This East Nashville establishment could easily merit a restaurant writeup of its own, but the drinks and atmosphere are too outstanding not to take center stage. This tiki bar has done a remarkable thing: On a busy corridor, it’s made an indoor and outdoor space that feels worlds apart from the bustle and grind. I asked, “Are we in Portland?” the first time we walked onto the deck, and I mean that as a compliment. With cocktails like the rum-spiked Narwhal and East Park Swizzle (mezcal), there’s a whimsical quality to the place despite how seriously it drinks. Order a big Kilauea Bowl of punch for a group along with a pupu platter and sample egg rolls, dumplings, and wings. Tip: While you may lose some cool points for showing up right at 6pm when they open, you’ll be grateful you did, especially on weekends where the stamp-at-the-door line can stretch down the block and it’s standing room only.
1008 Gallatin Ave.
Our Rating Phone 615/988-2265 Prices Cocktails $12–$15. Web site Pearl Diver
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