August 13, 2021
Enter with a password or through secret doors, staircases and even walls to experience speakeasy bars in Tennessee. You'll find long lists of cocktails, warm and inviting spaces and even live music that will give you an elegant evening to remember.
Blind Bear in Memphis is a secret bar only accessible by password (check their Facebook page). Live music, poker nights and trivia are just some of the events that happen regularly at this speakeasy. The Roaring 20s themed bar serves brunch, dinner and a late night menu featuring seafood risotto, herb roasted chicken, ribeye steak and wings. Cocktails and beer flow all night long.
Shop and dine at the local eateries on the main floor of the multi-level, multi-use Crosstown Concourse. Then, make your way up the red spiral staircase to the second floor where you'll find art galleries. In this space, you'll find an opening in the walls that leads you to the Art Bar. Set to open since closing because of the pandemic (follow their progress on their Instagram page), the Art Bar offers an exclusive wine list, unique cocktail concoctions and finger foods. You'll love the artistic vibe and the exhibits of artwork from different artists each month.
From the same masterminds behind Slim + Husky's Pizza Beeria comes a new speakeasy on Nashville's historic Jefferson Street. Clint Gray, Derrick Moore and EJ Reed have created a beautiful cocktail and southern tapas bar called EG & MC which features drinks like Oh, Happy Daze - Blanco tequila, peach, lime, orange Gomme, Fruit Loop syrup, a dash of CBD and topped with Fruit Loops; The Gift + The Curse with peanut butter washed rum, green apple juice, lime and velvet falernum and the signature EG+MC with Uncle Nearest whiskey, Amaro liqueur, vermouth, locally sourced bitters and chicory liqueur. Pair your cocktail with dishes like stuffed lamb meatballs, peach barbecue glaze candied yam mac & cheese, fried shrimp, crawfish and dumplings, and much more.
Located in Nashville's Melrose neighborhood, Rambler Cocktail Bar is in the space below The Sutler Saloon and adjacent to the Melrose Billiard Parlor. Once you find it, you'll love this underground cocktail bar featuring dim mood lighting, bright cocktails and a elegant yet relaxed atmosphere. Craft beers and wine are also available. Try the Silk Road cocktail featuring vodka, orgeat, lemon and cucumber or the Uncharted Territory, a cocktail with mezcal, yellow chartreuse, elderflower, lemon and CBD oil. Get a variety of small plates to share which include chicken lemongrass meatballs, crab rangoon and jalapeno bacon deviled eggs.
You'll find The Windsor Speakeasy on West Market Street in downtown Johnson City. Step into this luxe establishment to find leather seating, mood lighting and craft cocktails. Wine and spirits are also served. Gather your friends and spend some time sipping and chatting in this beautiful space.
This hidden bar is the newest speakeasy in Knoxville. The Vault is in the old Holston Bank, beneath the Pan-Latin restaurant, Vida. This cocktail lounge serves up cocktails, craft beers, exclusive wines and live music. Choose from the extensive cocktail list based on your mood and taste. Choose from bold and intriguing flavors to timeless & opulent. Non-alcoholic cocktails are also available. Snap photos in front of the dazzling bank vault door and while sitting on bespoke chairs and booths.
Peter Kern Library - Knoxville
Behind the Oliver Hotel lobby, the speakeasy Peter Kern Library is a popular Knoxville hangout among hotel guests and locals. The ambiance is warm and inviting, and cocktails are named after famous literary characters. Browse their extensive cocktails and spirits list, then sample culinary dishes like fettuccine Bolognese, pan-seared scallops, short ribs, pork chops, swordfish and more. Desserts like campfire s'mores, lemon olive oil cake and goat cheese cheesecake will make your night even sweeter.
You'll access Unknown Caller in Chattanooga by way of phone box to experience this fun speakeasy. New cocktails are developed every week. Slip into a comfy booth or grab a seat on the outdoor alley patio. You'll find volcano bowls, slushee cocktails, ramen and mac & cheese cups, cheese boards, wine and local beer on the menu. $2 Taco Tuesdays and Whiskey Wednesdays are a staple, too.
Explore even more bars in Tennessee that offer unique experiences and laidback ambiance.