Dino’s in Nashville, is a dive bar in that happens to serve great hamburgers, or a hamburger place that has classic dive bar atmosphere. It’s off the beaten path, and away from the chaos of the tourist traps on Broadway, and Music Row, in East Nashville.
There’s a bar that doubles as a lunch counter, and otherwise pretty limited seating. The Dive Bar Tourist arrived with a group of friends, and took up the whole “main” section of the place. We arrived just after opening time (4pm) on a weekday, and by 5:30, several beers later, there wasn’t a seat to be had. In nice weather, there is some outdoor seating.
The place is well-known as a dive, so you won’t be surprised by the appearance, or apparent “grunginess”. Regardless, the burgers are absolutely great, and the service is friendly and good. (The Dive Bar Tourist’s tab was sufficiently high that afternoon, that he was even gifted one of their great baseball jersey type shirts!) They also serve the requisite hot chicken, though nobody in our group partook of the local delicacy that afternoon.
The locals we met inside were friendly and helpful. They recommended several more, off the beaten path, live music venues in town where we didn’t have to listen to various musicians (albeit awesome ones) play pop requests after dialing up the chords on their cell phones. Printer’s Alley turned up a few good spots, and we even caught a great open mic night.
Dino’s claims to be “THE original dive bar”, and while The Dive Bar Tourist may not totally believe that claim, it hits the right check boxes, including very reasonable prices. (The PBR and a shot was $7 when we visited) It had a solid jukebox (some say the “best in town”) and aforementioned friendly staff. Dino’s is open until 3am, so while we walked in, and staggered out, I’m told it’s totally acceptable, and probably more likely, to do the opposite at the end of a night on the town. ($10 Uber ride back to downtown)
Come for the beer, stay for the burgers… or is it Come for the burgers, stay for the beer?
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