We’re days away from the end of a year that’s been… a year. And it feels like, maybe more than most years, we should punctuate it with some positive celebration, and not ruin that positivity by fighting traffic to cross the river.
Among the benefits of a neighborhood in quick bloom: We now have a veritable plethora of worthwhile options on any given holiday, just down the street.
Below, some of the East Nashville events/parties/special New Year’s Eve menus we tracked down. This isn’t comprehensive (though we did our best to get it as close as possible), and between our posting and whenever you’re reading this, there’s always a good chance stuff’s packed out. So call ahead, make your reservations/grab your tickets/etc., and eat, drink and be merry as 2018 rolls in.
We’re looking forward to a New Year filled with a little more comfort and joy, and, we hope, neighborly togetherness.
If we can make one ask of ourselves and our neighbors for 2018: Let’s shop local more, much as we can. East Nashville’s charm comes in part from our unique local businesses, and they can all use our love as Nashville becomes a busier, more expensive place to live.
Happy New Year, East Nashville. Here’s some New Year’s partyin’, in no particular order:
1304 McGavock Pike
The Inglewood eatery has a special Retro New Year’s menu, with “fun old-school dishes” including Waldorf salad, trout almondine, braised short ribs and butterscotch parfait. Price is $55 per person, for three courses. More on Fort Louise’s Facebook page.
1520 Woodland Street
Upscale East Side restaurant Lockeland Table has a special New Year’s Eve menu too, all a la carte, with rib-sticking/body-warming dishes ranging from braised short rib empanadas to classic lobster bisque and lamb shank stroganoff. Full menu at lockelandtable.com, reservations starting at 5 p.m., limited seating. Call 615-228-4864 to grab your spot.
97 Chapel Avenue
Eastland Cafe has a three-course prix-fixe menu going, at $50 a head, with an optional $25/person wine pairing. Fun selections from that menu: crab and preserve tomato soup, pork cheek hot pockets, duck a la plancha with carrot and ginger puree and lots more. Call 615-627-1088 for reservations; more on Eastland Cafe’s Facebook page.
Margot Cafe & Bar
1017 Woodland Street
Among the luxurious options on Margot’s special New Year’s Eve menu: oysters, foie gras, aged New York strip steak and more. They’ll be seating from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., all a la carte. Get your reservations by calling 615-227-4668. More on Margot’s Facebook Event page.
501 Main Street
Newer East Nashville addition The Mainstay is hosting its first New Year’s Eve party, with dinner, drink specials, a champagne toast and a particularly solid perch for watching the fireworks (the restaurant is located down at 5th & Main, just on our side of the river). There’s also apparently an ice luge. No cover; more at The Mainstay’s Facebook Event page.
Breweries and bars
1102 Forrest Avenue
House-party vibes more your thing? Try the New Year’s Eve party at Rosemary, an East Nashville bar nestled inside an East Nashville house. They’ll have DJs spinning, a midnight champagne toast and more. Reserved tables are available too, if you want your own special spot to retreat to between mingle blasts. Otherwise, $20 tickets are available through Eventbrite. More on Rosemary’s Facebook Event page.
Smith & Lentz Brewing
903 Main Street
East Nashville brewery Smith & Lentz is hosting a “Locals Only New Year’s Eve” party (though they’ll let tourists in, presumably if you don’t bring any downtown “shit show” vibes along with you). Games, ping pong and other treats in store, plus plenty of their well-loved brews. More at Smith & Lentz’s Facebook Event page.
East Nashville Beer Works
320 E Trinity Lane
Get your partying wrapped up early at East Nashville Beer Works’ now-annual NOON Year’s Eve Celebration. It runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a festive countdown to noon, plus live family-friendly music, happy hour specials, plenty of dancing and ENBW brews. Solid option if you have little ones you want to celebrate with — kids are very welcome. More at East Nashville Beer Works’ Facebook Event page.
