This post is written in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development (TDTD). All thoughts and opinions are my own. #madeintn #tnvacation
If you live in Tennessee, you might think there are only two places to go for a Bachelor/Bachelorette party; Nashville and Memphis. But have you ever thought about Knoxville? If you’re looking for a more laid-back experience and not looking to party, Knoxville might be the right fit for you! Read below on what guys and girls can do in Knoxville.
Where to Stay
The Oliver Hotel: Located right next to Market Square (and an Urban Outfitters), this hotel oozes charm and sophistication. The decor is warm and rustic with wood end tables, plush pillows with animals on them and cream headboards and comforters.
Go to the lobby and enter through a sliding door to get to the Peter Kern Library. This speakeasy is accessible through the hotel as well as through the alley next to the hotel. This will take you back to 1920’s prohibition so pull out your flapper outfits! The drink to try? the Holly Golightly.
KNOXVILLE BACHELORETTE PARTY – IDEAS FOR ALL THE SINGLE LADIES!
KNOXVILLE BACHELORETTE PARTY – WHERE TO EAT
Phoenix Pharmacy: The Phoenix Pharmacy is a full functioning pharmacy and fountain shop. IF you have a sweet tooth you have to stop here! The Classic Brownie Sundae and Banana Split are no joke and will send you to cloud nine.
French Market: If you’re looking for breakfast, stop by the French Market Crêperie. Get a croissant, Nutella crêpe, omelet to start the day. Grab your coffee, breakfast and sit outside and enjoy the day on this quaint street.
Bistro at the Bijou: This place has a good brunch and is also open for lunch and dinner. I recommend coming for dinner and listening to the live jazz!
Tupelo Honey: Tupelo Honey is home to some of the best food and is open for breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner. My favorite is a biscuit and buttermilk fried chicken!
Emilia: The best Italian food is at Emilia’s. In Market Square, enjoy a glass of wine and enjoy their house-made pasta. Coming from someone who’s enjoyed a lot of the menu, it’s all good!
KNOXVILLE BACHELORETTE PARTY – WHERE TO GO FOR DRINKS
Old City Wine Bar: A cool area of Knoxville is Old City. There are a lot of great places to eat and drink. Old City Wine Bar is one of them! We stopped in for a glass of their yummy sangria and they also have over 48 glasses of wine and 150 bottles to choose from.
Oliver Royale: Located in Market Square, Oliver Royale has breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner but the most buzz is around their drinks. They have contemporary classics, wine, and cocktails, that is a great place to sit and enjoy with your girls. If you can, try to sit on their outdoor patio.
Sapphire: Another great place to enjoy a cocktail is Sapphire. The decor and vibe are so moody and glamorous, it reminds me of something out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald book. If you’re feeling extra glitzy, they have a $350 Martini!
KNOXVILLE BACHELORETTE PARTY – WHAT TO DO
If you and your bridal party and are more laid back and want to have a lovely experience and enjoy each other’s company, below are some fun options that you might not have thought of!
Volunteer Princess: The Volunteer Princess is a yacht that has public cruises and private events on their beautiful space. Grab your best gals (the guys can come too) and enjoy a sunset cruise with food and drinks. Below is some more information about the Sunset Dinner Cruise:
- Most Popular Cruise: Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Always 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. with boarding to begin at 6:00 p.m.
- Tickets are $45.95 per person plus tax and gratuity (roughly $57 per person).
- Includes a 2-hour cruise and a 3-course plated meal in which guests preselect their main entrées.
- Add-ons such as our Celebration Package (bottle of champagne, guaranteed window table, and a souvenir photo with frame – $30.00 plus tax) are available!
- Private Tables for everyone! If guests make reservations separately but would like to be seated together, they need only indicate that online or over the phone upon booking.
- Semi-Private Sunset Dinner
- Groups of 20 or more can reserve the upper or lower deck of the yacht for a $250 or $400 respectively fee in addition to the cost of tickets.
- Groups of 20 or more are eligible for discounted group rates ($40.95 per person).
- Really cost-effective way to have a private atmosphere.
Spa Visage: What bachelorette party doesn’t want a spa day?! Salon Visage is in downtown Knoxville and has the most beautiful facilities. The spa has services like massages, facials, nail care and much more! If you call and mention you’re having a bachelorette party, they can try to accommodate you.
Tennessee Theatre: While you’re in town, check to see if there are any shows at the Tennessee Theatre. They have bands, Broadway shows and movie nights! It’s also cool to take a tour and hear all the history behind this historic building. Fun fact: One of the chandelier’s in the lobby is named Greta!
