Chattanooga’s Nightlife Dawns Just As The Sun Sets
Home to unparalleled outdoor adventures and superior attractions, Chattanooga has plenty to offer at all hours. When the sun goes down, the streets turn up with live music, vivacious locals, and curious tourists looking for a fun night on the town.
Cocktail Bars and Restaurants
Chattanooga offers a variety of venues to gather with friends over a well-crafted cocktail. From hole-in-the-wall watering holes to sophisticated salons, there is something for everyone. Every location brings its unique flair and expertise. A rooftop view with specialty whiskey drinks, an art-deco theme lounge cloaked in mystique, and an oyster bar specializing in artisanal, hand-cut ice are just a few of the options the Scenic City offers. There are also several new places set to open this year, including a British-style speakeasy.
Chattanooga is home to a growing brewery scene. Some of the top breweries in the state offer beer connoisseurs a chance to enjoy unique, awarded, world-class recipes at local brew joints. The brewery landscape consists of two Great American Beer Competition-winning pubs, a resurrected brewing company that began in the 1890s, and several other passionate and talented local craft breweries. Plus, for those who have an affinity for craft beer, whether it’s local, regional, national, or international, a tasting room on Chattanooga’s NorthShore has it all.
(above) Oddstory Brewing
Pubs and Bars
If you need a place to unwind after work or somewhere to cheer on your team with fellow fans, Chattanooga has a place for you. Check out any of the local pubs and bars to find the regular after-work crowd or get rowdy with fellow sports fans. Several local watering holes offer live music or karaoke. Games like pool, darts, and trivia keep patrons on their toes, while hearty food menus offer the perfect pairings to enjoy alongside your pint.
Music and Entertainment Venues
Chattanooga is positioned in an ideal location to catch many exciting, world-class performers as they tour near Nashville and Atlanta. The Signal, which opened in 2018, snags top performing artists, while the iconic Chattanooga Choo Choo hosts world-renowned bands at Songbirds, their museum and venue. Shows appear on two different stages: the North Stage and South Stage. At Station Street, visitors can also enjoy outstanding food, craft cocktails, and microbrews, while lounges, a coffee bar, a Western bar, a guitar museum, a retro dance bar, and constant music and comedy acts populate the street with endless entertainment. Chattanooga landmarks like the Tivoli Theatre and the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium host concerts, plays, ballets, and more, all in a beautiful theatrical setting. Smaller venues and bars also host live bands regularly, and multiple outdoor concerts happen every weekend during the summer months.
(above) The Comedy Catch
Seasons in the Scenic City come with their own specific events. Holiday parties, summer festivals, and concert series are just a sample of what populates the Scenic City’s annual nighttime events calendar. These seasonal events take place at several of Chattanooga’s event venues, which range from beautiful rooftop spaces with sweeping views to warm, rustic rooms for party hosting. Black tie events and more casual gatherings are both common occurrences in Chattanooga. Many such events are ticketed, with proceeds benefiting charity.
Tennis, Golf, and Country Clubs
Members of Chattanooga’s elite clubs always have events to look forward to. With panoramic views of the Tennessee River and well-known for its exceptional tennis, Manker Patten Tennis Club offers a luxurious clubhouse for evening events. Chattanooga’s various golf and country clubs offer their members fine dining, special events, and social activities. Founded in 1896, the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club is Tennessee’s oldest course, still located on its original site. Close behind are Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club (founded 1913), Cleveland Country Club (founded 1924), and The Lookout Mountain Club (founded 1926). Several newer golf and country clubs are enjoyed throughout the area for their fine dining and events as well.
Likewise, social clubs provide a full schedule of evening events. These clubs offer upscale atmospheres for dining, business gatherings, and grand events. The Walden Club is a private club offering fine dining and a sky-high view of Chattanooga. The Mountain City Club, also located downtown, has been in existence for more than 120 years.
(above) Nightfall Music Series, photo by Mark Herndon/Chattanooga Live Music
Did You Know?
In The New York Times’ “52 Places to Go in 2018,” Chattanooga’s “flourishing music scene” was mentioned, along with a nod to Station Street’s new restaurants and venues.