Village Pub & Beer Garden (East Nashville)
The Village Pub is located in East Nashville’s Riverside Village, a small collection of restaurants and shops at the intersection of Riverside Drive and McGavock Pike. I’ve been wanting to give Village Pub a try for months, and finally had the chance last night when a friend who lives nearby suggested we give it a try to watch the UNC v. NCSU basketball game. Luckily, this was an early evening game, and the Predators didn’t play until late. Why does this matter, you ask? Well Village Pub is BIG Predators fan hangout. The walls are decorated with Preds flags, and memorabilia, and many of the servers (and other customers) wore Preds jerseys, tshirts, and hats. If the Predators are playing on TV, don’t expect to watch anything else at Village Pub. It may sound like I’m complaining- I’m not. I love that they cater to this fan base and have such a dedicated following- a local bar supporting the local team.
Besides being the Predators fan hangout, Village Pub is known for two things: stuffed pretzel sandwiches, and “mule” cocktails. Mules are a delicious cocktail of liquor with ginger beer and lime served in a pewter or copper mug. The traditional mule is a Moscow Mule: vodka, ginger beer, and lime. Village Pub’s Moscow Mule is delicious and refreshing, a fantastic cocktail, but they also offer several other mules featuring bourbon, gin, tequila, and rum, all served in ice cold pewter mugs. The house mules are already a good deal at $5.50, but are an even better bargain on Monday nights when they are half-off between 4pm and 10pm.
The stuffed pretzel sandwiches are exactly that- a hand-sized soft pretzel sliced like a bagel and filled with meat, cheese, and veggies- served hot. The italian sausage pretzel is their most popular and is a deliciously flavorful sausage butterflied and covered in homemade confit bruschetta (marinara), caramelized onion, and mozzarella cheese. This was a delicious sandwich. The blackened chicken is also very good and they offer several other options including Gyro and Bratwurst.
Other than the stuffed pretzels, the food menu is limited to a few appetizers and meat and cheese platters, but they do have some delicious ice cream sandwiches from Sugar Wagon for dessert and a nice selection of local beers on tap. Stop in for a mule, a pretzel, and an ice cream sandwich and you’ll leave full and happy.