Located in the heart of the historic Old City, Barley’s serves up some of the best New York-style hand-tossed pizza in the region. Plus they offer a variety of other selections including huge calzones, pasta and appetizers like black bean hummus and hand-battered Buffalo fingers. Voted best beer selection by our readers, Barley’s has one of the most diverse beer selections in town. Enjoy your brew on the newly revamped patio, or listen to live music by local and national acts alike. Also featuring lunch specials every day. Full bar. No checks.
From the YUMMM! Restaurant Guide:
Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria is one of those places that can use words like “best” and “finest” without exaggeration because those are honors that they’ve won time and time again. They regularly win, place, or show in Metro Pulse’s Best of Knoxville reader’s poll for Best Bar and they’ve won the Best Beer Selection category so many times that they qualify as grand champions. It doesn’t hurt that the place feels like a grand old beer hall, but it’s the selection of over 150 different beers that keep the votes coming. The beer selection rotates regularly and includes a wide variety of craft and high-gravity beer, but that’s not the only reason Barley’s makes a name for itself in Knoxville.
Of course, with that much beer around, it just wouldn’t feel right if there weren’t some great pizza handy, too. Barley’s serves their much-loved and award-winning version on a thin, sourdough crust that’s an appetizing base for the wide variety of beautiful things that go on top of it. You can make your own with regular toppings like pepperoni and Italian sausage or dress it up with some of Barley’s unique choices that include black beans, smoked sausage, and jerk chicken. The kitchen has recently added new items to the pasta and sandwich selections, and of course there are daily specials, too, so there’s something really tasty for everybody in the crowd.
Live music is a mainstay here: Barley’s presents an impressive variety of Americana, roots, and rock music from local, regional, and national acts. It’s pretty easy to get your band fix here since music fill the air six nights a week.
While it’s obvious why beer aficionados or music lovers enjoy hanging out here, Barley’s is an expansive place that appeals to a broad range of East Tennesseans. It’s large enough that at any given time you might find 21st birthday celebrations on Barley’s huge porch and a youth sporting league celebrating a winning season in the banquet room upstairs. Upstairs is also where you’ll find five full-size, regulation pool tables as well as video games of all sorts, from Golden Tee and Golden Strike to a little retro-fun with Donkey Kong and a table-top version of Ms. Pac-Man.
Barley’s has been an anchor of the Old City for more than a decade and one of the city’s favorite spots to spend Saturday night on the town or to take in a mellow Sunday afternoon feast of pizza and beer. And while you may not find dainty cocktails with herbal infusions and exotic root syrups here, you will find good honest drinks, a nice wine selection, and, of course, one of the best damn beer selections around. But you don’t have to believe everything you read—it’s pretty easy to go find out for yourself.
|Locally Owned||Wifi||Patio||Live Music||Accepts Reservations||Party Room (20+)|
|Kids Menu||Delivers||Buffet||Waterfront||Vegetarian Dishes||Vegan Dishes|
|Happy Hour||Hard Liquor||Dance Floor||Live Music||Karaoke||Glow Sticks|
|Darts||Foosball||Pool Tables||Shuffleboard||Trivia Night||Outdoor Seating|
|Monday||11 a.m.||3 a.m.|
|Tuesday||11 a.m.||3 a.m.|
|Wednesday||11 a.m.||3 a.m.|
|Thursday||11 a.m.||3 a.m.|
|Friday||11 a.m.||3 a.m.|
|Saturday||11 a.m.||3 a.m.|
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