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When it comes to late summer/early fall in East Tennessee, you can pretty much count on two things. First, University of Tennessee football will let you down. Second, the weather will lift you right back up🙌 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-Football-So-This-Doesn’t-Affect-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??)
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. BUT WE WERE WRONG. This patio is 1000% 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.
Schulz Brau is hands down the top biergarten in East Tennessee. The German decor gives us Oktoberfest vibes all year long. With fire pits, big screen TVs, and a stage for live music (or stein-holding contests if you come at the right time), this German dream easily made the list.
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 is just itching to happen.
We almost missed this patio when we snuck between Kingston Pike and Sutherland Ave. But do we U-turn for cute patios? WE SURE DO. This delightful surprise boasts a water feature, big beautiful trees, and the latest hours on this list. You can enjoy this patio until 2am on the daily, ya lil party animal.
It’s hard to pick a favorite patio in South Knoxville, but we’re going to start with this casual jewel. Trailhead South has real “Scruffy City” vibes and has become a favorite spot for people after mountain biking or kayaking adventures. With plenty of live music, colorful adirondack chairs, and quintessential “South Knox” vibes, it’s easy to see why.
Trust us: these are simply the first list of many. We’re not great at making choices, period, and we love far too many patios in Knoxville. In the meantime, if you’re looking for more outdoor eats and sips during this glorious season – check out our lists of Food Truck Parks or Rooftop Bars!
Publish date: 13 September.