In Nashville, music is loud, drinks are mixed strong and the locals are the friendliest you'll find in bars anywhere in the US
No 308 in Nashville is hip. I mean, it's really hip. The decor is reminiscent of a hipster's paradise with cool colour blocking in the entrance way and a simple open bar atmosphere. It's a great place to just chill. The drinks are superb. They make their own colas which are divine and the happy hour is great. Speciality drinks can cost up to $10 but there is also something for those looking to spend less – a "happy meal" for $5, consisting of a burger, beer and fries. Also cool to note are the shots named after Beat writers. Bukowski, Thompson, Burroughs and more are all honoured with a twist to their signature cocktail choices served up for $5 a pop. They always have good tunes playing and awesome DJs come out to spin weekly. The last time I was here the security guard gave me a ride home. Now that's swanky.
• 407 Gallatin Road, +1 615 650 7344, bar308.com. Open daily 5pm-3am