John's Place

est. 1949


To John's Place

"Everybody's welcome here"

In Cookeville, TN, in the 1960s and 70s, there were only three places to go and have a beer but everyone was always welcome at John’s Place. It was the first fully integrated establishment in Cookeville. People from all walks of life would visit for a bite to eat or to have a beer and a famous John Dog. A favorite hangout for Cookeville, Tennesseans and Tennessee Technological University students and alumni, WCTE saddled up to the bar at John’s Place to talk with patrons, friends and family of this Cookeville favorite, because… Everybody’s Welcome at John’s Place.

Not just another Bar

Passion & Expertise

Passion and expertise are at the forefront of everything we do. Our bartenders are true masters of their craft, dedicated to creating the perfect drink for every guest. Whether you're in the mood for a classic cocktail or something more unique and customized, we've got you covered.

Good Food and Cheer

Our extensive menu features a wide variety of spirits and mixers, as well as an ever-changing selection of seasonal and specialty drinks. We pride ourselves on bringing you the best possible experience, with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere that'll keep you coming back.

customer satisfaction

Customer satisfaction is our top priority. We understand that a great night out starts with great service, and that's why we go above and beyond to ensure that every guest leaves our place feeling at home.

Family Tradition

Established in 1949 as a grocery and restaurant for Cookeville's small and elite African-American community — has been operated by the McClellan families since its inception. It has been a community staple until this very day.

hand-baked fresh daily

The John's Dog

Try our world famous John’s Dog!   You’ll never be the same!

“Well, we would steam them. We’d make our own special sauce. We’d make them mild, or hot. Now we can burn you up! But a lot of people want ’em mild. But, how they want them, we can fix them.”

— Miss Mary Alice McClellan

“Now we can burn you up! But a lot of people want 'em mild. But, how they want them, we can fix them."”

Mama Mary Alice McClellan

Free Delivery with Orders over $50

We Offer delivery

So whether you’re looking for a casual night out or a special occasion, we invite you to come and experience the difference at John’s Place. We guarantee that you’ll leave with a smile on your face, and we look forward to seeing you soon.