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Best bars in Knoxville

Burger Joint
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“This is still one of my favorite burger joints in town for two reasons: 1. They offer an impressive selection of burgers; and 2. They execute their recipes well. And I’ll add a third reason; 3. They have the right bourbon or beer to accompany any burger. Or would that be four reasons? Don’t overlook the appetizers, though. Their pan-seared feta with honey drizzle on a baguette is delish, and the Duck Fat Fries are indulgently good. The burgers — which are generally served up as a towering behemoth of beef (but not always), bun and toppings — include The Steakhouse (topped with A1 sauce, crispy onions and sautéed mushrooms) and The Elvis, beef topped with peanut butter, fried banana and Benton’s bacon. It’s the kind of burger that makes adventurous burger lovers say, “Thank you… Thank you very much…””
  • 29 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“We love their brunch on weekends. They have 1 dollar mimosas. If you go for lunch or dinner, their potato chip nachos are a delicious appetizer. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bar
“Huge selection of Scotch whiskey and great food. They often have live music but we suggest you check their Facebook page or website to confirm dates and times.”
  • 26 locals recommend
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“Great flats, salads, chicken wings and beer. Patio in the back. Relaxed atmosphere. Walk half a mile in the historic neighborhood.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“Amazing Sushi....location with patio right on Gay Street...in the heart of everything happening downtown.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Excellent German beer. Great place to meet with friends. Less than a mile away, 16 min walking.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“Delicious southern COMFORT FOOD in downtown with a super creative menu. Everything here is fantastic and you can't go wrong! ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Speakeasy
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“They have phenomenal drinks - but it's location is what really sets it apart. It's a speakeasy in the first floor of the Oliver Hotel. I'd highly recommend it.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
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“Amazing rooftop bar that I spent over a year helping to build. In the heart of downtown knoxville on market square. Definitely a must see spot if you're downtown....especially at night!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
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“DGB not only has super cool brewery feels, but it also has incredible food at a reasonable price. I would highly recommend the pretzels and beer cheese to accompany your brew of choice.”
  • 18 locals recommend
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“One of the most unique bars in town. This place has great beer, awesome decor and atmosphere. They have a BARCADE next door with and super fun arcade games! ”
  • 17 locals recommend
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“Great taproom with the best outdoor space and best bartenders in Knoxville! Go play some BOCCE!”
  • 14 locals recommend
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“This is our favorite outdoor bar. The drinks are fancy without being too pricey. You can also get an ice cold PBR and enjoy the dog friendly covered patio. There's an inside space if a storm breaks out. Tell Franklin that Richard and Janine said hello.”
  • 16 locals recommend
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“Amazing dinner menu and fun mixed drinks. Limited seating, we recommend getting reservations. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Cafe
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“We love to sit outside and enjoy brunch here on a Saturday morning. The Farmers Market takes place here and it is great people watching and dog watching too”
  • 11 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Fine dinning with a southern flair. Owner, Joseph lynn, is a world renowned James Beard award winning chef. ”
  • 10 locals recommend