Where to Drink Cocktails in Nashville Right Now

Oct 20, 2014

With the help of the Eater 18 and the Eater Heatmaps, it's a breeze to find out where to eat right now, whether it's a hot newcomer or an old neighborhood standby. Now it's just as easy to find out where to get a good, stiff drink in this town. Here now is an update to the best places in Nashville to belly up to the bar and order a cocktail. For this edition we say goodbye to The Treehouse and welcome The Sutler. And as always, if you don't see your favorites, stay calm, take a drink, and tell us either in the comments or via the tipline where you'll be drinking.

1 The Sutler

This recently opened re-imagined version of the original much loved 8th Avenue watering hole has a little bit of everything, including separate cocktail menus for the upstairs 'saloon' and the downstairs 'cellar.' The cellar space is essentially dedicated to booze, offering a wide range of specialty cocktails and more liquor options than its upstairs counterpart.


Matt Rogers. Nashville Eater. 2014.

Sunday Is Fun Day at The Sutler and Yazoo

Oct 17, 2014

I don't know about y'all, but I'm finding myself in search of strong drink and spiritual nourishment after Sunday Titans games of late. Fortunately, two local favorite watering holes have come to the rescue with some fun new promotions.

Over in Melrose, The Sutler has kicked off a new Sunday deal that they're calling "Grass Fed Sundays," a weekly family-style dinner event. The name is not necessarily a reference to grass-fed meat, although Chef Nick Seabergh does try to source from local farms whenever possible. Instead, the "grass" is a nod to the local bluegrass and string music that entertains diners from The Sutler's stage during the Sunday suppers. From 4:30 to 10 p.m., the kitchen will serve a large-format meat and three sides designed to feed four to six people for a prix-fixe tab that will vary week to week, but you can expect something in the $75-$85 range. (although I guess that means the prix isn't exactly fixed.) The proteins will rotate weekly along with one special side. The other two accompaniments can be selected by the table from the regular menu.

“The family-style setting is ideal for sharing a meal and conversation around the supper table,” said Austin Ray, owner of The Sutler. “Chef Nick has fond memories of his own family’s Sunday meals, and he will pull inspiration from his native Mississippi as well as other parts of the South and West when preparing the weekly menus. As the title indicates, 'Grass Fed Sundays’ will feature the bounty of the season in a soulful dinner.”

This Sunday is catfish night at the Sutler as Chef Nick offers a Coastal States Southern Fish Fry: fresh Mississippi catfish and Gulf shrimp cornmeal fried with Jalapeno-cheddar hush puppies and a fantastic charred green onion tartar sauce as the special side. They'll also be serving batch cocktails to encourage more sharing. So grab a tableful of friends and head on down.

For a spookier experience, Yazoo's taproom has been hosting "Monster Sundays" for the past few weeks, extending until Oct. 26. The taproom opens at 6:30 p.m.. , and at 7:15 they drop a screen and show spooky movies, most of which are at least marginally family-friendly. If your kids like zombies. ...

Admission is free, and so's the popcorn. Beer is of course available for purchase at the event. If the weather is nice enough, they'll show the movie outside on a portable screen, so bundle up and maybe throw a folding chair in the car.


Chris Chamberlain. Nashville Scene. 2014.

The sutler saloon: a giveaway!

Oct 15, 2014

There are so many new spots opening in Nashville these days, it’s hard to keep up, isn’t it? Slowly but surely I’m attempting to visit all of the best ones so I can report back on my favorites.

One that I wasn’t so slow to check out for the first time was The Sutler. In fact, I was there having a cocktail on the very first day, at the very first minute their doors opened to the public in early September. Yep, I was a little excited about it.

Years ago I frequented The Sutler when it was what I considered a dive bar on 8th Avenue. Originally opened in 1976 (I may be old, but that definitely wasn’t the year I was hanging out there), the spot was a music venue/restaurant/bar, and a beloved hangout for local musicians. When it closed in 2005, many mourned. I’m sure they’re now doing a happy dance since owners Austin Ray (ML Rose) and Joe Parkes Jr have resurrected a re-imagined version of the original.

