Nightlife

Location
Knoxville, TN
Undergrads
19,591
Tuition (in-state)
$27,582 ($9,092)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Not as good as Nashville.

2 College Junior

Nightlife: I don't really go out at all basically because of some stories I've heard.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I have not experienced the nightlife.

1 College Junior

Nightlife: I don't enjoy large, loud crowds so I tend to avoid parties and hang out with groups of friends.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: From the Hill to the Old City, there are tons of trendy places to drink!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 56th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 84th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1317th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristen Lewis
Hometown
Litchfield, NH
Major
Anthropology
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UT is extremely lucky to have the Strip, which provides a multitude of places for new people to meet in a convenient location. If you get bored with what the Strip has to offer, the Old City is always an option. There are so many nightspots in Knoxville, there is a pretty good chance you will find something that fits your personality. Most freshmen, however, will not have access to these places until they turn 21. Five years ago, bars on the Strip let just about anybody in. Security has been extremely tightened in recent years due to a few mishaps, and the police keep a close eye on any large concentration of party-goers.

Until your 21st, there are still plenty of places you can go and socialize. Have a good time, and be careful so you can return next year to party!

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • The Old City
  • The Strip
Student Favorites
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Charlie Pepper's
  • Cool Beans
  • New Amsterdam Bar & Grill
  • O'Charley's
Other Places to Check Out
  • Banana Joe's
  • Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria
  • Boiler Room
  • Lord Lindsey Mansion
  • Trio's
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Century Club
  • Power Hour
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • The Daily Beacon
  • The Knoxville News-Sentinel weekends section
  • The Metro Pulse
  • Move Magazine
  • VOX
Closing Time
3 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Most bars periodically run specials, depending on the day of the week

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Cotton Eyed Joe

A nightclub catering to urban cowboys, Cotton Eyed Joe's music selection is suited to fans of two-step, as well as top 40 hits. They also have pool, darts, an in-house roping ring, and a mechanical bull if dancing's not your thing. There is a loose dress code policy, meaning guys will have to tuck in their shirts, but don't expect the same propriety from the ladies. There are 18-and-over nights, too, and no cover till 7 p.m.

11220 Outlet Dr.

(865) 675-4563

www.cottoneyedjoe.com

Blue Cat's Live

Knoxville's premier dance club featuring the best DJs in Tennessee. The club is split into five separate areas, including a courtyard under the stairs, a restaurant, a game room, a frozen daquiri cabana bar, and a VIP room with a private martini bar that overlooks the dance floor.

125 E. Jackson Ave.

(865) 544-4300

www.bluecatslive.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Hannah's Café

Hannah's on the strip has a laid-back atmosphere and great food. It's a popular place to hang out with live music on Thursdays.

1901 Cumberland Ave.

(865) 522-9933

New Amsterdam Bar & Grill

Formerly known as RT's Warehouse, the New Amsterdam is a mid-level music venue featuring live acts from several local and national bands such as Superdrag and Mic Harrison.

1836 Cumberland Ave.

(865) 544-7080

O'Charley's

O'Charley's is known primarily as a popular Southern casual-dining chain, but this franchise on the Strip has transformed itself into a full-time sports bar. The menu is still the same, but expect a different atmosphere from the typical O'Charley's restaurant. A great spot to hit up during happy hour. They occasionally feature live music, as well.

1915 Cumberland Ave.

(865) 691-5885

www.ocharleys.com

Buffalo Wild Wings

Most people have probably heard of Buffalo Wild Wings by now. For those who haven't, it's a sports bar and restaurant with a great casual atmosphere, plenty of big screen TVs, and a wide and pretty tasty selection of wings.

1912 Cumberland Ave.

(865) 524-9464

www.buffalowildwings.com

Charlie Pepper's

Charlie Pepper's is unique to Tennessee, so make sure and check out their original Southwestern-style menu while you stop by for happy hour (4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily). It's a casual spot to have a few drinks with your friends, and there's also the occasional live act, too.

716 20th St.

(865) 524-8669

www.charliepeppers.com

Cool Beans

Cool Beans is UT's unofficial "Greek bar," and the members of frats and sororities usually congregate here. They host Greek parties occasionally, and the juke box is packed with pop and top 40 fare.

1817 Lake Ave.

(865) 522-6417

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Attend parties on Fraternity Row, "the Fort," or nearby apartments.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 121 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 109 responses

  • 3% There are no good options.
  • 27% Use a designated driver.
  • 19% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 4% Public transportation.
  • 1% Taxis.
  • 47% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 113 responses

  • 6% Parties? What parties?
  • 4% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 24% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 52% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 14% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 27 responses

  • 41% Boxing Weekend
  • 30% Florida Vs. Tennessee game
  • 22% The varies Homecoming parties
  • 7% Vanderbilt vs TN

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 17 responses

  • 57% Fraternity and Sorority parties
  • 38% The Fort, Old City
  • 5% Black greek organization parties
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