Nashville is a sports city. Ask anyone. Or just try to make it from East Nashville to downtown on a Titans game day, when the road is one single, unmoving, bumper-to-bumper slog. Or take stock of a Predators crowd, where even the most die-hard country fan will swap out their Stetson for a “SMASHVILLE” ballcap. But for those who can’t make it to the actual games, this city still has plenty to offer sports fans. Over the last few years, Nashville’s music and sports scenes have made peace and even found ways to work together, meaning you don’t have to pick between honky-tonks and catching the game anymore. Here are the best bars in Nashville to watch a game or two and knock back a few rounds.
M.L. Rose has a few locations (Melrose, Sylvan Park, and Capitol View) and they all have their own unique charms, but for game day, we’re partial to the Sylvan Park location on the west side of town, by virtue of its huge outdoor seating area stocked with giant Jenga blocks. M.L. Rose’s burger is what put them on the map, but their 90-craft-beer selection is also one of the biggest in Music City. If the weather isn’t cooperating, consider the one in Melrose, where Jenga is swapped for arcade classics.
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