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Going out in Gatlinburg

Bars in Gatlinburg

Going out in Gatlinburg

For a small mountain town, Gatlinburg’s nightlife is lively and fun. So when you’ve got cabin fever and are ready for a night on the town, there’s a variety of Gatlinburg bars and clubs, both family-friendly and twenty-one and older, within several miles of our Gatlinburg cabin rentals that are sure to delight.

1. Smoky Mountain Brewery



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With two locations in both Gatlinburg and Sevierville, this microbrewery and restaurant is the perfect place to take the family, enjoy a pint of micro-brewed beer and relax. The restaurant serves quality USDA choice and prime-graded beef, fresh seafood, fresh-made breads, desserts, and house sauces and dressings made daily. Smoky Mountain Brewery and Restaurant also features live music and pub trivia each week.

2. Shamrock Pub

Shamrock Pub is a popular Irish-themed bar located in downtown Gatlinburg. Providing live music every day, Shamrock Pub is the perfect place to unwind and have a good time with friends or family any time of the week.  

3. Puckers Bar and Grill

With a slogan like, “Eat, Drink, Play,” you can expect to have fun at this grill and sports bar in Gatlinburg. Located on the strip downtown, Puckers is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. The dark paneled bar is known for their great happy hour specials. There are lots of fun ways to kill a lazy afternoon or night with pool tables, dartboards, and numerous HDTVs. Puckers entertains nightly with Karaoke, DJs, and dancing.

Update: As of 2023, the bar is temporarily closed due to fire damage. 

4. Hard Rock Cafe Pigeon Forge



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The Hard Rock Cafe in Pigeon Forge dishes up family and late-night fun with handmade food and live music. This restaurant and bar offers the best of food and drink combined with rock memorabilia that has deep roots in Tennessee, where the likes of country music and rock and roll got its start.

5. Club 812

Located just above Blaine’s Bar and Grill, this dance club is the place to be on Friday and Saturday nights from 10-1 am to experience Gatlinburg’s nightlife. Featuring a live DJ who spins top 40 hits and special requests, this club has the largest dance floor in Gatlinburg. Featured drinks are created each week by top-notch bartenders, and the club frequently features guest DJs. So, if you’re ready to dance the night away, this should be first on your list.

6. Crawdaddy’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar



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Crawdaddy’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar offers a wide range of delicious seafood dishes, including their famous oysters and crawfish, as well as a variety of other Southern-style cuisine. The bar area is well-stocked with a vast selection of beers, wines, and cocktails, making it the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a drink after a long day of sightseeing. Crawdaddy’s Restaurant is the place to be on Friday and Saturday nights, as they stay open until 1 am and offer a nightly karaoke experience that is not to be missed!

7. Ole Red Gatlinburg

Ole Red Gatlinburg is a lively and exciting Gatlinburg restaurant and entertainment venue. Owned by country music superstar Blake Shelton, this venue boasts a warm and inviting atmosphere that is perfect for a night out with friends and family. In addition to its exceptional dining experience, Ole Red Gatlinburg also hosts live music performances from some of the best up-and-coming country artists in the industry. With its fun and friendly vibe, Ole Red Gatlinburg is a must-visit spot for anyone looking to enjoy great food and fantastic entertainment in the heart of the Smoky Mountains.

8. The Fox & Parrot Tavern

The Fox & Parrot Tavern is a charming and cozy English-style pub. The menu features classic British dishes, such as bangers and mash, fish and chips, and shepherd’s pie, as well as a wide selection of beers and cocktails. With its excellent food, great drinks, and friendly staff, The Fox & Parrot Tavern is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a taste of England in the heart of the Smoky Mountains.

9. Live Shows in Gatlinburg

If you are looking for something other than bars and restaurants with live music, there is a large variety of live shows in Gatlinburg that are sure to entertain visitors of all ages. From traditional country music shows to comedy and magic performances, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Some of the most popular live shows we recommend are:

  • Country Tonight: This popular venue has family-friendly shows featuring fantastic singers, dancers and musicians. Most of their shows begin at 8 pm making it a perfect option for a late night outing.
  • Comedy Barn: Indulge in an unforgettable night at this exceptional comedy club, where the comedy is clean and the acts are diverse, ensuring a night of non-stop laughter. Shows usually begin at 7 pm, but for added convenience, they also offer an earlier show at 4 pm on select days.
  • Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show: This one-of-a-kind show combines humor, suspense, and great food. As you enjoy a delicious dinner, you will be treated to a murder mystery show, where you can try to solve the crime and win a prize. 

Gatlinburg is the perfect place to get away, enjoy the outdoors, relax, and enjoy delicious food and drinks. Whether you are planning a trip for your friends or are in Gatlinburg for your honeymoon, there is a place for everyone. Gatlinburg’s nightlife and sports bar scene is one-of-a-kind and must be experienced. If you’re wondering about the best time to visit the Smokies, we can help plan your Gatlinburg trip today at Elk Springs Resort!