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Best bars in Knoxville

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“Inspired by the outdoors, Elkmont Exchange provides Knoxville a flavor-driven craft beer and dining experience. Local art and materials curated from the mountains of East Tennessee make this spot a dining must! ”
  • 11 locals recommend
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“Great spot for live music. Scruffy city hall usually has a show every night and is located in the beautiful market square. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Amazing local restaurant where the owners grow a lot of the vegetables used in seasonal plates. Sunday brunch is amazing and will have jazz players sometimes too. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“Not a brewery but a great spot to hang out and have some beers. Toys and games for kids and adults and usually a food truck or two. Dogs are welcome. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
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“Another place to drink beer and hang out. Have a pint there or grab six pack to go. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
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“This restaurant’s art deco aesthetics provide a welcoming and engaging setting for its rotating seasonal fare. For example, on my first visit, The Grub Spouse and I dined on mussels and clams, pasta carbonara, and short rib served with whipped potatoes, oyster mushrooms and kale. These days, the dinner menu features the likes of smoked pork belly and seared sea scallops as starters, while entrees include sous vide swordfish, Norwegian steelhead and bone-in rib-eye. Many of the dishes we ordered a few years back are still offered. For dessert, I’ve enjoyed what is currently listed as its flourless chocolate torte accompanied by raspberry ganache and jam, Nutella dust, salted caramel truffle, toffee and baked chocolate bits. Excellent service and an extensive cocktail menu also help make this place a contender for date night.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“Do you love Sushi? This restaurant has been rated as one of the best in Knoxville. And, it's a short walk away :-)”
  • 7 locals recommend
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“Good bar food. Gastropub type atmosphere. Check their Facebook page and website for dates and times for live music.”
  • 10 locals recommend
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“Locavore Southern fare, liquors galore & weekend DJs in a stylishly renovated former jewelry store.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Small plates and a wine bar - something quite unique in Knoxville. Try the shrimp quesadilla or the filet mignonette sandwich. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
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“They have a wonderful selection of main dishes and salads. The view on the patio is outstanding. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
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“Tons of beers on tap. like 100. and you get a bracelet and can try anything you like. Nice patio seating!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Pretentious Beer Company is another favorite because they blow their own glassware. In fact, their glassware is one of the #1 shops on Etsy. So if you're feeling fancy and pretentious, head over there for a great craft beer. You'll definitely have a good time. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Night Club
“Local spot for dancing, drinks, and bar eats. Just so you know smoking is allowed inside. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
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“Great selection of burgers and sandwiches. Budget friendly and great outside seating area.”
  • 6 locals recommend
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“They have a secret underground bar and restaurant area! It's my personal favorite place to eat.”
  • 7 locals recommend