Where is the Best Dive Bar in Nashville, Tennessee?
If you like a good ol’ rowdy time, Lonnie’s is the place to be. The Western Room has great singers that have a good time on stage, but don’t expect full-fledged karaoke here. They let the occasional audience member up, but the wait is usually long. Lonnie’s always has cold beer and great service. There’s convenient parking, and a hotel right across the street if you can’t make it home. You’ll also always find taxi and limo service sitting right outside. So if you like it loud, head down to the alley, and you’re sure to have a good time!Pros + Great bartenders, Fun entertainment, Convenient parkingCons – Beer only, Rowdy, Very loud
We too stopped in at Tootsies because of it’s reputation. It can be a little shocking that it is so small and rundown, but if you are willing to appreciate it’s history- you’ll have a great time. We heard some great bands there, namely Jake Mauer and Joanna Smith. Both were excellent artists and knew how to put on a great show! On top of that though, they both had an amazing fiddle player. I believer her name was Kari Nelson. Wow. That girl can play and entertain a crowd…. when she started rocking out Devil went down to Georgia- the crowd literally doubled! We had a great time and stayed for the entire gig. Give the place a chance and enjoy the night out!Pros + great music, great fiddle player, good drinksCons – crowded
when i was in high school, springwater’s 21+ policy on shows was the bane of my existence. it has some of the most eclectic but fantastic booking among nashville venues — from well-known indie bands like scout niblett and wolf eyes to local lesser-knowns like a poet named revolver (plus impromptu performances by the likes of dave berman and will oldham). plus the stage is low, the sight-lines aren’t awkward, the shows are cheap, and, well, everybody likes a dive bar with a porch and pool tables. drawbacks: poor turnouts for good bands, and parking in that gravel pit of a parking lot.Pros + booking, cheap shows & beer, laid-back atmosphereCons – the parking lot, poor turnout
I am a Villager “Regular”. It’s my favorite pub. However, since moving to the country (Way Out In The Country) I don’t get to stop by as often as I’d like. Only because I still have business and errands to run in Nashville, I stop in when I can to say, “Hi!” My excuse is, “Well, ya know, I want to wait on Rush Hour traffic to clear up before heading out of town.” (Nevermind that I always time it perfectly!) Anyway, the absolute real reason I stop by The Villager is for an ever so brief hour of conversation with the locals, an ice cold drink, an awesome sandwich, and a fun game of darts. For me, The Villager Tavern is a “Real Bar.” Real People, Real Cool, Real Everything, really.Pros + Not a Tourist Trap, Great Location, Best Juke BoxCons – Crowded Weekends, Line to Restroom, No Dart Board Avail
I love how this bar is ‘hidden’, keeps away all the tourists! Went on a Saturday- and was kinda disappointed of the crowd. It wasn’t completly dead, but not crowded- but i just expected more. They have a Jukebox, which is a cool addition. Music is kind of loud if you’re just sitting around and chatting, but it’s not that bad. The beer is high. That’s my only complaint. They make a KILER Singapore Sling, the best drink ever- i recommend everyone try it! I can see where it can very easily become a stand up bar, as there isn’t really that much seating. Well- i guess it’s sufficent, since there is a pool table in the middle of the floor. I loved it there, and i’m gonna go back here soon. Oh, the bar food is amazing!! They have these ‘mini tacos’ oh, they are great!! I LOVE THEM! (Located under h00ters on Church street)Pros + Great Enviornment, Fast service, Friendly staffCons – Loud music, High Beer