The Top Bars In Chattanooga

Chattanooga, TN, USA
Chattanooga, TN, USA | Photo by Cassidy Dickens on Unsplash
Megan O'Hara

After viewing the largest collection of art in the American South at The Hunter Museum of American Art, and after strolling the world’s longest pedestrian bridge, the Walnut Street Bridge, Chattanooga visitors are bound to have worked up a thirst. Thankfully, this lively Tennessee city offers a diverse and vivacious range of bars and drinking spots, providing guests with great places to reflect, relax and enjoy an ice-cold beverage. Here’s a list of the top 10 watering holes in Chattanooga.

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Flying Squirrel Bar

Opened by two friends sharing a passion for local produce, good service and creative hospitality, Flying Squirrel Bar is a unique and wonderfully idiosyncratic venue, a place guests aren’t likely to forget in a hurry. Architecturally compelling, with its exposed trusses, cedar beams and open-plan garden and outdoor seating area, Flying Squirrel Bar is a contemporary and innovative establishment. It aims to personalize the eating and drinking experience of every guest, making it something truly special. The cocktail menu here combines classic recipes with new and exciting ingredients, and this creates fresh, unconventional tastes. The venue offers a constantly rotating beer list, providing an interesting and ever-changing choice of tipple. The bar serves a substantial selection of both American and European meals and bar snacks, as well as a brunch menu offering all the Southern breakfast classics.

Tremont Tavern

Offering 21 draught beers and over 100 types of bottled beer, Tremont Tavern is a venue which knows its blondes from its malts. Marketing itself as Chattanooga’s neighborhood bar, Tremont Tavern provides its customers with home-style comfort and an easygoing atmosphere, as well as some of the most succulent burgers in town, loaded with all the classic American trimmings. The U-shaped bar in the center infuses the space with a welcomingly social vibe, with both local and foreign guests curling around it to chat to one another, or to watch sports on the big screen. The assorted memorabilia on the walls, ranging from flags to old bikes, give the bar a quirky feel, and the expert, friendly staff add a personal and inviting element to drinking here.


This upmarket bar and bistro not only serves some of the tastiest food in the region, it is also one of the best spots for drinking, enjoying an ideal location in the center of town on the banks of the Tennessee river. For those wishing to eat before their night on the town, Easy‘s sophisticated menu combines flavorsome French fare with a hint of Southern charm to provide a quirky and delicious lunch or evening meal. Cocktail lovers will not be disappointed with the bar’s menu, which features a seasonal section to ensure that all ingredients are fresh, and that all flavors suit the environment perfectly. Serving a range of international craft beers as well as boasting an impressive wine list, a selection including vintages of various prices, Easy truly caters to everyone, and offers guests a stylish tipple to match the sleek and upmarket surroundings.

The Social

Attached to Public House, an upmarket restaurant serving Southern style-fare with a fine-dining edge, The Social is the relaxed counterpart of its glamorous culinary sibling. Offering the same menu of fresh, local produce from the same kitchen, The Social aims to provide a more informal and snug environment whilst maintaining the class of Public House, a goal which it fulfils successfully. Boasting comfy and large leather sofas to lounge on, and exuding a rustic charm, this bar is a comfortable place to unwind and sip on a cocktail or beer. Temptingly affordable, every night offers a different drinks deal incorporating wine, cocktails and pitchers, so customers here can enjoy a top bargain whilst drinking in stylish and serene surroundings.

The Comedy Catch

A Chattanooga institution, The Comedy Catch has attracted comedy stars from the local American areas as well as across the pond, and is a lively place in which to enjoy a drink, a meal and a chuckle. Cheerful and decidedly informal, and featuring exposed brick walls and a bar which charmingly stretches the length of the venue, drinkers here can enjoy a bar menu of burgers and sandwiches, or simply sip on a beer or wine before the show. Having previously hosted comedians including the legendary Chattanooga born DJ. Lewis, and the hilarious Karen Mills, a woman whose work has appeared on GACtv, FOX and ABC, drinkers here are ensured a first-class show at a chilled-out, informal venue brimming with comedy fans young and old.

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