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Cozy, comfy and craft cocktails for the win!

Just once in your life you should check out a Speak Easy. Peter Kern Library is a cool place to... read more

Reviewed December 16, 2017
Virginia Beach, Virginia
via mobile

Came from the alley into a cozy space decorated as a library. Excellent service by a knowledgeable... read more

Reviewed October 4, 2017
Chapin, South Carolina
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407 Union Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2112
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is amazing. I was visiting Knoxville for work, and a coworker took us here. It’s hidden inside a beautiful hotel, but the tiny bar is cozy and classic. We sat at the bar and ordered drinks, and watching the mixologist was an art...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank nikiroo29
Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

Small venue. As the library name says. Servers very attentive. Crafted drinks are unique and very good. Sleeper find.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Idaho27
Reviewed August 6, 2018

We found this location by chance and it was a great discovery. It screams speakeasy from the hidden alley entrance to the menus inside of books. The drinks were amazing and classic as well! 10/10, would ask the bouncer what his favorite password somebody has...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Kaitlin S
Reviewed July 9, 2018

If you are looking for a quiet evening or two like we are while on vacation, then you should check out Peter Kern's Library. It's a Speakeasy, who on busy nights, the entrance is through the alley. The first night we had to wait about...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Calicoc21
Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

We stopped at the bar last evening for a pre-dinner drink. It was about 6 o’clock and we were very lucky to be able to find seating for four. The staff were very efficient and we’re on hand to take drink orders and keep the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank waynej2013
Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

Peter Kern in an eclectic bar featuring craft cocktails ! Truly some of the best cocktails I have ever had!! It’s a speakeasy which makes it even more fun!! Great place for couples or friends catching up! Bourbon is their specialty but they can make...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank wwfrench
Reviewed February 17, 2018

We had friends ask us to meet them here. You wait in this dimly lit sketch entrance hall marked with a red light. We waited and waited. It was at capacity (40) and we had several people in front of us. After time our friends...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank 84Hokie
Reviewed December 16, 2017 via mobile

Just once in your life you should check out a Speak Easy. Peter Kern Library is a cool place to visit if you’re in Knoxville. Dark, cozy & comfy couches to enjoy incredible craft cocktails with friends. Expect a wait on Wednesday - Saturday. My...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank jdavidhillery
Reviewed October 9, 2017 via mobile

The Peter Kern Library is an awesome speakeasy located in the Oliver Hotel. It is behind a hidden door off the lobby of the hotel. If you are a guest, which we were, you can enter through there. If not, there is an unmarked door...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank birkibeach
Reviewed October 4, 2017

Came from the alley into a cozy space decorated as a library. Excellent service by a knowledgeable staff with an interesting selection of craft cocktails. A bit pricy but definitely a treat.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Roger1154
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June 16, 2016|
Response from centaur41 | Reviewed this property |
About 4PM ... shortly before our grand-daughter's dance recital nearby