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3 Best Bars In Downtown Chattanooga Tennessee

Updated on December 18, 2015

3 Best Bars In Downtown Chattanooga

Rhythm And Brews Bar:
221 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37403, USA

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Rhythm And Brews Bar

Hair Of The Dog Pub:
334 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA

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Hair Of The Dog Pub

The Terminal Brewhouse:
6 W 14th St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA

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The Terminal Brewhouse

Chattanooga Tennessee has such a unique, historic downtown area and it is the 4th largest city in the state.

It has so much history to offer and has really turned this industrial river town into something worth seeing and spending time in.

Chattanooga has received national recognition for the renaissance of its downtown and the revamping of their riverfront areas.

With the redevelopment of their historic downtown, Chattanooga Tennessee has increased their tourism and nightlife over the last few years.

With their outstanding accommodations, eclectic shops, unique dining and a variety of world class attractions, its no wonder more people are spending time visiting Chattanooga Tennessee.

But what about the nightlife in Chattanooga Tennessee?

I have you covered, it was hard, narrowing it down but I have come up with three of the "Best Bars" in downtown Chattanooga Tennessee.

One of best parts about the beautiful historic Downtown area of Chattanooga Tennessee, is you are within walking distance or a short cab ride to all three of these bars.

The views are spectacular as well as the architecture of the buildings located in downtown Chattanooga Tennessee. It is really worth the time to visit if you get a chance to see historic downtown Chattanooga.

Terminal Brewhouse In Downtown Chattanooga Tennessee

The Terminal Station (Choo Choo) opened in December of 1909 and created an immediate need for a nearby hotel to give comfort to the weary travelers. This hotel came to be The Terminal Hotel and after a long life was later sold in 2006 and transformed into what is now known as the "Terminal Brewhouse."

TheTerminal BrewHouse is a locally owned & operated business. Being locally owned gives them incentive to go the extra mile and expense to use as many local services and products as possible, as well as using as many green practices & initiatives also.

The Terminal Brewhouse-Historic Downtown Chattanooga Tennessee
The Terminal Brewhouse-Historic Downtown Chattanooga Tennessee

That being said, the Terminal Brewhouse is a microbrewery, making their own unique selection of beer. They also have a great menu offering unique & fresh food with some of the finest ingredients available.

There are three winding stories that all seems so completely open with a chic urban design that gives it a great atmosphere. Two of my favorites are the sweet potato fries and the Bison burger! But there are plenty of great choices to go along with their incredible choices of brews.

The Terminal Brewhouse is not only a hangout for locals but also a great place to kick back and relax if you are visiting historic downtown Chattanooga Tennessee.

Hours of Operation:

Mon-Sun 11AM-12AM

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Hair of the Dog Pub In Chattanooga Tennessee

Now that you are downtown Chattanooga, you have to stroll over to the corner of Fourth and Market Street to step into one of Chattanooga's favorite local restaurants, Hair of the Dog Pub .

You might think you have entered an English neighborhood pub but not to worry, you are still in the great state of Tennessee. This is a very strategic location as it puts you in walking distance to the Tennessee Aquarium, Tennessee River and many of Chattanooga's fine hotels.

The Hair of the Dog Pub was created with the people of Chattanooga in mind, hoping to give them a local watering hole (if you will) with all the charm of a neighborhood pub. And I have to say they succeeded! Even if you aren't a local, you feel right at home any time of the day, or any day of the week.

Their atmosphere is great with a warm charming feeling created with the use of darker woods and wrought iron décor. There are two levels with the second level constantly a buzz with dart boards, pool tables and a jukebox to set the mood. A great place to eat, drink and be merry!

They are open from 11:00 am until 3:00 am giving you ample time to squeeze in a visit. But I promise when you get there, you may not want to leave!

The owners of the Pub were just as creative with their menu descriptions. They offer really good sandwiches and dinner platters, but with original, unique names. It's a great place to meet friends, hang out have a few beers, grab a bite to eat and just have fun! Located right in the heart of downtown Chattanooga Tennessee, The Hair of the Dog Pub is clearly one of the best bars in town!

