7 Best Bars in Tennessee: 2024 Edition!

Tennessee boasts an unparalleled nightlife compared to other states in the union because to its numerous interesting cities. Everyone can find something to do in this area, from dingy bars and live music venues to hip speakeasies and historic hangouts. You'll notice that Tennesseans truly know how to have a good time by looking at our list of the top 7 bars in Tennessee for the 2024 edition. That list includes our personal favorites.

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.

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. 

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! 

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.

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.

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! 

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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