The ever-evolving cocktail scene in Nashville continues to impress. With trendy haunts mixing up complicated renditions with hard-to-pronounce ingredients, and reliable destinations for more simple standards, this list has something for everyone. Here you’ll find a healthy dose of standby cocktail dens (here’s a full list of essentials) along with new additions that are getting major buzz.

In this update, Minerva Avenue and The Green Hour leave the list, and we welcome the Dream Nashville’s Parlour Bar.

Rambler Cocktail Bar

2600 8th Ave S #109
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 840-6124

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Melrose’s new bar-within-a-bar is a winning combination, with its stunning interior splashed with pops of color and its approachable cocktails, all happening literally underground. The unassuming 8th Avenue strip is now more than ever a solid destination for dining, cocktails, and late night hangs.