Nashville restaurateur Austin Ray today opens the subterranean cocktail bar and upscale lounge Rambler. It’s located in the space below another of his businesses, The Sutler Saloon in the Melrose neighborhood.

Rambler is set to open at 5 p.m. today. It is being billed as a “standalone space” within the Sutler. Adjacent to that restaurant/bar is Ray’s Melrose Billiard Parlor. The address is 2600 Eighth Ave. S. Ray operates his restaurants and bars via A.Ray Hospitality.

Of note, veteran local chef Jason Brumm developed the Rambler menu, according to a release. Brumm, a Culinary Institute of America grad, joined A.Ray Hospitality after a stint with Strategic Hospitality. Brumm’s projects with Ray include the popular Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House in Germantown. (Longtime Nashville restaurant fans may recall Brumm’s pioneering Gulch restaurant, Radius10, which opened in 2005 and operated for four years.)

The Rambler release notes the following:

“Rambler’s location is not a secret, but you have to know where you’re going to find it. Once you’re there, the energy is electric. There’s an unmistakable ‘wow’ factor when you walk in the door, where groups of all sizes can find plush booths and spaces for gathering in the underground bar.”

Rambler hours are 5 p.m. to midnight Tuesday through Thursday; and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Rambler Cocktail Bar Opens Today in Melrose
Restaurateur Austin Ray’s new subterranean lounge sits below his Sutler Saloon

WILLIAM WILLIAMS SEP 25, 2018 2 PM 0 Tweet Share
Rambler Silk Road Copy
The Silk Road cocktail, featuring vodka, orgeat, lemon and cucumber, in a picture snapped at a Rambler preview event.
Nashville restaurateur Austin Ray today opens the subterranean cocktail bar and upscale lounge Rambler. It’s located in the space below another of his businesses, The Sutler Saloon in the Melrose neighborhood.

Rambler is set to open at 5 p.m. today. It is being billed as a “standalone space” within the Sutler. Adjacent to that restaurant/bar is Ray’s Melrose Billiard Parlor. The address is 2600 Eighth Ave. S. Ray operates his restaurants and bars via A.Ray Hospitality.

Of note, veteran local chef Jason Brumm developed the Rambler menu, according to a release. Brumm, a Culinary Institute of America grad, joined A.Ray Hospitality after a stint with Strategic Hospitality. Brumm’s projects with Ray include the popular Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House in Germantown. (Longtime Nashville restaurant fans may recall Brumm’s pioneering Gulch restaurant, Radius10, which opened in 2005 and operated for four years.)

The Rambler release notes the following:

“Rambler’s location is not a secret, but you have to know where you’re going to find it. Once you’re there, the energy is electric. There’s an unmistakable ‘wow’ factor when you walk in the door, where groups of all sizes can find plush booths and spaces for gathering in the underground bar.”

Rambler hours are 5 p.m. to midnight Tuesday through Thursday; and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Across Eighth from Rambler sits Ray’s venerable M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers, open now for 10 years.

In addition to A.Ray Hospitality, Joe Parkes Jr., David Parkes, and Gary Parkes of The Parkes Companies own The Sutler, Rambler and Melrose Billiard Parlor.

A.Ray Hospitality also owns and operates M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers in Sylvan Park and in Capitol View, along with Von Elrod’s.