in this town. The already stratospheric prices of cocktails at some luxury boutique hotel bars get hammered with additional fees including sales, alcohol, and hospitality taxes that lead drinkers to wonder if they ordered that Old Fashioned from Ticketmaster. Fortunately, there are still a few great drinking deals in Music City at good ol’ happy hour. If you’re looking to drink on the cheap, here are some of the best bargains in town, organized by neighborhood for your convenience.
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When: Monday-Friday from 3-6pm
The deal: More than just a fantastic burger and beer joint, (although they are great at both) M.L.Rose offers a full bar and happy hour specials of $1 off appetizers, liquor, wine, and beer. On Tuesdays, the deal gets even sweeter with two-for-one craft beers from 3pm until close and double tall well drinks until 10pm.
When: Monday-Friday from 5-7 pm (bar only)
The deal: If you wonder why Jospehine has become one of Nashville’s favorite dining destinations, look no further than their happy hour deals, including food specials like a $6 burger made with a Porter Road Butcher beef patty on a Martin’s potato roll; their version of a boilermaker, “The Music City” (a can of Hap & Harrys and a shot of George Dickel) for just $8; a rotating Coupe du Jour cocktail for $9; and a sommelier’s choice (sparking, white, or red wine) for $7.
When: Monday-Friday from 4-6 pm
The deal: This stylish bar/coffeehouse/restaurant shows out during their weekday afternoon Golden Hour with a rotating selection of food and drink specials, including $2 off wine, $1 off beer, plus classic cocktails and menu items for just $8. It’s a great place to wait out the rush hour traffic of the neighborhood.
When: Daily from 3-5 pm
The deal: They’re happy to give you a head start on happy hour at Oak Bar, one of the classiest watering holes in town. Blow off the last two hours of the work day to enjoy selections of snacks from the Capitol Grille kitchen and $2 off select wine, beer, and cocktails for an afternoon delight.
The Listening Room Cafe
When: Monday-Friday from 11am to 5:30pm
The deal: Not only is The Listening Room Cafe a premiere performance venue for local singer/songwriters, but it’s also a fine place to day drink thanks to “Happy Days” deals of $3 drafts, $4 mimosas, $5 bloodys, $5 house wine, and $5 house cocktails.
The 5 Spot
When: Friday from 6-8:30 pm
The deal: This popular gathering spot for East Nashville’s music scene throws a helluva party every Friday with “Tim Carroll’s Rock ‘n Roll Happy Hour.” There’s no cover charge to watch some of the city’s best rock bands play for tips, plus $2 ice cold tall-boy beers. Food trucks park out back if you need party sustenance for the rest of the night.
When: Monday-Thursday from 4-7 pm
The deal: This convivial Italian eatery offers changing nightly specials Monday through Thursday, but the $3.50 draft beer deal remains constant. Other treats to expect include half-price Martini Mondays, $4 house wines on Wine Wednesdays, and discounted apps and wine specials on Thursdays before the karaoke kicks off at 8.
The Picnic Tap
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When: Thursday from 4-8 pm
The deal: Thursdays at The Picnic Tap are “Pint Nights.” Take advantage of the ample parking at the Nashville Farmers’ Market to enjoy $4 featured pints, buy the beer and keep the glass deals, plus other free swag and live music.