East Tennessee drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Distillery in Gatlinburg

Ole Smoky Moonshine

Nicknamed The Holler, this stone-and-wood moonshine distillery – Tennessee's first licensed moonshine maker – appears at first glance to have a Disney flair, but it's the real deal. Gathering around the hilarious ba…
Distillery in Gatlinburg

Sugarlands Distilling Co

The TasteMakers at this cavernous distillery are akin to carnival barkers as they pour 13 flavors of moonshine for sampling, singing their praises while keeping the counter clean, cracking jokes and asking guests ab…
Microbrewery in Knoxville

Alliance Brewing Company

Popular with outdoorsy types coming back from the Urban WIlderness, dog-friendly Alliance's SoKno taproom offers 12 taps, some of which are devoted to resurrecting dead styles such as Kottbusser (brewed with oats, h…
Distillery in Pigeon Forge

Ole Smoky Barn

Dubbed 'the Barn,' this big-windowed moonshine distillery and tasting room has a front-row seat on the action at The Island, an outdoor retail and entertainment district in the heart of Pigeon Forge. Step up to the …
Microbrewery in Chattanooga

Hutton & Smith Brewing

One of the anchors of the newly hip MLK district, this 20-tap microbrewery ironically added a garage door so that it appears that its taproom is housed in a former mechanic's shop (or some such hipster industrial-bu…
Cocktail Bar in Knoxville

Peter Kern Library

This marvelous speakeasy, named for a former Knoxville mayor, sits inside a cosy space that served as the library in a former iteration of the Oliver Hotel. Thick-bound books double as drink menus and the craft cock…
Microbrewery in Knoxville

Crafty Bastard Brewery

This nano-brewery taproom occupies historic building space in NoKno's Emory Place district. The rustic, chipped-concrete warehouse vibe augments a defiantly independent mentality that carries over to its 12 IPA-driv…
Distillery in Chattanooga

Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery

Leading the charge to overturn century-old laws banning the production of whiskey in Chattanooga, the folks behind this new small-batch distillery keep the focus on quality. Tours cover the production and barrel-agi…
Coffee in Chattanooga

Plus Coffee

It's easy to drive right by this delightfully minimalist coffeehouse in the up-and-coming neighborhood of St Elmo at the foot of the Incline Railway – the sign disappears somewhat into the historic brick building on…
Brewery in Pigeon Forge

Yee-Haw Brewing

This new taproom may be small, but staff are welcoming and the place somehow manages to feel like an escape from the busy-ness of The Island entertainment complex. The taproom is an outpost of the Johnson City flags…