Nightlife in Knoxville, Knoxville (Self Guided)

Knoxville is home to many great bars and clubs to hang out, many of them concentrated in the Old Town district. Take the following tour to discover some of the most vibrant places in the city, including the Sapphire, Hanna's Café, Patrick Sullivan's, Preservation Pub and more.
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Nightlife in Knoxville Map

Guide Name: Nightlife in Knoxville
Guide Location: USA » Knoxville (See other walking tours in Knoxville)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Author: Sandra
Barley’s Taproom

1) Barley’s Taproom

Barley’s Taproom, opened in 1998, is one of Knoxville’s most popular nightspots. Featuring tasty dishes and a great selection of American craft beers, you will also find live music from local and touring bands here. This exciting bar also offers darts and billiards. Hours of operation: Mon – Thurs 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Fri – Sat 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. and Sun 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The Pilot Light

2) The Pilot Light

The Pilot Light, located in the Old Town, offers a friendly staff and excellent service. Featuring Pabst Blue Ribbon and underground rock, it is a great place to hang out with friends and catch an occasional live show. This great bar is open Daily from 5 pm to 1 am.
Hanna’s Café

3) Hanna’s Café

Hanna’s Café, located across from Patrick Sullivan’s, is a vibrant place where you can dance, drink and hang out with friends. This trendy spot also has a relaxing patio area. Featuring ‘80s and ‘90s retro dance party weekends, be sure to visit for an unforgettable evening. Hours of operation: Friday, Saturday 9 pm- 2 am.
Downtown Wine and Spirits

4) Downtown Wine and Spirits

Located on South Gay Street, Downtown Wine and Spirits offers a wide range of wines, beers and spirits. Its friendly staff is knowledgeable and can assist in making the right purchase. Definitely worth a visit, it is open Monday through Saturday 11 am- 11 pm; Sunday 12 pm- 7 pm.

5) Sapphire

The Sapphire, located on South Gay Street, is a trendy spot opened in 2005. This modern bar and restaurant is housed in an old building that is rich in history. It serves regional Southern cuisine and wide range of drinks. The Sapphire is perfect for an elegant evening on the town. Hours of operation: Mon-Sat from 4 pm to 3 am, Sun from 5 pm to 3 am.
Preservation Pub

6) Preservation Pub

Preservation Pub, located on the famous Market Square, offers some of the best music in the city. One of Knoxville’s most popular nightspots, it features an impressive selection of beers. To enjoy a cool, eclectic crowd, be sure to visit Preservation Pub. Hours of operation: Mon-Fri from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Sat, Sun from 1 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Walking Tours in Knoxville, Tennessee

Create Your Own Walk in Knoxville

Create Your Own Walk in Knoxville

Creating your own self-guided walk in Knoxville is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Family Tour in Knoxville

Family Tour in Knoxville

Downtown Knoxville is the best place to take a lovely daytime stroll. The following tour of attractions includes children’s favorites the Candy Factory and Fort Kid and several other family-oriented landmarks and entertainment venues.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Kingston Pike Walk in Knoxville

Kingston Pike Walk in Knoxville

Since the 1790s Kingston Pike, located on Knoxville’s west side, has been the city’s major thoroughfare and commercial district, including many cultural, religious, food, entertainment and retail establishments. The following tour of Kingston Pike includes the thriving Bearden District, the center of Knoxville’s arts community.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Art Walk in Knoxville

Art Walk in Knoxville

Art lovers will discover Knoxville full of creativity, with beautiful artwork on display at multiple galleries and the Knoxville Museum of Art. South Gay Street is home to several museums, art venues and shops specializing in local art. Take the following tour to explore Knoxville as eastern Tennessee’s cultural hub.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
University of Tennessee Walk

University of Tennessee Walk

The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, located in downtown’s west end, draws many visitors to the city. Founded in 1794 as William Blount College, nowadays it covers 550 acres, including over 200 buildings and a faculty of more than 1,400. Take the following tour to discover UTK’s best attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Downtown Knoxville Orientation Walk

Downtown Knoxville Orientation Walk

Knoxville is home to many historic and cultural attractions, places of interest including World’s Fair Park, Market Square, Gay Street, stunning skyscrapers, the Convention Center and more. Take the following tour to become better acquainted with the best sites Knoxville Downtown has to offer.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Places of Worship in Knoxville

Places of Worship in Knoxville

Knoxville is home to over 450 churches of many religious denominations. Situated at the core of the Bible Belt, many of them are Protestant. The following tour highlights the city’s most impressive religious sites, including Knoxville’s first churches and other historically significant ones.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Knoxville for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Knoxville has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Knoxville, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.