when i was in high school, springwater's 21+ policy on shows was the bane of my existence. it has some of the most eclectic but fantastic booking among nashville venues -- from well-known indie bands like scout niblett and wolf eyes to local lesser-knowns like a poet named revolver (plus impromptu performances by the likes of dave berman and will oldham). plus the stage is low, the sight-lines aren't awkward, the shows are cheap, and, well, everybody likes a dive bar with a porch and pool tables. drawbacks: poor turnouts for good bands, and parking in that gravel pit of a parking lot.
Pros: booking, cheap shows & beer, laid-back atmosphere
Cons: the parking lot, poor turnout