1400 Woodland Street
Our neighborhood “bar for humans” has their annual New Year’s Eve party going, with karaoke, giveaways, champagne at midnight and other fun. Cover’s $10. More at the Lipstick Lounge Facebook page.
2038 Greenwood Avenue
East Nashville’s resident bar/record store is starting the party early with all-day happy hour on New Year’s Eve (they open at noon), including $5 well drinks and a dollar off all drafts. Come evening, they’ll have DJs spinning and other drink specials, plus champagne available to purchase for midnight toasts. As always, you can take a break from tipping a glass to browse the racks, too. More on the Vinyl Tap Facebook page.
Fox Bar & Cocktail Club
2905B Gallatin Pike
Update: This one's sold out. High-end cocktails haunt The Fox is the place to go if you wanna feel a little fancy — cocktail attire is encourage for their New Year’s Eve party, which’ll kick off at 8 p.m. They’ll have a special cocktail menu, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Cover’s $20. More on The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club's Facebook page.
407 Gallatin Avenue
Over at 308: The “retro-galactic dance party,” CONTACT, kicks off at 8 p.m. Their (entertaining) description: “Martian burlesque girls dancing through a haze of fog and later beams? Uh huh. Champagne toast at midnight? Uh huh. Drink Specials? Uh huh. Weird shit will happen? Probably.” Cover’s $10, and booth reservations were available when this was posted. More at No. 308’s Facebook Event page.
The 5 Spot
1006 Forrest Avenue
Few places in Nashville know how to throw a party like The 5 Spot and Electric Western. So naturally, their annual Shout! New Year’s Eve dance party will be a hot ticket. On the schedule: all kinds of ‘50s and ’60s rock ’n’ roll and soul, drink specials, a free photo booth to permanently capture the memories you’re sure to forget by the next morning, lots more. Tickets were available online as of this posting for $15; they’ll go up to $20 closer to party time. More at Electric Western’s Facebook Event page.
2511 Gallatin Avenue
No fancy party over at the Cobra — “psych garage rock/post punk shit” is on the schedule, with Shitdels, Black Naked Wings and Mumzees. Admission is $5, doors at 9. More at the New Year’s Eve at Cobra Facebook Event page.
4150 Gallatin Pike
Up in Inglewood at the Radio Cafe, Allman Brothers tribute band Statesboro Revival is welcoming East Siders Jack Silverman and Allen Thompson, along with other special guests, for a night of Allmans favorites. Kicks off at 9 p.m., and runs late. More on the Statesboro Revival Facebook Event page.
626A Main Street
“Wash Up And Get Down - A Family Wash New Year's Celebration” has live music all night, including Dayna Rose, The Traveling Ones and lots more. And along with hours of music, your $10 cover gets you a glass of champagne and a party popper for ringing in 2018 properly. More at the Family Wash’s Facebook Event page.
The East Room
2412 Gallatin Avenue
They’re aiming to spread positivity over at the East Room, with a New Year's East party: “Let’s celebrate each other and set a good example for what amazing things await us for 2018!” On the schedule: a “one-night-only joint super party jam” with Tayls and Spiderberries, plus Nordista Freeze, Dan Luke and The Raid and Soren Bryce, and late-night DJ times from Alex Fun. Cover is $5; tack on an extra $2 if you’d like to partake in a midnight toast. More at The East Room’s Facebook Event page.
Fix yourself up on New Year’s Day
Wiped out on Monday from Sunday shenanigans? A few choice options we marked down:
— soak up the spirits with all-you-can-eat pancakes at Merician Street Cafe & Bar, 1800 Dickerson Pike
— yoga out the alcohol with a special “starting fresh” New Year’s Day yoga practice at Kali Yuga Yoga. (Doesn’t kick off until 11:30 a.m., so you can sleep in.)
However you end up ringing in the New Year, we hope it’s spectacular, and safe. (Don’t forget, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office volunteers offer free sober rides if you're headed downtown. Unfortunately, looks like Five Points isn’t included as it has been in past years. But as they say, there’s an app for that.)
With that: Buuuuuuh-bye, 2017.