When you find yourself in Knoxville, TN, there’s a great place to eat, drink, and relax with friends; Especially when the patio is open. This place, is called the Urban Bar & Corner Cafe. Located in the heart of “the Old City”, this is one of my favorite places to visit. As a smoker, I love that I can be inside and light up, while enjoying a drink or two. That being said, this place can be so smoky that I don’t even need to light up to get my nicotine fix. Some nights, they should be handing out face masks at the door.
As far as the environment goes, the bartenders and servers here are all pretty friendly, and seem to actually love getting to know their patrons on a first name basis.
This was the first bar that I ever happened into when I moved here 3 years ago and other than a manager that’s no longer there, I’ve never felt awkward here.
The food is delicious and moderately priced (roughly $10/meal). I highly recommend the burgers, wings, or any of the mexican food. Nachos may be my favorite. Beer cheese and pretzels are pretty tasty too. The drinks here are made right (no watered down liquor or someone shorting you) and their prices are what you should expect to pay (or less).
Happy hour can get you $2-3/beers, with a nice variety always on tap. They are really good about changing up what’s on tap, so unless you go weekly, I doubt you’ll be bored with the selection.
The bar’s patio is in a prime spot for people watching, playing cards, or being able to have a decent conversation; Especially because you don’t have the cloud of smoke hovering over you.
My biggest complaint (aside from needing a respirator to walk in at times), is the way they rush people out when it’s closing time. I get it, businesses don’t want people to linger and keep their employees any later than need be, but the way these guys act can be rude and obnoxious and it doesn’t matter who you are, how much money you spend there, or if you’re just waiting for your wife to come out of the bathroom. Sorry, but it takes people a few minutes to gather their things and get out of the door sometimes.
Visited February 2016