Set in a ca. 1900 blacksmith shop in Nashville’s historic Germantown neighborhood, Geist is a charming bar and restaurant opened in early 2018. Sophisticated yet unfussy, an evening at Geist is akin to dinner at a fond friend’s home; a welcoming and familiar experience with a timeless approach to internationally-influenced cuisine and classic cocktails highlighting the best ingredients found regionally.
Originally opened in 1886 by German immigrant John Geist Sr. and operated out of a modest brick shop until 2006, the John Geist and Sons Blacksmith Shop was the city’s oldest business in continuous family ownership and operation. The building was restructured with the current brick in 1900 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Beginning in 2015, the modest brick shop that once saw three generations of Geists shod horses, sculpt ornamental ironwork and repair lawnmowers underwent a meticulous restoration to preserve much of the building’s original architecture and revitalize the Nashville landmark. The property is celebrating its second life after re-opening as Geist, a popular neighborhood bar and restaurant, in March 2018.
The property is a stunning renovation of one of the city’s oldest buildings and features a chic bar and dining room furnished with handcrafted pieces commissioned from local artisans, as well as The Champagne Garden, a full garden and courtyard with an outdoor cooking stove.
The Geist Legacy
Originally opened in 1886 by German immigrant John Geist Sr., this building was Nashville’s oldest family owned business until 2006. Three generations of Geists have worked in the forge which expanded its services with the rise of automobiles from blacksmithing to include lawnmower repair and ornamental ironwork over the years. The building was restructured with the current brick in 1900 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.