The Chattanooga Choo Choo
Opened in 1909, the Chattanooga Choo Choo welcomed thousands of travelers during the golden age of railroads. Fast forward to today – it’s a cool place to grab a drink at the pour-your-own beer hall American Draft or take a stroll down Station Street, the place to be for live entertainment in Chattanooga. And it’s also only the second open container street in Tennessee. You’re welcome. So, grab a drink from Regan’s, Westbound, or Backstage Bar and strut your stuff.
From your first steps through the grand entry of the Chattanooga Choo, you’re met with timeless charm, unmatched by anything else in the city. You can almost hear the trains whistling as you look up at the illustrious details in the arched ceilings of the Chattanooga Choo Choo lobby transporting you back to the days of train cars and top hats. (No judgment if you’re currently wearing a top hat.) Look past the lobby and through the doors into the Glenn Miller Gardens and you’ll find original train cars that you can sleep in. You heard that right. You can stay in the train cars (or a normal hotel room if a room on wheels isn’t your style). The point is, there’s something for everybody!
If the mere historical beauty of the Chattanooga Choo Choo doesn’t keep you mesmerized for hours (it will), then you can catch a show at the Comedy Catch. Or maybe grab a bite to eat or a drink at one of the many spots that share the walls of the Choo Choo. Burgers? The Terminal BrewHouse. Cocktails? Gate 11 Distillery Fresh oysters? STIR. Coffee? Frothy Monkey. What about a fun night out with friends getting locked in a room where you can’t escape? Well, the objective is to escape, but Escape Experience doesn’t make it easy on you. Getting put in a pre-Civil War train car can really mess with your head, but maybe getting stuck in an authentic train car isn’t so bad?