FANCY? The Sutler offers two separate experiences with its upstairs saloon and downstairs cellar. The cellar is the fancier of the two with its classic speakeasy feel, while the saloon upstairs majors in live music and entertainment. In the cellar, you can easily engage in conversation, and there is plenty of couch and bar seating. This spot is versatile in that it’s ideal for both date night and larger groups. The cocktails and wine are fantastic, and you can’t beat the prices (or quality) on happy hour to boot.
FUN? Hands down. Grab a drink in the cellar before going upstairs to the saloon for a solid Music City night!
FRUGAL? You can easily breakaway from Sutler with minimal wallet damage because its top-notch happy hour includes half-priced draft beer, wines, and cocktails from 5 to 7 p.m. weekdays and two-for-one wines from 7 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays. Additionally, this is the best happy hour for beer in town with half-off drafts (including some local brews like Jackalope Bearwalker Brown for under $3 and other favorites like Bell’s Two Hearted Ale for $3).
The upstairs saloon offers the same half-priced drafts, cocktails and wine menu from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays.
The Husband Bourbon Rating: B
The Sutler stocks your standard offerings, such as Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, Four Roses and Bulleit, with a few outstanding exceptions. Blanton’s Single Barrel is typically viewed as a fail-safe option; but at $17, you would be better off purchasing a bottle for your own bar on the way home.
The happy hour bourbon/rye cocktail selections provide nice alternatives. Both The Gambler ($5) and Jack and Diane ($5) are bourbon/rye-based drinks that make for deals you shouldn’t turn down. Overall, this is not a place I would recommend to simply grab a pour of your favorite bourbon, but if you want a cool venue to grab a cocktail and enjoy the vibe– this is your spot.