Game On

The Goldberg brothers have long been the kings of Nashville’s food and drink empire: They started the local mixology movement with the opening of the Patterson House in 2009; in 2011, they launched Catbird Seat, which is still one of the hardest tables to book in the country; and their most recent enterprise has cemented Max and Ben’s throne. The 13,000-square-foot Pinewood Social, which opened in December 2013, is a cocktail bar and restaurant with a Crema coffee outpost and workstations with free Wi-Fi for those who need to take impromptu meetings. The Goldbergs went one step further and installed a karaoke room, a six-lane retro bowling alley, and a Bocce ball court with the intention to “make you stick around longer than you ever thought possible” (all are of complimentary use to patrons). But the best part of the whole enterprise opens this spring—an outdoor space complete with swimming pool with private cabanas and an Airstream trailer bar, a Ping-Pong table and Bocce ball court, and a few mini-golf holes, all of which sit overlooking the Nashville skyline and Cumberland River.

Get there early in the day, order the “Easy Like Sunday Morning” coffee cocktail, nab a sofa, and get ready for some fascinating people-watching as you never know just who might wander in those Pinewood doors. And say hi while you’re there. I’ll likely be in a nearby chair doing the exact same thing.


Photos by Kristin Luna