2017 // Nightlife in ‘Nooga

Did You Know?
A century-old prohibition law was changed in 2013 to allow distilling of Chattanooga Whiskey in Hamilton County. After setting up a microdistillery and tasting room across from the Chattanooga Choo Choo, Chattanooga Whiskey Co. is opening a 46,000-square foot distillery in the Old Newton Chevrolet Building.

Nightfall 2015 Concert Series, band performing on stage

The day’s not over when the sun goes down on Chattanooga, as tourists and locals gather for a night on the town at local entertainment venues, neighborhood pubs, swanky urban lounges, and private clubs.

Cocktail Bars/Restaurants Chattanoogans have plenty of choices for late-night dining and drinks, from neighborhood dives to refined cocktail lounges. Each with its own niche, every location brings its unique flare and expertise. A locally made whiskey distillery and tasting room, a red curtain-clad vintage cocktail bar, and an oyster bar specializing in artisanal, hand-cut ice are just a few of the options Chattanooga has to offer.

Breweries With some of the top breweries in the state, beer connoisseurs are in for a treat at these local brew joints. The brewery landscape consists of a Great American Beer Competition winning pub, 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 North Shore has it all!

Bartender making a drink

Pubs  and Bars Looking for a place to cheer on your team or need a place to wind down after a long day? Check out any of the local pubs and bars to find the after-work crowd or fellow sports fan. Several pubs and bars around town offer live musical entertainment or karaoke and games like pool, darts, and trivia. And don’t forget to check out their food menus, which offer the perfect pairings to enjoy alongside your pint.

Music and Entertainment Venues With a budding music scene, Chattanooga snags many of the world’s top performers on their way between Nashville and Atlanta. Featuring two music venues, the iconic Chattanooga Choo Choo hosts world-renowneded artists and bands at its venue, Track 29. The Revelry Room, another popular venue at the Choo Choo, allows music lovers to get an up-close view of their favorite band in a smaller, more intimate setting. Chattanooga landmarks, the Tivoli Theatre and the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium, host concerts, plays, ballets, and more, all in a beautiful theatrical setting. Other small venues and bars host live bands, and multiple outdoor concerts happen every weekend during the summer months.

guitarist with chunky white glasses and neon backdrop

Yearly Events From New Year’s Eve parties to summer festivals, there’s a late-night event for every season in the Scenic City. All seasons see specially themed occasions 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 a common occurrence in Chattanooga. Many such events are ticketed, with proceeds benefitting charity.

Tennis, Golf,  and Country Clubs Resting on the Tennessee River with panoramic views 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 on its original site. Close behind are Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club (founded 1913), Cleveland Country Club (founded 1924), and Lookout Mountain Golf and Country Club (founded 1927). Several newer golf and country clubs are enjoyed throughout the area for their fine dining and events.

Social Clubs Several social 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. Lookout Mountain’s Fairyland Club, nestled on the side of the mountain and situated in an English Tudor clubhouse, offers fine dining as well.