Hours: 5 p.m.-midnight daily
Brace yourself for a blast of beauty as you open the door: Women are thin, men are well-dressed, walls are clad in exotic lumber, candlelight plays off textured surfaces of stone and wood, sushi-grade fish dazzles like gems behind jewelry store vitrines. No matter which angle you approach from, the build-out is dazzling, from the austere wall of river rocks confined behind wire grates to the half-wall plastered so delicately as to feel like suede. On the other hand, when it comes to approaching the menu, you’ll be well advised to come in from the sushi side, because it’s there that Virago puts its best culinary foot forward. Whether you’re looking for a cocktails in the lounge, sushi at the bar or a quiet evening in a cozy banquette, Virago offers a stunning atmosphere to enjoy the vibrant dynamism of modern Nashville.