With more than 8,000 square feet of space on two levels in the historic Melrose theater building, there’s a little something for everyone.

A dark, cozy space with a multitude of seating areas – there’s even one with a fireplace! – their “cellar” is likely where you’ll often find me holed up sipping cocktails this winter.

The upstairs bar is brighter, louder (in a good way) and livelier. With a stage at the front of the room, and roomful of tables, it’s a prime spot for not only drinking and socializing, but also dining.

Chef Nick Seabergh has built a fantastic menu around a hickory smoker and wood-fired grill. There are a lot of decadent items great for soaking up all the booze, but there are also a few lighter options if you’re not in the mood to indulge. Or you can do what I did on a recent visit and create a perfectly balanced meal of spicy fried chicken and healthy veggies.

The “Nashville Hot Nuggets” are buttermilk battered chicken thighs, livers, and gizzards served on texas toast with Alabama white sauce. This girl LOVES chicken gizzards and AL white sauce, so when I saw those listed, I certainly couldn’t pass it up. Add to that a plate of the “Veggies Grilled” with a pimento-thyme gastrique, and “Veggies Raw” with whipped herb chevre, and the meal was complete.

I absolutely adore the raw vegetable preparation- probably one of the most impressive vegetable dishes I’ve had. Will certainly be ordering it again and again.

In addition to the regular menu, just this weekend The Sutler introduced “Grass Fed Sundays”. Each Sunday from 4:30 to 10:00 p.m., there will be family-style rotating dinner with drink specials and live bluegrass music. Designed to feed four to six people, each supper will feature a main dish and three sides for a set price.

This past Sunday, my little family and some friends feasted on Tennessee Hickory Smoked “Beast” Loaf (fresh ground pork shoulder and beef wrapped in bacon), caramelized brussels sprouts, loaded mac & cheese, and pork fat fries. Yes, I know. I definitely was not counting calories at that meal.

If you’ve got young ones, you know it’s not easy to go out often, so this Sunday supper is a great option that the whole family can enjoy. As you can see, the kiddos (and the adults) were pretty impressed with the action on the stage!

Tired of hearing me ramble on about it and just want to go try it for yourself? Well, here’s your chance to do so for free! I’ve got a Sutler dinner for TWO* to give away!

To enter, all you have to do is this:


1. Leave a comment telling me if you’d ever been to the old Sutler, and a memory from those days – OR – if you’ve recently checked out the new Suttler, what you love most about. Haven’t been to the old or the new? No problem. Just let me know how much you really want to go!

For up to 2 additional entries, you can do either or both of the following. Note: You must leave a separate comment for each optional entry.

2. Follow The Sutler on Twitter (@thesutler) and tweet “I want to win dinner for 2 at @thesutler from @betheats! Don’t you? http://bit.ly/1vw0cZn”, then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3. Like The Sutler on Facebook and come back and tell me you did so (or just tell me you already do if that’s the case!)

Contest ends on Sunday, October 19th at noon CDT. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. If they don’t respond within 48 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!

*Gift card, $75 value


Beth. Eat. Drink. Smile. 2014.

The Sutler invites whole family to Grass Fed Sundays

Oct 14, 2014

The Sutler gives a new meaning to Sunday supper in its new weekly series Grass Fed Sundays.

Each Sunday from 4:30 to 10 p.m., groups of four to six are invited to share the seasonal family-style dinner, featuring a main dish and three sides. Tennessee Brew Works will provide a craft beer special each week, and diners can also share Southern batch cocktails, but the dinners are open to all ages. Local artists will also perform live music.

The Sutler is at 2600 Franklin Pike, Suite 109. Details: www.thesutler.com, 615-840-6124.


Jen Todd. The Tennessean. 2014.

The Eater Nashville Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

Oct 2, 2014

More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? What are the newest and hottest restaurants? For that very reason, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change periodically to highlight where the food-crazed masses are flocking to at the moment. For this edition, we say goodbye to beloved barbecue temple Martin's and welcome The Sutler and Party Fowl.

