Franklin, TN, Home Of The Biggest Country Music Stars, Has Incredibly Cheap Beer Prices In Its Bars
Even in the price-heavy USA, there are several destinations where a thirsty traveler can find cheap beer.
College towns are well-known places to find incredible prices and even in PubClub’s hometown of San Diego – one of the biggest craft brewery cities in the country – it is possible to find brews for less than $5.
But this one destination surprised me: Franklin, TN. It is a quaint town about half hour south of Nashville. It is where many of country music’s biggest stars live and is also the corporate home of Nissan USA and Lonely Planet.
In other words, it was one of the last places on the planet that I would expect to get a beer at college-town prices.
Yet when I walked into McCreary’s, a small Irish pub on Main Street downtown, I encountered beers so inexpensive, I rubbed my eyes in disbelief. The menu showed basic beers for $3.65 a bottle. Tennessee craft beers for $4.50. A 20-ounce Harp draft for $6.
I found this so hard to believe that I asked the waitress/bartender if I was looking at the Happy Hour menu.
“Oh no,” she said as she poured my beer out of the tap. “And this one is 2-for-1 during Happy Hour!”
Later at the awesome live music bar Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor – which looks like three small fraternity houses connected together and where Taylor Swift and other “local” music stars often take the the stage – I was kind of ticked off at myself because in a rush to go through all the beer selections in a cooler, I chose a $6 Dale’s Pale Ale before I realized I could get a Yuengling for $4.
The cheap beers hardly ended there, for the next day I was at Mill Creek Brewing Co., outside of town and the prices for on-premises craft beers were mostly $5. Except my beers were just $4 because I had arrived during Happy Hour!
Now I realize there are more upscale places in and around Franklin where you will be paying more “normal” prices for beers (say $7-8 for a draft or craft brew) but overall, Franklin is a cheap beer destination that will have you kicking up the heels of your country cowboy boots.