When it comes to spring & fall in East Tennessee, you can count on two things. First, the weather will let you down. Second, the weather will lift you right back up🙌 You never know what you’re gonna get, follks 😂 BUT when she’s nice, she’s niiiiiice. We’re talkin’ temps in the mid-70s, refreshing breezes, even *a little less humidity.* You may find yourself asking, “Am I in California?” No, my friend. You have, in fact, stepped into prime patio season in East Tennessee. Don’t you dare go inside to drink your celebratory “I-Don’t-Watch-Sports-So-None-Of-This-Affects-Me” beer. In no particular order, we’re here to share five of the best outdoor patios in Knoxville, Tennessee.
(This will obviously be a multi-part series. How could we possibly narrow it down to five??)
Patio #1: Merchants of Beer
A couple years back, we heard Merchants of Beer (otherwise known as “MoB”) was going to renovate their parking lot into a back patio. We were distressed. We love an easy parking situation. WE WERE WRONG. This patio is 100% worth giving up parking (and yes, there is literally a parking lot across the street. We never claimed to be fitness buffs😂)
From a permanent food truck to ping pong and other yard games to an ACTUAL BUBBLE MACHINE, this patio easily makes the “best patios in Knoxville” list for plenty of locals. Check, check, check.
Patio #2: Schulz Brau
Schulz Brau is hands down the top biergarten in East Tennessee. The German decor gives us Oktoberfest vibes all year long. Just listen to this line-up: fire pits, big screen TVs, a stage for live music (or stein-holding contests if you come at the right time), and an outdoor bar so you literally never have to step foot inside. This German dream is a no-brainer.
Patio #3: Public House
Neighborhood: Old City-ish
Tucked off the beaten path and just north of the Old City, Public House feels more like a secret garden than a downtown bar. The ingredients may seem standard – picnic tables, string lights, and vines – but trust us when we say, these things come together to make some patio magic. We recommend this experience with a Bee’s Knees and a good camera because your most-popular-Instagram-post-ever is just itching to be shot in that coveted vine-covered nook.
Patio #4: Pretentious Beer Co
Neighborhood: Old City
Do you ever confidently walk out the door thinking it is definitely patio season… and then realize you are a glass-half full person & it’s still full-on frigid? Me neither 😉
Thankfully, Pretentious’ patio has heaters and a roof (basically everything you need to enjoy a patio no matter the elements thrown at you). But that’s not where the good times stop rollin’. We’re talkin’ fire pits, fun chairs, art on the walls from past beers, and even a wide range of shows and events. (We love a concert there because you can peek out behind the act & see the Old City. Just pulls at your Knox-lovin’ heartstrings 🥲). All that to say, put this patio on your list.
Patio #5: Yee-Haw Brewing
Neighborhood: North Knox
Yee-Haw may be the newest on this list but we BET YOU ALREADY HEARD ABOUT HER 😂 She burst on the scene in February – and for good reason! With a big screen larger than my first apartment, an outdoor bar, a stage, plenty of firepits, ping pong, and moooore… ugh, this patio just a great hang, period. Pro-Tip: If this is your first Yee-Haw rodeo, we suggest coming on a night where no major UT Athletic events are happening so you can be sure to find a seat!
Happy Patio-Sittin-and-Sippin Season, Babes! Is your favorite on the list?? If not, let us knoooow! We’re always here for a new patio.
We’re also always here for coffeeeee. DISCOVER COFFEE SHOPS RANKED ON EVERYTHING BUT THE COFFEE HERE!