Rocky Top may not be home sweet home to you, but it can definitely make for a great game day weekend. It’s been a few years since Auburn’s played in Neyland Stadium, so for all of the Tigers who’ve forgotten how to have a good time in Tennessee, here’s a guide to make the trip feel a little more like home.
Tupelo Honey Cafe
1 Market Square
Rise and shine Tigers! The Tennessee game will be the earliest game this season, so why not start the day off with brunch and mimosas? Tupelo Honey Cafe is known for serving all things Southern, and whether it’s breakfast or dinner, there’s something delicious for everyone. Favorites include the Sweet Potato Pancake and Fried Green Tomatoes served over Goat Cheese Grits. Prices range from a $6 breakfast to pricier Southern cuisine.
12 Market Square
This is hands down the best pizza around town. From a regular slice of cheese to the fancier Benton’s Bacon, Ham & Andouille Sausage, can grab a slice for $2 to $6 or split a pie with your friends.
9 Market Square, Suite 101
For those who want something a little spicier, this is the Volunteers’ favorite Mexican cuisine. With more than 10 flat screen satellite televisions, this is the best place to watch the rest of the SEC dominate after Auburn and Tennessee play. If the SEC games on the big screens don’t keep you entertained, the nachos, tacos, burritos, margaritas and friendly atmosphere definitely will. If you’re more interested in the tequila than the tacos, head downstairs to the Soccer Taco Sotano, a high-energy bar with more than 40 types of tequila.
Downtown Grill and Brewery
424 South Gay Street
This historical brewery has some of the best beer and food that you’re going to find in Knoxville. All craft beer at the brewery is made on site by a brewmaster, and the burgers make the cold beer all the sweeter. Tennessean favorites include the beer battered mushroom, jumbo tater skins, downtown nachos and smothered burger.
1915 Cumberland Ave.
When it comes to Nightlife in Knoxville, the best place to start is the Strip. Situated in the heart of this avenue of bars and nightlife, Tin Roof boasts live music and a great atmosphere. This weekend, The Armory plays on Friday, Nov. 8, and Drunk with Guns will play on Saturday, Nov. 9.
28 Market Square
Known for its Moonshine Roof Garden, complete with a Magic Beer Tree, this three-story pub has something for everyone in Knoxville. You can count on the first floor SmokEasy to have great live music and an energetic atmosphere every single night, while the second floor SpeakEasy has comfy seating, the kitchen and Knoxville’s best happy hour. Drink specials vary and the music starts at 10 p.m. every night.
Goal Post Tavern
1824 Cumberland Ave.
Located a hop, skip and a jump away from campus, Goal Post Tavern is kind of like Knoxville’s version of SkyBar. Walking here from the game is a piece of cake, and for those who didn’t actually buy a ticket, this is the perfect place to watch the game with a bunch of other fans. Goal Post Tavern has both indoor and outdoor porch seating that gives fans a lot of room to mingle and cheer without feeling overcrowded. This bar’s a favorite for its drink specials.
1820 Cumberland Ave.
If Goal Post Tavern was like the SkyBar of Auburn, then Rumorz is definitely more like Quixote’s or SkyBar’s infamous Boom Boom Room. Expect to hear the Wop, Wobble and a little bit of 2 Chainz while you’re here. This is one of the “starter bars” on the Strip, and it’s a UT student favorite. With $5 liquor pitchers, free draft beer until the kegs are gone, the largest dance floor in Knoxville and no cover for 21 and up with a college ID keeps the house packed every night from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.To view the online publication of this article, please visit The Corner News