10 Best Cocktail Bars in Tennessee

Created with precision and expertise, the handcrafted cocktails of Tennessee’s swanky bars are something to experience. These classic libations are truly a work of art when done right. From hideaways in Nashville to lounges in Madison, here are the best cocktail bars in Tennessee! 

Hemingway’s Bar and Hideaway, Nashville, TN

Befitting of the author himself, this happy hideout has a list of awards almost as long as the late writer’s list of masterpieces. Featuring a fanciful list of bar fare and handcrafted libations, this place features a rustic chic environment that knows how to inspire. The cocktails are nothing short of perfection, so don’t hesitate to order more than one.

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Sapphire Fine Food and Fancy Drinks, Knoxville, TN

This place is truly a gem in Knoxville’s bar scene. Situated in a former jewelry store, the liquor displays light up as bright as jewelry cases. And of course, the cocktails are just as luxurious as the name implies.

Robar, Chattanooga, TN

Classy cocktail lounge isn’t a designation deserved by all cocktail bars, but this one has proven it’s worthy. They offer all your favorite classics just as they were meant to be served, along with a variety of unique blends that surprise and delight. The 1950s-inspired decor leaves much to enjoy as you sip on your favorite drink.

The Patterson House, Nashville, TN

The fine details are what make this cocktail bar nothing short of amazing. From the meticulously crafted decor to the care they take in making your drinks, you can expect high-quality from presentation to last sip. Their mixologists to take care that every drink is a work of art. 

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Matilda Midnight, Chattanooga, TN

Tucked away inside the boutique Dwell Hotel, this cozy little cocktail palace isn’t to be missed. This tarot-themed bar is perfect for witching hour meetings and daytime libations alike. Be prepared for posh digs that make every cocktail feel and taste like a million bucks (though your bill certainly won’t be!). 

Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge, Madison, TN

This isn’t your typical cocktail lounge. Playing on the Music City theme, this country hot spot is a step right out of the Midwest. Live music, jukebox hits, and plenty of friendly faces to go ‘round make this a favorite among locals and tourists alike.

Wall Street, Murfreesboro, TN

This long-standing venue is one of the last of its kind, offering a 21 and up experience with some of the finest cocktails in Nashville’s vicinity. Family owned and operated, it’s much more like a “everybody knows your name” environment than some of the larger bars in the area. Aside from their cocktails, they also have an impeccable breakfast and lunch menu that makes anytime a good time to visit.

The Zebra Lounge, Memphis, TN

This unique piano bar has earned its stripes as a watering hole for the best cocktails in the city. Having originated in Chicago, they’ve brought some of the Windy City’s favorite flavors to Memphis—and fans are glad they did! Folks love the beautiful melodies that aren’t obnoxiously loud, giving them a chance to enjoy their cocktails and their company. 

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The Black Rabbit, Nashville, TN

Creative cocktails and crafty small plates are what make this place pop. Warm, eclectic digs add sophistication and coziness to every visit. Their bar offers an extensive selection of liquors to make the perfect cocktail for every preference. 

Drink, Knoxville, TN

This trackside bar offers a seemingly infinite number of drinks to sample. They pair their crafty cocktails with creative small plates to give you the best of both worlds. If you love smooth jazz music, this place will make you want to sit, sip, and stay awhile.

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