Like a Local
Quirky, under-the-radar highlights only a local could recommend.
Long’s Drug Store
This old-fashioned family-run drugstore and soda fountain has been the place where Knoxville residents have been coming since 1956 to throw back a malt or a cheeseburger, catch up with neighbors, and fill prescriptions. Locals rave about their giant two-dollar milkshakes that features unique flavors, like chocolate-cherry-banana and “Big Orange.”
East Tennessee History Museum
Where else can you expect to find Davy Crockett’s rifle, a real log cabin, a stocked corner drugstore, and Dolly Parton’s red dress all under one roof? Only at this museum in the heart of downtown Knoxville that documents 300 years of life in the region of East Tennessee.
Maple Hall Bowling Alley
This boutique 11-lane bowling alley nestled in the basement level of downtown’s historic JCPenney building is nothing like your cheesy neon-lit neighborhood alley. Brick walls, blond wood floors, a concrete bar, and brown leather couches give it an urban feel. An added bonus: The drink menu serves Big Lebowski–themed cocktails.
Peter Kern Library
Named after a postwar German cobbler with a big walrus moustache, this secret bar is tucked behind a hidden door behind the front desk of unassuming hotel. Inside, you’ll find a well-stocked bar set under the watching eye of a painting of Kern himself, bookshelves, tufted gold sofas, and prohibition-themed drink menus hidden in old World Book Encyclopedias.