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Being a college town, Knoxville has no shortage of bars and clubs, and each offer a slightly different vibe: from breweries and music halls to country bars and lounges. No visit to Knoxville would be complete without taking in a show in the gorgeous, Tennessee Theatre, and for even more live musical entertainment, the Clarence Brown Theatre is sure to delight.
Knoxville knows good beer, and visitors can sample some local favorites at the Downtown Grill and Brewery, Suttrees High Gravity Tavern, and Barley's Taproom. All three specialize in craft beer and offer a laid-back, after work vibe.
Those looking for a party can check out Cotton Eyed Joe's - where drink specials get the crowd dancing to country songs (and mechanical bull riding). Or, they can check out Sapphire's, an upscale martini bar with live DJs spinning on weekends. For great live music in Old City, Boyd's Jig and Reel has a small stage with large talent. In Market Square, the creative Preservation Pub and sister venue, Scruffy City Hall consistently host excellent bands late into the night.
Our editors have scoured the city in search of the best nightlife spots in Knoxville and rounded them up. Here are the 10 favorites in Knoxville.