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There is certainly no shortage of bars in Nashville. Of course there’s the strip of honky-tonks on Broadway that Nashville is known for — but beyond the neon signs and country music is a radius housing some of the most laid-back,grungy dive bars around. So where do you go when you need a cheap drink and a place to relax for a couple of hours? Check out these 12 essential Nashville dive bars.

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Bars listed in geographical order, not ranked.

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1. Mickey's Tavern

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2907 Gallatin Pike
Nashville, TN 37216
(615) 852-5228
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Mickey’s Tavern is a dive bar that, refreshingly, doesn’t want to be anything else. Don’t come here for the karaoke, DJs, or bands — because that’s not happening here. Come to Mickey’s to drink with friends and play a little pool or a game of darts. Unlike many Nashville dive bars, Mickey’s Tavern is non-smoking.

2. Fran's Eastside Tavern

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2109 Greenwood Ave.
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 226-9697

To drink where the locals go, head over to Fran’s East Side and bask in cheap beer, karaoke, and people-watching an interesting cast of regulars. This might be the smokiest bar in Nashville, but if you can stick out the smell then you’ll enjoy a laid back, old school Nashville vibe with plenty of character. Just don’t forget to bring cash.

3. Wilburn Street Tavern

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302 Wilburn St
Nashville, TN 37207
(615) 920-5980
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Back from the dead after a short hiatus and change of ownership (enter Teresa Mason of beloved Mas Tacos), the McFerrin Park dive bar saw some renovations but remains the same low-key longtime East side hang. Thankfully, the name and iconic signed remain, but folks can get pumped about some new menu items like a Sonoran hot dog or classic bar nachos.

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4. Dinos

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411 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 227-8998
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When Dino’s changed owners in late 2014 there was fear that this East Nashville icon would lose its charm. But those fears have long since faded, with the new Dino’s having retained its icon status by keeping much of its vintage feel while adding some new touches, including an expanded menu (with a killer burger) and weekend brunch.

5. Batters Box

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43 Hermitage Ave
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 242-0910

A fantastic dive bar just steps away from the weekend shrieks of Broadway — locals come to this smoker-friendly sports hang for a fun cast of regulars, bar games, and good pizza.

6. Betty's Bar & Grill

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407 49th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 297-7257

The food and drink selection at Betty’s Grill might be limited, but that’s part of the charm that makes this dive a beloved neighborhood hangout. It's the place to go if you want an authentic dive experience: smoky, filled with NASCAR paraphernalia, and it’s the type of bar where everyone indeed, knows your name.

7. The Red Door Saloon

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1816 Division St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 320-6525

Often marked upon entry by a rotating cast of drunken college girls peering into the hole in the floor, this dive bar (est. 2002) has locations in Nashville’s Midtown and on the East side. Another still smoking establishment, prepare for a shower after a long night spent here.

8. Springwater Supper Club & Lounge

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115 27th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 320-0345
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How often can you say you’ve been in a bar over 100 years old? Springwater Supper Club has been around since 1897 and claims to be Tennessee’s oldest bar. Nowadays you can catch local musicians and comedians performing regularly at this Midtown dive.

9. The Villager

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1719 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212
615-298-3020

Just around the corner from Vanderbilt, Villager Tavern is where college students and Nashville locals come together for cheap beers and games of darts. Head here for your birthday and ask for the dog bowl to get just what it sounds like — a complimentary dog bowl filled with beer.

10. Santa's Pub

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2225 Bransford Ave
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 593-1872
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No list of best dive bars in Nashville would be complete without the legendary Santa’s Pub. A Nashville staple, Santa’s can sometimes be a little too touristy to be considered a dive bar… but the truth is it’s as dive-y as you can get. It’s housed in a double-wide trailer with a cash-only bar, and some of the best karaoke in town.

11. Melrose Billiard Parlor

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2600 Franklin Pike
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 678-5489
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After all was said and done, the new Melrose Billiard Parlor, reopened and given a spit shine by Austin Ray (M.L. Rose, The Sutler) and his team, is still basically the same as it ever was. Pool tables, ping pong, shuffleboard, darts and more are throughout, and those who want to can still smoke after 10 p.m. each night.

12. Rosie’s Twin Kegs

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413 East Thompson Lane
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 832-3167
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Rosie’s Twin Kegs is the bar you wish you had around the corner. The food is good, the beer is cheap, and the atmosphere is friendly. Don’t leave without trying their burger — often cited as one of the best in Nashville.

