No matter how volatile the random weather may be this time of year, there’s one spot high-in-the-sky downtown where spring vibes are literally coming out of the woodwork. This week, the Fairlane Hotel team has put the finishing touches on their latest penthouse pop-up space, The Bouquet Bar.
The intimate but cheeky space has been transformed into a lush floral garden (it feels a little like an Instagram photo booth or ‘feminine’ Las Vegas suite). The ceilings, the walls, the tables, and even the actual bar are covered with a mixture of blooms and greenery with pops of electric magenta neon positioned to grab that perfect shot with friends. If there’s anywhere even camera-avoiders might consider jumping into a photo; it’s in this romantically lit enclave that brings new meaning to the phrase Think Pink. In just a few days, it will open to the public seven nights a week this season, with only a limited number of patrons received at a time. While the policy is walk-in’s only, those in charge tell us that name dropping might get you everywhere with scoring a cozy corner table or spot on the wrap-around patio if you’re a VIP in the city (or just a visiting notable). They are also up for letting you rent out the space for your own Spring Soiree (complete with catered service from The Cheese Gal downstairs- the best). At EDIT, we were the first to be invited inside Bouquet Bar, but you can still be one of the early visitors before everyone else is talking about it if you make some plans now. Here’s what to expect:
The Vibe: Floral Fantasy meets Mid Century Modern Hideout. Well-spaced 2-top tables, lots of eye candy (both décor and people). Flowers in the cocktails, stylishly presented nibbles, lots of candlelight.
The Crowd: Chic and curious cocktail-loving locals (and hotel patrons) looking for an inventive new place for a night out that’s not typical in Nashville.
The Cocktail: The list includes specialty, top-shelf offerings for spirits (Belvedere Vodka is our top pick on the list). But bubbly lovers will love the house-made frozen popsicles and edible flower-laden ice cubes that liven up Moet Ice Champagne.
The Playlist: The opposite of honky-tonk and definitely not dance or top pop chart tunes. A blend of jazz, some string quartet favorites, and retro cocktail lounge music reflects the hotel’s modernism style—soothing, sexy sounds from visible classic Marshall speakers nestled on the bar- way cool.
The Dress Code: An ambiance this abundant deserves an equally stylish clientele. A pop of pastel would be perfect. Casual cocktail attire, breezy fabrics, and even a few feathers or a vintage designer scarf in shades of the season. Not a black leather, knee-high boot nightclub – so leave the rough stuff at home.
The Takeaway: This patio is a rarity in the area and feels more like an expansive deck on a gorgeous hill-top home. Weather permitting, this is where we’ll be sipping Veuve, sharing small plates and soaking up the views all season.