FANCY? Silo has a southern sense of fancy. Located in Germantown, Silo complements the quaintness of this neighborhood’s brick sidewalks by providing an inherently rustic country atmosphere. The walls are wooden slats, and the tables and chairs are handpicked to match. Overall, Silo offers an enticing environment to unwind after a workday.
FUN? Whether you sit in the dining area, at the bar or on the patio, Silo offers a comfortable, friendly place. The waitstaff is knowledgeable and helpful, and the bartenders are personable. The music is not too loud, and the tracks offer easy listening.
FRUGAL? It can be! During the daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. (including weekends), Silo offers creative cocktails for $6, wine for $5 and beer for $4. The seasonal menu features a number of excellent choices. It may be tough to decide what you should enjoy first– but this is a good problem to have.
The red wine is the Buenas Tempranillo (priced at $10.99 in liquor stores), which doesn’t make this quite as good of a deal as Michael David’s Petite Petit for $5.50 (priced at $18.99 in liquor stores) at the Sutler. However, unlike most house wines, this Tempranillo is rich and delicious with a hint of spice, vanilla, and oak.
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.