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1. Mickey's Tavern

2907 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216

Mickey’s Tavern is a dive bar that, refreshingly, doesn’t want to be anything else. Don’t come here for the karaoke, DJs, or bands — because that’s not happening here. Come to Mickey’s to drink with friends and play a little pool or a game of darts. Unlike many Nashville dive bars, Mickey’s Tavern is non-smoking.

2907 Gallatin Pike
Nashville, TN 37216

2. Fran's Eastside Tavern

2109 Greenwood Ave., Nashville, TN 37206

To drink where the locals go, head over to Fran’s East Side and bask in cheap beer, karaoke, and people-watching an interesting cast of regulars. This might be the smokiest bar in Nashville, but if you can stick out the smell then you’ll enjoy a laid back, old school Nashville vibe with plenty of character. Just don’t forget to bring cash.

2109 Greenwood Ave.
Nashville, TN 37206

3. Wilburn Street Tavern

302 Wilburn St, Nashville, TN 37207
Eater Nashville

Back from the dead after a short hiatus and change of ownership (enter Teresa Mason of beloved Mas Tacos), the McFerrin Park dive bar saw some renovations but remains the same low-key longtime East side hang. Thankfully, the name and iconic signed remain, but folks can get pumped about some new menu items like a Sonoran hot dog or classic bar nachos.

302 Wilburn St
Nashville, TN 37207

4. Dinos

411 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

When Dino’s changed owners in late 2014 there was fear that this East Nashville icon would lose its charm. But those fears have long since faded, with the new Dino’s having retained its icon status by keeping much of its vintage feel while adding some new touches, including an expanded menu (with a killer burger) and weekend brunch.

411 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

5. Batters Box

43 Hermitage Ave, Nashville, TN 37210

A fantastic dive bar just steps away from the weekend shrieks of Broadway — locals come to this smoker-friendly sports hang for a fun cast of regulars, bar games, and good pizza.

43 Hermitage Ave
Nashville, TN 37210

6. Betty's Bar & Grill

407 49th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209

The food and drink selection at Betty’s Grill might be limited, but that’s part of the charm that makes this dive a beloved neighborhood hangout. It's the place to go if you want an authentic dive experience: smoky, filled with NASCAR paraphernalia, and it’s the type of bar where everyone indeed, knows your name.

407 49th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209

7. The Red Door Saloon

1816 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203

Often marked upon entry by a rotating cast of drunken college girls peering into the hole in the floor, this dive bar (est. 2002) has locations in Nashville’s Midtown and on the East side. Another still smoking establishment, prepare for a shower after a long night spent here.

1816 Division St
Nashville, TN 37203

8. Springwater Supper Club & Lounge

115 27th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203

How often can you say you’ve been in a bar over 100 years old? Springwater Supper Club has been around since 1897 and claims to be Tennessee’s oldest bar. Nowadays you can catch local musicians and comedians performing regularly at this Midtown dive.

115 27th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203

9. The Villager

1719 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

Just around the corner from Vanderbilt, Villager Tavern is where college students and Nashville locals come together for cheap beers and games of darts. Head here for your birthday and ask for the dog bowl to get just what it sounds like — a complimentary dog bowl filled with beer.

1719 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212

10. Santa's Pub

2225 Bransford Ave, Nashville, TN 37204

No list of best dive bars in Nashville would be complete without the legendary Santa’s Pub. A Nashville staple, Santa’s can sometimes be a little too touristy to be considered a dive bar… but the truth is it’s as dive-y as you can get. It’s housed in a double-wide trailer with a cash-only bar, and some of the best karaoke in town.

2225 Bransford Ave
Nashville, TN 37204

11. Melrose Billiard Parlor

2600 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37204

After all was said and done, the new Melrose Billiard Parlor, reopened and given a spit shine by Austin Ray (M.L. Rose, The Sutler) and his team, is still basically the same as it ever was. Pool tables, ping pong, shuffleboard, darts and more are throughout, and those who want to can still smoke after 10 p.m. each night.

2600 Franklin Pike
Nashville, TN 37204

12. Rosie’s Twin Kegs

413 East Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37211

Rosie’s Twin Kegs is the bar you wish you had around the corner. The food is good, the beer is cheap, and the atmosphere is friendly. Don’t leave without trying their burger — often cited as one of the best in Nashville.

413 East Thompson Lane
Nashville, TN 37211

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