The list — Dino's, Melrose Billiards, Santa's Pub, Springwater and Fran's — doesn't contain any surprises, but Esquire enriches the piece with some funny and informative commentary from J.P. Harris. He's known as one of the city's true honky-tonk heroes — I'll Keep Calling, the record he released last year with his band The Tough Choices tied for Best Country Album in the Scene writers' picks in Best of Nashville 2012.
(Harris is also a carpenter of some renown who knows the nitty-gritty of creating a good hangout. His work building the record bins at new East Nashville shop Fond Object helped earn him the nickname "the hipster Bob Vila.")
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