What can help ensure any trip to a new city is excellent? Ease of transport, comfortable accommodations, delicious food… sure all of the above, but also the perfect place to grab a drink.
After a day of sightseeing and exploring, or meetings and work, relaxing with a drink in hand, surrounded by travel companions is a wonderful way to end the day. Except, you’re in a new city, with no idea which bars sell craft beer, which wine bar has the coziest atmosphere, or which bar is the most elegant. Sure, Yelp, TripAdvisor, and other internet sources exist that can help lead you towards a bar, but it’s the local knowledge, the insider point of view that you need.
We may not be able to give you that insight for most cities, but one city we know like the back of our hands is Knoxville, Tennessee, and here in Knoxville we love our bars.
No matter the vibe of the bar or type of drink you seek, Knox has the ideal bar for you, and we’ve compiled a quick guide to help you discover it.
Your Guide to Bars in Knoxville
A Place Where Strangers Become Friends and Actual Conversation Occurs – Public House
No TV’s, no live music, at Public House you’ll find craft cocktails, wine, beer, and delicious Southern inspired food. A comfortable and easy ambiance, featuring booth and high-top seating; an outdoor patio porch and sitting areas with picnic tables, community table, and twinkle lights. If you’re heading out to The Mill & Mine for a show, pop into the Public House before for a drink, as it’s sitting right next door.
Exclusive and Fancy Are The Name of The Game – Peter Kern Library
Shhh, quiet in the library. This library turned bar at The Oliver Hotel is quaint, upscale, and 1920s themed. Just like speakeasy’s way back when, it’s small, exclusive and allows only a certain amount of patrons in each evening. The cocktails are divine, the bar is definitely full-service, and ambiance is cozy but decidedly chic. In this bar, you’ll find inspiration in your cocktail, the vintage “library” decor, and all of the fabulously dressed people.
Locally Crafted and Effortlessly Awesome – Balter Beerworks
Beer made in-house, and really well we might add. What used to be a former service station in downtown Knoxville has since been transformed into a microbrewery and restaurant. The ambiance is fun, unique, and definitely hip. Both the beer and menu were originally developed in the garage of Blaine and Will, the creators of Balter. As far as seating goes, community and family style are the main options, with an additional high-top seating area next to the full bar. When the weather is lovely, enjoy the outdoor patio with twinkle lights beside the glass-encased brew vats.
Chandeliers Galore – FIVE Bar
Dim lighting, sparkling glass + mirrors bar, and a speakeasy feel, welcome to FIVE Bar.
Elegant with a speakeasy-esque feel mood. Open for dinner and drinks every night except Monday, lunch on Saturdays and brunch on Sundays. Located in downtown Knoxville, FIVE Bar is bright and cheery on the first floor and totally glamorous on the second floor – where you’ll find the dazzling chandeliers. The cocktails are superb.
Brews, Views, and Things to Do – Hops and Hollers
Not just a taproom, not just a store, and not just a fun place to hang. Hops and Hollers is all three, a good time always happening. Serving dozens of beers on tap, and as well as offering an entire craft beer store to further enhance your options. After you’ve carefully selected your brew of choice, you can head to the spectacular outdoor area decorated with twinkling lights and featuring smoky mountain views. To keep every energized and drinking, Bocce Ball, Cornhole, ping-pong, and outdoor movies are offered. For many Knoxville locals, this bar wins the award for the all-around best bar.
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“Wine” Down or Up at The – Old City Wine Bar
A wine bar that isn’t too cool for school? Yes! The Old City Wine Bar in the heart of Knoxville’s Old City, hence the name, is the kind of wine bar where all levels of wine knowledge and appreciation are welcome. In fact, the accommodating staff encourages new wine drinkers to come on in and learn. The most expensive bottle is barely $100, meaning no deep pockets are needed to enjoy. The bar features 150 bottles and 48 wines by the glass. The ambiance is inviting, and worry not – there are a few craft beers on tap to ensure all participating parties are satisfied and pleased.
Now you know where to sit and sip, let us also help you choose where to rest and digest. Situated in the heart of downtown, conveniently located near all the major attractions, The TENNESSEAN Hotel is an elegant oasis. Opening in just a few short months, the brand new hotel features chic decor, luxurious accommodations, and a team of Knoxville locals who know the lay of the land thoroughly. Accepting reservations now!