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The Best Bar to . . . Hide Out in When Business Goes Bad: Holland House

This East Nashville stop is dark and takes mixology seriously.

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This story appears in the July 2011 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Holland House Bar And Refuge | Nashville, Tenn.

When a deal falls through--whether it's because your prospective partner was a flake or the funding wasn't there--the last place you want to go is somewhere everybody knows your name. You want to go to a place dark enough that you can wallow, with a drink menu to take the edge off and a bartender skilled enough to craft whatever you want and serve it up with discretion. A refuge, so to speak.



The word refuge is in the name of East Nashville's favorite bar and the country's best stop when things have taken a detour south, at least metaphorically. Opened in 2010, Holland House Bar and Refuge is a "cross between a saloon and a contemporary industrial bar," says owner Terry Raley. This is the kind of place that takes its cocktails seriously without taking itself too seriously.

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