More bar than restaurant, No. 308 is a welcome respite on a rather drab stretch of Gallatin Pike in East Nashville (aside from the beloved neighboring beer-and-burger joint, Dino's). The dimly lit room blasts loud music much of the time and is bedecked with cushy booths, tables with pages torn out of Bukowski and William S. Burroughs novels, and enough hipsters to shake a walking stick at. (Something tells us that if Bukowski were here, he'd do more than shake a stick at them ... he'd likely pick a fight or three.) All kidding aside, they do mix a mean cocktail at 308. Sodas, tonics and syrups are made in house, and they have a wide selection of classic cocktails (Sazerac, Gin Fizz, Hemingway Daiquiri ) as well as more complex undertakings such as the smoky, bubbly Golden Lady (mezcal, lemon, clove, cava). And unlike some of the other "artisinal cocktails" specialists in town, the 308 staff won't make you wait 20 minutes for your labor-intensive drink. They also host one of East Nashville's best happy hours, with bargain-priced sliders and cocktails until 8. Creative bar friendly bites have included the likes of "hot chicken" wings, egg rolls three ways, beer-battered fish and chips, and alternating chef's specials.
"The casual, sexy decor features a raised bar serving as an altar of liquor that dominates the room. Several intimate booths will ring the room, and a dramatic addition will draw your attention to the back of the room."
- Chris Chamberlain, Nashville Scene