A Sneak Peek at Music City Tippler, a Cocktail Bar and Restaurant Coming to the Adelicia

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Many restaurant-watchers have been keeping an eye on the space on the ground floor of the Adelecia condo tower at 1922 Adeleicia Ave. ever since Fish and Co. moved out rather suddenly in early 2011 as part of their two-step into oblivion. Finally after more than two years of vacancy, a new tenant is ready to occupy the cavernous three-level space and make a go of it after the departure of Miro District and Fish and Co.

Music City Tippler is an offshoot of a very successful operation located in the Chelsea Market in Manhattan. The original Tippler is renowned for their dedication to craft cocktails, fine food and classical architectural elements. The Tippler team aims to replicate the gestalt here in Music City with a lengthy cocktail menu of creative libations, American Rotisserie cuisine and a decor highlighted by a 100-year-old mahogany bar, a 300-year-old Italian painting, old railroad ties, walls covered in wood from salvaged water towers, and a stage built out of a 120-year-old barn.

I was fortunate enough to take a sneak peek last week, and from the looks of it, they may have a hit on their hands. The huge interior, which was a bane to the ambiance of the previous restaurant operations, has been cleverly utilized to create three separate areas for drinking and eating. The main dining room is illuminated by Edison bulbs suspended above the tables to create a speakeasy vibe that is an appropriate adjunct to the ornate bar area. The food and drink menus have not been finalized yet, but from what I've heard from local liquor distributors, Music City Tippler plans to feature ingredients that are rarely found in Nashville bars. They are also planning to install a draft cocktail system, which is all the rage in higher-end drinking establishments across the country.

The upstairs section of Music City Tippler is full of comfortable sofas and chairs to create a nice loungy feel, and there's even a bar shufflepuck table up there to occupy your time between drinks. I'm a fan! At FIsh and Co., the downstairs dining area always felt really cut off from the action, but that certainly won't be the case at Music City Tippler. A new bar has been constructed down there along with a small stage to house entertainment. Upstairs patrons will be able to catch all the action from the mezzanine thanks to a balcony that overlooks the stage.

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I can imagine that future MCT regulars will tend to choose their favorite sector of the bar, not unlike when the Gold Rush used to be full of Vandy kids upstairs, regular folks in the middle bar and everyone who never sold their leather pants after being in a punk band back in the '80s holding down the front bar. But much classier.

The restaurant will not take reservations, but private space can be rented out by a minimum of 10 guests with a novel "open bar package" that is similar to bottle or table service at high-end nightclubs. A fee of $55 per person gets you two hours of unlimited access to any cocktail $10 and under, any spirit $10 and under (Ketel 1, Jameson, Beefeater, Maker’s Mark, etc.), select red and white wines by the glass, and any beer $7 and under.

The next two weeks will include a very soft "friends and family" operation to work out the kinks and finalize menus. Music City Tippler should be open to the public sometime before the end of August, so keep an eye on this space or the bar's Facebook page for further information.

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