The Old City
Near the intersection of Jackson and Depot Streets, a few blocks northeast of Gay Street, is the Old City. Knoxville’s former warehouse district, near the train tracks, is now its chief entertainment district.
Here you will find Manhattan’s (101 S. Central St., 865/525-2333), a jazz and blues club with an older clientele.
Patrick Sullivan’s (100 N. Central St., 865/637-4255) is an Irish-inspired restaurant and bar, and a good place to meet for drinks.
Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria (200 E. Jackson St., 865/521-0092, cover varies) is a large tap house with lots of space for mingling and a stage where folk, rock, and country performers can be found just about every night of the week. The 1st-floor bar offers 40 different beers on tap, a full-service restaurant, and a stage. Upstairs are pool tables and dart boards. Outside is a patio where you can witness Knoxville’s skyline as you meet and mingle.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Tennessee, 5th Edition