1 The Sutler

The newest project from M.L. Rose owner Austin Ray, this re-imagining of the much loved original has something for everyone. The upstairs acts as an entertainment venue, restaurant and bar, while the downstairs offers up quite the opposite, housing a large cocktail lounge with an interesting design aesthetic.


Matt Rogers. Nashville Eater. 2014.


Oct 1, 2014


Sell Your Soul

It’s all about craft at the Sutler’s first ever Halloween bash. Cocktails, brews, costumes and a lineup of soul performances that will shake the saloon doors right off the place.
When: October 31, 9 p.m.-3 a.m.
Where: The Sutler, 2600 Franklin Pk, Ste 109, Nashville, TN 37204
Tickets: $10 advance/$15 door or free if you make an advanced dinner reservation at thesutler.com


Nashville Lifestyles. 2014.


Oct 1, 2014

Sell Your Soul Party at The Sutler!

Featuring Soul Music Performances From: Magnolia Sons & Charles "Wigg" Walker

Costume contest:

1st Prize - 2 Rountrip flights anywhere Southwest flies;

2nd Prize - 5-Course Tasting Dinner for 4 at The Sutler with Chef Nick Seabergh;

3rd Prize - $75 Sutler Gift Card

Special Craft Beer Tappings: New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale & Southern Tier Warlock Imperial Stout

Featured Cocktails: Barrel Aged Corsair Ryemageddon Coctail Tapping & Tenpenny Fire (house-made fire ball)
$10 Advanced Tickets, $15 day-of (Admission included with advance dinner reservations)


Do615. 2014.

Nashville Halloween Guide 2014

Oct 1, 2014

Halloween 2014 falls on a Friday and you know what that means — TONS of Halloween parties and concerts in Nashville. We’ve also included haunted houses, corn mazes and more.

This Nashville Halloween Guide Features:

Halloween Parties
Halloween Concerts
FREE Halloween Weekend Events
Family-Friendly Halloween Events
Day of the Dead Events (Saturday, November 1)
Best Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes & Hay Rides
Top Haunted Houses & Haunted Woods

Sell Your Soul at The Sutler

Friday, October 31

The Sutler is hosting a “Sell Your Soul” Halloween party on Friday, October 31. There will be live music from two Nashville Soul Bands: Magnolia Sons and Charles “Wigg” Walker. Tickets are $10 in advance.


Nashville Guru. 2014.

Dierks Bentley Trades Plaques for a 12-Pack at His 'Drunk on a Plane' Party

Sep 25, 2014

At the celebration for Dierks Bentley's latest hit "Drunk on a Plane," there was none of the usual No. 1 party fare – no plaques, medallions or silver cups given out. Still, Bentley had everything he needed.

"I've got a 12-pack!" he said, beaming.

It was just full throttle party time Wednesday night at The Sutler, a 30-year-old music-biz watering hole and performance room recently re-opened in Nashville.


Kay West. People Magazine. 2014.

First Sip and Bite: The New Sutler Adds Happy Hour Deals

Sep 24, 2014

I admit that it took me too long to get to the new incarnation of The Sutler. It's been a crazy busy eating month, but now that I have experienced their food and drink menu, I'll definitely be back more often. Especially for cocktails now that they've rolled out an impressive new happy hour deal.

The Sutler is definitely two very different spaces. Upstairs is in some ways as country as a cob, with a re-creation of the old Sutler's ornate wooden bar and a bar stool festooned with a saddle for patrons who really want to take the saloon ambiance to the nth degree. At first glance, the pork-centric food menu looks like typical country diner with lots of smoked meat dishes, steaks, pork rinds and boiled peanuts. (Not that there's anything wrong with that ... ) But a closer review reveals some definite creativity on the part of chef Nick Seabergh. In its own variation on the popular gastropub concept, where establishments focus on good drinks and upscale versions of bar food, The Sutler places emphasis on both their beer and drinks menu and their dining fare. Think of it as a "gastrosaloon."


Chris Chamberlain. Nashville Scene. 2014

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