Friday nights in Chattanooga are always bright. Each weekend, you will find yourself immersed in a vibrant nightlife scene, including neighborhood breweries, live music venues, late-night restaurants, hot spot bars, and a friendly crowd. Here’s a guide on how to spend your Friday evening in the Scenic City.
WHAT TO DO
Located in the heart of downtown is the historic Tivoli Theatre, home of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium, both of which feature regular national acts such as The Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell, and Ben Folds. If you’re in the mood for a more casual setting, the Honest Pint has pool tables and local live music. Closer to the water, Puckett’s Grocery serves authentic comfort food with live pickin’ performances near your seat. If you find yourself in Chattanooga during the warmer months of May-September, be sure to head to Miller Plaza for Nightfall, a free outdoor music series every Friday night, featuring food, beverages and great music of all genres.
Located at the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo, The Comedy Catch features nationally recognized comedians and offers a full bar and grill for your comedic entertainment. After the show, grab a drink from the Backstage Bar and take a stroll down Station Street.
Guided Pub Tours:
One of the best ways to take in all of Chattanooga’s nightlife is through a guided pub tour. Grab your friends and start pedaling to some of the best bars in town with Pints and Pedals – it’s a party on wheels. Don’t feel like pedaling? Kick back and relax at the Chattanooga Brewing Company for a taste of local flavor, or head to the Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery for a whiskey tour.
Karaoke: Feel like singing? Try your hand at karaoke bar Sing it Or Wing It.
WHERE TO EAT
- The Social: Fridays, 2pm-7pm, $2 off menu cocktails, $4 premium well drinks, $5 select glasses of wine, $1 off draft beer, $5 bar snacks, and live music from 10 p.m.-12 a.m.
- The FEED Co Table and Tavern, serving a farm fresh menu with regular bluegrass performances. Recommended dish: Brussel Sprouts + Artichoke Dip
- The Terminal Brewhouse, only world-class beer and exceptional food make it to your table. Recommended dish: Pot Roast Nachos
- The Meeting Place at St. John’s, an evolving variety of small plates and entrees encourage conversation and stimulate the senses. Recommended dish: Roasted Pork Belly
- STIR, a restaurant located in the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo focuses on specialty cocktails, artisan ice, and raw oysters. Recommended dish: Seared Scallops
- Alleia, a warm space offering simple, Italian inspired cuisine. Recommended dish: Wood-fired Pork Shoulder
- Easy Bistro, offering fresh seafood in what was formerly the world’s first Coca-Cola bottling plant. Recommended dish: Grand Mere Chicken
- 1885 Grill, provides beautiful coastal cuisine and serves as a centerpiece for the St. Elmo community. Recommended dish: Shrimp & Grits
- Hot Chocolatier, specializing in handmade Artisan Chocolates & Pastries created in small batches.
- Rembrandt’s Coffee House, a European-style cafe that roasts its own coffees, bakes its own breads, pastries, desserts, and even make its own fine chocolates.
- Clumpies Ice Cream Co., each batch of Clumpies ice cream is made by hand with only the finest ingredients that can be found.
- Milk and Honey, serving handcrafted coffees, gelato, homemade paletas, and a variety of other baked treats 7 days a week.
- The Flying Squirrel, a funky hangar like space that emphasizes locally sourced food and hand-crafted cocktails with a late-night menu.
- Hi-Fi Clyde's, the place to go for ping pong, beer, smoked meat dishes, and late-night live music.
- Tremont Tavern, everyone’s favorite tavern on the Northshore known for its legendary burger and open mic performances.
WHERE TO STAY
- The Crash Pad, a hostel offering visitors a dynamic, social environment where meeting fellow travelers and exploring the city is a welcome alternative to flipping channels.
- Holiday Inn Express and Suites Downtown, a comfortable hotel with friendly service and home to Rodizio Grill, a Brazilian Steakhouse.
- DoubleTree by Hilton/Downtown, regularly offers live music and is a short walk to the downtown riverfront attractions, restaurants, and the Bluff View Art District.
- The Read House, where modern-day comfort meets timeless Chattanooga charm. The iconic hotel recently underwent a 28 million-dollar renovation and offers modern amenities, lavish décor, and an upscale restaurant, Bridgeman’s Chophouse.
- The Edwin Hotel, a new upscale boutique hotel in the heart of Chattanooga that specializes in Southern hospitality and premium amenities. The hotel also features two dining options, Whitebird and roof-top bar, Whiskey Thief.