Shopping in Market Square: Market Square and Gay Street is where it’s at in Knoxville. A lot of the good food and shopping is here and it’s so walkable! I wrote a lot about all the great Market Square shopping here.
Ride the Trolley: What is more fun than riding a Trolley?? The Knoxville trolley is completely free and you can ride it around different parts of the city that you want to see. Check out the routes here.
KNOXVILLE BACHELOR PARTY – IDEAS FOR THE DUDES
KNOXVILLE BACHELOR PARTY – WHERE TO GO FOR DRINKS
SoKno Taco Cantina: Who doesn’t love tacos?! SoKno is in South Knoxville (hence the name). This is a great spot to sit outside and enjoy all the tacos you can eat!
South Coast Pizza: You’ll find the best pizza in Knoxville at South Coast. This place has the coolest, most laid-back vibe and the pizza and wings are amazing. It’s close to the Tennessee River and Suttree Landing Park so stop by and refuel after hiking or kayaking.
Lonesome Dove: If you and your boys are looking for a nice dinner, head to Old City to Lonesome Dove. LD has urban western cuisine with meats like duck, rabbit, and rattlesnake! Plus the decor is seriously cool.
Pete’s Diner: Time for breakfast? Walk to Pete’s! Whether you’re nursing a hangover after a day on the Knoxville Ale Trail or just need fuel for a day outdoors, Pete’s has you covered.
Downtown Grill & Brewery: Located on Gay Street, the Downtown Grill and Brewery has a beautiful bar with copper and has several good craft beers. It has a cool, laid-back vibe and really good food. They’re also known for their great customer service!
Elkmont Exchange: The first thing you notice about Elkmont Exchange is their amazing exterior. Every inch of this place is beautiful and a true work of art. There food and drinks are great too! Try the cuban panini and a cider. Perfect for lunch!
KNOXVILLE BACHELOR PARTY – WHERE TO GO FOR DRINKS
Pretentious Beer: One of the coolest places in Old City is Pretentious Beer. Everything there from the glasses to the barstools is handcrafted and so unique. I got to meet the owner Matt and hear the story behind Pretentious. The company started out as glassmaking and making different glasses for different beers. I got to take a look at their glass and also see a demonstration where they made a champagne glass! They started brewing beer and took over space next door. They have so many different beers but after the batch is gone they make something completely new. The names are extremely unique too, I had a beer called “Chris Hemsworth Has Dreamy Eyes.” Stop by here, take your beer to the back and play ping pong.
Suttree’s High Gravity Tavern: Another stop on Gay Street is Suttree’s. You can grab a beer and head to the game room where you’ll find pinball, foosball, and Mr. Pac Man. You get to feel like a kid and drink at the same time!
Jig & Reel: Another Old City find, Jig & Reel, this bar has over 800 whiskeys available! The owners have been buying all the malts available to them and have pretty much any scotch, bourbon or Irish you can think of.
KNOXVILLE BACHELOR PARTY – THINGS TO DO
Navitat: Knoxville is known for their amazing parks and outdoor spaces, Navitat doesn’t disappoint! Spend some time in the trees with zip lines, tunnels, bridges and much more! There are different levels to choose from and the view is remarkable. This is a fun option for a bachelorette party too!
Ijams Nature Center: If you’re a Navitat, you might as well stay and experience everything Ijams has to offer! You can hike, bike and paddle. This space is perfect for those that love the outdoors!
Frank’s Barbershop: Guys like to be pampered sometimes too and Frank’s Barbershop gets that. Get a root beer in an ice cold mug and enjoy a facial, hand detail, haircut or shave. The guys can wait their turn and play pool in the lobby or watch the game on one of the many TV’s. It’s a great spot to relax and hang out!
Maple Hall: Who doesn’t love to go bowling? The trendy spot on Gay Street is the perfect spot for the competitive group. There are 11 lanes and they have food, drinks, and really good music. They also have a private area with two lanes for bachelor/bachelorette parties.
Bike Around Knoxville: Knoxville is such a walkable city and you can also take the Trolley or Uber/Lyft. But a new option is to bike! Download the app Pace and find a designated bike on a rack near you. It’s $1.50 for 30 minutes and you can keep the bike for up to 24 hours if you like. It’s a great way to see the city!
And there you have it! Of course all of the options just aren’t specifically for guys and girls. Feel free to mix and match and do things you and your wedding party are interested in when planning for your Knoxville bachelorette party ! I wish I knew about all of these options when I was engaged, Knoxville is such a great alternative to Broadway!