Bar No. 308

I seriously thought about keeping this gem to myself a little while longer, but because I like you all so much, I’m spilling the beans. Heck, I enjoyed myself so thoroughly there a couple of weeks ago that I should be shouting it from the rooftops!

Months ago, when my pal Chris alerted me that Nashville would soon be getting what sounded like a very cool new bar, I was hopeful. The sweet backstory of the owners and how it came to be (you MUST read this!) made me look forward to the opening day even more. With cocktails reminiscent of a couple of my other favorite libation lounges in town, I could easily spend hours hanging there, working my way through the menu. Truth be told, I’ve already tried to put a bit of a dent in it…..

Mickey Finn – gin, cardamom, grapefruit, maple syrup
(can’t imagine going there and not ordering at least one of these! so good)

French 75- cava, gin, lemon, sugar, bitters

Suffering Bastard- gin, whiskey, ginger, orange, bitters

Pisco Sour- pisco, lemon, egg whites, sugar

Divanzo – tequila, cucumber, serrano chile

Monster Kazoo- whiskey, sherry, pineapple, walnut

The “Leap of Faith”
1- you choose the spirit
2- you choose fresh juice or spirited version
3- Leave the rest to them

Resulting in a delightful, surprising concoction!

So has anyone else visited No. 308 yet? If so, what are your stand-out drinks? If you haven’t ventured in, please take my advice and do so soon- I’m quite sure you’ll leave there with a big smile on your face just as I did!

No. 308 Bar
407 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 650-7344

Hours:
Tue-Sat 5 pm – 3 am
Sun 7 pm – 3 am


18 Responses to “Bar No. 308”

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    alexis — March 3, 2011 @ 9:54 am

    the brother jon definitely needs a mention. it’s one of the most original drinks ive had, utilizing celery juice as its main flavor component. im not a big fan of celery in recipes like soups or casseroles because i feel like its such a strong flavor that it often overpowers a dish, but here it is highlighted and is surprisingly sweet and fresh. the drink also has gin and chartreuse, and i recommend you order it shaken, not stirred.

    • Beth replied: — March 3rd, 2011 @ 10:28 am

      Ooh, thanks for the suggestion! It will be first on my list for the next visit!

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    Sean Braisted — March 3, 2011 @ 11:15 am

    I’m quite partial to their Sazerac…it was my first introduction to the drink and I get one on every return trip. Also, their Whiskey Ginger is pretty good, seeing as they make their own mixer and the ginger is really present in the drink.

    • Beth replied: — March 3rd, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

      Well, I am a bit obsessed with ginger so I’m sure that I would love the Whiskey Ginger. Honestly, every drink they have sounds fantastic!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — March 3, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    Perfect timing! I think we’re going there Friday with Lindsay & Taylor to celebrate Lindsay & Nathan’s birthdays!

    • Beth replied: — March 3rd, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

      I mentioned it to Lindsay last weekend and she said she might want to go there for her birthday! Have fun!!

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    Chris Chamberlain — March 3, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

    You know it shot straight to the top of my bar chart! I only wish it opened a little earlier so I could hit it at 4:30 and wait out rush hour like we do at least once a week at Flyte. It’s tough for me to go east after work during the height of traffic.

    Great people. Great Drinks. Great bar.

    • Beth replied: — March 3rd, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

      I really love the vibe of the place and the wallpaper in the bathroom (seriously! isn’t that a good reason to like a bar?)

      I haven’t even officially met either one of the owners yet (I like being incognito), but Alexis is the one that took care of us when we were there a couple of weeks ago and she was super fun & sweet. I only wish it weren’t a $25 cab ride from my house!!

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    Renee — March 3, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    WOO HOO, that’s my area of Nashville, thanks for giving me a heads up of a new place. Kinda fall in love with one and go there tons, so now I have a new place to visit.

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    Chris Chamberlain — March 3, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

    http://www.nashvillemta.org/maps/route56.pdf
    http://www.nashvillemta.org/maps/route7.pdf

    You’d have to leave by 10:00 on Saturday night, but you’d be home by 10:30 for $3.20.

    I know, not likely…

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    Lesley — March 3, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    Hrm, this makes Mr. Eats’ birthday celebration this weekend a little more complicated. Was thinking about Tavern, but we might hope over to the east side to check this out!

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    Todd — March 3, 2011 @ 6:25 pm

    Thanks for the heads up Beth! Will try soon.

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    galaxiecarol — March 3, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

    Monster props to Chris above for posting the bus maps. Yay for public transit. And Yay for a hot East Nashville bar. Haven’t been yet, but was close once.. went to Dino’s instead. Yes, I am not yet the cocktail snob I aspire to be.

    • Beth replied: — March 3rd, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

      I know! Chris is awesome…and if I start drinking earlier enough I will heed his recommendation and take the bus. Although my nights usually begin closer to 10 and end around 2 ;-)

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    doug at amerigo — March 4, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    http://www.nashvillebyline.com/blog/2011/02/ink-and-drink.html

    Another nice write-up. Haven’t been yet, but looking forward to it.

    • Beth replied: — March 5th, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

      That is a great write-up Doug! Thanks for sharing. I haven’t tried any of their food yet, but that pumpkin ravioli sounds fantastic!

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    Lindsay — March 8, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

    Thanks for the suggestion, Beth! I always find out so much about Nashville from you…even though I live there! Well, I’ve been traveling around a lot with my husband since Dec. so I’ve missed out on a bunch! Still LOVE your blog! xx

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    ricejen — March 10, 2011 @ 11:54 am

    We are venturing to the East Side this Saturday and can’t wait to visit 308! Will report back on our choices ;-)

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