Best Knoxville, TN Nightlife

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    10. Sapphire - A Modern Bar & Restaurant

    This ultra-chic lounge and bar has some unique features: like the glowing tank behind DJ stage with bubbles floating to the surface, mood lighting behind bar, museum artifacts on display, and windmill-sized...

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    7. Scruffy City Hall

    The owners of Preservation Pub brought the same creativity to neighboring Scruffy City Hall. The main stage at this new venue is larger than that of Preservation Pub, and the hall itself offers more room in front of...

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    6. Cotton Eyed Joe

    Anyone with a taste for country music should not miss a visit to Cotton Eyed Joe's, which is widely considered one of the top country-dance clubs in the South. Drink specials vary every night, and you'll often find a...

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    5. Boyd's Jig & Reel

    Located in Old City, this dimly lit, Scottish pub has three separate rooms: the entrance features a long bar with 300 scotch options, a concert room has a small stage and tables, and a quieter lounge area with dart...

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    4. Suttree's High Gravity Tavern

    This local favorite on Gay Street features constantly rotating draft beer selections that draw in the craft-beer loving crowd (and hipsters). The design of the bar is simplistic, yet has a few unique features like...

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    3. Downtown Grill & Brewery

    This massive, two-story space seems to go on forever, with an upper floor that overlooks main bar and brew kegs. Vintage paintings and prints and scuffed wood floors contrast shiny gold taps where at least seven...

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    2. Tennessee Theatre

    First opened in 1928 when movies were only 40 cents for matinees and 60 cents for evening shows, the Tennessee Theatre continues to awe visitors (although prices have risen a bit since then). The beautiful...

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    1. Preservation Pub

    This three-story pub feels like a fairy tale infused with country rock. The music memorabilia on the walls, a speakeasy-style booth wedged into the space under the stairs, a giant tree bar on the rooftop, and vines...

    Photo courtesy of Amber Nolan

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