The Knoxville Weekend City Guide

Looking for a new neighborhood to have a weekend play-date? Or perhaps a new restaurant to feed your face? The Knoxville Weekend City Guide can be your, well… GUIDE!

Our City Guide has some of our favorite hot spots for dinner, drinks, dancing, and so much more! Whether you’re looking to try out some new hiking trails or just sit back with friends and a brew, there’s a spot for you! Jump to a neighborhood below:

EAST      WEST      NORTH      SOUTH

Scruffy City Bar Hop – head downtown and hit some of the hottest spots in the city, like Uncorked GastroBistro, Scruffy City Hall, Preservation Pub, and Market House Cafe!

Cool Beans – Cool off at the hottest bar in Knoxville and UT campus headquarters for food, fun, beer, drinks, fun, shots, pool, darts, fun, beer pong, games, fun, sports, music, fun… Did we mention fun?

Pretentious Beer & Glass Co. – Want to make a custom beer glass… then drink from it? You can! From hand-curated draft beers to hand made glasses, Pretentious kills it on the originality front!

Blue Slip Winery Located inside the Historic Southern Railway Station, Blue Slip is the FIRST Urban Winery in Tennessee, and has a selection of wines handcrafted right in our own back yard! Plus, food! What could be better?!

Merchants of Beer – Delicious beer. A fine cigar. Good friends. The newest chillax space in Knoxville will soon be on your list of favorite hang outs!

East TN Tours – Love food? Love history? East TN Tours combines two of OUR favorite things into one! Get to know Knoxville like never before all while sampling delicious fare from area restaurants!

East Tennessee Historical Society – Want to learn more about East Tennessee and our place in history? Read through thousands of archives, explore the deep roots that run through our state, and even do your own genealogical study! Find your threads in the fabric of our great state!

Volunteer Radio WUTK 90.3 – Bringing you all the hits you crave plus a ton of original, local, non-commercial content brought to you by The UT Department of Journalism and Electronic Media!

Inside of Knoxville – Get to know Knoxville from The Knoxville Urban Guy as he brings you the top headlines on the goings on in the Scruffy City.

Blank Newspaper – Knoxville’s only independent local news, Blank Newspaper keeps you informed on what’s important right now!

Kilwin’s – Looking for a new favorite treat? This sweet stop has ice cream, candies, cakes… AND SO MUCH MORE! Visit them to satisfy that sweet tooth with a confection for any occasion!

Volunteer East Tennessee – Do something good and feel good about it! This amazing organization makes it easy to find volunteer opportunities and gives you the tools to help those who are most in need.

Maker City – Are you a Maker? Do you know a Maker? Did you know that Knoxville is THE Maker City? Learn more about what that means, find people to help hone your craft, learn from other artisans AND become one yourself!


East Knoxville hasn’t always received all the love it deserves. Here are just a few of our favorite spots to hit with family, friends, or just on your own!

Zoo Knoxville – Get in touch with your inner animal and go wild! The Knoxville Zoo is a must for anyone with a love of animals, whether they are cute and cuddly or ferocious and fierce!

The Muse – Get inspired at the intersection of art and science! Explore informative, fun, and fascinating exhibits, marvel at the stars in their planetarium, or just enjoy their play places.

Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum – Welcome to the garden! Experience the beauty of private gardens, walking trails, and event space all nestled in the quiet of East Knox! It’s a slice of heaven without even leaving the city!




Just outside of the Old City, North Knox is home to some of the most historic parts of our great city AND some of the newest! Here’s a few you definitely need to get acquainted with!

The Mill & Mine – If you’re looking for a great concert, you’re probably going to find one here. This state of the art venue brings in acts from all over the world! There’s ALWAYS something going on!

Makers Donuts – Do you donut? With such incredible flavors like Blueberry Bourbon, Milk and Cereal, and Churro, you can’t help but love these delectable delights! CURRENTLY SEEKING NEW OWNERSHIP. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES!

Remedy Coffee – Start your day right! Next to Makers is the perfect spot to accompany that delicious donut. From lattes to flat whites and even something iced, you’re sure to get your day moving in the right direction.

Central Flats & Taps – Happy Holler has a delicious resident and you can definitely snag a tasty brew, or some delicious treats, in this friendly pub – or on their beautiful back patio!

Sleeping Giant Tattoo – The body is a temple. Why not put up curtains?! Knoxville’s newest tattoo and piercing shop is right down the road! Treat yourself to something you can love forever!

Crafty Bastard Brewery – They’ve got fun… on TAP! Get it? Featuring unique blends and brews you’re SURE to love, you’re sure to find your new favorite flavor!




Walking trails. Nature. Tacos. What more do you need? If these are what you consider the “finer things in life” then SoKno has this one in the bag!

SoKno Taco Cantina – That’s right. We said tacos. What more do we need to talk about? Go there. Eat them. Be happy.

Billy Lush Board Shop – If you haven’t heard of paddleboarding then you aren’t living! Not only is it an INCREDIBLE workout, you can tour the Tennessee River from a completely new perspective! Did we mention they have beer? They have beer…

Ijams Nature Center – Walking trails. Hiking trails. Biking trails. This place is a one stop shop for all things nature! Grab a guided tour or just get “lost” in some of the most beautiful habitat outside of downtown.

Meads Quarry – If rivers aren’t your thing, then the sparkling blue of the quarry will take your breath away! Check it out for a great picnic place or paddleboarding!




If you’ve ever driven through Knoxville, you’ve been in Bearden. They have it all and we can’t get enough!

River Sports Outfitters –  Heading outdoors? Get prepared with shoes, clothing, and equipment right in the heart of West Knoxville!

Hard Knox Pizzeria Spicy. Crispy. Cheesy. Delicious. Hard Knox is a Knoxville institution serving delicious dough in pie form.

Bearden Beer Market – Stop in and have a drink, or pick up something for that picnic you’ve been planning! With drafts on tap and dozens in bottles, this dog-friendly watering hole gets us right in the sipper.

Nostalgia – You’re sure to find something with a story at this trendy market. From vintage clothing, records, and much more, take home your new favorite antique!

Holy Land Market & Deli – We love trying new things, especially food! Stop in and grab a bite or pick up the essentials to cook something incredible at home!

Buttermilk Sky Pie – These aren’t your grandmother’s pies… but they’ll give those a run for their money! Satisfy your sweet tooth at one of Knoxville’s favorite dessert stops!

West Hills Flats & Taps – Using fresh ingredients, West Hills Flats & Taps is a gathering place for conversation with friends and family. Craft brews & signature cocktails are a bonus!

The Edge of Knoxville – Hit up this night time venue that’s got something for everyone! Great drinks, great food, and great atmosphere, PLUS live events every night of the week!



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