Looking for local breweries or just some cool spots to grab drinks and hang out? Chattanooga's craft beer scene is developing quickly, with some really great options to taste local, and these are the spots we recommend for imbibing and chilling.
Flying squirrel bar
If you just go out to one place, make it the Squirrel. This building has won awards for its design, and you can't help but feel more cool just walking in the door. It starts to get pretty busy after 10 on the weekend, and Ubering to and fro the Squirrel is part of a classic Chattanooga night out. They have eclectic Southern comfort food, and people also adore the Sunday brunch here.
THE BITTER ALIBI
Truth be told, I honestly usually don't feel like I'm quite hip enough to be at this place. But I'm glad when I ignore these thoughts because the people are so nice and the food is creative and scrumptious. The owners are two of the most enterprising entrepreneurs in the city, and they recently added a sweet little cocktail bar on the top floor called "The Fix."
ODDSTORY BREWING CO
Founded by a recent Covenant College grad, this is one of the newer breweries in town and already becoming a local favorite. Great atmosphere, good people, and tasty brews.
BEAST & BARREL
Quite possibly the best happy hour in Chattanooga (we judge happy hours by the food options). This place is particularly great when the weather is nice and the garage doors are opened to Frazier Ave.
Hutton & Smith Brewing Company
Many of my beer connoisseur friends think this is the best local brew in the city. It's right near Oddstory on MLK, so check them both out while you're in the vicinity. It's a small, cozy tap room with a rock climbing theme. Very Chattanooga.
Chattanooga Brewing Company
Right across from Finely Stadium, CBC is the preferred hangout spot for Chattanooga Football Club games. Check out their beer as well as their sweet potato waffle fries.
Eat. Drink. Bowl. This place is modeled closely after Nashville's Pinewood Social - bowling lanes, pool tables, skee ball, ping pong, shuffleboard, corn hole, etc. It's a really cool place just down from CBC, so you should definitely check both out when on Chestnut Street.
Clyde's on Main
Another Monen family classic. This BBQ joint is in the home of an old glass and body shop. It is really cool inside with ping pong tables, shuffleboard, comfy couches, and a go-to bar hangout with live music on the weekends.