Thursday, April 7, 2011


Cole, Brent, and I set out last night for a few after work drinks but didn't want to spend much money. I immediately thought of Sambuca, one of the best Happy Hours in Nashville. Brent had never been and since this wasn't officially date night, we decided it would be ok to have a repeat visit.

The first thing to know about Sambuca is to bring cash for valet. It's free, right out front, and with no available self parking close by, it is worth the $5 tip. Since it is getting warmer out, Sambuca has an amazing upstairs patio that overlooks the Gulch. Even when it's cold outside, the decor of Sambuca is also gorgeous and perfect for an intimate date or private party.

 Brent had two beautiful 1/2 price cocktails: Skinny Bi*%# Pink Lemonade (HH $5) and the Effen Sangria (HH $5.50). I order the house Riesling (HH $4.75) which was so dry and bitter, that I couldn't finish and gave the rest to Cole. The bartender offered to make me a specialty drink to my taste (he said all bartenders there will) so I had a pineapple margarita without sweet and sour mix (HH $5). This is probably my new go to drink and was a hit with all 3 of us! Cole had my leftover dry Riesling and a glass of the house Merlot ($4), which is always a sure bet.

Food -
 We sprung for 2 orders of the Garlic Bread ($2.25 HH and perfect to share), Margherita Pizza ($5.50), and the Chicken and Beef Satay ($4.75). The bar food and appetizers are good, especially for the price, but definitely aren't the main attraction at Sambuca. That being said, if you go for a sit down meal and are not worried about a budget, they have amazing filet and chicken along with plenty of other options that are very impressive.

Happy Hour specials are available 4:30-6:30 M-F at the bar (up or downstairs) and consist of half price appetizers, pizzas, wines, and mixed drinks. Our waiter gave us the inside scoop that this may be changing soon though, so get to Sambuca quick.

Here are our ratings for Sambuca: (1-10 scale)
Ambiance - 9
HH Specials - 10 (Top 3 in Nashville)
Flavor - 7.5
Overall - 8.5


My Pineapple Margarita

Margherita Pizza           

Sambuca Balcony

Sambuca on Urbanspoon

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