Nashville is known for dishing out a good time, but locals and visitors alike know that if you want to keep up with Music City’s pace without blowing your budget, you need to strategically stretch your dollars. That’s where Nashville’s best happy hours come in.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best happy hour deals in Nashville for each day of the week. As much as we’d all love to plan in advance, sometimes post-workout meal-prep plans deteriorate into sips and snacks at your favorite local watering hole. Should the need arise, our guide should help, no matter which (or how many) days of your week shift into a friendly catch-up over drinks.
Nashville’s best happy hours, day by day
1918 West End Ave., Midtown Nashville
If your Nashville happy hour plans tend to be more of the “Sunday Funday” variety, look no further than Saltine. On the weekends, happy hour starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m. (in the bar area only), and includes a vast assortment of frozen drinks, craft cocktails and light bites. Located in in Midtown and boasting free parking, the restaurant embodies coastal cuisine. Offerings range from fresh seafood towers and oysters on the half shell to gumbo, po’boys and hushpuppies. The sunlight-flooded, blue and white space makes your stop feel more like a trip to the beach than bustling Midtown. While Saltine is a great spot for a cocktail any day of the week, the restaurant only offers brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., so for your early happy hour, you have the full gamut of both savory and sweet dishes to enjoy. (Cinnamon buttermilk donuts with Nutella and berry jam, anyone?)
2023 Broadway, Midtown Nashville
If you haven’t been spending your Mondays in Midtown, you might be sleeping on one of the best-kept secrets in town. Henley, located inside the Aertson hotel, runs its specialty Manhattan Happy Hour daily from 4 to 6 p.m., but on Mondays it goes all night. The space is the epitome of Art Deco elegance, with floor-to-ceiling velvet curtains framing the front door and ultra-modern light fixtures balancing out the room. A large, square bar serves as the focal point in the center of the room, and for good reason — Henley’s craft cocktail menu feels more like an encyclopedia than a periodical. To help narrow your options and simplify the ordering process, we recommend trying one of the eight different specialty Manhattans, for only $8 apiece, or their daily punch for $6. With concoctions like a Chocolate Manhattan available, even those who don’t consider themselves whiskey lovers can find something to sip on.
1929 Broadway, Midtown Nashville
Keeping with the Art Deco theme, we’re heading across the street to Union Common, whose black and gold double doors open into one of the more “see and be seen” spots in Nashville. (You never know who you’ll bump into there — Reba, for one, is a vocal fan of the cheesecake beignets.) Since its 2014 opening, locals and visitors have praised the Midtown Nashville restaurant’s beverage program, and the shareable plates definitely keep diners coming back. Since everything is designed to be shared, Union Common is best enjoyed with a group of pals, and the rotating craft cocktail menu ensures everyone will find something new to try. Menu mainstays that we can’t get enough of: the duck fat french fries and the shaved kale salad. Pro tip for fellow cheese lovers: Union Common is also one of the few places in Nashville where you can get raclette!
908 Main St., East Nashville; 2706 12th Ave. S., 12 South; 4500 Murphy Rd., Sylvan Park
Edley’s “Wacker Wednesdays” mean $5 bushwhackers all day, at all three Edley’s Bar-B-Que locations. For the uninitiated, a bushwacker is a boozy milkshake made with coffee and chocolate liqueurs, rum and milk — plus a dash of regret, if you drink too many (which is a little too easy). Definitely the best brain freeze ever. Be sure to order a slew of sides to accompany your imbibing, and expect eats that are just as good as the drinks — Edley’s is known for making everything from scratch, every single day.
Von Elrod's Beer Hall & Kitchen
1004 Fourth Ave. N., Germantown
Von Elrod’s quickly became a go-to Thursday-night hangout in Nashville, thanks to its happy hour special, which includes any big beer (we’re talking a one-liter stein) for the price of a small beer, 4 p.m. until midnight. With 36 rotating taps pouring beer and cider, even non-beer drinkers are sure to find something they enjoy sipping. And the restaurant’s enormous beer garden — with plenty of covered seating if the weather doesn’t cooperate, and long, communal picnic tables that encourage conversation — makes the perfect setting to kick off a Thirsty Thursday. (The Germantown restaurant offers some of the best hand-cranked sausages in town, too.)
303 Demonbreun St., Downtown Nashville
Etch’s famed happy hour — featuring $8 signature cocktails, $6 glasses of wine, $4 drafts and discounted appetizers — runs until 6:30 p.m. on Friday, making it the perfect spot for Downtown 9-to-5ers ready to halt the grind and usher in the weekend. Chef Deb Paquette has earned a devoted, well-deserved following, and her restaurant — only a few blocks from Broadway, but a world away from the honky tonks — frequently lands on lists of the best restaurants in Nashville. Use happy hour as an excuse to try her signature roasted cauliflower with truffled pea pesto, and you’ll quickly understand why.
Deacon’s New South
401 Church St., Downtown Nashville
The latest concept from A. Marshall Hospitality, Deacon’s New South (photo up top, via Facebook) opened in November 2017, and quickly became a welcome Downtown Nashville dining addition. Perhaps disappointingly for fans of the hit TV drama Nashville, the restaurant isn’t named after that show’s lead character, Deacon — it’s a nod back to Andy Marshall’s college nickname, earned for the kind and reverent way he looked after his friends. Dry-aged steaks are undoubtedly the star of the menu at his place, but don’t skip over the stellar beverage program, led by general manager and Level 2 Sommelier Jenn McCarthy. On Saturdays, happy hour begins at 3 p.m with $2 off wines by the glass, drafts and starters.
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