“Top Cocktail Bar in America!”
More than any dive or honky-tonk, the Patterson House reminds drinkers that when you're in the South, you're on sacred ground: America's Bourbon Belt. The library-themed haunt is named after the saintly governor who fought Prohibition. Shame he never got to try Vincent's Ruin, made with Bulleit bourbon, elderflower liqueur, lemon, and an absinthe rinse, or the Reelfoot, a Manhattan variant using both sweet and dry vermouth.
Nashville's first serious cocktail bar holds firmly to the speakeasy trend: A thick, dark curtain and a reservation list for every seat keeps patrons from walking straight up to the bar itself. But it's all done out of the respect for the craft—bartenders don vests and take their time building excellent Vieux Carrés and Aviations. Antique chandeliers and built-in bookshelves give the bar the feel of a glamorous library.
The Patterson House is an experience. We had to wait over 2 hours for a table which I've been told is normal. In fact, we planned our night around it putting our name in and bouncing around to other nearby bars. We came back and got our table within minutes. It gives off the feeling of a speakeasy but without the secret passwords and such. They make awesome original cocktails sure to please every taste. I had a bourbon I've never tried before and was very happy. We also got some finger foods on the late night and they were almost too good. Would go back for a special occasion but the huge weekend wait is a deterrent for me.
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The Patterson House
- Sun - Fri: 5:00 pm - 3:00 am
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