A popular bar on the market square with a decent beer list. It’s long and narrow with a stage at the back. There was music on when we last visited so, for the first time in many years, I’ve paid to go into a pub and had my hand stamped with ink that took several showers and hand scrubbings to get rid of. Having said that, the atmosphere was buzzing and the service was very efficient.
(Last visited 5 February 2014).
Went after Knoxville Brewers Jam and walked from hotel. Easy to find location in Market Square. Remodeled older building with bar on the middle right wall. Coolers of beers under bar and 9 taps. Freindly staff and where quick with a beer. No food but you can order from local shop and they will deliver. Good crowd during beer fest. Enjoyed the visit and will return when in the area.
Preservation was a welcome addition to Knoxville in general and market square in particular (if you recall the lack of anything after 6pm that existed 8-10 years ago). The pluses are a nice bottle selection and a great locaiton on the square for people watching. The minuses are too loud if bands are playing (great if you’re there for the music, hard to have a conversation if not). Kudos to them for bringing people (and good beer) back to the square.
lithy (156) Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania | June 30, 2009
I avoid this place when they have a band playing, it gets very crowded. Decent tap list and as big a bottle list as you can get in Knoxville. Have always had good service. No food on certain nights is a little odd but they will provide a pizza buffet or you can just bring your own from somewhere else on Market Square.
Nice pub... it does get crowded if anything is going on... I like it better if it’s just an afternoon before anything gets going in town. Pretty good selection of bottles... taps are a little limited, but you can still get a couple of great beers on tap usually.
nearbeer (250) Knoxville, Tennessee | March 18, 2007| Updated August 26, 2013
Good shotgun style, downtown pub with nice selection of drafts, and one of the better selections of high ABV (6% and up) beers in bottles. Nice rooftop patio. No food, but you can bring in your own or order from nearby excellent restaurants. Noisy as hell with all close wood and brick surfaces, and gets pretty crowded after 7. Service is hit or miss. The place is pretty good for beer, but is really more about the thriving local and regional live music scene.