Chattanooga is Tennessee’s best-kept secret. Known unofficially as “Gig City,” owing to claims that it has the fastest internet service in the Western Hemisphere, it sits in the Appalachian Mountain foothills along the Georgia border.
“Chatt City” is exciting, with plenty to see and do during the day, from a trip up Lookout Mountain via the incline railway to bicycling around St Elmos.
Downtown is easily accessible with parking lots at the Riverfront and in the city’s center. Or drop by the Bike Chattanooga Wheland Foundry Station to rent an electric bike for the day.
Start the day hiking the riverwalk’s Blue Goose Hollow trailhead. If you prefer to bike Chattanooga, opt for the city’s South Chickamauga Creek Greenway, a popular multi-use trail and boardwalk with cyclists and hikers. You will find the North Shore and the Chickamauga Dam area further upriver. The Dam is a New Deal-era reservoir built to control floodwaters.
If 18-holes are preferable to fishing piers and boat ramps, then Chattanooga’s Moccasin Bend Golf Course is open to public play. And After a casual day of sightseeing and bike rides, a fun night awaits as this vibrant city comes alive.
Nowhere is its energy more apparent than in the many restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues. Many are conveniently clustered in downtown Chattanooga, south of the river at MacClellan Island and along the Riverfront. Strolling the Chattanooga riverfront or wandering down Market Street may be the easiest way to experience the city’s establishments, but there are other options.
The Scenic City’s one-of-a-kind experience, ‘Pints and Pedals,’ offers a uniquely southern spin on the Friday night pub crawl for one or a group. Whether an adventurous single or in a group, grab a multi-cycle and enjoy the best the River city offers.
Thief offers the highest quality cocktails, libations, and a seasonal small bites menu.
The Whiskey Thief’s first “true rooftop lounge” in Chatanooga offers over 100 kinds of whiskey for the perfect Old Fashioned. Located on the Tennessee riverwalk in The Edwin Hotel, the Whiskey Thief offers a premier rooftop vantage point. Visitors can see the Hunter Museum of American Art and the longest pedestrian bridge – the historic Walnut Street Bridge. The bridge connects Coolidge Park with the city of Chattanooga. The Bluff View Art District on the Chattanooga Riverwalk is also visible.
Whiskey Thief, 102 Walnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403 423.713.5900.
The modern decor and sophisticated clientele make Robar a perfect after-work or evening spot to refresh and recharge – catching up with friends. Located near the architecturally eclectic Tennessee Aquarium and Ross’s Landing, this stylish and upscale establishment is where the most fashionable Chattagnoogans gather to order a champagne cocktail or signature dram.
Robar, 191 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN. 37402. 423.648.6767
These two upscale casual venues, Bar Watson and The Great Scotland Yard, combine to offer patrons three bars, a hearty pub menu, two dance floors, and weekly live shows.
Mystery-themed craft cocktails like the Lethal Lime or Lemon Drop Deduction Martini complement the Guilty Grilled Cheese or the seven-percent solution steak. We think the famous sleuthing duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson would approve.
Bar Watson, 6925 Shallowford Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37421. 423.499.5055.
The Honest Pint
Finding the perfect Reuben sandwich in a city where southern cooking is an art form may be challenging. But The Honest Pint near Miller Park is quietly famous for its creation, which includes a side of duck-fat fried tater tots – a meal unto themselves. This Celtic pub is a local favorite for a good Irish Stout with friends for laid-back refreshment.
The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy, Chattanooga, TN 37402. 423.468.4192.
The Comedy Catch
The Comedy Catch is a Chattanooga institution, attracting comedy legends and hopefuls worldwide. Decidedly informal, the exposed brick walls complement an iconic full-length bar. Grab a beer, cocktail, or a quick burger before the show.
The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Rd, Chattanooga, TN. 423.629.2233.
The popular location covers ten miles of trails. The park is a popular picnic location — peppered with tables, fishing piers, sandpit playgrounds, 10-miles of shaded paths, and urban artwork.
Tennessee Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 43206
Patrons enter this fun and quirky speakeasy through an old-fashioned phone booth on Cherry Street. Once inside, visitors find a cocktail and beer bar. Decisions are easy at Unknown Caller – just grab a beer or the house specialty “volcano bowl” and lounge in large comfy booths. Or share an Old Fashioned with friends on the back alley patio.
