Nashville Tourists, Locals Ditch Downtown For 'Pontoon Saloon'

Posted at 6:42 AM, Jul 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-16 07:56:15-04

Peddle-taverns, party barges. Downtown has it all. Now, there's a new way to see Nashville, and this bar has a breeze. 

Passengers on board the Pontoon Saloon say it feels like a typical bar. That is, until it leaves the dock.

"It holds about 40 passengers," said Marketing and Operations Director, Elizabeth Allison. "Basically a floating booze cruise and fun bar on the river."

The floating honky tonk drives up and down the Cumberland River, taking tourists on public and private cruises, every 2.5 hours, Friday through Sunday.

"You can bring your own drinks and food. You get an awesome breeze and some great views of downtown Nashville," she said. 

Of course, it' wouldn't be Nashville without a couple bachelor or bachelorette parties. Still, Pontoon operators say they get passengers both locally and from all over the world.

"Germany, Australia. They love country music and what Nashville is about," Allison said. 

So if you're looking for a way to break free from Broadway. Buy a ticket. Take a spin. And leave your problems on the shore.

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