2020 // Nightlife in ‘Nooga

The Scenic City Steps Out After the Sun Sets

With renowned attractions and outdoor opportunities galore, Chattanooga offers residents and visitors plenty of options for nighttime leisure. As night falls, the city gives way to an entertainment scene full of bustling bars, niche venues, and creative clubs.


Did You Know?

In the late 19th century and into the 1900s, more than 30 distilleries operated in the Scenic City. Once Prohibition hit, another whiskey wouldn’t be produced in Chattanooga until 2015.

Cocktail Bars

Regardless of the time of day – or night for that matter – patrons can easily find a bar that fits their style. Whether you’re looking for a specific ambiance or a unique array of craft cocktails, distinguished establishments line the city’s streets. Everything from stylish saloons to rooftop retreats can be found, with many offering a bite to eat alongside their libations lineup. Dive bars, speakeasies, lounges, and clubs bring distinctive flair with art-deco themes, British vibes, and artisanal offerings. Some establishments focus on specific drinks, such as whiskey or bourbon, while others pride themselves on serving up a variety of spirits.




As the years go by, Chattanooga’s brewery scene continues to gain popularity. The city is home to multiple Great American Beer Festival competition winners, and beer lovers can enjoy unique local brews at a variety of establishments. Several breweries are situated within and around downtown, with plenty of restaurants also keeping local beverages on tap. In addition to the breweries themselves and a slew of restaurants, taprooms scattered throughout the city offer local brews for curious connoisseurs.

Photo by Rich Smith

Pubs and Bars

Whether you need a place to cheer on your favorite team with like-minded fans or somewhere to unwind after work, the Scenic City offers several options for a casual drink. These local bars and pubs provide a sense of comradery to all guests. If you’re looking for even more entertainment, check out one of the many local watering holes that offer trivia, pool, darts, arcade games, and more. Grab a bite to eat and enjoy a cold pint as you relish the company of family and friends at these fun and interactive joints.



Music and Entertainment Venues

Conveniently located, Chattanooga brings top performers to some of the state’s most iconic venues as they tour through the Southeast. The Choo Choo hosts unique acts at Songbirds, which features both a North and South stage. Before or after the show, music lovers can visit Station Street for delicious food, craft cocktails, laughs at a comedy club, or dancing at a decades or Western bar. Also located on the Southside is The Signal, a mid-sized venue that consistently snags world-class entertainment. Other popular locations, including the Tivoli Theatre and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium, boast not only concerts but also plays, ballets, and more. These historic venues offer beauty and entertainment, and smaller venues and bars also feature live music regularly. Chattanooga rounds out its vibrant music scene with several outdoor concert series such as Riverbend, Nightfall, Riverfront Nights, and Levitt AMP Chattanooga.

Yearly Events

Regardless of the time of year, seasonal festivities are not hard to find in and around Chattanooga. Summer soirées, holiday parties, and concert series are commonplace throughout the city’s streets come nighttime. These events are hosted in locales ranging from rooftop spaces to expansive, rustic rooms. Black tie events and more casual gatherings occur regularly and invite attendees to both spend time with loved ones and meet someone new. Many events are ticketed, often benefitting charity, but there is still a fair share of fun to be had for free. 



Tennis, Golf, and Country Clubs

In exchange for a membership fee, many tennis, golf, and country clubs in the area offer even more entertainment options. These establishments are known for their luxurious amenities, fine dining, and exceptional events. Often historic in nature as well, clubs that are enjoyed in the Chattanooga area include Manker Patten Tennis Club, Chattanooga Golf & Country Club, Signal Mountain Golf & Country Club, Cleveland Country Club, and The Lookout Mountain Club. Additional golf and country clubs are available around the city of Chattanooga offering residents dining, recreation, and entertainment options.

Social Clubs

Evening events are also available to interested parties in the form of social clubs. These gatherings typically provide an upscale atmosphere for dining, business networking, and grand galas. One such institution is the Walden Club, which offers sky-high views and impressive amenities, while the Mountain City Club, established in 1889, offers its members plenty of events to attend and spaces to reserve.