I just couldn't pass up including a copy of their sandwich menu, hope you find one you like!


All sandwiches served with fresh cut chips
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Pub Burger
8 oz of pure decadence. This 1/2 pound burger is what we're all about. Topped with a slab of Cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, mayo and mustard. $6.95
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Babe the Blue Ox
Add Bleu cheese, bacon, and grilled mushrooms to the best burger around and this is the result. $7.95
Winner- Peoples Choice award and Best Entrée 2007 Taste of Chattanooga.
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St. Patty's Melt
Grilled onions and cheese (did I mention we like cheese?) piled on our 1/2 pound patty, served on grilled swirl rye. $6.95
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The Tree Hugger
Vegetarians - we love you almost as much as beer. Try our spicy black bean burger and stay true. Topped with lettuce, tomato, and mustard. $5.95 add cheese $.50
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The Boar
Sounds fancy, but it's a BLT. On your choice of wheat or swirl rye. $5.95
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The Tramstopper
Our signature meatloaf as a sandwich. Served with a little slice of love. Topped with lettuce and tomato. $6.50
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The Cock of the Walk
It's a grilled chicken sandwich, sicko! Topped with lettuce and tomato. $6.50. Add bacon to make a club $1
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The Ben Franklin
The runner up for the national bird (turkey), cheddar, bacon, lettuce, tomato and just the right amount of ranch dressing on your choice of bread. $7.50
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Turkey Reuben
Our favorite rendition of this ambiguous classic. Piled with sliced turkey, sour kraut, Swiss cheese and thousand island on swirl Rye or wheat. $6.95
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The Immigrant
Who the hell is this Reuben guy anyway? Our sandwich has corned beef, swiss , sour kraut, and brown mustard. $7.50
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Salmon I Am
(Grilled Salmon BLT) Grilled Salmon, the other white meat, lettuce, and tomato. Served with a side of Jalapeno tartar sauce. $8.50

Rhythm and Brews-Downtown Chattanooga Tennessee
Rhythm and Brews-Downtown Chattanooga Tennessee

Rhythm and Brews In Downtown Chattanooga Tennessee

Located in historic Downtown Chattanooga Tennessee, Rhythm & Brews is the best bar for live music and brews! It has a split level bar with a 250 seating capacity and 450 standing room only capacity.

I will admit their food is a little limited, I have included what is available, but really you are here to drink and listen to great live music!


  • 4-Cheese Pepperoni Pizza
  • Jalapeno Spinach Cheese Dip
  • Classic Buffalo Wings
  • Pepper Jack Nachos
  • Smoked Tomato Bruschetta


Plenty of hand crafted micro brews as well as:
Bud Light
Miller Light
Coors Light
Michelob Lite
Michelob Ultra
Smirnoff Ice

There is a nominal cover charge with Entertainment of $10-$20 depending on the draw of the band or musician. Really cheap when you think about the cost of tickets to live venues these days.

Their hours of operation: 7pm-3am(ET) Thursday-Saturday

Great music and atmosphere, always a good time at Rhythm & Brews in historic Downtown Chattanooga Tennessee.

Party At The Bars In Downtown Chattanooga Tennessee

Your Thoughts On Chattanooga

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    • MyMastiffPuppies profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago


      I love all of the old buildings, there is so much detail in the architecture of these old building that you just don't see anymore. Sometimes we like to go downtown just to walk around and look at the buildings.Thanks!

    • akirchner profile image

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Great photos and my kinds of places!! I love bars because they have such 'character' and even in a nice restaurant sometimes I like sitting in the bar where it's more relaxed and folks are 'happy'. Cool hub!

    • MyMastiffPuppies profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks SimoneSmith,

      I was so afraid it was it was too many, but I could not resist to try and show some of the history inside these cool old buildings. There are so many in the Chattanooga area.

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      What cool places! I love all the photos!


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