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Have you tired of the honky tonks that light up Broadway? Whether you’ve been to one too many crowded country bars or they’re just not your ‘thing’ to begin with, Nashville has plenty of alternative opportunities for nighttime adventure.
For some, the ideal night out includes finely crafted cocktails and good company. For others, however, a perfect night out in Nashville is a little more rough around the edges. If you’re looking for a quality dive bar in Nashville – or if you really love to throw darts – then check out The Villager Tavern in Hillsboro Village. This tiny dive bar is a favorite with locals and something of a hidden gem in Nashville, and it is perfect for those just looking to grab a cheap beer or two and take a breather from Nashville’s jam-packed bar scene. If it happens to be your birthday and you’re feeling a little adventurous, you can even enjoy a complimentary dog bowl full of beer. (Tip before you go: The Villager does allow smoking inside, and you’ll likely leave smelling smoky–so you might not want to wear your finest ensemble when you go.)
Whether your week is already off to a rocky start and you need to release a bit of tension or you just really like to dance, head over to The 5 Spot in East Nashville on a Monday night from 9:30pm for a ‘Keep on Movin’ Dance Party’ (otherwise known by locals as ‘Motown Monday’). These weekly Monday night dance parties are a favorite with locals. They are so beloved, in fact, that in 2012 GQ named the weekly event ‘the most stylish party in America.’ Enjoy a few hours of soul-filled old-school music and prepare to dance off the stress of the work-week ahead.