Pearl Diver is definitely island-themed, from the palm frond wallpaper and green booths to the mai tais and daiquiris on the menu. But instead of feeling like you’re at a child’s Hawaii-themed birthday party, you’re in East Nashville drinking cocktails that hold up against any other bar’s in town. When it’s warm enough, grab a spot on the patio or rent a private cabana with a group that promises not to make bad lei’d puns. This place also has a counter-service menu with Caribbean and Polynesian-inspired snacks like pork dumplings, yuca fries, and jerk chicken wings, in case you end up ordering one of their large format cocktails.
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Earnest Bar & Hideaway
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The Patterson House
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