Neighborhood Spotlight: Southside 

The Southside neighborhood is flourishing with restaurants, small businesses, galleries, entertainment, and nightlife. Spanning the area between the 12th and 20th streets, this district is anchored by the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo. You can find a bit of everything here whether it’s beer in a train car at American Draft, coffee by day and wine by night at Frothy Monkey, cocktails at STIR or live music on the patio at Backstage Bar.

At night, pedestrian-friendly Station Street comes alive with revelers, delicious food and drinks, and live music. For more nightlife, local stand by the Flying Squirrel is a perennial favorite, but you’ve also got options like Hi-Fi Clyde’s and Southside Social. Check out the local brews at Five Wits, Terminal Brewhouse, or Heaven & Ale, and don’t miss Chattanooga Whiskey’s Experimental Distillery for a tour and tasting.

No matter the time of day, there’s something delicious to eat in this neighborhood! You’d have to stay a week to check out all the breakfast/brunch options, but you won’t want to miss Bluegrass Grill, Niedlov’s, or Kenny’s Southside Sandwiches. In the evening, Main Street Meats, both a butcher shop and restaurant, is a good pick for dinner and cocktails. Sample sweets at Hot Chocolatier or head to Clumpie’s for creative, homemade ice cream.

Between grazing the good eats of the neighborhood, the Southside is a great place to just wander. You’ll encounter tons of public art, hidden parks like Main Terrain Art Park, and locals enjoying the neighborhood. Getting here is easy too on the free Electric Shuttle that stops at Shuttle Park South by the Chattanooga Choo Choo.


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