Unknown Caller, 715 Cherry Street, Chatanooga, TN 37402.
Flying Squirrel Bar
Flying Squirrel Bar reflects the passion and style of its owners. Architecturally distinct with exposed trusses and wooden cedar beams, this contemporary bar offers outdoor seating where pets are welcome.
The cocktail menu at this Hamilton County Bar combines favorite and familiar recipes with new and exciting ingredients. There is also a constantly rotating craft beer list, providing an ever-changing choice of tipple.
Brunch at the Flying Squirrel Bar includes all the Southern breakfast classics. And the daily farm-to-table menu offers an eclectic combination of meals and bar snacks.
Flying Squirrel Bar, 55 Johnson St., Chattanooga, TN 37408. 423.602.5980.
Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar
The Boathouse Rotisserie is one of the best gathering places on the Tennessee Riverwalk, offering ample outdoor deck seating with peaceful river views. The menu is typical of Tennessee, with fresh seafood, barbecued meats, and cold beer in a lively, laid-back setting. The bar sits near the Rowing Center at Citgo Creek’s head.
Boathouse Rotisserie and Raw Bar, 1459 Riverside Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37406. 423.622.0122.
Tremont Tavern on the North Shore is the perfect neighborhood pub. It offers mouthwatering burgers, familiar pub grub, over two dozen draft beers, and over 100 types of bottled beer from around the world.
Quirky antiques decorate the walls, while the tavern’s unique centerpiece, a U-shaped bar, creates an all-inclusive vibe for locals and international patrons. Watch soccer and college sports, or argue the merits of a “fine bitter beer” just minutes from Chattanooga Golf and Country Club.
Tremont Tavern, 1203 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga, TN. 423.266.1996.
Easy Bar and Bistro
This upscale eatery serves delicious food in the city’s heart -just off the banks of the Tennessee River.
Easy’s sophisticated menu combines flavorsome French fare with a pinch of Southern charm for lunch or dinner. And its small plates are perfect for dessert after the show.
Easy Bar and Bistro’s drinks are as varied and sophisticated as the meals. The cocktails are seasonal – ensuring fresh, fragrant ingredients. Or choose from a selection of international craft beers or a surprisingly impressive wine list.
Easy Bar and Bistro, 203 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN 423.266.1121.
Terminal Brew House
Initially, the iconic triangular building served as a respite locale for train passengers at the nearby Terminal Train Station. In 2006, developers renovated the historic early 20th-century hotel. It now houses the Terminal Brew House.
An original American pub and craft brewery, Terminal Brew offers numerous seasonally poured creations, including a hoppy Belgian white, American Copper, and a delicious chocolatey Southsidenstein Stout. There is also Magnum P.A.- West Coast IPA for the masses. The pub’s farm-to-table menu offerings range from small starters to salads and the mouthwatering “Galactically Famous Brewhouse Burgers.” Both visitors and the community treasure this iconic building and business.
Terminal Brew House, 1464 Market St., Chattanooga, TN 37408. 423.752.8090.
The Social and the Public House are a trendy culinary duo serving locally sourced Southern-style fare. Attached, The Social is the relaxed culinary counterpart providing small dishes in an intimate and informal setting. Boasting oversized leather sofas and exuding rustic charm, this bar is a comfortable place to unwind and sip on a cocktail or beer. Temptingly affordable, the drink menu changes nightly.
The Social, 1110 Market St., Chattanooga, TN. 423.266.3366.
McHale’s Brew House
Chattanooga’s Celtic ex-pats gather nightly at this Scotch-Irish-themed bar. Boasting a cheerful atmosphere, live music, and a free games room, McHale’s Brew House is another of the city’s micro-breweries and a center for craft beer enthusiasts.
Patrons are comforted by traditional British pub decor with elegant dark wood highlights, and large booths complement imperial pints and classic single malts. A Celtic-American menu with typical pub favorites makes McHale’s Brew House a neighborhood standard.
McHale’s Brew House, 724 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, TN. 423.877.2124.