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Old City

Knoxville, TN
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Ranked #24 of 40 Attractions in Knoxville
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Nightlife
Owner description: Rejuvenated section of town with lots of live Jazz, blues and rock music.
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Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Nightlife
Owner description: Rejuvenated section of town with lots of live Jazz, blues and rock music.
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English first
East TN
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132 reviews 132 reviews
34 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I like the old world feel in the restaurants as well as the street itself. Many places, such as the Crown and Goose, Barley's and Boyds Jig and Reel have the exposed brick, architechture and feel of the original building, bringing out the character and setting them apart from modern, monotonous chains. You can park with relative security and fairly... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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128 reviews 128 reviews
57 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This area gives you a great variety of bars and restaurants to choose from to get away from the college crowd on the strip and the swarms of people that end up in Market Square. They've done a really great job of reviving this part of downtown.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We recently ate at a restaurant in the Old City. On the way into the establishment, we were "hit up" for money from a beggar, then again on the way out (a different vagrant). It is very discouraging to try to help the businesses there by patronizing them, only to have the local vagabonds detract. Come On, City of Knoxville,... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Nice part of town to drive though. Too many homeless begging for me to want to walk it. Every time I have been in the Old City someone has asked me for money! They need a better parking area too. There is a really nice winery there and English style pup but, again the beggars keep up away from that... More 

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knoxvegas rn
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Great area. needs some more businesses to really be cool. Several bas, restaurants make it worth the trip. Very safe for a late night spot.

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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55 reviews 55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Not impressed-plenty of "night creatures" prowling about. I am sure Old City won't miss my money very much but I really can't find a reason to go anymore. The bar scene looks busy but I they want more than that traffic they need to reformat.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Ironically, this is not the oldest part of Knoxville, but it is known as the Old City. A great collection of restaurants, clubs, and businesses. During the day, a great place to catch a bite to eat. At night, many of the clubs/restaurants have bands. Some of the restaurants have outdoor eating areas, too. There are a couple of parking... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Worth the walk from Market Square. Wonderful old buildings. A good place to take in the architecture and stop by Crown Goose for a drink. Wonderful atmosphere.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

i love the old city! it has such a great feel to it when you are there. they have fun c.places like the cereal bar where you can grab a bowl of cereal and sit in a living room like eating place while you watch tv or play board games. there is usually a lot of live music playing from... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We were hoping to see some cute shops and restaurants in Old City but were disappointed. I think it was because it was daytime when we strolled through the area and everything was closed. Not much going on during the day there; would have loved to see some cute shops. The area is neat and has lots of potential but... More 

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