The Band Box is the Spot in Nashville
It’s a typical summertime evening at First Tennessee Park in Nashville, Tennessee, and the four year old stadium has become one of the more popular spots in town during the summer time. Last season the club attracting a league leading 593,679 (4th in MiLB) people per game.
The Georgetown district surrounding the stadium has blossomed with apartment rentals and restaurants, but a majority of that success could be attributed to perhaps the hippest section of any minor league stadium and what Joe Mock of Ballparks.com calls “the soul of the ballpark”-The Band Box.
The 4,000 square-foot outdoor bar and restaurant offers drafts of local beers, wine slushies, cocktails, and mix drinks for the 21 and up crowd and outdoor games for everyone else. Adirondack chairs, lounge seats, and comfortable chairs make for an appeasing space for everyone to hang out just a bit and perhaps mingle with the others who may just forget they are at a baseball game.
The options are varied from shuffleboard, cornhole sets, giant Connect Four boards, and table tennis stations. A 9-hole putt-putt course was added recently to further entice visitors to this one-of-a-kind destination. Yes, its a social area designed for the millennial crowd, but look around, you will see Baby Boomers, Generation X, and many others at or around The Band Box.
“For nine dollars you get into the park and have yourself an amazing time,” Greg Miller of Nashville said. “I must come here about 7-10 times a year alone and hang out in area of the stadium only.”
The ambience is festive throughout the eclectic location that began as a way for local chefs to offer off the menu choices. The food itself sets itself apart from the rest of the ballpark offering Korean fried chicken sandwiches, smoked chicken nachos, jalapeno corn fritters, quinoa chopped salads, and chicken empanadas.
There is a rotating list of domestic and local beers that range from 12-ounce cans at $7 to 16-ounce drafts at $9. The locally made Little Harpeth Chicken Scratch Pilsner is definitely is the right type of beer on a hot summer night. The brewery is located a few miles from the ballpark.
The bar creates unusual drink hybrids of frozen Whiskey and Coke and Field of Dreamsicle slushies are among the most vibrant and popular at each ballgame.
“The Band Box is the number one seller of George Dickel with its Frozen Whisky and Cola Slushy,” Jordan Farrell, Communications Coordinator at Strategic Hospitality stated. “We sell a case (12 Liters) of George Dickel every 8 hours that The Band Box is open – that’s about 5 frozen drinks per minute.”
Strategic Hospitality owns the land where the Band Box is located and keeps it open serving drinks up to an hour after the game from Thursday to Saturday and until the last inning on other nights. Based on its website, the Nashville-based hospitality company responsible for helping to shape the city’s dining landscape by continuously introducing innovative, one-of-a-kind concepts.
There are ten other properties in the city that include Paradise Park, a kitschy honky tonk on Lower Broadway; The Patterson House, a sophisticated speakeasy-style cocktail lounge specializing in handcrafted artisan cocktails; and Pinewood, a bar and restaurant with six bowling lanes and an outdoor space complete with two dipping pools.
“You’re at a ballpark, people are watching a game or they might be hanging out at The Band Box, or a little bit of both,” Farrell added.
The Band Box stands out in the right field corner in between the iconic guitar shaped scoreboard and the smoking pits that fill the air with the aroma of barbecue pork and beef. The social area is serves alcohol past the 7th inning and during weekend games is open an hour after the final out.
The Band Box is the spot at First Tennessee Park.