If you’ve heard of any coffee shops in Nashville, you likely know Barista Parlor. Established in 2011 and widely known as the originator of the hipster coffeeshop, the first location still sits in the heart of Five Points in East Nashville, as the urban growth of the area has expanded over the years. Surrounded by the always bustling neighborhood, the shop has become a staple in the community. Three locations across Nashville allow for frequent access to the high-end coffee parlor.
The original Barista Parlor has tables made of repurposed wood, and the dark aesthetic gives way to a moody, sepia-toned atmosphere. During the spring and summer months the large garage doors are opened to give more natural light, but at night, it’s almost like you could fall asleep, it’s so warm and inviting. Mix that with the vintage motorcycles lining the entrances and old truck doors with rust falling off, and the feeling is undeniable: this is home.
Germantown and The Gulch (Golden Sound) offer a brighter vibe, modernizing the feeling of Barista Parlor, but not so much to where you lose the feeling. Old speakers connected to a record player add to the ambiance of each shop, and the silence lasts only as long as it takes a barista to run over and switch the record sides. When it’s quiet, all you can hear is the rustling of cups and the smell of roasting coffee fills the air.
All regular coffees are available as pour over, and the menu also includes several options of Slayer espresso with or without milk. Barista Parlor’s philosophy has always been “slow and steady”. You’ll likely wait longer than you ever have at a shop for your drink, but the reasoning is that coffee is an art form for this establishment. You’ll pay more too, but it’s worth the extra time and care that the staff gives.
Coffee beans originate from all over, including Panama, Nicaragua, Columbia, and Ethiopia. The Bourbon Vanilla and Whiskey Caramel drinks are staples that are well received every time, while seasonal drinks pop up from time to time. For the winter months, coffee colder than the weather outside is available as the Holiday Cold Brew has been a runaway hit. For you non-coffee fans, (wait, why are you here?) there’s always options for teas as well.
The weekends are the busiest for all three locations, bringing tourists and natives alike out for brunch and hang outs, so if you’re looking to get some work done, hit the weekdays for a relatively quiet experience. The menu also features a decent assortment of chocolate, pastries, and breakfast items, but get there early, as the kitchens close every day at 2pm. All locations close at 8pm each day.
Barista Parlor East: 519 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Barista Parlor Golden Sound: 610 Magazine St, Nashville, TN 37203
Barista Parlor Germantown: 1230 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208