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Dino’s: An authentic taste of old Nashville


There’s nowhere quite like Dino’s in East Nashville and as the city’s oldest dive bar, it offers up a taste of old Nashville in an era where that’s often times hard to come by.

Though simple, Dino’s menu serves its humble purpose: to bring good food and a beer-only bar to hungry customers. And the East Nashville eatery is almost synonymous with the word “burger,” as its notorious cheeseburger is the bar’s biggest claim to fame. Though it’s staple dish is as low maintenance as cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle on a burger, fans of the bar know just how delicious it is, whether for a weeknight  pick-me-up or after a Saturday night out on the town, giving Dino’s the reputation as being home to one of the best burgers in Nashville. Just one of the aspects that makes Dino’s special is the fact that it’s open until 3 a.m., one of the few locations open at such an hour, for all the night owls and party goers looking for a simple, yet savory meal to satisfy their late night cravings.

But even if you’re not a burger fan, the Music City dive bar has some other tempting options, including the fried fish sandwich (which I hear from a vegetarian friend is quite delicious), frito pie, their own spin on a Nashville staple in the form of Joe’s Hot Chicken and even the original damn sandwich, complete with bacon, egg, cheese and a special sauce. And if you opt for Sunday brunch as opposed to a 2 a.m. burger, Dino’s has you covered there too. Offering a weekend brunch special that includes dishes ranging from hot chicken French toast and huevos rancheros to your standard buttermilk pancakes, Dino’s brings all of its dive bar charm into the morning light.

Dino’s dive bar in East Nashville is known for its famous burgers. PHOTO COURTESY OF DINO’S

What makes Dino’s so distinct from other Nashville eateries is the atmosphere (or lack thereof some might argue). When you first step in, it’s no question that you’re in a dive bar, complete with old wood paneling, dim lighting and ice cold beer waiting at your fingertips. From worn bar stools and an old juke box machine, to greasy burgers and cold beer, the bar is the very definition of “dive.” And it’s clear to see why it’s such a mainstay not just in its East Nashville territory, but across all of Music City.

It’s the local gem where you take friends visiting from out of town for a good burger and a taste of the city’s edge or even gather with a group of pals for an atypical girls night that leads to lively conversation and new friendships. Dino’s is the common ground for every type of person and you’re sure to see a diverse crowd anytime you set food inside its Christmas-light clad walls.

Whether you’re new to Nashville or have been here long before cranes and glossy glass skyscrapers took over the city skyline, you’re sure to appreciate the grit and camaraderie that is Dino’s bar.