On August 25th I celebrated another birthday but this was no ordinary birthday. After starting off with cocktails and bites at my place my friends decided to take me on a little adventure to a place called the Villager Tavern. This 21 and over dart bar is located in the Hillsboro Village area of Nashville. This was not my top choice on my birthday wish list of places to go. I usually enjoy more upscale places but I decided to try something new. The Villager Tavern is more of a dive bar in fact it is a hole in the wall dive bar.
There are tons of regulars who kick back in there T-shirts and dirty denim. This is not your typical Nashville spot where people are dying to be seen. There is no one to impress and it is definitely not a place for pretty singles to meet. TI have to admit I felt a bit out of place wearing a black mini dress with a fancy necklace and heels but everyone in the bar was so intoxicated or couldn’t see through the clouds of smoke that it didn’t even matter. Yes, I must warn you it is terribly smoky in the Villager. You will have to go home and boil your clothes to get the smell of smoke out.
The one thing I did enjoy about this dump is the song selections on the jukebox. There are tons of Motown, Rolling Stones, Beatles and other classic oldies like Fran Sinatra to jam out too. If you are not a beer drinker then this is not the place for you. The only beverage they serve in this smoke fest is beer. The only good thing about that is it is extremely affordable.
A big Villager tradition is to get your free Birthday Dog Bowl which is about a pitcher worth of your choice of tap beer. All you have to do is show the bar keep your ID to prove it s your birthday. There are tons of pictures that hang on the wall of previous birthday guys and gal who are drinking from the dog ball, kind of like a wall of shame. I happen to choose Shiner Bock which wasn’t terrible. I was a bit hesitant to put my MAC covered lips on this dirty dog bowl that hundreds of other birthday peeps had already put their lips to. I didn’t want to be a Debbie Downer so I took a few sips from the bowl for good lucks sake but I had to pass the bowl on to my fellow friends to share a piece of my birthday beer. All in all it as a fun time but I won’t be running back to visit the Villager anytime soon.