Friday nights in Chattanooga are always bright. Each weekend, you will find yourself immersed in a vibrant nightlife scene, including neighborhood breweries, live music venues, late-night restaurants, hot spots bars, and a friendly crowd. Here’s a guide on how to spend your Friday evening in the Scenic City.
WHAT TO DO
Live Music: All-year long, you will find big name concerts at Track 29, a world-class music venue that features artists like Jack White and Chris Stapleton, while the Revelry Room provides a more intimate feel with concerts that get you closer. Located in the heart of downtown is the historic Tivoli Theatre, home of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium, both of which feature regular national acts such as The Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell, and Ben Folds. If you’re in the mood for a more casual setting, the Honest Pint has pool tables and local live music, or The Camp House, a coffeehouse by day, turns into an event space by night with concerts, singer-songwriter shootouts and movie nights. Closer to the water, Puckett’s Grocery serves authentic comfort food with live pickin’ performances near your seat. If you find yourself in Chattanooga during the warmer months of May-September, be sure to head to Miller Plaza for Nightfall, a free outdoor music series every Friday night, featuring food, beverages and great music of all genres.
Comedy: Located at the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo, The Comedy Catch features comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld and Tim Meadows and offers a full bar and grill for your comedic entertainment.
Games: The Southside Social is Chattanooga’s boutique bowling alley with 10 lanes of bowling and 3 bars. In addition to bowling, it offers an indoor gaming area with pool tables, skee ball, ping pong, shuffleboard, giant Jenga and more. The Coin-Op, an intimate arcade bar, has a large selection of video games with small snack menu. Clyde’s on Main is the place to go for ping pong, beer, smoked meat dishes and late-night live music.
Guided Pub Tours: One of the best ways to take in all of Chattanooga’s nightlife is through a guided pub tour. Grab your friends and start peddling to some of the best bars in town through Pints and Pedals or Chattanooga Brew Choo – it’s a party on wheels. If you prefer to party and pedal on the water, Cycleboats – coming soon – will take you up and down the beautiful TN River. Don’t feel like pedaling? Kick back and relax at the Chattanooga Brewing Company for a taste of local flavor, or head to the Tennessee Stillhouse for a whiskey tour.
Karaoke: Feel like singing? Try your hand at karaoke bar Sing it Or Wing It.
Dancing: Feel like dancing? Head to RAW Nightclub Bar & Grill for some of the area’s best DJ’s mixing the latest music.
WHERE TO EAT
- Bluewater Grille: Fridays, 4-7pm, $2 off wine, $2 off draft beers, $6 specialty cocktails, appetizers $5-$7.
- Local 191 at Blue Plate: Fridays, 4-7pm, $1.50 off menu price cocktails, $3.50 well liquors, $1 off price of draft beers, $2 off menu price wines.
- The Social at The Public House: Fridays, 2pm-7pm, $2 off menu cocktails, $4 premium well drinks, $5 select glasses of wine, $1 off draft beer, $5 bar snacks.
- The FEED Co Table and Tavern, serving a farm fresh menu with regular bluegrass performances. Recommended dish: Brussel Sprouts + Artichoke Dip
- The Terminal Brewhouse, only world-class beer and exceptional food make it to your table. Recommended dish: Pot Roast Nachos
- The Meeting Place at St. John’s, an evolving variety of small plates and entrees encourage conversation and stimulate the senses. Recommended dish: Roasted Pork Belly
- STIR, a brand new restaurant at the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo focuses on specialty cocktails, artisan ice and raw oysters. Recommended dish: Seared Scallops
- Alleia, a warm space offering simple, Italian inspired cuisine. Recommended dish: Wood-fired Pork Shoulder
- Easy Bistro, offering fresh seafood in what was formerly the world’s first Coca-Cola bottling plant. Recommended dish: Pan Seared Black Grouper or the Half Rack Colorado Lamb
- 1885 Grill, provides beautiful coastal cuisine and serves as a centerpiece for the St. Elmo community. Recommended dish: Shrimp & Grits
- Hot Chocolatier, specializing in handmade Artisan Chocolates & Pastries created in small batches.
- Rembrandt’s Coffee House, a European-style cafe that roasts its own coffees, bakes its own breads, pastries and desserts and even make its own fine chocolates.
- Clumpies Ice Cream Company, each batch of Clumpies ice cream is made by hand with only the finest ingredients that can be found.
- Milk and Honey, serving handcrafted coffees, gelato, homemade paletas, and a variety of other baked treats 7 days a week.
- The Flying Squirrel, a funky hangarlike space that emphasizes locally sourced food and hand-crafted cocktails with a late-night menu.
- Clyde’s on Main, the place to go for ping pong, beer, smoked meat dishes and late-night live music.
- Tremont Tavern, everyone’s favorite tavern on the Northsthore known for its legendary burger and open mic performances.
- Beast + Barrel, a community hangout on Frazier Avenue with specialty cocktails and delicious fare.
WHERE TO STAY
- The Crashpad, a hostel offering visitors a dynamic, social environment where meeting fellow travelers and exploring the city is a welcome alternative to flipping channels.
- Train Car at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, be reminded of a past era while enjoying all of today’s conveniences and amenities while staying aboard a Pullman Train Car.
- Holiday Inn Express and Suites Downtown, a newly built, comfortable hotel with friendly service and home to Rodizio Grill, a Brazilian Steakhouse.
- Double Tree by Hilton/Downtown, regularly offers live music and is a short walk to the downtown riverfront attractions, restaurants, and the Bluff View Art District.