Where to See and Be Seen
(above) New Year’s Eve Party on the Bluff, photo courtesy of Hunter Museum of American Art
(above) Matilda Midnight, photo by Lanewood Studio
From dimly lit dives to swanky urban lounges, Chattanooga offers plenty of places to gather with friends over a well-crafted cocktail. 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 our city offers.
With some of the top breweries in the state, beer connoisseurs are in for a treat at these local brew joints. The brewery landscape is growing each year and 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 NorthShore has it all.
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 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.
With a budding music scene, Chattanooga snags many of the world’s top performers on their way between Nashville and Atlanta. Three music venues, Track 29, The Revelry Room at Station Street, and soon-to-open The Signal near Finley Stadium, bring in world-renowned artists. Whether in search of large acts or a more intimate setting, these venues offer it all. At Station Street, visitors can also enjoy outstanding food, craft cocktails, and microbrews, while lounges, coffee bars, a Western bar, a guitar museum, a retro dance bar, and constant music and comedy acts populate the street with endless entertainment. Chattanooga landmarks, 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) Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, photo courtesy of Chattanooga CVB
From New Year’s Eve parties to summer festivals, there is 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.
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, still located on its original site. Close behind are Signal Mountain Golf & 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.
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.