Drinking at the best bars in Knoxville is going to be covered in full detail as this post goes along. Some may be searching for a tall glass of beer, a shot of vodka, to save money on liquor during local drink special times, or maybe to sing karaoke and either way we will get you sorted out.
We will kick this baby off with the best wine and cocktail bars in Knoxville. Breweries and sports bars where you can watch the big game or maybe play some pool or throw some darts will get our second section.
The best drink specials at bars near you with cheaper alcohol will come next before we pivot to bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights in your area. Bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music will garner our final section.
Expect to find a local bar map with all these spots pinned on it so you can have a better feel for what venues are closest to your current area at the moment. The Southeast is an area that we have written about many times in the past if you are interested in reading more.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
The best cocktail and wine bars in Knoxville might just be:
- Chatterbox at 8227 Chapman Hwy
- The Lost Tavern at 18 Market Square
- Sapphire at 428 S Gay
- Tern Club at 135 S Gay
- Water Into Wine at 607 N Campbell Station Rd
- Bistro By The Tracks at 215 Brookview Centre Way #109
- Blue Slip Winery & Bistro at 300 W Depot Ave
Water Into Wine has been serving over 400 wines on their menu, hand-crafted cocktails by their mixologist, a full bar with an expansive bourbon selection for patrons, local craft beer, bottled beer, and artisanal fine foods. They also host live music near you every Wednesday and Saturday night.
Bistro By The Tracks is proud to offer an extensive and diverse wine list featuring carefully selected whites and reds from the world’s finest wineries. Blue Slip Winery and Bistro has a full bar which includes grape-to-glass wines served at their tasting bar.
Knoxville Breweries & Sports Bars
Watch the big game with your friends and sample new flavors of beers at the best breweries and sports bars in your area:
- Abridged Beer Company at 100 Lockett Rd
- Balter Beerworks at 100 Broadway SW
- Blackhorse Pub & Brewery at 430 S Gay
- Smoky Mountain Brewery in Turkey Creek at 11308 Parkside Dr
- Billiards and Brews Sports Bar at 5139, 8705 Unicorn Dr #110
- Rooster’s Bar & Grill at 7585 S Northshore Dr
- Bearden Hill Fieldhouse at 6600 Kingston Pike
- Soccer Taco at 6701 Kingston Pike
The Smoky Mountain Brewery is a natural gathering place for any televised sporting event or just a great meal with over 25 TV’s and an outdoor patio that offers a variety of spots and nightly live entertainment.
Billiards And Brews features ten 7 foot and four 9 foot Diamond billiards tables, a steel-tip double out dart board, three brand new G3 soft-tip boards, and 20 HDTV’s where you can watch all of your favorite sporting events.
Rooster’s Sports Bar & Grill has three full-service bars, 36 of the coldest draft beers in town, and a large selection of imported and microbrew beers. There is also Golden Tee Golf, PGA Championship Golf, steel-tip dart boards, putt-putt golf, pool tables, a shuffleboard table, and a professional billiard table.
Soccer Taco is a soccer themed sports bar in your area but they also show other sports on their TV’s.
Local Drink Specials
Save some money buying cheaper alcohol at these bars with drink specials near you:
- Bombay Palace at 10901 Parkside Dr #101
- Buffalo Wild Wings at 11431 Parkside Dr
- Connors Steak & Seafood at 10915 Turkey Dr
Trivia, Quiz, & Game Nights
There are plenty of bars with local trivia, quiz, and game nights:
- Cool Beans Bar at 1817 Lake Ave
- Pour Taproom at 207 W Jackson Ave
- Token Game Tavern at 213 N Seven Oaks Dr
Every Tuesday Pour Taproom hosts a bar trivia night near you and serves craft beer, wine, ciders, meads, and cocktails. Craft beer, specialty drinks, great food, arcade games, pinball, board games, video game consoles, D&D, comic books, cosplay parties, and more are available at Token Game Tavern.
Remember that Rooster’s and Billiards And Brews from our best Knoxville sports bars lists offer lots of fun games and could have arguably gone in this list instead. The same could be said for Back Door Tavern and Bullfeathers who we are about to tell you about.
Dance, Karaoke, & Live Music
These bars are great for dancing, live music, and karaoke:
- Scruffy City Hall at 32 Market Square
- Back Door Tavern at 4951 Kingston Pike
- Bullfeathers at 10535 Kingston Pike
Back Door Tavern has a lot of TV’s, a pool table, horseshoes, darts, live music, excellent beers, and a patio that is dog friendly. Bullfeathers features six pool tables, darts, shuffleboard, bar karaoke, and smoking areas.
Water Into Wine from our first list hosts live local music every Wednesday and Saturday night.
We also have written posts on:
- Bars To Drink In Atlanta
- Bars To Drink In Nashville
- Bars To Drink In Charlotte
- Bars To Drink In Lexington
Have Fun Drinking At The Best Bars In Knoxville
Now that you have read all of that you should have a much better understanding of what is available in your area. There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke near you.
If you notice us listing any venues that are no longer open or just think we got something wrong please tell us in the comments so this page stays as up to date as possible. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in Knoxville.