Chopper feels like a cool, weird combo between a Trader Vic’s and a neighborhood bar in the year 3100 (after the machines have taken over). That’s because the owners here have given the bar a pretty fantastical back story: Chopper is a “research vessel” studying a robot culture from a mysterious Island X (hence the giant golden robot hanging over the bar). The theme is all silly fun, but the drinks are seriously good. Rhum agricole, honeydew gin, and mezcal mingle with fresh-pressed juices and housemade bitters, and it all gets served up in funky glasses. All the better to wash down some of the best tacos in Nashville, courtesy of Maiz de la Vida’s regularly-scheduled food truck appearances.

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