10 Best Pubs in Tennessee

Is there truly any better hangout than your local pub? More than just your typical bar, you can always count on great food, cold beer, live music, and plenty of entertainment. These 10 best pubs in Tennessee are guaranteed to give you a night to remember!   

Blackhorse Pub and Brewery, Clarksville and Knoxville, TN

The rotating beer selection is worth visiting this place often. The food is well above your average pub fare and deserves a category all its own. This truly is a locals’ hangout, but travelers and tourists can also find a warm, friendly, feel-like-family atmosphere. 

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Santa’s Pub, Nashville, TN

If Santa had a vacation home, this place would be it. Decked out in a Christmas theme and full of beer as cold as the North Pole itself, this is by far one of the most unique hangouts in Music City. It’s cash only (because Santa’s got to pay his elves, right?!), but since beers start at just $2 a few bills can go a long way.

Preservation Pub, Knoxville, TN

This iconic pub is a historical landmark on the city’s nightlife scene, and they’ve set the bar pretty high. This award-winning bar features over 300 beers and three floors of atmosphere and entertainment. Known for their famous Guinness-crust pizzas, live music, and fan-favorite extended happy hour specials, it’s easy to see why this place holds a special place in locals’ weekly agendas.

Mcnamara’s Irish Pub, Nashville, TN

This classic Irish sports pub is everything you expect from a local Irish pub, only better. The authentic Irish food is nothing short of incredible, and their portion sizes ensure you’re not walking away hungry. They’ve won numerous awards, and it’s easy to see: authentic flavors, fair prices, and no shortage of libations are the best this side of Ireland.

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Public House on High, Maryville, TN

This family-friendly pub has a lot going for it. Fans love coming here for the craft beer and cider selection you can’t find just anywhere. Better than bar food, late night hours, and a huge collection of board games make for a night hot spot that will easily become your go-to favorite.

The Ship Pub, Gatlinburg, TN

This “anything goes” pub has grown quite a following. Step inside these dark woody digs to enjoy an eclectic food and beer menu, with over 40 beers on tap and plenty of English fare, pizza, and more to suit every appetite. It’s a bit off the beaten Parkway so it’s not crawling with tourists, making it a favorite spot among locals. 

Terminal Brewhouse, Chattanooga, TN

One of this charming city’s most iconic brewpubs, the history and atmosphere of this place make it truly unlike the rest. Located in the the older part of town, the pub gets its name from its close proximity to the Chattanooga Choo Choo and historic depot. Inside you can expect fine brews, crafty food, and interesting views of the city.

Silky O’Sullivan’s, Memphis, TN

This isn’t your typical Irish pub, but it might just redefine your expectations of what an Irish pub should be. Their delicious Memphis BBQ menu and historic surrounds are reason enough to visit, and their food looks every bit as good as it tastes. And don’t forget to visit the resident goats out back—they love new friends!

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The Honest Pint, Chattanooga, TN

Pool, darts, and plenty of pints to go ‘round make this place special. Irish pub decor pairs with an exceptional food menu and drink selection to give you the full pub experience. They’re also never short on events, with open mic nights, parties, and Euchre popping up on the regular.

Highlander Scottish Pub, Collierville, TN

Classic Scottish surrounds and traditional pub fare have embodied what you’d expect from an authentic Scottish pub. Their chef hails straight from Edinburgh itself, giving you all the finest flavors you’d expect from Scotland. They’ve also got a whisky selection that would impress any Scotsman. 

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