Nearly Native Eats: The Sutler Saloon

This is the Music City. We use drums sticks as chopsticks and guitar strings for floss! (Ouch! Kidding…) Pretty exceptional live music is embedded in our way of life. When people hear that you’re a Nashvillian they automatically assume you’re musically inclined, asking if you want to be the next Carrie Underwood or if you’re in a band. We’ve got tons of venues and we’re busting at the seams with talent, but beyond the honky tonks and nationally known “classically country” venues (The Ryman, The Opry), our fair city’s selection of casually trendy restaurants that double as legit live music joints is actually lacking. Think about it. Where would you send someone looking for a delicious (not bar food) dinner with a quality show all under the same roof? The Sutler Saloon manages to moonlight as a music venue while also standing strong on its restaurant merits.

Nestled in the midst of a bustling strip mall in the rapidly growing Melrose neighborhood of South Nashville, The Sutler re-opened its doors in 2014 after years of inactivity. Originally opening its doors in 1976, The Sutler is known for hosting musical heavy weights (Johnny Cash, Don Everly, etc.) by locals who used to frequent the divey music venue until its doors closed in 2005. Last year’s considerably upgraded revival of this Nashville establishment came with a warm welcome from the public who craved the unique appeal that a Saloon-style prohibition bar could bring to local nightlife.


With inviting wooden furnishings spread across an open floor, dark and cozy over-sized booth seating, and stage created with cowboy boots, the saloon’s first floor is fit for a lively crowd. Not only can you catch some impressive live music acts at The Sutler, but you can also get a taste of their deliciously American menu. From the Sweet Potato Hummus Jar to the Bear Creek Brisket to the Pit Smoked Loaded Mac, the menu highlights substantial southern fare with a sophisticated twist. And although the menu seems predominantly in favor of the carnivores, equally appetizing vegetable and seafood dishes are available too!


While diners reside upstairs, patrons looking for a little buzz can make their way down the boot-ceiling stairwell to the speakeasy-style basement bar. The strategically situated plush seating around various tables and a sleek fireplace imitates the secretive and intimate setting of a prohibition-era refuge. The cocktails pay homage to classic ingredients while reinforcing the saloon theme that is carried throughout the experience. Perfect for a party, a date, a girls night, or guys night out, it’s hard to find a scenario that this place isn’t good for. Whether you’re meeting a friend for a cocktail and casual conversation or entertaining visitors with music beyond Broadway paired with impressive eats, The Sutler Saloon has a little something for every occasion.


Check out their website on the Eat Like a Native page!



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