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Top Choice Gastropub in Knoxville

Balter Beerworks

From the communal tables on the patio to the standing-room-only bar to the buzzing dining room, this convivial joint – a former gas station – exudes a welcoming vibe. The pub fare is delicious, and options range fro…
Top Choice American in Knoxville

JC Holdway

You'll want to reserve ahead for the privilege of noshing on James Beard Award–winning chef Joseph Lenn's modern Appalachian comfort cuisine. Lenn, who spent nearly a decade as executive chef at famed Blackberry Far…
Top Choice Burgers in Knoxville

Stock & Barrel

Carnivores, welcome to your happy place. The locally sourced and all-natural burgers here groan under decadent toppings such as fried eggs, pimiento cheese and blueberry preserves. The Elvis comes with organic peanu…
Museum in Knoxville

Museum of East Tennessee History

This glossy small museum spotlights key moments in the history of East Tennessee as well as regional cultural topics, from 'hillbilly' music to mountain tourism. It's well done and very informative. Surprising histo…
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…
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…
Middle Eastern in Knoxville

Yassin's Falafel House

Syrian refugee Yassin is a true American success story: he and his wildly popular falafel house have been embraced by Knoxville. The food is fantastic, featuring spicy falafel, hummus and baba ghanoush (don't forget…
Live Performance in Knoxville

Tennessee Theatre

Re-opening in 2005 after a $25.5-million restoration, this grand 1928 theatre hosts musicians and entertainers – Jason Isbell, the Temptations, John Prine, David Blaine – as well as Broadway plays and the Knoxville …
Music in Knoxville

Big Ears Festival

Avant-garde and experiential festival celebrating music, art and film and the connections between them. Performances are held at various music venues across downtown.
Microbrewery in Knoxville

Crafty Bastard Brewery

This nano-brewery taproom occupies historic building space in NoKno's Emory Pl district. The rustic, dilapidated, chipped-concrete warehouse vibe augments a defiantly independent mentality that carries over to its 1…