An after-work drink with friends doesn’t have to break the bank. Several local bars and restaurants offer weekday happy hours, with food and drink specials that fit nearly every budget. You can wait out downtown traffic at The Mockingbird in The Gulch with $5 cocktails or hit up Von Elrod’s …

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    What’s the best burger or sandwich in town? In my opinion, the best burger in town is the Local Burger, a long-time favorite that has followed John Stephenson all around town at his various stops before founding Hathorne in West Nashville. A close second is the Seamus Burger at Gabby’s.

    After a year-plus of closures and uncertainty, Gray & Dudley is holding Cocktails for a Cause as a way to give back to the community. Each month, Beverage Director Matias Yerrick is partnering up with local nonprofits to create custom drinks, and proceeds go directly to the organizations.

    The Nashville Wine Auction’s signature fundraiser, l’Eté du Vin, is returning this fall with 26th-generation winemaker Alessia Antinori serving as the guest of honor. The 42nd annual event, which converted to a virtual fundraiser last year, will be held in person on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the…

    In 2020, Nashville Wine Auction’s Pairings weekend was one of the final events to take place before the pandemic shut everything down. Fortunately for local wine connoisseurs, it was back for 2021, albeit in a virtual form. Instead of the typical three-night extravaganza of delicious food an…

    An entrepreneur by nature, Jason Ridgel started his first business at the age of 23, fresh out of college at Tennessee State University. He’s dabbled in everything from owning a cleaning business, which was built to create jobs for marginalized communities, to founding two pain management co…

    Rhonda Cammon has a full plate — and a full glass. In addition to being a wife, mother of two and a full-time registered nurse, she serves as the treasurer of the United States Bartenders' Guild, is a founding member and chair of the Nashville Bartenders Foundation, and runs three different …

    For the wine connoisseur or the wine curious, Yolan at The Joseph is hosting exclusive monthly wine tastings exploring the nuances and flavor profiles of the various Italian wine regions. Wine expert Cathy Mantuano and lead sommelier Jon Kearns will guide guests on a journey across the lands…

    Everything is coming up roses at the Fairlane Hotel, thanks to the stunning new Bouquet Bar that just bloomed in the penthouse. The spring pop-up bar opened last week in the palatial penthouse suite of the downtown hotel, offering guests a pretty perch to enjoy a cocktail or light bite.

      How has your business changed as a result of the pandemic? We launched the first of the O.H. Ingram River Aged series this fall, so it’s all we’ve ever known! There’s definitely been challenges, with large events off-limits and restaurants and bars having restrictions, but people are always …

        You’ll want to prep in advance for this festive hot buttered rum recipe from Meg Hoberg, Rare Bird’s food and beverage manager, but it’s guaranteed to keep you warm on a frosty day. Cheers!

        Summer is finally here, and that means it’s time for summer cocktails. While many restaurants are slowly reopening to customers, we asked a few of our talented local mixologists to share a favorite recipe that you can make at home. Whether you prefer your drinks on the fruity, bubbly, spicy …

        While children are snug in their beds as visions of sugarplums dance in their heads, adults are more likely dreaming of a hot toddy or a spiked mulled cider. For a twist on the traditional libations, we’ve rounded up a sampling of festive spirits that area bars and restaurants are serving th…

        LT Gimlet (gin, vermouth, Banane du Brésil, pineapple, citrus, black pepper) >> Public House | Drunk Uncle (Uncle Nearest Whiskey, Cappelletti Aperitivo, basil jalapeño, lime stock, mole bitters, butterfly pea flower) >> The Fox | 24 Carrot Gold (Ilegal Mezcal, Yellow Chartreuse,…

        As far as gifts for wine lovers go, there are plenty of options for wine paraphernalia. Can you believe that in 1975 there were 519 wineries in the United States and that last year there were 7,762? Twenty five percent of adults now choose wine as their preferred alcoholic beverage. American…

        One of the most common myths is that wine can be judged by its legs. The legs are the streams of wine that run down the inside of the glass after the wine has been splashed up on the edge of the glass. In Spain, they are called “tears” and the Germans call them “church windows.” This is prob…

        Recently, a group of collectors had dinner at one of the world’s largest wine cellars, Bern’s Steak House in Tampa. One novice wine bibber was there and wrote down the terms she had questions about. I thought a brief list of terms might help everyone who ends up with a wine geek at a tasting…

        John Brittle's career as a collector first began with wine, at one point possessing 1,000 bottles in his collection. He soon realized, however, that while he could only have a "one-night stand" with wine and Champagne, he could build a "long-term relationship" with whiskey. In 2012, he shift…

        When I first started collecting, I couldn’t afford to buy wine to store, only for immediate consumption. However, I could afford wine books and wine magazines. I now subscribe to a dozen wine publications and have over 200 wine-related books. (I haven’t read them all.) If you want to start a…

        When Thomas Haehn moved to Nashville in 1994 to intern at Nashville Wine and Spirits, he planned to stay for a year, maybe two. Twenty years later, he not only calls Nashville home, but he is also doing his part to make it a better place.

        Elise Loehr is sommelier and beverage director at Green Hills mainstay Table 3. She has passed the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced Exam and two of three portions of its Master Sommelier Diploma. table3nashville.com

        Whiskey production is deeply interwoven into Tennessee’s history, dating as far back as the state’s initial settlement, and by the late 19th-century, distilling was the largest manufacturing industry in the state. Hoping to return to Tennessee’s pre-Prohibition glory days, a number of distil…

        Hailing from the quaint Italian village of Barbaresco (population: 600), Gaia Gaja was raised in a family — and community — of winemakers. Building on the legacy of four generations of Gaja men and women, Gaia, along with her sister, Rossana, is taking the family wine business into the futur…

        In case you’re looking for a relaxing way to ease out of the nightly Olympic games binge-watching habit, why not enjoy Sunday night’s closing ceremonies with the correct cocktail? Before the flag is passed to the Japanese, let’s make some caipirinhas, the national drink of Brazil featuring c…

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