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Top 7 Bars in Gatlinburg TN You Need to Visit

Ole Red sign in downtown Gatlinburg
January 8, 2024

If you fancy a drink after an action packed day in the Smoky Mountains, just head to one of the local bars for a beer or your favorite cocktail! This is the perfect way to wind down in the evening and relax for a bit while enjoying the company of your family and friends. Here are the top 7 bars in Gatlinburg TN you need to visit during your vacation to the Smokies:

1. Smoky Mountain Brewery

Smoky Mountain Brewery in Gatlinburg

One of our favorite bars in Gatlinburg is Smoky Mountain Brewery. This was the original craft brewery in East Tennessee, and it’s always looking for ways to innovate and keep the taps fresh. When you visit this location, you not only can order a variety of craft beer and cocktails, but you can enjoy delicious food and nightly entertainment! We recommend getting a brew sampler to try any of their brews in 5 oz samplers, or ordering a specialty cocktail like their Juniper Drop Martini or Ultimate Top Shelf Margarita. When you’re looking for good drinks, good food, and a good time, visit Smoky Mountain Brewery!

2. Fox and Parrot Tavern

The Fox and Parrot Tavern is the region’s only authentic British bar in Gatlinburg TN and offers a selection of 31 different draught beers, including ales, lagers, stouts, and porters from the British Isles, Germany, Jamaica, and the United States. This family friendly establishment offers a safe, comfortable, and smoke-free environment where you can enjoy a tasty meal and a pint without the distractions of loud music and rowdy guests. While visiting the Fox and Parrot Tavern, watch the big game on the large-screen television or challenge your friends to a fun game of darts! There is also wifi available to catch up on your email, get the latest weather forecast or to send vacation pictures to your family.

3. Tom & Earl's Back Alley Grill

Beer at restaurant

Looking for a spot the locals love? Tom & Earl’s Back Alley Grill is the place to go. This hidden gem features hearty pub grub, draft beer, and more. On Friday and Saturday nights, you can enjoy a drink while listening to live music! We recommend trying some of their famous appetizers like Cream Corn Fritters or Fried Green Tomatoes with a specialty drink inspired by the Smokies to top it off. We recommend the Smoky Mountain, Bearhama Mama, or Southern Belle!

4. Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar

One of the newest bars in Gatlinburg is Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar. This bar made a name for itself in Nashville before opening up a location in downtown Gatlinburg. Come for the food, and stay for the party! You’ll want to come hungry to this bar so you don’t miss out on some of Jason Aldean’s personal favorites, like Jason’s Mac & Cheese and Grandma’s Pot Roast. Of course, the specialty drinks are what makes this bar special! Popular drinks include The Big Green Tractor, Any Ol’ Barstool, and My Kind of Party. Of course, while you’re here, you can enjoy incredible live music performances and take in the views of downtown Gatlinburg from the rooftop!

5. Ole Red

ole red restaurant in gatlinburg

Another country superstar, Blake Shelton, opened up his bar in Gatlinburg in 2019. This restaurant, bar, and live music venue in Gatlinburg is something special. Ole Red offers the full country experience with “100-proof live music, scratch-made dishes, and signature drinks,” all inspired by Blake Shelton. Popular cocktails are the Cherry Limeade, Tishomingo Sunset, and Hillbilly Breeze, but you can’t go wrong with any drinks on the menu. There’s also draft and canned beers, wine, and shots available. Along with your drink, enjoy delicious food, from Redneck Nachos to Brisket Chili Mac.

6. The Bar at the Top of the World

Looking for a drink accompanied by breathtaking views? You’ll want to go to the Bar at the Top of the World! This Gatlinburg bar is located at the top of Anakeesta. Hop on a chairlift or climb inside a gondola for a scenic ride to the top of the mountain. The Bar at the Top of the World has a one-of-a-kind setting, with views of the Smokies surrounding you as you enjoy your choice of liquor, specialty cocktails, wine, and beer. We recommend going at sunset for the best views!

7. Dude’s Daiquiris

Dude's Daiquiris

Take a break from your busy sightseeing schedule in Gatlinburg with a stop at Dude’s Daiquiris. This fun bar is located within the Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant and is nicknamed the “Moonshine Lounge” as a nod to the mountains’ past exploits! While kicking back on a bar stool with your favorite drink, enjoy the people watching opportunities of folks strolling down the streets of downtown Gatlinburg!

Want to know where you can taste moonshine? Check out these moonshine distilleries in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge!

Check out all of the rooms at our hotel in downtown Gatlinburg today to stay close to these great bars in Gatlinburg TN! We look forward to welcoming you to the Smokies!