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When imagining Chattanooga's nightlife, think not of dance clubs, but more in the vein of live music, good beer selections and fun appetizers shared with friends. Chattanooga has become a tour stop for many smaller but somewhat recognizable music acts. Most venues in Chattanooga serve food in addition to drinks, so a dinner and night out can be easily found at the same establishment. Most nightlife is centered in the Downtown and North Shore areas. The Downtown area keeps the after-hours pace up while the rest of the city sleeps. Venture out of your hotel to watch some live music while you're in town, and you might just end up out later than you expected.

The Pickle Barrel

Neighborhood: Downtown (Southside)
The Pickle Barrel is another establishment featuring fabulous pub grub. This joint, however, has a more refined quality to its cuisine. Patio seating on the roof of this corner-shaped building makes for a great place to grab a drink and get some alone time with your special someone. The old-English vibe comes out clearly when you enter the wooden door and spot the stone corner tables, the specialty beers (they have over 60) and the dimly lit, musty atmosphere. Acoustic music can often be heard reverberating off the walls several nights of the week. For quaint local flavor, good thick brew and some decent munchies, make a stop here.

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Rhythm and Brews

Neighborhood: Downtown (Southside)
Rhythm and Brews is one of the largest venues for live music in Downtown Chattanooga. The club hosts mainstream acts, as well as unique artists from around the country. If you find yourself hitting Rhythm and Brews multiple nights in a row, you could see a wide variety of music. Musicians such as bluegrass legend Sam Bush, Here Come the Mummies, a Zeppelin tribute band, an Ultimate Michael Jackson impersonator contest, and a singer-songwriter are just a sampling of the acts that frequent Rhythm and Brews.

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Riverhouse Pub

Neighborhood: North Shore
This is the type of joint where a cold Pabst Blue Ribbon and nachos dripping with cheese are staples. Resting on the North Shore and overlooking Coolidge Park, it is a prime location for a stop-in after a long day of shopping. Musical acts, like Captain Crunk and Mellow Down Easy, let you know you can expect the unexpected from the entertainment. Beer pong and trivia nights make for an uber-casual and relaxed local hangout. Don't visit the Riverhouse expecting a clean table or clean conversation. Do visit the Riverhouse if you want a slice of local flavor and back-to-basics greasy pub grub.

Sluggos

Neighborhood: North Shore
A self-proclaimed "vegetarian restaurant," Sluggo's has become a popular spot for locals to meet up after work, grab a meatless meal and then watch a band rock the house. The place is off the main drag of Frazier Street on the North Shore. When you think you're almost there, keep going. Sluggo's is open late and hosts regular trivia nights and beer specials.

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Raw

Neighborhood: Downtown (Southside)
Telling someone you ate sushi at a nightclub might seem like the opening to some sort of back alley joke, but it will at least get some giggles from your friends when you tell the story. Raw does just that. Located conveniently on Market, it is one of the few options for late-night dancing in the Downtown district. The sushi is not the best and can be under par on flavor, although we haven't heard any reports of anyone getting sick. The real action at Raw is on the dance floor, however. The place draws a wide mix of locals and tourists, so you are sure to get in some good people-watching. Happy hour specials are a nightly affair and can make having more than one drink affordable. The sign on the door says the dress code is strongly enforced, but just make sure you look respectable. "No baggy clothes," reads one sign, but it is merely a suggestion. The joint gets hopping after 8PM., when it becomes 21 and over.
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