The 10 Best Bars in Tennessee!

With so many exciting cities, Tennessee has nightlife unlike anywhere else in the country. From live music spots and dive bars to trendy speakeasies and historical hangouts, there’s something here for everyone. Take a look at our favorite bars in the state and you’ll realize Tennesseans really know how to have a good time.

1. Tootsies Orchid Lounge, Nashville, TN

This legendary Honkey Tonk is the place where country music star Willie Nelson sang before he got his first songwriting job! Tootsies is a classic Music City staple located on Broadway and is a must-visit for anyone visiting Nashville. The iconic orchid purple walls, live country music and stunning rooftop view provide the perfect space for a unique night out with friends.

2. Flying Squirrel, Chattanooga, TN

The Flying Squirrel’s unique architecture isn’t the only thing that stands out about this Chattanooga bar. Their bar boasts some of the most fresh and local ingredients the city has to offer. Aiming to create a “third space” to spend time aside from work and home, this gathering spot’s owners effectively encourage their patrons to engage in casual conversation and fun here. 

3. Smoky Mountain Brewery, Gatlinburg, TN

Although this bar has four different locations throughout the state, Smoky Mountain Brewery’s Gatlinburg location takes the cake as our favorite one. Wind down here after a long hike, ski or snowboarding session in the mountains. With a scenic enclosed deck overlooking the mountains, a blend of ski lodge and beer hall styles and micro brewed beers, this is the perfect spot to take a break in between Smokey Mountain activities. 

4. Earnestine and Hazel’s, Memphis, TN

This dive bar keeps the bluesy spirit of Memphis alive with soulful live music, plentiful beer and even ghost tours. That’s right, this bar is actually considered to be one of the most haunted places in the country. Sisters Earnestine and Hazel supposedly haunt their former stomping ground. The building used to be their café in the 50s and 60s. Don’t leave without trying one of their famous Soul Burgers either! 

5. Patterson House, Nashville, TN

The Patterson House is a trendy speakeasy located in the Midtown neighborhood of Nashville. This bar provides their patrons with drinks created with fresh juices, house-made syrups and eight types of twice filtered ice. The antique chandeliers and decor create the perfect ambiance to sip cocktails, chat and enjoy a delicious bite. Make sure to get there early—this place is known to fill up quick.

6. The Honest Pint, Chattanooga, TN

Who doesn’t love a fun, authentic Irish pub? Unlike many other bars that refer to 13-15 ounce pours as a pint. The Honest Pint delivers just what their name states. Their loyalty to have a truthful relationship with their customers shows through their standout service and their variety of Irish beers, whiskeys and scotches are pretty noteworthy too! 

7. Preservation Pub, Knoxville, TN

Overlooking Market Square in Knoxville, this three-level pub is the place to be if you’re looking to have a few drinks. The Moonshine Roof Garden on the top floor has a stunning view and the second level speakeasy is always an exciting place to mix and mingle.

8. Mollie Fontaine Lounge, Memphis, TN

Located in a Victorian-style house in the Edge neighborhood of Memphis, this historical yet hip bar impresses all who go there. Their delicious cocktails, sleek leather seating and thought provoking artwork create an atmosphere perfect for hanging out with friends or meeting new ones.

9. Santa’s Pub, Nashville, TN

With beers starting at just $2 and karaoke every night of the week, you’re certain to have an amusing night at Santa’s Pub in Nashville. This bar has a reputation of being one of the best dives in America where it’s Christmas every day. Head over to this old mobile home to see why! 

10. Twisted Mike’s Taproom, Knoxville, TN

If you find yourself in Knoxville and are in the mood for a cold drink, check out Twisted Mike’s Taproom. This bar hosts weekly Texas Hold em tournaments, Twisted Trivia nights, Standup Comedy shows and live music events. If you have an important game to watch, enjoy one of their several TVs and try a few of their 14 craft and high-gravity beers on tap.

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