Although the historic Old City in downtown Knoxville might turn someone my age away with the word “old,” this area of the city is very popular with the twentysomething crowd. I have just recently begun to make my way down there on a Saturday night and am excited to keep trying new places each time I go out with friends.
If you are looking for the best places to go out on the weekend in Knoxville, my first recommendation would be the Old City. The mixture of old historic buildings with new shopping, restaurant and nightlife occupants makes this the prime spot for those looking for a good time.
Whether you are walking around shopping at one of the unique stores, sipping on a drink from the coffee shops or starting off your night out with a group of friends-the Old City cannot be beat for its ecclectic mix.
For the more laid back crowd who likes the bar setting more than the upbeat dance clubs, there are many options for you and your friends. From Barley’s to Urban Bar to the Crown and Goose, these options are best for those who want to enjoy a tall drink and a good conversation with friends. I love Urban Bar’s patio on a breezy spring evening and Barley’s for some good music.
Ready to go dancing? The Old City offers a variety of places for you and your friends to let loose. The new “Old City Entertainment Venue” offers an upscale feel along with the brand new NV nightclub and Carleo’s. Don’t feel like having to deal with VIP sections or long lines? I bet you would enjoy Southbound which is known for its great dance floor and second floor balconies overlooking the main street of the Old City. Although much different than the streets of New Orleans, those balconies always remind me of a much tamer version of Bourbon Street!
Want to venture out from the Old City? A few blocks down will get your group over to Sassy Ann’s. This well known establishment in Knoxville has one of the most unique layouts in the city (it’s in a house) and the best Thursday night dancing.
The Old City is a great place to spend a few hours walking around during the day while shopping and grabbing a bite to eat…but my favorite time to see the scenery is at night when all the twentysomethings come out to mingle!
Next week I want to talk about an area that is starting to become a great place to hang out called “Happy Holler” here in Knoxville!