Nashville Dive Bar Guide

The Non-Broadway Nashville Underbelly

Nashville lacks for nothing when it comes to entertainment and drinking options across the city, much of the tourist energy drawn to Broadway and its related, polished offerings. But there are dive bar gems throughout the city that provide an important, consistent counterpoint to Nashville’s more tourist-focused offerings, a reflection of the city’s more authentic underbelly.

Santa’s Pub is one of the city’s best examples, a dive bar that exists inside of a double-wide trailer that once served as an actual construction trailer for homes erected nearby. As the same suggests, Christmas comes every day at Santa’s Pub, though the name comes from a nickname given to the bar’s owner by his grandson thanks to an entertaining resemblance to the man himself.

Nashville also plays home to the oldest continuously operating bar in the state, founded in 1896 and operated under various names, it exists as Springwater Supper Club today. The bar is reported to have been open for the Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition in 1897, ultimately serving both Al Capone and the Black Keys on either end of its considerable historic spectrum.

From a double wide to the oldest bar in the state to Dino’s Bar, Nashville’s diner dive bar king, home to a burger so well received that Anthony Bourdain was drawn to give it a shot (his review was positive). The vibe inside is very much small diner counter surrounded by divey mismatched seating, the perfect diner-dive combo.

And these are just a few of the glimpses of the real Nashville that can be seen throughout the city, bits of resistance to redevelopment that has taken advantage of a touristy influx to the city over the past handful of decades. All are worth seeking out to rebalance a view of one of America’s great drinking cities.

Nashville Dive Bars Not Yet Reviewed

Must Visit Recommendations

Unfortunately, we have not yet been to every single dive bar in the city, but there probably a few more punch cards on our livers, so we’ll make it there soon. In the meantime, the curated list of dives below comes highly recommended by a variety of friends, online sources and drunks.

Downtown

Batter's Box

43 Hermitage Ave
Nashville, TN 37210
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Edgehill

Bobby's Idle Hour Tavern

9 Music Square S
Nashville, TN 37212
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Hillsboro West End

The Villager Tavern

1719 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212
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Inglewood

Mickey's Tavern

2907 Gallatin Pike
Nashville, TN 37216
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Lockeland Springs

Dino's Bar

411 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
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Madison

Dee's Country Cocktail Lounge

102 E Palestine Ave
Madison, TN 37115
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Midtown

Springwater Supper Club

115 27th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203
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South Nashville

Rosie's Twin Kegs

413 W Thompson Ln
Nashville, TN 37211
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South Nashville

Santa's Pub

2225 Bransford Ave
Nashville, TN 37204
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Other Dive Bar Options

3 Crow Bar

1024 Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206
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The 5 Spot

1006 Forrest Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
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American Legion Post 82

3204 Gallatin Pike
Nashville, TN 37216
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Betty's Grill

407 49th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209
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Bikini Beach Bar

1297 Antioch Pike
Nashville, TN 37211
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Bret's Basement Lounge

3302 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211
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Duke's

1000 Main St
Nashville, TN 37206
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Melrose Billiard Parlor

2600 8th Ave S #108
Nashville, TN 37204
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The Cobra

2511 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
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The Pond

595 Hillsboro Rd Suite 321
Franklin, TN 37064
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Wilburn Street Tavern

302 Wilburn St
Nashville, TN 37207
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